Saturday, November 19, 2005

A first post should have been more pretentious than this, but

It is a fact universally acknowledged (mainly because it is also a fact universally advertized, by me) that I shall be infesting The City (which one? duh) between the first and the twelfth of the coming month, or effectively between the second and the eleventh. Now I'd love to do something by way of performance poetry while I'm there- not in a public way, of course, but a small gig, (in the verdant lawns of JU, maybe? wink, wink), and so I'm looking for musicians, especially guitarists (preferably of the accoustic variety, but electric guitarists are also welcome), percussionists and violinists. If you happen to be any of these, or know people who are and might be interested in investing some of their time in this ungainful employment, do holler to me at arka(dot)o1(at)gmail(dot)com. I'm also looking for others who might be interested in reading (or, as I like to call it, 'performing' the poems).
To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, I've done something similar here in Bangalore, where I was the only one reading with a group of musicians- voice, guitar, violin and a twenty litre water jar in lieu of a mrudangam. We did Neruda (combined with this song called "aaj jaane ki zid naa karo"), Yeats with a stylized adapatation of the theme from "tu hi re", dylan thomas with nusrat, etc. However, that was more of a textual, conventional recitation blended with music. This time, I'm looking at something a little more experimental- to break, if necessary and possible, the ' literal' meaning of the texts and explore their purely aural nature- to play around with sounds and see what emerges. So, for instance, one could have keats done to death metal. For some of the pieces, I want the poem to set the mood for the music, the 'usual' way, but for the others, I want to take my cue from the music. Hope that's not too confusing.
The poets I have in mind for this time are:
Dylan Thomas
Neruda
Ginsberg (especially 'howl')
More 'classical' stuff like Grecian Urn
Prufrock (although, if we mess this one up, it might incur the wrath of certain un-hirsuite bureaucrats)
ee cummings
Langston Hughes

These I can think of off-hand. Do feel free to come up with more. This would not require too much rehearsing, so if we set the discussion rolling now, through e-mail etc., and we get going from the second, perhaps we can do this on the ninth or tenth? And anyone know of any interesting performance spaces apart from the JU lawns? crossword, perhaps. And oh, I completely forgot about a rehearsal space- my own house is tiny and will not suffice. Time to show some large hearted calcuttan generosity.
Also, my phone numbers (here) are: 09243122682, and 08056995562. If you are rich, or have rich parents, do feel free to holler. Don't leave foul imprecations if you land on my voice mail (which will most likely be the case, especially on the mobile, because it's switched off most of the time)- just leave your name, number, and the best time to call you back, and I shall get in touch.
In Calcutta, I'll be accessible at 24368232 and 9831731422.
Do start firing in the mail, then.

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At Sunday, November 20, 2005 12:16:00 AM, Blogger Ancalagon The Black said...

Most excellent.

Could you use a most visible keyboardist perhaps?

Prufrock and Manzarek might go together it seems ... or perhaps even Neruda and Chopin.

On another note, how do I join this most excellent blog.

 
At Sunday, November 20, 2005 12:21:00 AM, Blogger Rimi said...

this sounds fantastic. getting guitarists in JU is not a problem. of course, the quality is a slightly debatable issue ;)

come come! we'll be waiting!

 
At Sunday, November 20, 2005 1:46:00 AM, Blogger vkn said...

Hi Prerona - chanced upon to your blog through Saurabh's. Great attitude. I like the way you write. Linking you at my blog - My Dhaba. Cheers.

vkn

 
At Sunday, November 20, 2005 4:35:00 AM, Blogger the still dancer said...

atb,
a most visible keyboardist is most definitely welcome. must confess my utter ignorance about Manzarek, but pablo and fred sounds interesting. Please mail?
and a violinist, a violinist, my kingdom for a violinist.
rimi,
bheri intimidating that sounds- the 'we'll be waiting' bit that is. and a good guitarist i need

 
At Sunday, November 20, 2005 5:39:00 PM, Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Are there two 'i's in 'hirsute'?

A the B - Prufrock to Manzarek would be nice if we could remove the voice of that ponce JM. Prufrock to Ian Anderson? Or Betjeman, or MacNeice to Ian A?

Dylan to Floyd, most definitely. Can you imagine 'Do not go gentle' against the opening set from 'Shine on'? Or 'Fern Hill' set to something from 'Momentary Lapse'?

J.A.P.

 
At Sunday, November 20, 2005 10:32:00 PM, Blogger Rajasree said...

Quite a surreal way to begin with it out here..am sure the honko crowd will go gaga over it and you won't have that great a trouble finding people out..i have got a few tracks in mind lets...see i'll make a list out of it and send it to you right away...take care till we bump into each other again...

 
At Monday, November 21, 2005 9:29:00 PM, Blogger Prerona said...

Hmmm. Playing with the gods :(
I like my Shine On on the Rocks. Ditto my Ian Anderson.

Sorry not awake enough yet to be my regular PC self :D

VKN, thanks :) U mean the cooking blog, right? Thats not mine. Or atleast its not really my baby. Its a group blog. I just contribute.

 
At Wednesday, November 23, 2005 10:39:00 PM, Blogger Ancalagon The Black said...

i like the floyd idea.

instead of shine... what say we juxtapose Prufrock with comfortably numb ... only the instruments with a shade of violin?

Ofcourse riders on the storm and say Neruda's greatest wouldnt go badly either...

and tull, jethro tull ofcourse, maybe interposing the acoustic mezzato of aqualung with say .... give me an idea somebody... quick ... pity i cant play the flute ... yet.

 
At Wednesday, November 23, 2005 10:41:00 PM, Blogger Ancalagon The Black said...

i still dont know how to join this blog.

can i ?

please? pretty pretty please?

 
At Friday, November 25, 2005 10:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

must confess my utter ignorance about Manzarek..You dissapoint me dude...Ginsberg would go well with the other dylan.

Whatever happened to Sylvia Plath. Plath and Morrison= appetite for destruction..

Peace out.

 
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At Wednesday, November 30, 2005 1:43:00 AM, Blogger Priya said...

Oh how I wish I were there. Sounds like U r gonna rock, Orc-o. SOmeone plz record the proceedings and give Orc a copy..I wanna to hear every bit of it.
Guitarist...oh I wish u cld get Tuki...I think he's still the most awesome guitarist in Cal.

 
At Friday, December 02, 2005 10:42:00 PM, Blogger Ancalagon The Black said...

tuki ... most awesome guitarist?

what about

sumit ramachandran, amyt dutta and carlton kitto?

 
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2. Certain "un-hirsute bureaucrats" have indicated otherwise in their recent posts. *genteel cough*

The phrase "follically-challenged" has been used to describe the venerable one, we think it is a wee bit more accurate.

Sort of like the difference between 'clad' and 'shod'.

 
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