In the book ‘The Smell of Rain on Dust’ by Martín Prechtel, the process of grieving is explored from an indigenous perspective. The dedication reads: “For all the people and feeling beings of the world, who by grieving the loss of what they love, make more life with the beauty of its expression.” I guess the meaning is that when we grieve, we connect with what we’ve lost, and in doing so, we express our love for that person. We hope that as all of us are suffering losses during the raging of this pandemic, we can find connection with those things we have lost through allowing ourselves to grieve, and that by doing so, we find a source of life within ourselves…our own love, thereby feeling just how big the human heart is. This is what NOA is about, namely, allowing ourselves to feel whatever we feel, and for that to stoke connection with each other.
It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us, we know! But we promise we haven’t just been sitting on our hands. Since we last updated you all, we’ve filmed and edited the entirety of the film! Through the help of our Indigogo contributors, and a grant from Northwestern’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts, we were able to secure enough funding to pay all of our collaborators, and just about break even on the cost of production. It’s been a wild ride, and we are so excited to share with you all the first single video from the album, NOA, in the coming weeks. More on that soon! For now, we just wanted to let everyone know that we are alive and well, and that you can expect to be receiving the gifts of our labor soon. Check out this cool photo from one of my favorite video shoots, N.A.