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Performance: “A Brief and True Report”


Pump House Park
1708 Pump House Dr Richmond, VA 23221

Date & Time:

April 14, 2018
12:00 pm




12pm – 5:30pm: “A Brief and True Report” sound installation on view.

5:30pm: Performance of new vocal pieces.

“A Brief and True Report” is a multi-channel sound installation by artist and composer Sara Bouchard, created for the small quarry in historic Pump House Park. Speakers placed in the site’s natural amphitheater emit chromatic vocal lines and hammering sounds, invoking a simultaneously idyllic and unsettling atmosphere. Woven into the musical piece are words from Thomas Hariot’s “A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia,” a 1588 English manuscript which advertised the plentiful “merchantable commodities” and consumable natural resources of the New World, some of which are now endangered. Bouchard’s sound work evokes two landscapes that no longer exist:  the Edenic vision of Virginia from early European contact and the chunk of earth and stone that was removed from this quarry. In focusing on lost landscapes, Bouchard’s work questions the deep-seated history and ongoing practice of the overconsumption of American land and resources.

At 5:30pm, Sara Bouchard will perform new songs related to her research into sound, history and the landscape. This will feature the artist’s voice and sparse instrumentation including recorded environmental sounds and natural objects like leaves and stones. Listen at sarabouchard.com

Twilight Tours Event Itinerary: (All events are outdoors, rain or shine.)

A Brief and True Report by Sara Bouchard (12pm -6:30pm) free
Location: The small quarry to the right of the pathway, just before the bridge as you enter Pump House Park.


“Twilight Tours” (45-minute tours at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 6pm)

Historic tours of the Pump House with Mr. Pump House & other Friends of Pump House board members, plus tours of the historic canals with Dr. Bill Trout & the Virginia Canal and Navigation Society. $5 each, cash or card.


Grace St. Seven Concert (6:30pm)
Description: A little more about us: We are a Vintage Jazz Septet that specializes in tunes from the 1920’s and 30’s. Our mission is to bring back the sounds of early Jazz in the style they were played. Great for swing dancing and Gatsby-styled events, we’ve been featured at Word War One era events, museums, private parties and a few local Speakeasies.  As a 7 Piece band, we do have a slightly larger foot print, but we are not as large as a Big Band. We can also provide our own sound equipment.  If this band is too large for the space and you need more of a Jazz Trio, I can supply that as well in the form of another band.

The Grace Street Seven, a vintage jazz septet specializing in tunes from the 1920’s and 30’s, brings back the sounds of Gatsby-era jazz in an hour-long set.



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Sara Bouchard

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Sara Bouchard is a multi-disciplinary artist and songwriter with a strong foothold in American roots.

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