Soviet Canada 1935 explores Elspeth Gardner’s childhood world through the musical interpretation of her daughter, Soressa Gardner.
Voice – Elspeth Gardner, Soressa Gardner, Graham Meisner; Piano: Sue Wood, Roya Ravanbaksh. Piano scores from The Rebel Song Book: Samuel H. Friedman, ed. and Dorothy Bachman, music ed., Rebel Song Book: Eighty-Seven Socialist and Labour Songs for Voice and Piano (New York: Rand School Press, 1935).
Background: Soviet Canada 1935 was conceived during Soressa’s residency at Vancouver Coop Radio (sponsored by the Media Arts Committee with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts) in the fall of 2006 and completed in 2007.
Following are two VancouverCoop Radio CFRO Interviews regarding the project: