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Hugin & Munin a Song Cycle

  • Fri May 08, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Paul Morin Gallery

Join us in the Paul Morin Gallery May 8 for Hugin & Munin: A Song Cycle, performed by Jeff Bird, Neal Evans, Peg Evans, Nora Hutchinson, Tor Lukasik-Foss and Sue Smith. Tickets for this event are available through the Paul Morin Gallery. $20 Adv. $25 at the door. Call 519-942-4981 or email for more information. 

The Wing & String Collective
The Wing & String Collective is a collaborative performance ensemble whose current members include Nora Hutchinson, Jeff Bird, Peg Evans, Neal Evans, Sue Smith, and Tor Lukasik-Foss.  The Wing & String Collective is interested in the creation of new works hybridizing opera, traditional folk music, theatre, and performance art together.  Past works include:  In Safe Places (performed throughout Ontario between 1996 to 2003), If You Hate This Planet (1996 to 1997 ), Urban Hootenany (2007), The Soul of The Street (2011)
There is a brief and cryptic passage in the Poetic Edda poem Grímnismál (one of the foundational works of Norse Mythology), that talks about a relationship between Odin, the allfather of Norse gods, and a pair of ravens, Hugin (a Norse word for ‘thought’) and Munin (‘mind’ or ‘memory’).  It translates as follows:
“Hugin and Munin fly each day
over the spacious earth.
I fear for Hugin, that he come not back,
yet more anxious am I for Munin.”
OdinHuginandMunin is an original cycle of songs and performances that explores the significance of this passage, particularly as an allegory for our current times:  who/what gathers information and monitors the activities of our world, and who/what synthesizes that knowledge?  Do we have a collective anxiety that thought (hugin) and memory (munin) are in a state of precariousness?  Are we experiencing the dawn of a new era of consciousness or unconsciousness?
Each musical set piece features some combination of double bass, violin, mandolin, percussion, and up to five voices, and utilizes a large shadow screen as the centerpiece of an otherwise minimal set.