Raine Hamil­ton con­cert was bol­stered by vis­ual in­ter­pre­ta­tion


Swift Cur­rent con­cert go­ers had a unique op­por­tu­nity to both hear and see an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Raine Hamil­ton’s mu­sic at the Liv­ing Sky Casino Event Cen­tre.

The trio per­formed in ac­com­pa­ni­ment with a pair of Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage In­ter­preters who shared their trans­la­tion of the lyrics along with vis­ually shar­ing the emo­tions of the songs.

Hamil­ton said that af­ter do­ing her first con­cert with ASL in­ter­pre­ta­tion in 2017, she was hooked on this method of mak­ing mu­sic more ac­ces­si­ble to au­di­ences.

“The main goal ab­so­lutely is in­creased ac­ces­si­bil­ity for mem­bers of the deaf com­mu­nity who want it. And then it’s just kind of like an added bonus that is also beau­ti­ful and ap­pre­ci­ated by a hear­ing au­di­ence. It for sure takes noth­ing away,” Hamil­ton ex­plained be­fore Fri­day’s con­cert.

“I be­lieve that art is for ev­ery­one. Mu­sic is for ev­ery­one. And wher­ever I can I want to con­trib­ute to tak­ing down bar­ri­ers and to in­creas­ing ac­cess.”

The Raine Hamil­ton String Trio stopped in Swift Cur­rent on Fri­day dur­ing the fifth con­cert of their six date tour through Saskatchewan, and they have had a wholly pos­i­tive re­ac­tion from au­di­ences to the ASL ad­di­tion to their per­for­mances.

“The re­ac­tion to the ASL in­ter­preted shows has been awe­some. We’ve had re­ally pos­i­tive feed­back from the deaf and hard of hear­ing com­mu­ni­ties who use that lan­guage.

“Hear­ing au­di­ences also ap­pre­ci­ate it on a few lev­els I think be­cause it is beau­ti­ful. It is beau­ti­ful to watch the ex­pres­sion in a vis­ual and phys­i­cal way.”

Hamil­ton was joined on stage by Natanielle Felic­i­tas on cello, Quintin Bart on dou­ble bass, plus two ASL in­ter­preters who worked as a team.

The evening pri­mar­ily fea­tured ma­te­rial from Hamil­ton’s new al­bum Night Sky, re­leased back in March.

“In the al­bum we hear im­agery of the night sky just ap­pear again and again, so that’s where I pulled that ti­tle from. So we will be singing a lot about the night. We also sing a lot about the prairies and the open and vul­ner­a­bil­ity of what that teaches. It comes up a lot in my writ­ing.”

The ma­te­rial on the al­bum meshes cham­ber mu­sic with deeply per­sonal and emo­tional lyrics.

“The work that I present is often very vul­ner­a­ble. And for me it feels like shin­ing a lit­tle flash­light to dif­fer­ent parts of my­self. And I’m very will­ing to go to the rough and beau­ti­ful places of life.

Her sound blends a singer song­writer sen­si­bil­ity in the style of Joni Mitchell or Sarah Harmer, with a string quar­tet back­ing.

“We’ve ar­ranged these songs with kind of a string quar­tet feel in mind, so re­ally in­formed by that genre, us­ing a lot of the tex­tures and ap­proaches of string quar­tet com­pe­ti­tion.”

The Raine Hamil­ton String Trio was the sec­ond fea­ture in the 2018-2019 Stars for Saskatchewan con­cert series.

Next up in the

Stars for Saskatchewan series is an al­ready sold out per­for­mance by Jann Ar­den on Mon­day, No­vem­ber 5.

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