Subliminal History of New York State, Rosendale EditionListen to Mortal Mortar Made of Death
Shape note singing workshop and performance/assembly with companion artists' book. Performed at the Widow Jane Mine, an abandoned cement mine at the Century House Historical Society, Rosendale, NY on July 30, 2006.
The Subliminal History of New York State, Rosendale Edition is part of an ongoing collaboration between Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg and Carrie Dashow.
More information and documentation of the Rosendale performance is available on the web site of the Society for a Subliminal State.
The day mixed instruction on how to sing shape note music with the first ever presentation of the Rosendale edition of the Subliminal History of New York State, a narrative about living land and history being developed by Carrie Dashow and Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg.
From 2-5 PM, the singing workshop mixed instruction on how to sing shape note music, an early American singing style still in practice today, with stories communicated from the living land about Rosendale's cement industry and the vast inland sea that covered much of the region in Cretaceous times. At 6 PM the class performed with Carrie and Jesse and an audience of over fifty people. The performance featured storytelling, participatory visual and auditory exercises performed by the audience, and the singing of seven original shape note compositions.