Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker: With New and Selected Jazz Poems (Wesleyan Poetry Series)
Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa is widely known for his jazz poetry, and this ebook is the 1st to compile the verve and energy of his oeuvre. the center-piece of this quantity is the libretto Testimony. reminiscent of Charlie Parker, Testimony used to be commissioned for a radio drama with unique tune by way of eminent Australian composer and saxophonist Sandy Evans. Remarkably wealthy and evocative, encompassing quite a lot of musical strength and performers, this relocating confirmation of Parker’s genius turned a milestone in modern radio theater. Twenty-eight extra poems spanning the breadth of Komunyakaa’s profession are integrated, together with by no means formerly released. Accompanying the poems are interviews and essays that includes Komunyakaa, Evans, radio manufacturer Christopher Williams, jazz critic Miriam Zolin, jazz author and editor Sascha Feinstein, and musical director, Paul Grabowsky. Sascha Feinstein writes the foreword.
Washed over our bed room, the sounds of battle became all the way down to a sigh. It was once a type of nights we couldn’t enable move of one another, a midwestern typhoon urgent panes ’til they trembled of their sashes. Eric Dolphy scored the firmament splitting to bedrock, because the wind spoke tongues we attempted to respond to. first and foremost, we have been inside of muted chords, within an orgasm of secrets and techniques, & then cried out, Are these birds? hour of darkness streetlights yellowed the snow— a fleeting ghost battalion cremated within the bony cages of.
Line, like phrases strung jointly by means of discomfort and regret”: My daughter is lifeless. i'll be there as speedy as i will be able to. My identify is poultry. it's very great to be out right here. i'm coming in instantly. Take it effortless. permit me be the 1st one to technique you. i'm your husband. in actual fact, Charlie Parker. The speaker responds: sixty six Now, don’t say we can’t already listen these telegraph keys taking part in Bartok ’til the mockingbird loses its tongue, already enjoying Pree’s funeral track from town of Angels. by means of the top of.
poultry started cussing out somebody inside of his head known as Moose the Mooche. I take into account. 89 XII chook was once a pushover, a gentle contact for strings, for the low & the excessive, for sonorous catgut & the low-down plucked ecstasy of garter belts. He enjoyed strings. A medley of nerve endings ran via each earth colour: sky to loam, rainbow to spine strung like harp & cello. yet he by no means wrung actual blues out of these strings, couldn’t weave the vibrato of syncopated brass & ghosts ’til a few bare factor.
could anticipate jazz musicians to grasp and feature listened to the giants in their artwork shape. Testimony doesn't depend upon that wisdom and also you would not have to be a musical insider to benefit from the recording. The work’s beginning is the sequence of a number of tales to Parker, in a number of voices, via Yusef Komunyakaa’s 14 sonnets. The poem makes Testimony what it's, but the top result—on the recording or on stage—is more than Komunyakaa’s intrinsically attractive and linguistically dense sonnets or.
Of that workforce. 113 Simon Barker and Hamish Stuart additionally seemed with the band as visitor performers. As I wrote the song for Testimony, I lived during the painful event of looking at my husband, a passionate alto saxophonist, lose his skill to do what he so much enjoyed. this can appear beside the point to the vital tale of Testimony, yet this hugely own adventure collided with Parker’s tale and Yusef ’s poetry in my artistic approach, and it had a massive effect at the tune I wrote. I.