VARIOUS ARTISTS
“Ribscauce”
WOWCD004

 

CD edited by Alex Boutros & Karla Sundström
Anthology edited by Taien Ng-Chan

ribsauce is a unique compilation of literature and sound recordings, featuring some of Canada's best women writers and performance artists. Presented in collaboration with Véhicule Press, this combination of book and CD reveals the ways in which language and sound are manipulated and muscled into place by women who push the boundaries of genre and form.

The book delves into a diverse array of genre and cross-genre, from poetry and prose to plays and dramatic monologues, and everything in between. The works in this collection experiment with narrative and voice, text and image, and includes contributions from writers such as Heather O'Neill, Alice Tepexcuintle, Emily Pohl-Weary, Hiromi Goto, Marie Clements, and Erin Mouré.

The recorded artists merge content with the force of metre and mannerism, sound sampling and crooning, producing an assorted soundscape, a virtual stage for the infinite melodies and rhythms harboured in the spoken word. Whether exemplifying traditional spoken word, dub poetry, storytelling, hip hop or performance art, many of the voices on the CD come from such established word artists as debbie young, Catherine Kidd, Judy MacInnes Jr., Sheri-D Wilson, and Geneviève Letarte.

At times comedic and poignant, edgy and insightful, ribsauce investigates the intersections between text, performance, language and sound, where some of the most interesting and challenging new writing is being produced today.

Alex Boutros & Kaarla Sundström are sound poets who have performed collaboratively since 1997. They produce and host the acclaimed cabaret series Legba. Their CD, Mouthful, is forthcoming fall 2001. Both are classically-trained musicians (University of Western Ontario) which influences their performance work.

Taien Ng-Chan is a Montreal writer and editor, originally from Calgary via Vancouver. In 2000 two of her short radio dramas were aired on CBC Radio and she was a winner of the CBC New Voices Radio Drama Competition. Taien is also a contributing editor at Matrix Magazine.