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Roger Marsh’s Sozu Baba performance in Mexico

Sozu Baba – a music theatre piece for solo female voice (with drum) was performed on Wednesday 2 June 2015 by Beatriz Elena Martinez (a former York MA student) at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras CMMAS, Morelia (Michoacán, México).

​The text of ‘Sodzu Baba’ is based on ‘Three Roads River’, a poem by Judith Woolf (English Department, University of York) about a mythical Japanese character described in Lafcadio Hearn’s book ‘Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan’ (1894). Prof. Marsh and Dr. Woolf collaborated on the piece in 1996 and it was premiered in Utrecht in 1997. Later this year, Woolf’s poem, illustrated by one of her paintings, is to be published in issue 8 of ‘Gramarye: The Journal of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy’, University of Chichester.