- Saturday - 08 / 06 / 2019
- Colet House Top Studio
- Night of Grief & Mystery Concert
Night of Grief & Mystery Concert
A storyteller. A singer. A band. An evening of mongrel sorrow. A fusion of storytelling and concert.
These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’ve become timely, urgent, alert, and with some swagger. They are nights devoted to the ragged mysteries of being human, and so grief and endings of all kinds appear. What would you call such a thing? Here, they’re called Nights of Grief and Mystery.
Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets - we wouldn’t claim that - but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are ceremonial, you could say. They are nights devoted to the ragged mysteries of being human, and so grief and endings of all kinds appear. They certainly are sonorous hours and rapture, served by whatever talents of tongue and timbre have been granted the band, by the reckless labours of friends and accomplices who fashion genuine gigs in their home towns from their dreams for a better day, and by the raucous willingness of the sold-out houses in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and the USA to be drawn into the wonder and the poetry and the kenning.
The doors are pried at night’s end, and still many linger and can’t leave, or won’t. There is something like victory in the air, and a weary, luminous midnight rumour that people heretofore unknown to each other can still join for the sake of the young among them and for the world entrusted to them, and that the Mercies count us kin, and that wonder is the currency of the Gods.
Stephen Jenkinson is a Harvard educated author and activist and founder of The Orphan Wisdom School. He is the author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, the award-winning book about grief and dying, and the great love of life. The songs of Gregory Hoskins tend to break and bind at the same time. He and his band underpin Jenkinson’s readings using swirls of drums, bass, guitar textures and synth throbs along with vocal harmonies, trumpet and live looping.
"What Stephen and Gregory were able to conjure is something rare and mysterious. A true gift…” ~ ZD
"Bravo. Hearts Broken. Hearts Mended. All on one Dark, Luminous Night.” ~ RB
"At times a distant wail, and then a love song breathed right into the ear. These two skilled practitioners of rhythm could teach a stone to swim…” ~ AS
Led by Orphan Wisdom
Held at Colet House in the Top Studio
Saturday - 08 / 06 / 2019
Book online here :
6:30 am - 9:30 pm