Last Friday evening, on Sanibel at BIG Arts, I had the wonderful opportunity of performing with David Amram, bad ass French horn player and collaborator with Jack Kerouac. I got to read a selection from On the Road, "On the Roof of America," plus a selection from my Matthew Barney Suite.
Amram had with him his son, Adam, playing on conga, and on bass was local musician, Vincent Carter. Above, me, with Vince grooving on bass.
Me, with David on keyboard.
In all, it was a terrific evening--Amram is a special, giving kind of performer, very generous of his time and incredibly genuine with his enthusiasm.
Also, on the program was Sanibel poet, Bill Highsmith:
Bill also read selections from On the Road, and from his own hitch-hiking poems of traversing the South and Southwest. Bill's reading was animated, smooth, and jazzy; he really took off on the Western stuff.
And as ever, the ubiquitous Joe Pacheco:
Joe stole the show at the end of the program, doing his GrandPoppa Rap, well worth the $20 admission price in of itself.
Earlier this month, I read for a fund-raising event for the local PBS station, WGCU--with flautist Kat Epple (more on her in a future posting). Also shared the bill with a wonderful student-poet, Rachel Kazor, who's really onto something with her own work: brave, rich, and layered.