“Gardening with” is an ongoing series exploring the performance of sounds in all shapes and forms. Capturing that spark, the essence of an artist, as they perform their music live.
This is the first video we are launching and it also happens to be the first one that we shot. Joaquim de Brito has been very supportive of the Garden project from the get-go and has also played two of our events with separate projects. “Shaka’s lo-fi experience” is the name he has given this particular project with his berimbau. It all started while he was living in Seattle in 2013 as a tribute to both Jimi Hendrix and his percussive master, Naná Vasconcelos. The piece recorded in this performance is titled “Refugee”.
“It is my solo act and the most personal in every way. I found myself making musical pieces about world events that in some way touched me, and so I used Shaka’s lo-fi to express those thoughts. During the refugee crisis in 2014, a lot of the coverage let the world know what was really happening through tough and literal imagery. That image inspired me to create this piece”