Behind the scenes: Songs of Gaia rehearsals

we popped into the Linsey Pollak’s rural studio to check out how the songs of gaia rehearsals were going.

Amongst all the sounds, and musical instruments, there was Linsey’s place of work: a woodwork studio full of handmade woodwind instruments.

The studio was an eclectic collection of artwork, photos and memories. We could of shot the whole roll of film just wandering around the space. And we nearly did.

Now, onto the rehearsals of Songs of Gaia.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what you’re hearing. The artists are having fun — blending genres, sounds, and cultures. They are sounds from far away. Sounds we haven’t heard before — and certainly not together.

There’s a warm energy to the performance that welcomes you in — it almost takes you to the country from which the sounds originate. Like a trance. 

As the artists’ play together, you can’t take your eyes off them. Scanning from instrument to instrument — wondering where each sound is coming from. It’s an unusual sensation.

The performance builds, and builds, and builds. It feels like it’s never going to stop. And that is what’s so enjoyable about this show (and all good music) — you don’t want it to stop.

Image: Samantha Laine Smith

check out the full program here.