Hellen Rose - Director, Composer, Mezzo Soprano, Guitarist.
Mary Jean O’Doherty - Coloratura Soprano, Flutist.
Michael Sheridan – Guitarist.
Linda Dement – Visuals.
Hellen Rose Mezzo Soprano, Backing Tracks
Mary Jean O'Doherty Coloratura Soprano, Flute
Michael Sheridan Guitar
Visuals Linda Dement
Extra visuals Hellen Rose Jalalabad.
Music Director/ Composer and Concept
Casula Power House May 28 2021
Camera George Gittoes and Jeremy Elphik
Live music mixed by Severin Seiben
Edited by Jeremy Elphik
Soul Crime can be described like nothing ever heard before, dark electronic ‘Riot Girrrl’ Art Band mixed with classically trained musicians - Opera from the real Divas of damnation…. and electric axe and violin from the guardians of the gates of Heaven and Hell…beauty mingles with exquisite chaos in a new inter- cultural and mixed genre synthesis of sound as surprising as the changed world we find ourselves reflected in. Original lyrics by the Sappho of soul. Kaleidoscopic visions from the Cassandra Punk Sage Queen.
We live in a world where Soul Crime ravages all that is truth and beauty!
The 0.01% control the world and there are no more rules of engagement. Our lives are gambled and expended while our planet crumbles, as the greedy gorge like Saturn eating his children.
Soul Crime invoke a world-wide united force of Goddesses; the mighty Kali, Hecate, Medusa, Morrigan, Athena, Anubis, Rerek, Apopis, the Mimi and the Mamma Wata, Huli Jing, Yama Uba,Nafanua, Nana, Lunang Kafir, Adsagsona…. to bring the guzzling beast to heel and save the WORLD!
Images by Sylvia Liber with thanks to Samantha Rhodes Stylist and Caroline Reznik Costumier.
Singer and performance artist Hellen Rose has created the soundtracks to the Gittoes' documentaries White Light and Snow Monkey, and has worked alongside Gittoes in very dangerous situations around the world; even risking her own life to be the first woman to sing in public to a mixed gender audience in 80 years on International Women's Day 2017 at the Governor's Palace, Jalalabad Afghanistan.
Mary Jean O’Doherty is an exceptional Coloratura Soprano which means she can reach impossible heights note wise and as well as that is an internationally award-winning legitimate Opera Diva!! “I would die to work with you Hellen” were the words I was surprised to hear come from her impeccably well elocuted mouth!
Hellen initially invited Guitarist Michael to do some ‘dark ambient’ music for White Light, he ended up being so inspired he extended the ambient into songs which we feature on the White Light Soundtrack. Michael has a long history and involvement in the Australian music scene, classically trained he worked many times with Martin Wesley Smith who also worked with George on his early Wattamolla Spectacle Shows. I knew Michael would be perfect for the group. There were always ‘boys’ who stood by us tough ‘punk girls’ who implicitly understood our concerns and who shared in copping the flack from ‘shocked’ and ‘offended’ by standers. Michael has always been one.
I knew I wanted a strong visual element involved and a staunch feminist one so contacted my old friend the Visual Artist Linda Dement. I feature in one of her very early works from the 80’s one of the first interactive CD Rom’s ever made a piece called ‘In My Gash’. I knew she would be perfect on this. She has created a powerful piece that will screen behind us as we perform utising images of some of my performances in my bomb shelter studio at the Yellow House Jalalabad along with her compelling and unique visuals- the perfect collaborators for this work.
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