Archive for April 27th, 2009

dinnerInterested in having Dinner with Virginia and friends? Order the chapbook-CD combination by the same name.

The new book and CD premiered at a one-night event April 18 in San Francisco. Together, they use poetry and music to posit a formal party hosted by Virginia Woolf for 16 eccentric historical figures.

Guests include the unlikely mix of Billie Holiday, Salvador Dalí, and Thelonious Monk, all of whom act out and think out loud — and silently.

Poet Jesse Nathan is the chapbook author, and Chris Jantzen is the composer and performer of the music on the CD and the designer of the collages included in the book.

Read a review of Dinner on BeyondChron: San Francisco’s alternative online daily, and find out how to order it.

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The Hours filmMichael Cunningham says music inspires his writing — and that he plays the same pieces over and over again to influence the rythm and the emotion of his work.

So it is apt that he read from his novel The Hours while the Sinfonietta Quartet played excerpts from Mozart’s “Dissonance” quartet, the piece he has said inspired his novel based on Virginia Woolf.

Also on Saturday night’s program in Tacoma, Washington, were Philip Glass’s score for the movie version of The Hours and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden.”

Read the review.

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