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PizzaExpress Live Holborn
September 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Featuring Mike Outram, lead guitar
Clare O’Connell, cello
David le Page, violin
‘The Instinct of Hope’ is a poem by John Clare, (1793-1864), which Clara found inside an old forgotten folder during the initial week of lockdown, which resonated deeply. In it, the poet wonders about nature and its prophecy, struggling to explain the close-sealed volume of its mystery.
‘Fugue to the Floating World’ is a collection of confessional love songs, its title derived from several meanings – the concept of a fugue as both a musical form, and the mental state of a ‘fugitive mind’; as well as descriptions throughout several cultures of ‘the floating world’ drawn from eastern literature through to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. Such imagery pushes the boundaries of folk music allowing for a colourful and vibrant, yet never obtuse sonic exploration, taking in elements of Jungian psychology, archetypal mythology, and ancient teachings.
Clara describes the album’s core theme as being a discussion on escapism: ‘… the unconscious, pitting the urge to flee against the need for solid ground beneath our feet’. Written whilst also collaborating with legendary songwriter Sir Ray Davies “The Kinks” on a 50th anniversary reimagining of The Village Green Preservation Society, ‘Fugue To The Floating World’ the latest in a formidable and diverse repertoire that demonstrates a uniquely versatile artist.
For the relaunch and the tour, Clara’s band will feature jazz guitarist Mike Outram, violinist Dave le Page and cellist Clare O’Connell.