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.