Poet/playwright, David Budbill, jazz musician William Parker, and percussionist, Hamid Drake will be artists in residence including their presentation of Songs for Life on Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. This improvisatory, incantatory, soul searching and passionate show is part poetry reading, part jazz concert, part Buddhist-Taoist-Christian-Hindu-Muslim meditation and all theatre.
The text for Songs for Life is selected poems from Budbill’s latest book, While We've Still Got Feet (Copper Canyon Press, 2005) plus new work. This new series of Zen inspired, meditative, serious, political and often very funny poems will be performed voice-over William Parker’s improvised music on upright bass, pocket trumpet, dilruba, balaphone, glockenspiel, pocket trumpet, ringing bowls, Shakuhachi and other instruments plus Hamid Drake on trap drums, frame drum, bells, gongs and other percussion.
David Budbill’s new book of poems, While We've Still Got Feet, was published by Copper Canyon Press in June of 2005. He is also the author of Moment to Moment: Poems of a Mountain Recluse. Garrison Keillor reads frequently from David’s work on NPR's "The Writer’s Almanac." David's most recent cd is, Song for a Suffering World, with bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake, on Boxholder Records, 2003. He can also be heard on the cd, Zen Mountains-Zen Streets, with William Parker, Boxholder Records, 1999. David's play, Judevine, has now been produced more than 50 times in 23 states. David is also the author of an opera called A Fleeting Animal: An Opera from Judevine with music by Erik Neilsen. David's website is at: www.davidbudbill.com.
Having performed on more than 150 recordings over the past three decades, William Parker has been a driving force in keeping the mislabeled and misunderstood notion of free jazz alive and in the front of many listener's consciousness. Considered by many to be the greatest bassist ever to play avant garde jazz, William Parker performs all over the world with numerous groups including the David S. Ware Quartet and the Matthew Shipp Trio, plus many of his own groups two of which are The William Parker Quartet and The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra. William is also well known as a multi-instrumentalist. Parker as composer is one of the most melodic of all so-called, free-jazz composers.
Hamid Drake is widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in improvised music and is in constant demand all over the world. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top jazz improvisers such as David Murray, Peter Brotzmann, Fred Anderson, and Ken Vandermark, among many others. Hamid has also worked with Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson and Mahmoud Gania. In recent years Hamid has been William Parker's drummer of choice in the William Parker Quartet and in many other configurations as well.
Wednesday, March 28
10:30 a.m. CFA Atrium, Daily Chapel on the Move
7:30 p.m. Noble Recital Hall, Songs for Life performance