"Some people will never know or understand what it takes to make an exceptional piece, nor appreciate the hard work involved. Even fewer are willing to commit to the effort, but Tribe is the glorious exception, 'the Demon of Providence' is the diamond she has pulled from the rough." (Jonathan Bryce Russel, Echoes and Memories, 2010)
All Hail The Underground Queen!
Cassandra Tribe is the best kept secret, at least from the country she is from. The rest of the world has followed her rising career including her in lists of the Top 100 Performers of the century and the Top 25 Most Influential American Women artists for years and yet, she remains virtually unknown in a country that loves their celebrity. And a part of her likes it this way, but that in itself is a mark of the humility and seriousness of the developing genius of this dramatic poet.
The lucky few who saw her performances with Medusa's Child last year know of the genius I speak, for when was the last time you experience any performer, let alone a poet, who left you haunted by things you were not even aware of were within you.
Her video work is what is most striking. This is an artist who has wedded this ancient and unpracticed form of poetry to our technological age and the result echoes throughout your soul. Rumors of her new work, the Demon of Providence, raise a level of anticipation that is just not associated with poetry, because what Cassandra Tribe does is not poetry - she speaks the truth we have lost. (Eric Lohnshen, The Versifier Journals, Vol 12, Ed 2. Toronto, July 2009)
"There are few artists that can do what Cassandra Tribe does. Whether with her poetry, her videos or her blog, Cassandra examines the truths that most of us can never come close to realizing and shows it for what it is, both beautiful and frightening at the same time. She exposes our inner-most workings like the cross-section of a powerful but flawed machine, our gears and springs, nuts and bolts removed and laid out before us. She is a true artist.
Her new video, Requiem for a God, is the latest example of Cassandra's willingness to tear open and examine the very things that make us human. Shooting the film entirely by herself, she also eliminates all the little excuses we come up with to keep us from ourselves and our truth. You see, even when she's not trying to be, Cassandra Tribe is a beacon of truth and humanity in this darkest of worlds." (Michael E. Quigg, The Culture Network, June 2009)
Praise for 'Angel' and 'the greedy heart'
"Angel" by Cassandra Tribe is a deep and intellectual spoken word EP that is filled with precise imagery and a tone that is tense and revealing. It is not just Cassandra's words that create the journey; it is her delivery, pacing, and tranquil voice that really rounds out the concept. She plays on silence in a way that keeps you longing for the next line and hanging on every word. This is Cassandra's third CD and the concept of this album is a stripped down work of art. You hear nothing but her voice on this one, a bold statement considering music and effects were a big part of her previous releases. There is a build as the journey unfolds when the album opens with the whispery "The Dark Flower of Hope (Part 1)," a reflection of wasted life. "Monster" deals with more irresponsibility, this time in the area of false gods. "The Dreams of Bees" brings forth tremendous power and intensity as Cassandra brings forth the most vivid of frustrations. If you enjoy rich, well performed poetry, you will enjoy "Angel." (RadioIndy Reviews, 2009)
What's your Tribe? The one who speaks the words of longing you didn't even know existed inside you, or the one that scares the pants off you with the mirror that she holds up to reveal your dark potential? Just perfect...(James Duckworth)
Put your hand out, let Cassandra Tribe walk you though this journey. She will be your reflection on this trip to reality. 'Angel', Tribe's new collection of poetry explores the human condition, from the painful ebb and flow of love to the uncertainty of living in a world where "...Our poets are silent/Our singers drunk..." Tribe, lends her audience a didactic and Humanistic view of the world, whether it is through her poetry, essays or her daily blog. One stand-out poem by Tribe, the epic-poem Monster urges readers to face the harsh reality that comes with being irresponsible in life - the false gods and monsters created by blind acceptance. (Vagner Revol, Poet Tree Magazine)
The DVD was awesome, the color scheme and the way the music was blended. You have a talent for this...from the moment I put the DVD in then pushed play I couldn't move. I froze watching, reading and listening. The (Barbara) Bush quotes...the conversation between the EMT and the hospital was kind of scary but it set the mood. Thank you for sharing it with me. Job well done, I love the colors. (Vagner Revol, Poet Tree Magazine)
Hard to believe that a room full of people crowded around a computer screen to watch a preview would wind up with tears in their eyes out of sympathy for the character of War. Tribe's words rang with a truth that not only expressed a God's pain, but a personal pain that we can all touch. Everything that was suggested in 'Ugly Diamonds' and the performance ability shown in 'the cradle, the lamb' have all come together here. It has all come together and the evil that Tribe shows us is balanced by the hope she expresses. Bravo! Or maybe, Brava! Depending on which of Tribe's voices we're applauding.(Mary Q. Riken, Advance Journal On-line)
Cassandra Tribe needs to write a book on how to get it done, and get it done well. (RT)
Using a mix of music, spoken word and effects, "The Rest of the World" sees Tribe's characters and ideas fully developed and presented. The video opens with a quote from Barbara Bush backed by the response tapes from FDNY on 9/11 that can only lead to a new definition of evil. Tribe then moves into a performance of "Quiet My Soul", a depiction of the God of War, that displays her formidable stage presence. On the last word from War, a simple "please", the video rises into the harsh, trance backed performance of the title piece "the Rest of the World".
While the music and the performance drives the piece, the last series of quotes - seen in silence against a black screen -will take your breath away. Tribe has quickly learned the video medium and found the missing link to her art. Her performance in "world" is so seamless as to make it difficult to remember it is only one person on screen, elevating her use of character and voices out of the "odd" and into a necessary presence. (The Educated Easy, 2008)
The House of Weddings
"The House of Weddings" features the spoken word of Cassandra Tribe. The twelve-track album examines the nature of commitment to our selves, others, faith, and life. Cassandra uses very creative vocal effects and techniques, including the use of multiple voices and changing the timbre and pitch of her voice to sound like a woman or a man. Her reading is excellent...very heartfelt and dramatic! The music and poetry are somber and deep, tearing at your heart and soul. The album seems to climax at the poem entitled, "Devastation" with lyrics such as, "O sweet devastation/This choice we are all free to make/Do we give up our all/To become something new?/Or acknowledge the weave of fate?" If you enjoy spoken word and are looking for something fresh, check out Cassandra Tribe! " (Volume 2, Issue 9 April 5, 2007 LooseyLucy.com (Painted Girl Records)
"The House of Weddings"...is driven by incantation and prayer-energy, putting it into a class by itself. (Gregg Shapiro, Music, No. 24, The ChicagoFreePress)
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