A brand new piece will be soon broadcast at Le Jardin de Recherches Musicales, a project by Dinah Bird and Jean-Philippe Renoult.
Title: Matt Hatter’s Garden
Length: 11:08 min.
Story: Mr. Hatter is raking the lawn in his garden while a nightingale sings along. He seemingly suffers of tinnitus, but then again it is not altogether clear where we are: Inside Matt’s head? In a parallel mix-tape world where Keat’s “Ode to a Nightingale” is intercut with more nightingale poems in other languages? Mr. Hatter doesn’t give a damn… he rummages about, his mind spinning with occasional tango tunes and drippings from watering cans.
Matt Hatter’s Garden is dedicated to the poetics of the nightingale. Did you know that the Finnish word for this bird is “satakieli” and means “100 Tongues”? So, Esko Könönen’s tango “Satakieli” is featured here, together with snippets from you tube poetry recitations like Scott F. Fitzgeralds reading of Keats’ “Ode”, a Verlaine poem at the end, Eichendorff in the middle and a kitschy German language piano thing performed by two young women in stunningly red dresses (imagine them) in between. Almost all sound material is derived from nightingale song, except for evident garden sounds.