David Gonzalez and Poetic License Band to perform 'City of Dreams' Feb. 12

Jan. 21, 2010

David Gonzalez with the Poetic License Band will perform “City of Dreams,” poetry and stories of cultural identity in contemporary American Latin culture, Friday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

Tickets for the performance go on sale Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Luther College Box Office, (563) 387-1357, open 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

Tickets may also be purchased online on or after Jan. 21 at http://www.luther.edu/programming/boxoffice/centerstage/. Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.

Gonzalez and the Poetic License Band will perform “City of Dreams” where Latin jazz meets spoken word in a kaleidoscopic production exploding with passion, intelligence and energy. A quartet of New York’s hottest jazz musicians sets Gonzalez’s compelling poetry like a diamond in a mambo/funk music box.

“City of Dreams,” the Poetic License Band’s first CD, was commissioned into a stage production by the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center as part of an in-depth community engagement project.

Gonzalez will also perform a set from his Wounded Splendor program. The sum of Afro-Cuban jazz, dramatic poetry, and reflection on our world is so much more than the parts. Dedicated to producing community-driven projects, Gonzalez has received several recent commissions to create multimedia works with social justice themes. As part of the University of Maryland’s “Performance as Politic/Artist as Activist” 2009 season, Gonzalez is developing “Wounded Splendor,” a two-year community residency project that will culminate in a 2010 world premiere.

Coupled with video images of the natural world and music by composer/pianist Daniel Kelly, “Wounded Splendor” brings together poetry and monologues inspired from interviews with activists and experts in the environmental movement.

This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation. 

A series of workshops will coincide with Gonzalez’s residency in Decorah, including:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10: 6-7:30 p.m. Multi-modal Performance: “The Four Rivers Model of Storytelling”
    This workshop examines David’s unique hybrid multi-modal performance that incorporates poetry, jazz, art and dramatic storytelling. Come explore the four distinct elements of communication—language, voice, gesture, and imagination—as seen as independent “rivers” that run together. Open to students and to the community—especially musicians, poets, and storytellers. Location: Studio II, Center for the Arts, Luther College.
  • Thursday, Feb. 11: 7 p.m. “Wounded Splendor: Art and Activism” 
    Join Gonzalez to discuss art and activism. In “Wounded Splendor,” Gonzalez’s most recent project, he celebrates the beauty of nature and advocates for earth stewardship and active preservation in our times of rampant pollution and environmental destruction. It was created through world travels and interviews with environmental activists. Join him for a three part experiential workshop—experience a taste of Wounded Splendor, discuss the idea of art and activism, engage around how one communicates message in art and share experiences with one another. Bring any short writing, songs or creation to share if desired. Welcome is extended to all—artists, artistically minded, environmentally inspired and anyone interested in the discussion. Location: Mezzanine, Decorah Public Library, Decorah.

Upcoming performers in the Center Stage Series include the Wailin’ Jennys on Feb. 20 and Danú on March 9.

For more information on the performances in the Center Stage Series, visit http://centerstage.luther.edu.

To learn more about David Gonzalez, visit http://www.davidgonzalez.com/.


David Gonzalez