In The Bardo, Epicurus and the Banshee three great singers contemplate the ultimate subject: death. Sharing three visions of the good death, ranging from the ethics of care to Irish keening and the sense that death is not the end, Pearly, Leah and Narelle weave spiritual, humanist and magical threads into a beautiful celebration of mortality.
Pearly Black, Leah Cotterell and Narelle McCoy are three of Brisbane’s most loved singers with a combined century of live performances between them. They are also women of significant intellectual heft and life experience who have stories and insights to share on a subject that all of us will be confronted with in time.
The sublime Pearly Black has a long history of philosophical contemplation in her performance of ecstatic and dark repertoires, from Madame Bone’s Brothel to gospel and art music projects. Pearly is also a practicing Buddhist with strong affiliations to the Langri Tangpa Centre. Leah Cotterell is known for her dramatic flair in interpretations of big songs. Her recent work has presented stories about her role as a mental health family carer inside a framework of beautiful songs and tender memories that balance grief. Narelle McCoy is made of music, being a multi-instrumentalist and classically trained soprano with a long career in theatre roles and recitals. Narelle’s PhD topic is Irish keening based on collected interviews with women who practice this ancient and private form of ritual singing.
The Bardo, Epicurus and The Banshee will deliver wonderful singing, thoughtful vignettes and hilarity in the face in face of the inevitable.
Thanks to The Langri Tangpa Buddhist Centre