A few weeks ago Danny Michel returned from the trip of a lifetime with Canadian Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield who invited him to join Generator Arctic, an expedition traversing the Arctic Ocean aboard the Russian ice-breaker Kapitan Khlebnikov with scientists, photographers, writers, videographers. The mission was to capture the experience and share it with the rest of world. Inspired by the immediate surroundings Danny built a makeshift studio in cabin 712 (comprised of camera tripods, hair ties, and gaffing tape) and from Grise Fjord and Aujuittuq (The most northerly community in Canada & one of the coldest inhabited places in the world) to Eureka Sound, Resolute, Nunavut and the Franklin graves at Beechey Island, Danny drew inspiration from this rare frozen corner of the our planet and captured it in song.
Photo Credit: Aaron “Tango” Tang
To fully comprehend the experience and the conditions of the expedition, Danny has captured his trip in the latest installment of his series Dan’s Space Van. The episode also features a performance of “Nobody Rules You” from the deck of the Khlebnikov.
For the next 18 days, Danny recorded in his tiny cabin and invited some guests to cram into the ‘studio’ to share their talents, including Col. Hadfield (singing in Russian), and the dishwashers from the Khlebnikov kitchen. The tracks captured there made their way back to Canada to begin collaboration with composer Rob Carli who, aside from being a member of Danny’s band, is one of Canada’s most in-demand composers with 15 Gemini and Canadian Screen Award nominations, 5 Gemini Awards, 2 Canadian Screen Awards and 3 SOCAN Awards for domestic television.
Rob’s addition of brass and string arrangements take Danny to new ground, or ice, and is quite literally explorational. For the finished album, aptly titled Khlebnikov, imagine a classical-based, Tom Waits meets Tim Burton feel. The album itself may also qualify for a Guinness World Record for the most northern album ever recorded. Keep your fingers crossed! Stay tuned for more details about Khlebnikov, coming soon.
In November, Hadfield will be joined by Danny and other passengers from the expedition for a pair of events which share their experiences aboard the Khlebnikov. The team will be in Toronto on November 2 at the AGO, and at Kitchener’s Centre In The Square on November 16.
ABOUT GENERATOR ARCTIC
Generator is at its core an idea. The idea that the niche has a great deal to offer the mainstream. This year, we intend to push that idea to its limits. The image of the Arctic is in a feedback loop. The narrative has been written before filming even begins. Audiences don’t need to watch to understand, and have in turn simply stopped listening. Nobody wants another documentary, they want something worth witnessing.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield has traversed the Arctic Ocean with scientists, photographers, writers, musicians, and videographers to capture a unique experience unlike ever before. From the south of Greenland to northern Resolute, Generator Arctic has created a multimedia imprint of a rare time and space, seen through eyes who have never been exposed to it before.
GENERATOR ARCTIC LIVE w/ Danny Michel
For more info on Danny and “Khlebnikov"
visit dannymichel.com and https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/danny-michel-s-khlebnikov#/