Grásta: Grace in Uncertainty IAC Commissions

IAC Commissions: Marie Howe

“What the Silence Said"



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Grásta: Grace in Uncertainty

“During the lockdown last spring the silence in New York City was unusual and profound. We were wakened by bird song for the first time in memory. Birdsong and sirens. No one on the streets at all. And the silence had some space to speak. 

"This poem is what the silence said to me.”

Presenting new work by poet Marie Howe, set to a score by National Sawdust's Paola Prestini and performed by Howe, Nels Cline (Wilco), Yuka C. Honda (Cibo Matto) and Jeffrey Zeigler (Kronos Quartet).

Premieres Thursday, September 23.

“What the Silence Said”
Written by Marie Howe

Composed by Paola Prestini
Performed by Marie Howe, Nels Cline, Yuka C. Honda, and Jeffrey Zeigler

Filmed, directed, and edited by Yuka C. Honda
Cinematographer Joseph Patrick Conroy
Recording engineer Sharif Mekawy

Filmed at National Sawdust, Brooklyn

Commissioned by Irish Arts Center as part of Grásta: Grace in Uncertainty | 2020 – 2021

Irish Arts Center's Grásta commissions series challenged twenty-six artists, reflecting a range of perspectives and disciplines, to create work in response to the idea of finding grace in uncertainty. Click here to learn more.

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