Jaap Blonk in Seattle (Interview & Audio)

Jaap Blonk 10.26.12 in Seattle, backstage before his Earshot Jazz Festival performance

We caught up with Dutch sound poet and vocal improvisor Jaap Blonk before his Earshot Jazz Festival gig on Friday, October 26, 2012. (Kudos to John Gilbreath and Earshot for presenting this.) We discussed how Blonk got interested in sound poetry, how his vocal improvisation differentiates him from other sound poets, what other sound poets he appreciates (historical and otherwise) and why he thinks people have strong reactions to this kind of art.

Part 1, (11:19)

What The President Will Say and Do (1:02) (from Penn Sound Poem Talk.)

Part 2, (11:01)

Part 3, (6:54)

Jaap Blonk at the Earshot Jazz Festival, 10.26.12, (Part 1, 32:08)

Jaap Blonk at the Earshot Jazz Festival, 10.26.12, (Part 2, 25:06 Kurt Schwitters Ursonate)


About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). www.POPO.cards. He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: https://paulenelson.com/americanprophets/) has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com
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