I Am Alive (I Guess)
Part of Headingley LitFest 2017.
Poetry and music about the short walk from light to the edge of darkness – and back. Schwa is Peter Spafford on piano/vocals and Richard Ormrod on at least nine instruments, joined by singer Jacqui Wicks. Here they set to music poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, Anne Sexton, and Edna St.Vincent Millais, besprinkled with original text by Peter Spafford.
Schwa’s ‘Threshold’ was premiered at Headingley Litfest in 2015 and is touring this spring for the second time, funded by The Arts Council.
Playful, but not frivolous. Intricately constructed songs that manage to constantly surprise, whilst sounding like I’d always known them. It was genuinely exciting to witness the music being played and was a stand-out moment of the year. I bought the album and have played it endlessly since. It’s good to know that music can still bring new joy, even when I don’t deserve it. Rob Reed, cultural blogger
Vivid lyricism and authentic vocals blended with fantastic eclectic arrangements. Testament email@example.com