We are very pleased to announce our first release for 2021, a set of four Shadow-walks by the US-based British composer Viv Corringham. These walks represent Corringham's sung response to narrated walks undertaken or imagined during the period of the pandemic.
For almost 20 years Corringham has been working on the ongoing collaborative project Shadow-walks,which involves her walking with local inhabitants on their special walks. She then repeats this walk alone, listening for the memory of that walk and singing her response. In a sense Shadow-walks is an attempt to make a person’s traces, their shadow, audible through Corringham's singing, improvising voice.
During the Covid 19 pandemic it became impossible to walk with people because of lockdowns and travel restrictions, so Corringham adapted the project into Shadow-walks (at home). She asked volunteers to send her recorded descriptions of walks, either walks they remembered, daily walks they wished they could still do, or walks they were still able to do alone. Her vocals in Shadow-walks (at home) respond to how she has imagined these walks while listening to the participants' verbal descriptions.
This special edition of Footfalls comprises Corringham's response to four walks narrated during the pandemic by: Amanda Gutierrez (United Arab Emirates), Rick Wilson (Wales), Geert Vermeire (France), Catherine Clover (Australia).
For more on Viv visit: www.vivcorringham.org
released March 23, 2021