Testimonium Songs

CD (Polyvinyl)

Available from 05/08/2013

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JOAN OF ARC

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CD is limited edition of 1000



Limited edition, hand numbered vinyl of 550. LP includes free download code. Art by renowned Chicago artist Jason Lazurus this limited edition CD/LP is part of an international touring performance art installation. Testimonium Songs collects the song cycle composed by Joan of Arc (Tim Kinsella, Bobby Burg, and Theo Katsaounis) to be performed live in Testimonium, a work of performance by well-respected experimental theater ensemble Every House Has a Door. Testimonium responds -- both in substance and in style --to Charles Reznikoff's monumental work Testimony, a translation into poetry of courtroom transcripts of witness and victim testimonies in criminal cases and cases of workplace negligence, in the US, spanning the years 1885 to 1915. Performances of Testimonium incorporate modern dance, theater, and original songs written and played by Joan of Arc. In a departure for the band, these highly structured compositions, developed over a two-year rehearsal period, emulate Reznikoff's poetics by shaping themselves according to a mosaic method - rotating a fixed set of musical units in warping permutations. The lyrics re-invent the strategies of Objectivist poetry, by turns surreal, ordinary, testimonial, and explosive, releasing the undercurrent of emotion in the poems while (almost) never quoting them directly. Beyond collecting the Testimonium Songs, the record has a life of its own, with the contributions of stellar musicians David Grubbs, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, and Jim Baker, additional vocals by Melina Ausikaitis, and musical material not included in the performance. 
TRACKLISTING:  01. AMELIA 02. I'D EXPECT BABIES SHOULD FLY, IF NOT AT LEAST FLOAT AWAY 03. MOSAIC OF BOLTS 04. STEPHEN'S SONG 05. THE BIRD'S NEST WRAPPED AROUND THE SECURITY CAMERA 06. JURY DUTY 

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