Third Coast Percussion presents Paddle to the Sea
The classic children’s book and Academy Award-nominated film, Paddle to the Sea, is the focus of a new project that looks at our relationship to the bodies of water that connect our lives. Third Coast Percussion composed a new score to be performed live with the film, which tells the story of a Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and finally to the Atlantic Ocean.
Existing works inspired by impressions of water and the natural world will weave in and out of the original film and new music, including composers Philip Glass and Jacob Druckman and the traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The performance will flow together as a seamless whole, with Third Coast Percussion using the existing music as a jumping-off point for the new music they compose.
Learn more about the project here.
THIRD COAST PERCUSSION Paddle to the Sea (co-commissioned by ArtsLIVE at University of Dayton)
GLASS Aguas da Amazonia (arr. by Third Coast Percussion)
DRUCKMAN Reflections on the Nature of Water
TRADITIONAL Chigwaya (arr. by Musekiwa Chingodza)
This project is supported by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Elizabeth F Cheney Foundation, and is made possible through a collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada.
Paddle to the Sea was commissioned by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Meany Center for the Performing Arts at University of Washington, ArtsLIVE at University of Dayton, and the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.