Friday, August 14, 2009

Music Witness and More

New England

Yesterday was a wonderful day. My friend JD Parran cooked up a meeting between us and Jeff Schlanger. I have known Jeff for years through his work as a Music Witness. I knew a bit about his other work, having checked out Chile New York, his collaborative work with Julius Hemphill, on the Black Saint label. JD and Jeff are hard at work on a new release on Mutable Music of a solo concert of JD's music and with a wonderful image created during the event.

None of that prepared me for the visit to Jeff's home and studio. He's been there a long time and the entire space is full of magical art. And while the focus is clearly clay/ceramics/sculptural work, Jeff moves playfully through a range of media. All of his work is infused with his deep concern for peace. Such joie de vivre!

The next step is to begin growing ways to work together. Stay tuned for that!

Photos by Brigid Kennedy