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New Fire, the monthly concert series
that s been lighting a spark on the local
music scene, scored another hit with its
latest installation, Flow Motion.
The show, which took place on May 7,
at De Nu Pub on French Street in Port-
of-Spain, featured a sprinkling of poetry
in a night of jazzy music. Jazz proved to
be an attractive draw, as the concert
brought in New Fire s regular arts and
music crowd, as well as new attendees.
After a brief welcome by series originator
Gerry Anthony Williams, poet Arielle John
took the stage. She performed a narrative
poem describing the sacrifices made by
generations of women in a family---par-
ticularly relevant ahead of Mother s Day.
Guyanese-born musician Ruth Osman
was next, performing ten songs with her
unique sultry vocal treatment. Her set
was a mix of love songs and conscious-
ness-raising anthems like Marvin Gaye s
What s Going On and her own The People.
She sang her staples including You, Rain
and the Sea, and new pieces like Oh Broth-
er and Not Enough.
Soundly backed by Wayne Guerra on
keys and Sheena Richardson on percussion
and vocal harmonies, Osman (playing the
flute intermittently), brought her own per-
spective to Caribbean classics like Waiting
in Vain and Redemption Song, in a per-
formance that was sweet, poignant and
Verses Poetry Slam winner Akile Wallace
got big laughs from the audience with his
anti-smoking rant, poking fun at cigarette
users and the ailments they endure due
to their addiction.
R&B singer John John Francis came next,
flexing his big soulful voice in a set com-
prised of both covers and originals. The
audience thrilled to his rendition of Let s
Make Music, Angel and Small Thing, off
his album Citagrandson. Cover versions
of Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana,
Calypso Music by David Rudder and Mar-
ley s Is This Love were also well received.
His band, with Mikhail Salcedo (tenor
pan), Aaron Low Chew Tung (guitar),
Joshua Salcedo (drums), Anton Ricardo
(bass), Marcus Dulgar (keyboard) and Carol
Crouch (background vocals), produced a
full and eclectic sound.
Arielle John returned to the stage, this
time with an emotionally tense piece about
an incest survivor speaking to the daughter
of her abuser. She, too, went over well.
(Jessie McBarrow) gave an energetic and
entertaining performance that featured
strictly original songs in a fusion style.
JWave was backed by Anton Constan-
tine on bass, Joshua Salcedo on drums,
Marcus Dulgar also on keys, Tinika Davis
on percussion, Aaron Low Chew Tung on
guitar, Mikhail Salcedo on pan, Jeremy
Chatoor on pan, and Aaron Ifill and Anisha
Atwell on background vocals. They per-
formed songs including Supanova and
Square One, with singer Gerell Forbes
joining the band on Perfect Smile. The
audience waved and chanted along for the
reggae-influenced I Declare War, before
the band closed with Winner.
JWave would have been new to most
in the audience, having been a performer
for just under two years. But he left a big
impression, closing the show.
New Fire continues with Hard Local
No Imports 2, featuring stars of the local
hip hop scene, on June 3, at De Nu Pub.
Lauren Marsden, a Canadian
artist with T&T roots, will be pre-
senting a new series of media art-
works called Ecstatic Time. Her
project, made entirely during her
recent artist residency at Alice Yard,
responds to a sense of place
through the mediums of slow-
motion videography and animated
Expanding on filmmaker Hollis
Frampton s notion of "ecstatic time,"
her project presents a set of short,
looping videos and animated GIFs
that document a series of perfor-
mative gestures in Port-of-Spain
and the surrounding area.
The screening will take place for
one night only, on May 22, from 8.30
pm, following an artist talk at 7 pm.
Performed by family members,
friends, acquaintances, and local
dancers, these brief gestures (some
staged, some spontaneous) portray
a sense of redundancy, futility, and
slowness in a local cultural context.
During interactions with the nat-
ural and built environments of
Trinidad, her characters defy gravity,
dive in and out, hide in plain sight,
push forward, retreat...(and repeat).
Marsden s practice involves various
forms, including performance, video,
photography, ephemera and texts.
Using devices such as voice-over
narration, ritual gestures, camera
movement, and descriptive text, her
projects interact with contentious
sites, often through the perspective
of a misplaced or unreliable narra-
tor.She is interested in challenging
what might constitute a performance
and how it is recorded or circulated.
For example, she has staged events
involving choreographed etiquette
drills in a public library, hired
paparazzi photographing inanimate
objects, a flag-raising on a demil-
itarised island, the filming of a horror
movie with no actors, and a live auc-
tion that sells itself.
She works in collaboration with
a range of creative professionals,
using a style of direction called struc-
tured improvisation, which allows
others to articulate their unique skills
within the conceptual parameters of
Marsden received a BFA in visual
arts from the University of Victoria
and an MFA in social practice from
the California College of the Arts.
She has recently exhibited her work
at Et al. Gallery in San Francisco,
the Victoria Film Festival, LIVE Inter-
national Performance Art Biennale
in Vancouver, Gallery 400 at the
University of Illinois, Chicago, and
Frutta Gallery in Rome, Italy. She is
currently based in Vancouver, Cana-
da, teaches at the School for the
Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser
University, and is the editor of Decoy
Magazine, a Vancouver-based online
platform for critical arts writing.
Alice Yard is located at 80 Roberts
One night of Ecstatic Time
Brick Wall by Lauren Marsden. Marsden will screen her new work Ecstatic
Time at Alice Yard, Woodbrook, on May 22. PHOTO COURTESY THE ARTIST
Jazz, poetry in motion at
Ruth Osman was one
of the headline acts at
New Fire: Flow
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