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Dao Strom’s Instrument/Traveler’s Ode is an experiment in multimodal poetics—inhabiting a synergistic blend of poetry, music, and visual art: the artist’s three forms of “voice”. Born in Vietnam and leaving the country at the age of two for Northern California, Strom’s life and work speaks to fragmentation—of/within selves, histories, cultures, groups of people, and places—yet within this configuring lies her art’s fluid mastery. Combining color photography, personal biography and gripping, restless poetry, Instrument represents a unique melding of literature and art.
The poems are augmented by an album, Traveler’s Ode, an interwoven series of textured, ethereal song-poems. Atmospheric yet weighted, minimalist yet lush, the album combines voice, electronics, piano, guitars, and field recordings to create a deeply emotive song-cycle that explores themes of displacement, diaspora, and hauntings.
“Both expansive and nano, Dao Strom’s Instrument is a type of reverse-engineered instrument in itself, capable of spotifying the reader’s and listener’s soul with the kind of tender, compassionate voyage that a sightseeing body with one foot in one country and the other dipped in the postmodern penmanship of memory could possibly roam.”
—Vi Khi Nao, author of Fish in Exile