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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Performance - 24 June 1999

Here's a fun piece I performed some time ago...

Jon's got knots in his 'kerchief
an' it covers his bald swede

Jon wears socks like lots of Scot's
right up to his knees

Jon sports placky braces
to hold up his daft shorts

Jon don't wear a tee shirt
so he's got a lobster tan
(with white stripes where his braces go)

An' everyone who sees Jon says
I 'ope he doesn't sneeze

Get back to Blackpool Jon
and walk The Golden Mile

Where even your mad jelly shoes
won't raise a bloomin' smile


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  2. A free event is happening in NYC and we would love it if you could give this event some coverage on your blog.

    Time Out New York has this to say about Darkling: “Opera snobs and novices alike won’t regret wandering downtown.” See and hear it for yourself on November 22 at Drom in New York City for the CD Release party. RSVP for the concert here: http://htl.li/74VIm

    About Darkling

    American Opera Projects (AOP) explores the outer edges of the operatic form with Darkling, an experimental opera- theatre work with original music composed by Stefan Weisman and libretto by Anna Rabinowitz.

    Spanning the decades from the 1930’s to the post-World War period, Darkling is a remarkable story – both poignant and humorous – of love, loss, calamity and hope. Past and present blur, characters are swept along by the great forces of history and lives are bowed and buffeted in this uniquely moving and captivating work. "Brave and sensitive" (The New York Times), Darkling uses opera, avant-garde theatre, vaudeville and cutting edge technology to create “an unlikely collaboration of Wagner, Sally Bowles and Steven Spielberg" (Time Out/New York). This dramatic tour-de-force views history not from a grand geo-political perspective but from the insightful, intimate outlook of a poet whose ordinary Polish-Jewish family is unexpectedly affected by extraordinary events of the Holocaust.


    Stefan Weisman is a composer living in New York City. His music in Darkling was described by Anthony Tommasini (The New York Times) as "personal, moody and skillfully wrought." His one-act opera Fade, commissioned by the British opera company Second Movement, premiered in London in 2008 and also had successful productions in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Brooklyn. His commissioned work for the Bang on a Can All Stars was mentioned in the New York Times’ retrospective of 2007’s best new music. Upcoming projects include a new chamber work for eighth blackbird, and a multimedia family opera, The Scarlet Ibis, which is being developed by the HERE Arts Center and American Opera Projects. For more information, visit his website: www.stefanweisman.com
    Anna Rabinowitz

    Anna Rabinowitz Anna Rabinowitz's fourth volume of poetry, Present Tense, published by Omnidawn, was named one of the best poetry books of 2010 by The Huffington Post. Her previous volume of poetry is The Wanton Sublime: A Florilegium of Whethers and Wonders, published by Tupelo Press, 2006. At present, she is working on a monodrama based on The Wanton Sublime. American Opera Projects (AOP) has commissioned her to write the libretto and Tarik O’Regan, a Grammy-nominated British composer, to write the music. Her book-length acrostic poem, Darkling: A Poem, (Tupelo Press, 2001) was transformed into an experimental, multi-media opera theater work by AOP. It had its world premiere and ran for three weeks off-Broadway in 2006 and was performed in a concert version in Berlin and Poland in 2007. Center City Opera of Philadelphia performed a concert version at the Philly Fringe Festival in 2009. A translation of the original text into German will be brought out by Luxbooks, Weisbaden, Germany, in spring 2010. Rabinowitz’s books also include At the Site of Inside Out, (University of Massachusetts Press), which won the Juniper Prize. Other awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and nominations for a Pushcart Prize and ForeWord Magazine’s Best Poetry Book of the Year for Darkling. Rabinowitz is Editor Emeritus of American Letters & Commentary, a vice-president of the Poetry Society of America, and a member of the Board of Directors of AOP. For more information, visit www.annarabinowitz.com


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