‘Tree and Wood’ is a new immersive performance by Jony Easterby, creator of sell-out success For the Birds at NewZealand Festival & Brighton Festival. This new project explores man’s relationship with trees and forests from a cultural, ecological, arboricultural and agricultural perspective.
Known for the quality of his extraordinary immersive sound and light works in eclectic locations of cities and rural landscapes across the world, Jony Easterby, collaborating with a diverse range of multi-talented artists, is at the forefront of this form of art experience in outdoor settings.The audience numbers (15,000 in Brighton alone) demonstrate how much it is appreciated and in demand.
Drawing the most resonate and powerful of this work Tree and Wood is set in a forest at dusk, inviting audiences of all ages to journey into the heart of the forest to experience a narrative of sound, song and performance.
At dusk the audience is transported into a dreamlike realm through a series of installations, music and performance, bringing smell, touch and sounds to the forefront of our consciousness.
Using a combination of high and low-tech elements Tree and Wood is a combination of sculpture, sound works, multi speaker systems, video projections, architectural forms and landscaped design. These explore traditional forest crafts/green woodworking, silviculture (cultivation of trees), ecology and other environmental themes.
Jony Easterby’s Tree and Wood is a spectacle to behold. …… the space is transformed into a series of stage sets that take the audience from opulent visions of a pre-lapsarian Arcadia (fruit, plants, vegetation) to industry, conflict, the colonisation of Native American land and, finally, a message of peace: “Still the trees they grow,” sings Easterby.
Multilayered sound mixes human yelps with electronic beats and the hammer and tongs of industry, while a two-man saw is played with a bow to eerie effect. The lights drop in the final scene like a curtain falling on the forest, before the back of the copse blazes up to signify nature’s resilience. It is a breathtaking sight and an extraordinary achievement of sound technology within the natural elements.