My collaboration with Andy was full of discoveries and learning. I wondered if a composition of music and voice would provide another way for people to engage in poetry (especially people who think they have to work intellectually to understand a poem.) I dreamed of a continuous conversation between voice and bass that would invite people to a more direct experience.
Our collaboration was full of discoveries. We approached composition through a series of experiments in dialog. As a jazz musician, Andy is skilled in improvisation and comfortable leaping into unknown territory. It was a stretch for me! Using my voice as an instrument beyond the words on the page allowed me to be more fully present. To truly stand in my words.
We have just completed a recording of the composition – the CD will soon be released with a chapbook.