Venice Is A Fish
Wandering in snake streets
Walking, wondering, walking
My steps cracking, clap back and forth
From up between the walls
Lying at night in death-like silence
I learned to listen
They say you're sinking
Your bone white buildings brittle in the sun
Church walls rising white and dry
Like bones prepared to split
Il muro a Santa Maria Formosa
Bianco e secco, come un'osso
Pronto da spaccare in un migliaio di pezzi
Pieces, pieces, brittle pieces.
I open the door into the river
Moving me where it wants to go
"Every day invents itself"
I am a speck in the belly of a fish.
Written, performed and recorded by Theresa Wong on cello, voice, tonkori and prepared piano.
Title from Tiziano Scarpa's novel Venezia è un pesce.
Theresa Wong is a cellist, vocalist, composer and improviser whose work encompasses music, theater and the visual arts. Seeking transformation through the magical process of performance, her works include: O Sleep, a multi-faceted improvised opera exploring the conundrum of sleep life and The Unlearning, a collection of songs for cello, violin and two voices inspired by Goya's Disasters of War etchings, released on Tzadik records. She has collaborated with such artists as Anna Halprin, Fred Frith, Annie Lewandowski, Søren Kjærgaard, Ellen Fullman and Carla Kihlstedt. She performs internationally and currently resides in Berkeley California.