Evoking Home is a new interview series by Andrea Samborski brought to life in November 2017.
For over twenty years, Andrea has dedicated herself to Arts & Culture between her homes of Basel, Switzerland and Vancouver Island, Canada.
From 2009 - 2016 she was co-creator, co-curator, booker and artist liaison of the former Parterre Kultur venue in Basel, Switzerland, presenting "Big Art on a Small Stage", where analogue stage lights, and a wall of candlelit antique mirrors oversaw an intimate "pin-drop" space of just 150.
Artists who she invited and welcomed to that stage include:
Glen Hansard, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Anaïs Mitchell, John Grant, Sam Amidon, My Brightest Diamond, Nils Frahm, Eivør, Lau, Peter Broderick, Blue Rose Code, Laura Veirs, Sarah Blasko, John Bramwell, Jenny Hval, Agnes Obel, John Smith, The Tiger Lillies, Haram, Adem, Barbarossa, She Keeps Bees, The Deslondes, Dan Mangan, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Tom Freund, Daniel Norgren, James Yorkston, Withered Hand, Liz Green, Rachel Sermanni, Boy, Anna von Hausswolff, Ewert And The Two Dragons, Stornoway, The Strumbellas, Howe Gelb, Lord Rochester, Nina Kinert, Dota, Ben Caplan, Spring Offensive, To Kill A King, Hey Rosetta!, Denis Jones, Moddi, Madison Violet, Wallis Bird, The Black Atlantic, Isbells, Gysbert zu Knyphausen, Harper Simon, Three Blind Wolves, The Miserable Rich, Erland & The Carnival, Paul Tiernan, Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six...among others...
In 2016 Andrea went independent and founded eclipse concerts.
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ABOUT THE SERIES
We're a global community – we hop flights like busses, set up office in airports, fly internationally and back within a day for a meeting. Some work in London and live on French farms; others home up on remote islands and spend their year's bulk touring concert venues and festival stages; still others abide in urban centres, escaping for mountain-stuffed weekends, forests and beaches.
Home may well be where the paper envelopes of our physical mail land, and yet, when we leave it to refresh our senses and replenish inspiration, we can find - in new surroundings - ourselves feeling another sense of coming home.
So where, or rather what, is home?
Even amidst our travels and the excitement of things new, we seek nests for repose - places of ease and comfort.
What makes that space? How is it evoked from the road?
The hug of familiar sweater?
Comfort food? Or any food cooked for us with care?
A connection with a friend, whether physical or digital? A chat with a stranger? Writing a postcard to our beloved?
Or returning to that café we discovered yesterday and finding the staff now greet us in recognition?
Is home the familiar or simply a sense of being seen?
Whether on the road (or off it) for bliss or business, at the end of the day, the nest we “come home” to, wherever it may be, is ideally a place where we can exhale and recharge.
In these conversations we'll speak with cultural trailblazers who make “home” between multiple cities and countries. We'll meet artists who live most of their year on the road, and Arts curators who remain closer to base, nurturing harbours for creative world-wanderers. We'll hear how home is evoked for these culturati, learn a little about their travel rites, and get their insider tips and personal favourites for the cities they come from and the cities they live in...which perhaps will become the cities you visit when you make a getaway from your own home - and find, quite possibly, you've landed in another.
"I've always felt that the beauty of being surrounded by the foreign is that it slaps you awake. You can't take anything for granted. Travel, for me, is a little bit like being in love, because suddenly all your senses are at the setting marked 'on'...Suddenly you're alert to the secret patterns of the world. The real voyage of discovery, as Marcel Proust famously said, consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes. And of course, once you have new eyes, even the old sights, even your home becomes something different.
And home, we know, is not just the place where you happen to be born. It's the place where you become yourself."
- Pico Iyer -