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Date: Sunday, 15 February
Where: CWA cottage in Cobargo
Coffee and tea provided – bring your own mug. To cover the costs a $5 donation is much appreciated.
Title: Echoes of Home. Documentary by Stefan Schwietert.
A film about the most primal of instruments, the human voice, portraying
three artists who develop traditional Swiss music in very different and
‘Echoes of Home’ makes a strong case for this high, wide and lonesome sound
expressing the soul of the alpine landscape, beautifully captured by the
aerial camera work.
It centres on three virtuoso performers, all bent on extending their range:
a middle-aged man from a family with a yodelling tradition, a woman raised
in America before returning to a small Swiss village, and a young
mystic-obsessive right out of a Werner Herzog movie, who travels to Tuva to
study with Mongolian throat-singers.
The film sees yodelling as “tapping into the sound of the landscape”, an
expression of isolated people living among echoing mountains to which they
respond in song, whether they be cowboys in Wyoming, nomadic drovers in
Mongolia or lonely goatherds in the Alps.
Yo-dell-ayy-hee-hooo! Actually, if you¹ve always reckoned yodelling to be
among the most ridiculous ways of wasting a human voice, this labour-of-love
documentary will give you pause for thought.
view trailer on Vimeo
See you there.