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

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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