"River Run" (Nancy Maker Brown Song) Revisioned and Reimagined
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slaughter, kei. (2021). "River Run" (Nancy Maker Brown Song) Revisioned and Reimagined. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 21(1). https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v21i1.3250


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"River Run." Revisioned and Reimagined. 2021.

Words, music, arrangement by kei slaughter.


Originally written in 2019 while participating in the Acoustic Guitar Project - where artists are given one guitar, for one week, to write one song. This intimate performance is a reimagined and revisioned version, weaving deconstructed elements of the original work, with improvised vocalizations, body percussion, and flute loops, and live vocal and flute performance. "River Run" is dedicated to my maternal great great great great grandmother, Nancy Maker Brown.

For me, this (re)mix is an exploration and expression of Black aesthetics - imagining and conjuring new sound worlds through my queer, gender expansive Black body while engaging with ancestral memory. The stripped back elements of breath, tone, and voice, were intentionally used to ground me in my musical-cultural origins, back to a kind of roots music. Thus, embodying the West African concept of Sankofa, as I look back to the past, I also look ahead towards futurity, reflected through the use of live looping, layering, and circular storytelling. Closed captions available.


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