Brittany Karlson, bass & vocals; Steven Long, harmonium. Vanitas: a new duo comprised of Steven Long on harmonium and Brittany Karlson on bass. Vanitas takes its name from both the book of Ecclesiastes and the European tradition of still life painting. Performances push and pull through entirely acoustic spaces sometimes incorporating aspects of everyday life such as cellphones, hourglasses, prerecorded material, and digital refuse. In our own personal way we seek hold up a musical mirror for contemplation.
Texts from poems on Kay Ryan. Seven songs: I - The Pieces that Fall to Earth; II - Hope; III - That Will to Divest; IV - Swept Up Whole; V - Sharks' Teeth; VI - Insult; VII - The Woman Who Wrote Too Much.