Hello! Whatever path brought you here, I am glad you made it to the destination! I’m Thomas Beavitt and this global village bard project is my lovechild. Here you will find not only my own work but also that co-authored with my various collaborators: translators, singers, dancers, arrangers, musicians, graphic artists, poets, composers, producers and more. The main idea behind global village bard is that art – creativity, what we think our life is all about, etc. – is necessarily structured around a core activity. In this case – writing and translating songs and poetry and performing them at concerts, festivals, various get-togethers and… these days, increasingly… online.
Although I am a native English speaker, I live in Russia and speak Russian daily. I am constantly fascinated by the music of language and how this is revealed through the act of verse translation. This in turn seems to stimulate all kind of visualisations and creations featuring other peoples’ unique takes on what it means to be a human being.
I hope that you find the idea of the global village bard stimulating to your own creative process. Maybe, like many others already have, you will find a way to use the project to structure a future collaboration. Anyway, please don’t be a stranger. Introduce yourself! Tell me (and others) what you think! What is your mother tongue? Who is your favourite singer or poet? What art form makes you feel most alive?