Shibaten, Spirit Dreams
Happy Hallowe’en from Urban Flute Project – it was three years ago to this very day that I began recording with my trusty Edirol out in Mississauga near the lake, after dark and alone at a haunted, historic property replete with pet cemetery!
Of all the collaborative adventures that have resulted in the past three years, the Creative Places + Spaces conference definitely ranks up there. The final party for the event was held late yesterday at Frank’s in the AGO, where this picture was taken…the jack-o-lantern is a real scream, don’t you think?
And of all the musicians I have had a chance to meet and collaborate with since launching UFP, Shibaten, is one of the most extraordinary. So it came as a pleasant surprise to see him setting up as the final performer for the conference yesterday, and the recording here is of a spontaneous improvisation that he created for the final delegates and organizers as they prepared to depart from MaRS to visit this Munsch-inspired pumpkin at the AGO.
Shibaten, originally from Japan and who has travelled the globe with his unique one-man performances, made headlines earlier in the summer when he was busted for making music in Dundas Square. This tied in directly with a lot of what was discussed at the CP+S conference: risk-taking, thinking outside the box, facilitating collaboration and open dialogue – if anything, making waves and taking chances with one’s art was encouraged, and in this regard I feel that Shibaten and I are kindred spirits in a certain regard. After reconnecting yesterday, we’re going to keep in touch to maybe get some didgeridoo lessons set up – I want to learn more about his shamanistic circular breathing!
All in all a great conference, and many stories to tell here, so I’ll keep you posted.
And I’d like to thank you for all of your interest and support for Urban Flute Project over the past three years – Happy Hallowe’en!