ALBUM BOOK PODCAST SHOW
P O D C A S T B E G I N S J U L Y 1 9
A L B U M O C T O B E R 1
Episode 6 LIMEN out Monday September 27
featuring Martin Tielli, Meg Remy, Ryan Driver
Klaus wanders the town of Mexico, Maine like a tramp. He is taken in by a dark, enigmatic figure.
episodes released biweekly (total 8)
each episode features a chapter from the book with select songs from the album
CAST (in order of appearance):
John Southworth – Klaus
Janine Theriault – Mrs. Gheradini
Claudia Dey – “Van Leer” spirit
Francis Nicholson – Lost Child Of The Railroad
Tamara Lindeman – E. Van Leer
Veda Hille – “The Far East” spirit
Robin Dann – Wanda Rose
Luka Kuplowsky – young Klaus
Daniel Knox – Longfellow
Devon Sproule – “The Green Angel” spirit
Rusty Keeler – motel manger
Ryan Driver – Willy “Silly” Simon
Sam Allison – "Nabokov"
D.A. Meeks – “Underground Cinema” and “Rialto” spirit
Feurd Ian Robertson – library security guard
Meg Remy – “Limen” and “Wandersee” spirit
Martin Tielli – Bill Barc
Frankie Figliomeni – waiter
Travis Stokl – bank teller
Andy Magoffin – tramp
Cory Bruyea – tramp
Felicity Williams – member of “The Wan”
Thom Gill – Don Wan
Phil Melanson – thin man
out OCTOBER 1 on Tin Angel
songs by John Southworth
performed by Venuti String Quartet
arrangements by Andrew Downing
produced by Jean Martin & John Southworth
Singers (in order of appearance):
Silver film canister
You are what you dream
Lost child of the railroad
Real the reel
92-page e-Book with audible
illustrations by David Ouimet
out NOVEMBER 1 on Sud de Valeur Press
MARCH 2022 / Paradise Theater, Toronto
TIN ANGEL RECORDS
copyright 2021 by John Southworth
A few years back I had this dream: I was walking through vast grasslands towards a solitary hill. On top of the hill was a movie house. On the marquee: History of Jazz
I kept thinking about it. What was in the movie house? Why was I going there? Why “History of Jazz”? To reach some kind of insight, I began a film script, extending the dream tenfold. The script morphed into a novella-sized book, a series of songs, and finally, a “mind-movie” podcast, forming this labyrinthine, multi-medium story – equal parts dream, film and waking life.
Figuring out how to transcend the traditional parameters of the album to create a more panoramic story-vision is something I’ve been unconsciously trying to do for some time. I’ve been pushing against the edges – toying with narrative, characters and visuals with Easterween and Niagara, a weird children’s book Daydreams for Night – but the scope of life behind Rialto felt too irrepressible and expansive to be boxed in an album. The book and podcast have kicked open the doors – allowing the album to lead or serve where it should.
In Rialto’s extended narrative, Klaus (loner, insomniac) is working a stint as a driver for a small town writer’s festival. Following a series of unsettling paranormal events, he finds himself agreeing to a strange request – to deliver a film reel in time for its premiere at a secluded movie house – the Rialto. The journey leads him through a circuit of strangely located, oracular movie houses, screening a mix of dreams, fantasies, memories and prophecies – numinous films of personal revelation. Inhabiting the movie houses are underworld characters and spirits with ambiguous motivations, some helping and some hindering Klaus’s quest. It’s a Dantesque, deep cleanse pilgrimage to untangle bitterness and trauma, rediscover a lost clairvoyance, ancestry, and ultimately, the medicinal source of eternal youth. A metaphysical noir. A hyperstition.
Rialto’s album stars seven singer-artists playing characters alongside mine: Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station), Daniel Knox, Thom Gill (Owen Pallet, Beverly Glenn-Copeland), Ryan Driver (Jennifer Castle), Felicity Williams (Bahamas), Robin Dann (Bernice) and Martin Tielli (Rheostatics). All Toronto-based like me except Daniel (Chicago). Performed by the Venuti String Quartet with arrangements by Andrew Downing. Produced by Jean Martin (Tanya Tagaq).
Each of Rialto’s eight podcast episodes features a chapter from the book performed by a cast of twenty five – made up almost entirely of musicians – including the speaking voices of the aforementioned singers, as well as Meg Remy (U.S. Girls), Claudia Dey, Veda Hille, Devon Sproule, Luka Kuplowsky and others. Rialto is available as a 92-page e-Book (illustrations by David Ouimet) November 1 on Sud de Valeur Press. Premiere performances begin early 2022.
Happy Rialto listening, reading, watching, dreaming –