Robert Kirk's Black Fungal Broth
6 cups Extra Sweet Virgin water
boil, reduce & stir repeatedly
*Once upon a time there was a land called
Nip It In The Bud
*An evil spell cast
*Eternal winter prevails
master of seed & egg hypnosis
spreads into every corner of Pennsylvania
*Peter David, agreeable CEO of Mattozucca
reaches his gloved-hand into the hole
of the 9th putting green of the
Wyalusing P.A Golf & Country Club
*Sylvia, 16-year-old Innocent
of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 11222
Falling In Love With The Old World Again
Sweet Virgin Of The Lake
*Johann, 16 –year-old Innocent
Of Williamsburg, Pennsylvania, 16693
Innocence Is King
author of “The Secret Commonwealth” (1691) is alive!
from a lighthouse near Wyalusing, Pennsylvania
to gather the opposing cultures
the Return of Spring
*but first, amends must be made towards the Faerie Queen
*until her Voice
has been healed
& the old patriarchal venoms dissolved
nothing can proceed
*Johann & Sylvia join together on the Pennsylvania Faerie trail
their mission: to hunt 3 EGGS of the utmost cosmic importance
& return them to the dying Mountain of the Egg
*but they too are being hunted!
*Peter David of Mattozucca
*let us not forget how we got here
how we reversed the seasons
into 24-7 hallucination
in the name of reason!
Robert Kirk Is In His Lighthouse
3 eggs of Easterween have been found &
But Sylvia is lost in the trees
Sylvia Of The Trees
*Mum's the word
*It is the eve of Easterween
inside the dying Mountain of the Egg
with Faerie King & Queen
Robert Kirk as witness
Johann & Sylvia kiss
*it is monumental
*the entire youth of Pennsylvania
receive telepathic instruction to release
wild chlorophyllic joy
into the streets & air
*the first bud appears
© 2012 John Southworth
A 500-year-old magician. A ruthless, multinational egg corporation. A love story between a Hasidic girl and an Amish boy. A band of sauciers and dumpling bakers. An egg-hunt of cosmic proportions to save us all from eternal winter.
Welcome to the world of Easterween.
A dozen songs charting a hallucinatory journey and metaphysical rite of passage sown into a one-of-a-kind album and show with songs by John Southworth and arrangements by Andrew Downing in the spirit of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. A 21st century metaphysical fertility tale set to 19th century surreal street-cabaret songs accompanied by a 7-piece orchestra of brass, wood and strings. Imagine pop music arranged by Igor Stravinsky, with lyrics dictated by David Lynch on a vision quest.
Part Edgar Allan Poe and part Rite of Spring, Easterween tells the magic-realist tale of a mythological egg-hunt set during an eternal winter. Robert Kirk is a 500-year-old magician who contacts the Faerie kingdom to help him end the icy spell. The Faerie King and Queen choose a 16-year-old Amish boy named Johann and a 16-year-old Hasidic girl named Sylvia who, despite their different backgrounds, come together in a powerful union. Their essential task is to find three eggs of the utmost cosmic importance, hidden throughout Pennsylvania. While looking for the eggs they are hunted by sinister Noombs and the heads of GMO companies. If the teens find the eggs the corporate monopoly on the seed kingdom will be over. But in order for spring to happen Johann and Sylvia also have to return the eggs to Pennsylvania's Mountain of the Egg – all by the eve of Easterween!
© 2012 sud de valeur
About John Southworth
"Is to music what Guy Maddin is to film"
"Wonderful, sylvan, sprightly, uber-bolangaire, peculiar and smart."
John Southworth is one of Canada's most distinctive and iconoclastic music artists, respected for forging ahead with his own unique brand of music-making, while garnering high praise for his inimitable contribution. His songs have been covered by great Canadian artists like Sarah Slean, Martin Tielli (Rheostatics), Mary Margaret O'Hara, and Veda Hille. He has also written songs for artists as diverse as Hawksley Workman, Buck 65, and Jully Black. John has authored a children's book in the realm of Edward Gory and Lewis Carroll, with illustrations by New York artist David Ouimet, to be published in fall 2012. John is also a regular collaborator with Toronto's Art of Time Ensemble.
About Andrew Downing
Toronto-based double bass player, cellist, composer and bandleader Andrew Downing plays primarily in the creative jazz scene in Canada, but also performs classical chamber music, improvised music, folk and roots music, and world music. He has written pieces for Ensemble Meduse, Toca Loca, Runcible Spoon, The Prince George Symphony and The Urban Arts Brass Ensemble and has written arrangements for Patricia O'Callaghan, The Gryphon Trio and The Art of Time Ensemble. Upcoming projects include a composition for Orchestra London with banjo player Jayme Stone. Andrew leads his own chamber jazz ensemble, has seven albums as a bandleader, and is also a member of the David Occhipinti Quartet and the Lina Allemano Four. He has won Juno, SOCAN, Grand Prix de Jazz (Montreal Jazz Festival), and two West Coast Music Awards. Andrew is on faculty at the University of Toronto and has taught at Wilfred Laurier University, the Banff Centre's Jazz Workshop and the Creative Music Workshop in Halifax.