We met Simone Soul today. Strong, gorgeous woman, about my height.
Dreads and tattoo. Smart, resourceful, vibrant artist building her
own career in Brazil – massively excited about this collaboration.
She just completed a huge concert she produced herself in Sao Paolo
involving 25 artists, and flew here via the UK, where she performed
with her trio in London, Brighton, Leister and Birmingham. She did
not bring a satchel full of compositions for us to share, but rather
a stunning array of beautiful instruments and the most generous
attitude about working with all the music we devise together. When
she plays, she/s awe-inspiring.
The music is growing so fast!! And there are 2 more collaborators
coming on Sunday! Thank goodness a recording session has also been
built into the schedule by the festival – the sound will be a-b-s-o-l-
u-t-e-l-y indescribable. The combination of lengthy rehearsal time
with multiple performances is perfect. The sound and the
relationships will be well developed.
Our ambition of creating a central, virtual ETHEL’s TruckStop™
home is a timely one – a place to keep up the conversations, to share
experiences and contacts, to bring artists and presenters together,
to spread the news and facilitate the reach of music, ideas and
resources. Many of our activities have parallels in these other
worlds. Immersing ourselves in each others’ communities allows us
to identify common issues and goals much more clearly. We can be so
helpful to each other!! This and our desire to create a recording/licensing
library of these works may be among our most important and wonderful
P.S. CLICK HERE to check out a slideshow of photos from June 6 taken
by our host Gert Gering.