Epic sound poem about a raven trickster launched in Dundee

23 November 2020

Scottish artists George Finlay Ramsay and Rudi Zygadlo’s epic poem Raven’s Reprise is launching at Generator Projects in Dundee on 23rd November. Raven’s Reprise has been eagerly anticipated since a sample was played by leading London radio station NTS earlier in the year.

Raven’s Reprise is a narrative poem and sound piece about a trickster raven god, set in the context of the pandemic. The work is inspired by the origin myths of Northern Pacific cultures and the coronavirus pandemic. Raven travels through the landscape of 2020, transforming herself and battling her nemesis Lord Fatberg (a cross between Donald Trump and Boris Johnson).

George Finlay Ramsay and Rudi Zygadlo are internationally acclaimed artists and performers, both recently moved back to Scotland, who have collaborated while socially distancing during lockdown. They have, respectively, had works shown at Art Basel, Barbican and Beijing People’s Art Theatre; and worked with Mercury prize winners Gorillaz, appeared regularly on BBC radio and had music released by prominent record labels.

Together they are known as Sissy Fuss and scored Love Infinity for Oscar-winning artist Tim Yip, which will be released in 2021. Watch the Trailer for Love Infinity by Tim Yip – A Shaded View on Fashion.

‘as the wurld makes

& unmakes her bed

thinks of something clever to say

then leaves it unsaid’

Says George Finlay Ramsay:

‘As soon as the first wave of the virus happened in the UK I knew I wanted to write about this from a non-human perspective. I was reading legends from Haida culture (a first nation Canadian people from the Haida Gwai archipelago) which star the figure of a trickster raven god. According to one myth, raven made this world, stealing the sun, stars and moon from a greedy man that was hoarding them in his house down the river. I decided to use the raven figure as a way of looking at this apocalyptic moment of unmaking and remaking. I wrote the piece very quickly and then asked Rudi, my best friend, long term collaborator and an amazingly gifted composer, to compose the score. We sent each other files back and forth and it was nice to have a way to work together without being in the same room. I was born in Dundee so it's great to be showing work in the city for the first time.’

Says Generator Projects:

‘Radio GEN is a digital exhibition space for sound-based artists: accessible 24hrs a day and observing social distancing guidelines. Perfect listening for a Saturday afternoon weeding the garden, the Monday morning commute, or relieving a 3am anxiety-induced insomnia. Let the art get in through your ears, friend, let it rewrite your neural pathways to a newer and better you.’

The work is live from 23rd November on: