Graham Reid | | 3 min read
Released in early 2011, Carolina Moon's album Mother Tongue was unique in New Zealand's musical landscape.
Moon, a jazz singer with an abiding interest in world music, had looked to the Sepharic Jewish music out of Spain in the Middle Ages and with excellent musicians -- which included Nigel Gavin, Roger Manins, Kevin Field and others -- reset them in a way where they remained faithful to their origins but sounded compellingly in the present tense.
This was an album of great imagination, courage and depth -- and when she took time out to answer The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire she was preparing to launch it at the Taranaki Womad, although it could be equally well served in a concert hall.
The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .
Ben by Michael Jackson was the
first single I bought.
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
Ha! Shakti Yoni – Pot Head Pixies –
probably explains a lot, Led
Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana,
Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
Lennon, Nirvana, Madonna, Jacko
If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .
A sybil (not sure how that would fare in
a contemporary setting.)
The three songs (yours, or by others)
you would love everyone to hear are . . .
All Along the Watchtower – XTC; With the Moon I’m Walking – Savinna Yannatou; My Song – Keith Jarrett / Jan Garbarek
Any interesting, valuable or just plain
strange musical memorabilia at home?
I have a pair of earings found in
Billie Holiday’s hotel room after she’d left which are reputed to
The best book on music or musicians you
have read is . . .
Music and Trance – University of
If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)
The three films you'd insist anybody
watch because they might understand you better are . . .
Deathproof – Tarantino – LOVE IT!; Open Your Eyes – original Spanish movie predecessor of Vanilla Sky; maybe GBH – think it’s an Alan Bleasdale.
The last CD or vinyl album you bought
was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .
me ne me ne
The poster, album cover or piece of art
could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
I reckon Yessongs
You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .
Would have to be some depiction of the moon.
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's
all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?
Walking the Camino de Santiago – the
pilgrim route through France / Spain, and I’d go to Israel too.
And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”
I love my musicians; I passionately love the music -
and vocally I feel I’ve found my niche, and that in this genre I
have new realms of vocal challenge and emotional expression.