THE OPHELIA SONGBOOK
The Ophelia Songbook is an exploration into women's place in society.
Kyrie Kristmanson is the voice of Ophelia, a character in Shakespeare's play "Hamlet". She explores with imagination and sensibility the multiple aspects of women's lives through the ages all over the world.
Even since the creation of Hamlet, the character of Ophelia has been a symbol of the link between sexuality and madness in women. Although she is not the main character and expresses little, she is the one who is the most represented in painting, in literature and in popular culture, the epitome of male fantasies.
In this songbook, we imagine that her diary and her personal letters have ben found... and here a literary ghost turns into flesh and blood.
These thoughts are equally nourished by "Le Rire de la Méduse", a mythical text written by Hélène Cixous, a unique ans wonderfully original talented blend of philosophy, poetical writing and political manifesto.
Kyrie Kristmanson's texts, in english and french, have been put to music by David Chevallier, composer and guitarist renowned for is blending of very different styles.
With them, two virtuoso jazzmen : Sébastien Boisseau and Christophe Lavergne.
Songs ? Folk ? Jazz ? These artists don't worry about classifications... on the contrary, they've been working for years at abolishing them !
Kyrie Kristmanson : voice
David Chevallier : acoustic guitars, theorbo
Sébastien Boisseau : acoustic bass
Christophe Lavergne : drums