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Bass Flute for Carl Dimow
No talk here of Meaning, it's all –ing, raw urge that nudges the wall between music and noise. Now the man kisses
his mouthpiece, hums it into a swarm buzzing out from the silver hive. Now it's the sound of key clatter and wheeze,
sound of the unmuffled gut set free to bluster and honk, the drowsy heart ungagged, as if this instrument wants
to be more than notes on a page: demands to be amped up past soothing ooohs, oomphed out through spheres, ousted far beyond fa-la-la.
It pulls the man to his toes, then bends him in half. It wants to be bad, to beatbox, batter his breath, hiss and clang like steam heat.
It wants to riff till the rafters fall, and won't let the man go until it's emptied him out, soul and sweat and spit.
(Maine Poet Laureate , 2006-2011) www.betsysholl.com
Published in Brilliant Corners,
a Journal of Jazz and Literature www.lycoming.edu/BrilliantCorners
I'm thrilled to announce that the Beija-Flor Duo from Montreal has just released a new CD which includes my Klezmer Suite, along with works by Bartok, Imamovic, and others. The CD is titled MUZICA GITANA, dances and complaints of oriental Europe.
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New CD! The Acadia Session has just been released. In the summer of 2012, Italian jazz vocalist Giuppi Paone was in Portland visiting our mutual friend, Julie Goell. Giuppi and I had a very informal improv session one evening at Julie's home. The following week we went into Acadia Recording Company for a very relaxed recording session. We were joined by Mark Tipton (trumpet), John Clark (bass), and Hayes Porterfield (percussion). There was no goal, plan or arrangements. The session ranged from free improvisation to very deconstructed standards and folk songs. Paone took the recordings back to Italy, edited them, and released the recording, The Acadia Session, on the Zone di Musica label www.zonedimusica.com.
Here are some review comments:
"Capture(s) an intimate moment of improvisational wizardry and musical freedom." Portland Phoenix - Full review here
"The Acadia Session" shows that very good things can happen in the musical moment. Portland Press Herald - Full review here
Klezmer Suite published! My Klezmer Suite for Flute and Guitar has been picked up by ALRY Publications. www.alrypublications.com/dimow-klezmer-suite/ The Suite appears on my recording border crossings with Nathan Kolosko. I self published it in 2011, not long after our CD came out. It's already had performances in Canada and Australia. Working with ALRY presents the possibility for wider distribution and more performances.
Sunday, Feb. 16 - 11-2
The Jazz Workshop Sextet
One Longfellow Square
Friday, May 9, 8:00 pm, $5
Casco Bay Tummlers
The Hive, Kennebunk
Tuesday, May 13, 8:30
Sunday, May 25, 4pm
Student Recital - Carl's students!
Trinity Episcopal Church
Forest Ave, Portland
Saturday, May 31, 7pm
Casco Bay Tummlers
South Portland Public Library