Thursday [4.17.14] on artxFM.com: David Grubbs discusses “Records Ruin the Landscape” with Keep Louisville Literary

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David Grubbs, an integral member of the Louisville music scene for decades with bands:Squirrel Bait Youth, Bastro, and Gastr Del Sol, went on to study music to the dissertation level and has since churned out a book integral to the music scene at large. 

“Records Ruin Landscapes” explores the life and death effects that the process of recording has on music.  From Cagean chance music, indeterminacy to popular forms, what does it mean to capture a single occurrence of a moment in time?  What affect does owning a hard copy have on how we listen and experience music?  What is gained and what is lost?  John Cage, from whom the title of the book is derived, hated the concept of recording, and felt it countered the entire purpose and philosophy of chance, indeterminacy, and the I-ching  from which the main body of his work was based.  Cage wasn’t alone, most avant-garde composers of the 60s and free-improv jazz musicians felt the same way: 

 an individual performance was unique and practically sacred — in free improvisation there is no “composition,” not even a loosely scored one — but preserving a live gig on tape permanently was tantamount to trapping a butterfly under glass, or worse. In Bailey’s words: “The point of a record is that you can play it again[…] It’ll all eventually become mood music, right?”

https://lareviewofbooks.org/review/performance-anxiety/

 

 

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Experimental music is alive and well in Louisville and many musicians and composers today take pre-recorded material and manipulate them in real time.  It seems that recording, after becoming so stylized in itself, is now coming full circle. One of my questions for David Grubbs tomorrow: Where do we go from here? 

 

Tune in to artxfm.com at 1pm EST to hear excerpts from the book, Q&A with Grubbs, and local experimental tracks.

David Grubbs will then be at Dreamland tomorrow evening to have an open discussion with Tim Barnes and play a solo set.  Tickets are avail: 

Thursday, April 17th
at DREAMLAND
7 PM Doors
$10 General Admission; Advance Online Tickets available here:http://www.ticketfly.com/event/530791-records-ruin-landscape-louisville/.
$35 VIP Admission (includes autographed copy of Records Ruin the Landscape plus reserved seating); Advance Online VIP Tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/530793-records-ruin-landscape-louisville/

http://dreamlandislouisville.org

 

Also Happening in Literary Louisville this week:

  Jeffersonville Township Public Library will be hosting an Author Fair on Thursday, April 17th from 3-7 p.m. to celebrate National Library Week. 35 authors will be in attendance selling/signing their work and undoubtedly fielding any intelligent questions. Those authors attending include New York Times best selling authors Karen Robards, Alanna Nash and Nancy Jensen, as well as several celebrated local authors, including Barry Bernson, John Boel, David Domine, Bob Hill, Fred Minnick, Susan Reigler, and Dale Moss. Help make this event a success by spreading the word and making an effort to attend.J

Come celebrate all things LOCAL. All ORIGINAL. All FREE. $25 Cash Giveaway

DOUBLE FEATURE!
**Music by Kevin DeVore**
**Art/Photography by Jinn Fuller Renfro**.

Music – Stories – Poems
Bring yours and get in on the act for a chance to win $25 cash!
Open Mic Signups: 6 p.m.

Tobacco Magazine on Keep Louisville Literary on 4/10/2014

Keep Louisville Literary welcomes Tobacco Magazine to the ARTxFM studios on April 10th at 1:00 P.M. Editor-in-Chief David Williams will be on to speak about what it’s like to make a ‘zine in the 21st century, the challenges and rewards of on-line and print publishing, and also share some spoken-word readings of prose and poetry that have been published by Tobacco so far. We’ll also get a chance to listen to some local Louisville bands whose records David and others have reviewed.

And speaking of music and poetry, poet Pablo Miguel Martinez and poet and guitarist Misha Feigin will be at Decca at 8:00 P.M. tonight for Subterranean Phrases. Enjoy an evening of poetry and song as part of Louisville’s best underground reading series. Always free, always fun. There’s an open-mic too. Come on out and enjoy the show!

Thursday [4.3.14] on ArtFM: Pablo Miguel Martinez and the music of Misha Feigin

Pablo Miguel Martínez’s collection of poems, Brazos, Carry Me (Kórima Press), received the 2013 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry. His poems have appeared in Americas ReviewBorderlands: Texas Poetry ReviewComstock ReviewHarpur PalateGay and Lesbian ReviewInkwellNew Millennium WritingsNorth American Review,Pilgrimage and the San Antonio Express-News, among other publications. His poetry has been anthologized in This Assignment Is So Gay, Best Gay Poetry 2008Poetic Voices without Borders 2, and Queer Codex: Chile Love. He has been a recipient of the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence, the Oscar Wilde Award, and the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize. His literary work has received support from the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. In addition to being a Co-Founder of CantoMundo, a national retreat-workshop for Latina/o poets, he has participated in Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Writers’ Workshop. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University.  He currently teaches and University of Louisville and will be the featured writer for April’s Subterranean Phrases along with poet and experimental classical guitarist, Misha Feigin. 

 

Check out this fantastic Flash fiction piece by Pablo M. Martinez found on San Antonino Current 

http://blogs.sacurrent.com/streetview/where-theres-smoke-by-pablo-miguel-martinez/

 

“Where There’s Smoke” by Pablo Miguel Martínez 

I once dated a handsome Irish guy named Frank. He was a fireman. One night, over dinner at a cramped restaurant on West Sixteenth, Frank shared this: most heart attacks occur in the bathroom. More specifically, he said, on the toilet or in the shower. “I’ve found many victims that way.” Frank smiled then chewed his meatloaf sandwich. He never dipped into the natural gravy, ordered on the side.

This consumed me: we sure risk a lot when we strain to expel or cleanse. Later that night, as we waited for the subway, Frank explained something else. He had to move on. A shower of confettied information burst in my head. It created an embarrassing mess. A monotone voice crackled on the platform speakers. It announced that the uptown No. 3 was running late.

 

Tune in Thursday to artxfm.com at 1pm to hear live readings from Pablo as we discuss his debut collection out by Korima Press: “Brazos Carry Me”  http://korimapress.com/brazos-carry-me/4572996838 

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Misha Feigin was born and raised in Moscow and is known as one of Russia’s premiere guitarists.  When he immigrated to the US in 1990, he left behind an established position in the Moscow arts scene highlighted by his four albums on the Melodia label, features on major radio and television shows, and national and international tours.  He began recording free improvised music in 1986 in Moscow with Auction’s Dimitry Matkovsky.  He also performed with the Russian pop-folk star Janna Bichevskaya.

He began recording free improvised music in 1986 in Moscow with Auction’s Dimitry Matkovsky.  He also performed with the Russian pop-folk star Janna Bichevskaya.

Misha perfromed free improvised music at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, at the Birmigham Improv. Festival, and in New York at the Knitting Factory and Tonic, where he also played with Elliot Sharp, Eugene Chadbourne and Ami Denio.  Other performances have included John Russell, LaDonna Smith, Davey Williams, Craig Hultgren, Toshi Makihara, Peter Kowalt, Leonid Soybelman, Sergei Letov.

Misha played in concerts in 47 US States, Canada, Israel, England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
Russian and English are heard throughout Misha’s dynamic performances, which incorporate original poetry and spontaneous storytelling.  He plays classical and acoustic guitars, balalaika, keyboards, harmonica.  Misha’s music is a blend of various ethnic idioms and musical styles.  His five US releases are “Only One Road”, “Only Once”, and “Dreams” with original folk music in Russian and English on Dreaming People Records, and “Spontaneous Folks’ Music” and “June in Moscow” with free improvised music on Spontaneous Folks’ Records.  [bio from his website: http://www.mishafeigin.com/lang_sel.html]

Misha is also releasing his fourth book of poems “Cloud Letters” and will read and opening set at Subterranean Phrases on April 9th before improvising with Pablo M. Martinez.  

 

 

It’s a GONZO week!  Our ‘Readings in the Wild’ segment will be pulled from one of the spoken word performances from gonzofest.  

 

Field recording Non-Fiction and new episodes on Mixcloud.

I had a lovely time with Jacinda Townsend yesterday on Keep Louisville Literary, and if you missed it, I will upload it on mix cloud later this weekend. For now, there are two new episodes posted on the mix cloud: last weeks Gonzo issue, and the long awaited issue with Mary Popham.  

http://www.mixcloud.com/KeepLouisvilleLiterary/

 

In addition to the studio chats we’ve been having with writers, I also had the opportunity to record two author forum’s this past Tuesday and will post them after some light sound editing. 

 

The first was Pamela J. Olsen www.pamolsen.org at Crescent Hill Library in a conference room with metal folding chairs and an adjacent elevator shaft that used the room as a resonance chamber. Despite the very distracting ambience of the room, I was enthralled. Pamela Olsen spent around 18months in Palestine, working, living, and pretending to not be American.  She talked about the realities of the Israeli occupation and the hardships of the Palestinian people.  It’s difficult to know the truth about the middle east while sifting through the corporate owned media of the good ol’ USofA, so Pamela went to see for herself.  Her stories of weddings, funerals, holding cells, checkpoints, illegal hiking, and parties are all compiled in “Fast Times in Palestine” It’s definitely on my reading list. 

 

After my current affairs history lesson, I headed over to Decca where Fred Minnick was signing books. Fred Minnick has a newborn, wears and ascot, is captivated by women bootleggers, and brings his own bourbon. He’s appalled that the story of Women’s involvement in the history of whiskey had not already been written. But not too much, because he’s selling books and loves researching the topic. He’s a whiskey writer through and through and his credentials are mentioned in the recording. I enjoyed fine cheeses, pickled vegetables, beet tartar, and grilled octopus while listening to Fred discuss a timeline of whiskey that has never been told before. (I drank beer, but don’t tell Fred.) Mr. Minnick’s next appearance with “Whiskey Women” will be April 17th at the JTown Library from 230-630. Susan Reigler will be there too with her essential travel guide ” Kentucky Bourbon Country.” Image

Thursday on ArtxFM.com: Jacinda Townsend reads from “Saint Monkey: A Novel”

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Keep Louisville Literary is thrilled to host Jacinda Townsend on Thursday at 1pm EST with readings from her premiere novel.  

Jacinda first studied law at Harvard and Duke Universities before receiving her MFA from Iowa Writers Workshop. 

She has published short fiction in literary magazines such as poemmemoirstory, Obsidian II, and Passages North and anthologies such as Surreal South and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists. She currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana and teaches creative writing at Indiana University.   

http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=4294977436

Jacinda Townsend’s remarkable first novel is a coming-of-age story made at once gripping and poignant by the wild energy of the Jazz Era and the stark realities of segregation. Marrying musical prose with lyric vernacular, Saint Monkey delivers a stirring portrait of American storytelling and marks the appearance of an auspicious new voice in literary fiction.

 

Tune in Thursday at 1pm EST to hear excerpt from “Saint Monkey: A Novel” and interview with the author 

artxfm.com

 

This week in Literary Louisville: Women:Whiskey:War

The first two on the list are much more pleasant than the last, but if you plan your Tuesday [3.18] accordingly, you could have it all in one day. 

Crescent Hill Library hosts author Pamela J. Olsen on Tuesday, March 18th,  with an author forum for the release of her book, “Fast Times in Palestine.”   4:30p 

http://www.pamolson.org

With dizzying speed she found herself attending Yasser Arafat’s funeral, tour-guiding Israeli friends around the West Bank, dating a Palestinian from a conservative village, being held at gunpoint and injured by a stun grenade, and witnessing the 2005 Disengagement from inside the Gaza Strip. The gripping narrative focuses not only on violence, terror, and politics but also on the daily rounds of house parties, concerts, barbecues, weddings, jokes, harvests, and romantic drama that happen in between.

 

It’s just a short drive from Crescent Hill to E. Market Street where Decca will be celebrating Whiskey and Women with a cocktail party and book signing by Fred Minnick, author of “Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey.”  6-8p

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Summary of Events [3.12-3.15]

Tonight: Wednesday [3.12.14]  Subterranean Phrases, Live collaboration of writers and musician, featuring Sonya DeVries, words, Jon Silpayamanant, cello, Jackie Royce, Bassoon. Host, Rachel Short. Location: Decca [812 e. Market] 8pm, FREE

Thursday [3.13.14] Keep Louisville Literary on artxfm.com, 1pm EST. Featuring Gonzoville poet, Ron Whitehead. 

                Also on air: 

Tune in to Spectrum this Thursday at 7pm est. William S Tribell will be talking with Kentucky poet, photographer and filmmaker- Sheri Wright about her latest film project down in New Orleans; “Tracking Fire”. Join us on FM WLMU 91.3 The Gap or listen online at http://www.913thegap.com/

 

Friday [3.14.14] InKY, Louisville’s longest running reading series featuring: 

Knopf poet Sarah Arvio reads in Lexington and Louisville. Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 at the Carnegie Center in Lexington with Bianca Spriggs. And Friday, March 14 at 7:00 as part of the InKY Reading Series at the Bardstown in Louisville with Mary Hamilton and Dave Harrity.

Sarah Arvio works as a translator for the United Nations in New York and Switzerland, and has recently also taught poetry at Princeton. Her poems are widely published, in such journals as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Boston Review, The Kenyon Review and elsewhere. Her first book, Visits from the Seventh (2002), won the Rome Prize and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. Poems in that volume were awarded The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize and Poetry?s Frederick Bock Prize. She is also the author of the poetry collections, Sono (2007) and night thoughts (2013).

Host, Adam Day. Location: The Bardstown, [1801 Bardstown Rd.] 7p, Free

 

Saturday [3.15.14] Mothership Ensemble including the world premiere of composer, Chris Kincaid’s piece ‘Full Sunlight’, poem by Conyer Clayton. IU Southeast, Ogle Center, New Albany Indiana, 7p, free 

Press Release: 

Second concert of the Mothership Ensemble 2013-2014 season!

Featuring Terry Riley’s “in C”

Mothership Ensemble Presents Minimalist Classic In C and World Premieres by Local Composers
February 19, 2014, Louisville, KY… 

Contemporary/avant-garde music collective
Mothership Ensemble continues to bring innovative and experimental modern classical music to the Louisville area with a free concert on March 15, 2014 at Indiana University-Southeast’s Paul W. Ogle Cultural Center. The program will feature both newly-composed works and 20th century classics performed by some of the most versatile and enthusiastic musicians in Kentuckiana. 

The program will feature Terry Riley’s classic minimalist composition In C (1964), in honor of its 50th birthday this year. The piece consists of a series of 53 musical phrases which can be played by any musician, in any order, and for any length of time, resulting in a thrillingly hypnotic experience. The work is considered one of first compositions of minimalist music, originally written as a reaction against the highly structured, ultracomplex
music of the era.

Another masterpiece that Mothership will reprise is Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union (1975), which the ensemble first performed on its season kickoff concert in 2013. The piece is a raucous, rhythmically charged workout written or “any loud-sounding group of instruments.” Andriessen has described the work as a politically symbolic, displaying “a combination of individual freedom and severe discipline… it is difficult to play in an ensemble and to remain in step, sort of like organizing and carrying on political action.” 

In addition to performing these twentieth century classics, Mothership prides itself on promoting the music of composers from Louisville and Southern Indiana. This concert will feature the world premiere of Chris Kincaid’s Full Sunlight, written for bass flute, viola, cello, and electronic sounds. The work is inspired by the poem “Full Sunlight” written by Louisville-born poet Conyer Clayton, and explores music that, according to
Kincaid, “is not exactly frozen in time, but instead takes place in time that slowed almost to a standstill.”

Mothership is also excited to perform Sympathetic Vibrations, for tuba and piano, by the ensemble’s co-director and hornist Rachel Short. For much of the piece, the pianist does not play on the keyboard itself, but rather depresses the pedal and allows the
strings to resonate in subtle harmonies with the tuba. In this way, the two instruments dissolve their individual identities, becoming extensions and reflections of each other.

Ensemble director and cellist Jon Silpayamanant will perform in almost every work on the program, including Recursive Iteration No. 1, a new composition by Silpayamanant for cello, bassoon, and electronic sounds. 

Video artist Roxell Karr, who collaborates with Silpayamanant in their duo Camera Lucida, will provide projections for many of the
works on the concert to provide an immersive audiovisual experience.

The Mothership Ensemble is a new music collective based in the Louisville area, founded by Rachel Short and Jon Silpayamanant in 2012. They seek to increase the performance and awareness of contemporary music in Louisville through unique programming in unconventional venues. The group constantly seeks and commissions new music from young and local composers while continuing to present essential, yet underrepresented works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Mothership maintains an “open” membership, welcoming anyone in the community that interested in performing contemporary music to join them.

For more information about the event, call 502-553-8631, or visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/699264106769208.

Mothership Ensemble: https://www.facebook.com/MothershipEnsemble
Jon Silpayamanant: http://www.silpayamanant.com/

Nu Mu Lu: http://www.numulu.org/

See you there, Rachel