Earshot Jazz Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal

Earshot Jazz is in full swing, no pun intended. Seattle’s long-running annual festival is an orgy for the ears and soul and I missed most of the Thelonious Monk @ 100 events, which is a shame, but poetry festivals do take a lot of my energy.

Bhakti and I were able to get to a show Sunday night. I surprised her by taking her to the Seattle Art Museum for a performance of two master musicians, one from Mali, one from France and we were spellbound.  The Easrshot website said: “The hugely satisfying duo of Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal creates a spellbinding hybrid that draws on West African traditional songs, Baroque music, and contemporary sensibilities.” What a treasure this festival is and how it enriches our cultural life in this city.

About Splabman

SPLAB and Cascadia Poetry Festival founder Paul E Nelson wrote American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008), a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme, Brazil, 2013). Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, in 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others, including many Cascadia poets. He lives in Seattle and writes at least one American Sentence every day. https://www.paulenelson.com. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)

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