Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sunday Sounds in Minneapolis

Sweet sonic exploration: two tidbits for you

Sunday Rhythmic SongPlay#2  : http://youtu.be/S-h081Jz690

you can find it's better audio Here

and w/ Sarah Greer- talk in the city:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chicago Chronicles - David Boykin & the Dorchester Projects - April 22nd & 29th, 2011

I have been travelling, playing, working, dreaming between Minneapolis and Chicago looking to expand my Creative Realm, and to add flow to the migration of creative people who connect these two Midwestern creative powerhouse cities.  I'll be introducing you to artists that move me - hope you connect with them as well.

David Boykin @ Dorchester

David Boykin is a musical journeyman, a saxophone shark and free-minded player -a member of the group Boykin, Sigfried and Reed, and  leader of groups such as David Boykin Expanse, the Microcosmic Sound Orchestra, and his David Boykin Outet, and Host of Sunday afternoon Sonic Healing Ministries.  

David has been in Residency at the Dorchester Projects for March and April and will culminate w/ two evenings of live, recorded performance, April 22nd and 29th, 2011 at 7:00pm

The event I went to on April 9th was warm, inviting and exciting - with creative souls of all sorts, and all ages, mixing, talking, eating, listening, and exploring the house, listening room, book, music and slide collections in these two buildings owned by Chicago Cultural Planner and South Side icon Theaster Gates. toasty and inviting as a cultural fire needs to be.......build on!

Pictures from April 8th - Here

April 22nd and 29th Events are at  6918 S Dorchester Avenue, Chicago, IL

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Whose University - Tomorrow - Wed, April 20th

Friends and Colleagues are gathering to question & discuss the priorities, power plays and politics of the  University of Minnesota - our largest publicly funded University. In their own words:

Whose education?
Whose voices are heard?

As the University of Minnesota pursues a path toward becoming an elite, global research institution, it is becoming more visibly exclusive. The Whose University? Campaign is organizing students, educators, workers, and community members to challenge this institution's priorities in equal access and resources for underrepresented groups.  This semester we began production of a documentary-style film which will be released next fall.
See "About Our Project" on the left sidebar for more details.
Please join us: 
April 2oth, 2011
11am-4pm, Coffman Memorial Union
 follow them & register Here

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Interview / Review w/ Mankwe Ndosi & Dusun Mosley @ Chicago's Sixty Inches from Center

I've been at Elastic Foundation for the Arts on the Northside of Chicago over the past two Saturdays.....invited by Dushon Mosely to come and Play with him and:  Kenneth Green from Detroit on April 2nd & with he & Tatsu Aioki on April 9th. 

Jenny Lam was there on the 2nd covering the evening & the Intersections Series (of which these two shows were part) for "Sixty Inches from Center" - she came up to talk with me and with Dushun afterward...

here's what came of it:  http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/archive/?p=6575

Monday, April 4, 2011

...so we find ourselves in this handbasket.....

We will never be able to go back.  the coal can't be un-mined, slavery and genocide can't be undone, the banks can't be un-bailed out, the last person you chose to date can't be un-chosen, the cigarette can't be unsmoked, the bill can't be un-made....it's all still real, and still due and no one is going away.  Most likely the economy will not go back to flush (for many it hasn't been flush since the 70's) - more than likely what used to be has been flushed.

So what now?  there is no giving up.  the sun still shines, we still have our mind (most of it), and people we love and care about.  We just cannot rely on the old patterns of action, of social structure, of work, of life.

Now is the exciting time to invent the future - pray, shout, research, dream, draw, dance, discuss.....all heads, hearts and hands on deck...

Maybe some inspiration is instore - here's Utah Phillips talking about the folk music economy....maybe we can apply some of these ideas in other realms....