A new year of art, fashion, and creativity is unfolding here in San Diego. Although it's almost the end of January, the weather here feels like early June(without the gloom)and the city is pulsing with activity from East Village's writing circles to Little Italy's art galleries,South East San Diego's cultural celebrations, and City Heights dance festivals.(Sandra Foster King . . .you go lady!! Foster-King Bio:
Those of you who missed the Lyceum's production of "Storyville" late last year missed a socio-cultural historical and theatrical banquet. The play with music by Mildred Kayden and bookwriter Ed Bullins started in San Diego and has had several revisions. The current director was Ken Page.1
Thank you Calvin Manson(Ira Aldridge Theater Producer/Director) for the privilege of giving a mini-lecture on African American music and the importance of Storyville in the development of Ragtime, Blues, and Jazz.2
Today's surviving New Orleans musicians' lived experiences--past and present are still found in their sonic tapestry. Click on, watch, listen, and enjoy . . .
Rebirth Brass Band: Do Watcha Wanna (in the French Quarter)
Set in turn of the 20th Century New Orleans Red Light district Storyville, the somewhat predictable script on the surface took on added meaning for those who could decode the pain of Colorism and class separation due to very shrewd casting. Hopefully "Storyville" is revived later in 2011, if so-DO NOT MISS THIS feast!!!!!
Grossmont College Master Chorale Concert
Ah yes, got an opportunity to hear the Grossmont College Master Chorale at All Saints Episcopal Church on Friday evening, November 12, 2010.
(Note, this is one of many area churches dedicated to supporting musical excellence in San Diego).
All Saints presents several splendid musical events during the course of the year. Musical Director Dr. Randall Tweed led the Master Chorale in a memorable Liturgical Music Concert with a most impressive repertoire. Guest artist gifted pianist Katherine Petrosyan also read a liturgical excerpt with dramatic flare. An appreciative audience enjoyed the opportunity to hear the Chorale's noteworthy performance in an accessible community space.
Train of Thought-Spoken Word
Kicked it with some of San Diego's Spoken Word community at the Queen Bee's anniversary celebration earlier this month. Jim Moreno invited me to recreate a performance of the sonic tapestry I composed for his poem "Encounter in Reno" on his first spoken word CD "reversing the erased: exhuming the expunged" Encounter In Reno Sample. Jim's second CD is still in production and I am excited to hear the final single cut of our newest collaboration "Palms Up." Choreographer and dancer/Teran Brown who performed a dance solo at San Diego State University's Martin Luther King Luncheon recently,is set to choreograph "Palms Up" for an upcoming video.SDSU MLK Luncheon Jim's poem gestures to the importance of men and women to "be" in positive relational community.
Train of Thought's poets and performers ranged from all ages, with varying poetic writing styles and presentations. Musicians were also on hand. The resident DJ was on the real with admirable skills. Train of Thought nurtures artistic development in community and the artists' phrase "We gotcha" meant just that. Yo' back is covered. Be with us and create, grow with us into the best expressive being you envision. "We gotcha."
Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center
3925 Ohio St.
San Diego, CA 92104
Peace out ya'll
1. See another reviewer's comments Pam Kragen
2. Storyville New Orleans was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina and its present day musicians are resiliently struggling to carry on the music