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Mmm Hmmm (Verity Standen)

By | Published on Monday 18 August 2014

Whispers of narrative emerge from the collage of songs that comprises Verity Standen’s a cappella experiment, but narrative is not the point here. Standen, Ellie Showering and Dominie Hooper play with unity, unison and counterpoint, and with how lights, movement, facial expression and body percussion can flavour and accentuate the music their voices make. Amid more conventional songs are odd set pieces: hooded and bowed like monks they sing mundane phrases, breaking them into individual syllables ‘Have you swiped your Nectar card?’ with each singing a syllable in increasingly quick succession. “Mmm hmmm” becomes like an ‘amen’ to conclude each segment. The performance brims with ideas and the three performers have absolute control over their excellent voices.

Zoo Southside, until 16 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Tim Bano]