Songwrights Apothecary Lab (a.k.a. S.A.L.) seeks to respectfully dip into the healing seas of music/musicianship/song, and distill a few grains of piquancy which carry the life-renewing flavor of the unfathomable ocean of human resiliency, then work those grains into new musical formwelas, to enhance the healing flavors and intentions innate in all works of devoted creatorship.
In this ongoing lab, we experiment with sprinkling the many distillations of S.A.L. into our song wrighting, and invite you to taste/hear these enhanced essences and flavors.
(S.A.L. is also a lab esperanza curates at Harvard)
Half songwrighting workshop, and half guided-research practice, the Songwrights’ Apothecary Lab (S.A.L.), seeks to develop a structure for the collaborative development of new compositions designed to offer enhanced salutary benefit to listeners.
The course is rooted in a transdisciplinary station, orienting itself towards archives and literature that study healing strategies drawn from a diverse range of music-based creative and therapeutic practices.
Formwela 1, Formwela 2 and Formwela 3 were composed and developed while residing in Wasco County, OR. The feel and aesthetic of these songs were inspired and encouraged by esperanza’s nourishing encounters with the land and peoples of this arid and sage-drenched region of her home state.
All Formwelas (songs) from the S.A.L. are created through our research, divination, intuition, musicianship, taste, inspiration, and collaborative effort to design songs that enhance a specific salutary affect.
The formwelas offered here are not presented as potential “solutions”. Rather, they are responses to the ongoing question guiding the beings collaborating within the Songwrights Apothecary Lab.
those beings being:
– the 2020’ and 2021’ cohorts of student songwrights, student researchers (including esperanza), and the practitioners comprising our guiding council.
– Dr. Shorter
– ancestors, and artisans of the lineages informing and doing the real work within this work.
‘If one of my friends is ill, I’d like to play a certain song and he will be cured’
– John Coltrane
– esperanza spalding and the S.A.L.