Wednesday, October 30, 2013 (4-6 p.m.)
Chicago Public Library's
Sulzer Regional Branch (4455 N. Lincoln Ave.)
You're invited to attend a Soundwalk Poem Workshop that I'll be facilitating at the Sulzer Regional Branch this Wednesday! During this workshop participants will go on a soundwalk and create collage poems about the soundwalk.
This workshop is part of the Innovation Lab workshop series that the Chicago Public Library has been offering for the past few months. This will be the second Innovation Lab workshop that I will have facilitated; in August I facilitated an Everyday Horns and Percussion workshop at the Harold Washington Library Center.
Last summer I taught a Creative Writing Honors class to teenagers, through the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. The students created soundwalk poems; here's a blog post about that.
Over the past several years I have been involved with a number of soundwalks -- both as facilitator and as a participant of workshops that were led by others.
Hope to see you on Wednesday, if you're in Chicago!
Thelonious Monk is one of my favorite jazz artists. There's an amazing interview with Charlie Rouse in Straight, No Chaser about his relationship with Monk. In the interview Rouse says, "We’d start out and we’d do a take, and usually we’d take the first take. Sometimes we’d take the second, but never the third, because once you play it the first time, that’s the way the feeling and everything is, and after that it starts going downhill. So it’s more like a challenge when you do it that way. You know that you got to play it correctly the first or second time, or that’s it. He would take it anyhow. If you mess up, well, that’s it, you know. That’s your problem. You would have to hear that the rest of your life."
I love how Rouse's statement captures the immediacy and importance of being mindful in music -- such as how improvisation fits into the context of jazz. Here's "Take," a splice poem I wrote which uses part of that interview with Rouse (originally published in Edgz magazine) --