January 20 at 9:30pm
At Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
Sága is a theatrical song cycle, which deals with “homecoming” as its main theme. The title of the work refers to the well-known epic tales composed in Iceland and Greenland some time between the 12th and 14th centuries, and also to Sága: in Norse mythology she is the goddess of history and storytelling. Dez Mona tells stories about the soul and goes in search of their love for the land, a home, and the world in which they live. The songs emanate from the continuous search for ideal geographical and spiritual surroundings. By looking into the past, Dez Mona tries to explain the current state of affairs. But more than anything, their latest work is a poetic reflection on what is happening here and now. After its wildly successful New York debut in PROTOTYPE 2016, we have decided to bring it back for a reprise engagement.
Dez Mona is one of Belgium’s finest indie bands whose style fuses jazz, gospel, spirituals, and drama. For the creation of Sága, they engage in a sparkling collaboration with B.O.X. (Baroque Orchestration X).
By Dez Mona and Baroque Orchestration X
Sága was created with the support of deSingel in Antwerp, Klara festival, Opera Days Rotterdam, and with the generous support of the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders.
Co-presented with Joe’s Pub
Show Run Time: 75 Minutes
Photo by Mous Lamrabat
B.O.X (Baroque Orchestration X) is a Flemish and international collective that was founded in 2010 by lute virtuoso Pieter Theuns, which uses age-old baroque sound textures while writing a completely new story. It invites rock and pop artists from all over the world for collaborations, while aiming at creating new works. They combine their own mastery of antique instruments such as the viola da gamba, the cornetto and theorbo with the songwriting and indie spirit of present-day artists. B.O.X focuses perpetually on collective creation and seeks out collaborations across musical boundaries. Thus they seek to tear down the walls between old and new, pop and classical, local and international, with unique musical productions as a result. In january 2018 they hosted the first edition of their very own festival miXmass, featuring new productions with artists such as Efterklang, Mugison, Shara Worden and Helga Davis amongst others, for which they received high praise from press and public. Being a New Music festival, miXmass is conceived as being a high mass of connection, and is co-organised by deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp, Belgium).
Dez Mona was founded in 2003 and is led by singer Gregory Frateur and double bass player Nicolas Rombouts. The band quickly made a name for itself with their acoustic music which is firmly rooted in jazz, gospel, tango and chanson. Frateur's amazing voice with its impressive dramatic qualities blends perfectly with the beautiful arrangements of Rombouts. They too take pride in keeping an open mind and have since long stopped thinking in genres and periods. Instead they seek to make music which is firmly rooted in tradition, while at the same time breaking free from it. In the past 15 years they have recorded 9 albums and performed more than 500 shows all over the globe.