“Passageira em Água” is a product of consolidation and inspiration of sound and music from the inter-disciplinary maritime performance, “Passageira em Casa”, inspired by the journey to define the concept of home and migration across waters, both in time and geography. The sound collaboration is between Portuguese sound artist Rui Costa of Portugal, and his wife, intermedia artist Maile Colbert, an immigrant to Portugal of four years, who was inspired to the project by tracing her family bloodlines from Europe to Hawaii , and back to Europe. The experimental narrative, sung by Estonian vocalist Anna Hints, often underwater in the Rio Paiva in Northern Portugal, is a partially fictionalized and personalized account of the Maritime history of Portugal, inspired by Camoes’ “Os Lusiadas”. “Somewhere in my bloodline and ancestry was this experience. It led them cross-land and two oceans to Hawaii. My mother looked back the way they came, I looked beyond where she led me. Now a bloodline becomes a circle. But is that a return? Return again implies a home base. But this speaks of many lifetimes. Can one’s ancestry become a personal history? Could this feel like a return home? Could this feel like a home?” The majority of the sounds used in the composition are hydrophone recordings done in various rivers and off coastlines in Portugal.
Rui Costa is a sound artist from Lisbon, Portugal. He has been performing live since 1997. He is a founding member of Binaural (http://www.binauralmedia.org), an arts collecive dedicated to the promotion of sound and media arts in a rural context. He has performed in many cities across Portugal, Spain, Italy and the United States.
Maile Colbert is an intermedia artist with a concentration on sound and video, living in Lisbon, Portugal and teaching at Faculdade de Belas Artes, Universidade Porto. She spent the last three years collaborating with the organization Binaural/Nodar, and is an ongoing contributor of articles on Acoustic Ecology at “Sounding Out”, the award winning sound journal. She holds a BFA in Studio for Interrelated Media from Mass Art, and a MFA in Integrated Media/Film and Video from the Calarts, and has performed and screened widely in Japan, Europe, and the Americas.