Between: A Journey Through the Middle (http://between.bpt.me) is an amazing vocal experience/experiment by singer and improviser Sarah M. Greer. The new work, inspired by Greer’s trip to the Canary Islands in late 2010, combines song, story and movement — spinning a singing conversation that celebrates the journeying places in each of us as it reminds us to embrace edges, transition and change.
“I found myself on this island between Africa and North America and I felt very connected and disconnected to this place at the same time. I was interested in that tension, what was going on between those two emotions. I realized this sensation was familiar, yet unexamined. I began to envision a piece created with other singers where I could reflect on that experience,” says Sarah.
Three years later, Sarah developed Between. Using invented song, dance and story, she and her fellow artists will strive to balance ancestral lineage and wisdom with contemporary intuition and improvisation.
Joining Greer are renowned vocalists Aimee K. Bryant, Bruce A. Henry and Libby Turner Opanga. Deepening and enriching the superb and spirited vocals are drummer Nathan J. Greer and dancer Kenna-Camara Cottman. Talk-back sessions will follow the performances to give audience members a chance to meet the artists and ask questions.
Sarah M. Greer is a vocalist, improviser and instructor who has invented songs and stories on stages and in concerts in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and the Midwest, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Tuscany and Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Her trip to Tenerife is a primary inspiration for Between: A Journey Through the Middle. An active singer and song-leader, she leads her own monthly community-based singing project, Songtaneous (www.songtaneous.com/blog). Sarah is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.