Women and Wild Animals - Author Notes Part I
In 1983 I began gathering the stories that eventually became this recording. It was a process of cutting and pasting, listening and responding, to the fact that I had so many stories, both traditional and personal that were about the relationship between human beings and animals. So many of them about women. A friend who was a Jungian analyst said that I was living with animal eyes and ears. The title WOMEN AND WILD ANIMALS came to mind one morning and so the series of tales was born.
The first time that I told these stories was at the Center for World Music that was in a storefront downtown Manhattan at that time. We were a storyteller and three musicians (Steve Gorn, Julia Haines and Glen Velez). The Center was packed. The concert lasted well over three hours and none of us, audience included, seemed worn out at all. In that time the audience became a traditional tea house audience anywhere in the world, responding, calling out, humming along, lost in deep silence or outrageously laughing together. These stories seemed to touch a nerve, like an acupuncture needle.
Dance Without End music by Steve Gorn
Laura Simms and musician Steve Gorn in a collection featuring
creation myths and tales about the origin of existence from Aztec,
Inuit, Maori, Scandinavian, African and Native American cultures.
The performances of these thoughtful and heartfelt ancient and modern stories are a product of a longtime collaboration between Simms and Gorn and feature Gorn's world music orchestration.
Running Time:101 minutes.
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Women and Wild Animals Notes
"Laura Simms heals us with her stories.
Women and Wild Animals brings us back home where we can listen, where
we can see, where we can remember."
Terry Tempest Williams, author of REFUGE, RED, and FINDING BEAUTY IN A BROKEN WORLD
is as good as our ancestors" Maori elder,
'These stories are vibrant and rich with the human spirit and its relationship with all things in the universe and beyond." Simon Ortiz, author of THE PEOPLE SHALL CONTINUE
Women and Wild Animals music by Steve Gorn available on iTunes and on CD
Originally commissioned for performances in Utah's Natural History Museum and Jackson Hole, Wyoming's Teeton Science Center, 1983
WOMEN AND WILD ANIMALS touched a nerve and awakened acclaim. It is an original collection of reconstructed ancient myth, fairytale and folklore,with personal narrative and poems accompanied by uncannily beautiful music. It is a timeless recording that is more poignant and relevant today as we
face the consequences of climate change and the loss of many species of wild animals. In 1991, The American Museum of Natural History called Laura’s piece, "a needed celebration of our relationship to the environment through primal myths and true life stories about womanhood, feminine principle, animals and wilderness. This performance refreshes the mind and stirs the imagination." Women and Wild Animals is meant to reawaken our animals ears and eyes, and reminds us as all myths do, to live with wisdom and compassion as part of the natural world.
Running Time: 97 minutes.
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