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Events to launch North South East West Festival

By Staff | May 16, 2013

Jaap Blonk adds multimedia components to his performances and includes works by John Cage.

WAILUKU – On Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, Ebb & Flow Arts will present a two-day mini international festival as part of its North South East West Festival 2013. Admission is free.

On Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Iao Congregational Church at 2371 W. Vineyard St. in Wailuku, Jaap Blonk from the Netherlands will perform.

Blonk has been championing sound poetry for 30 years all over the world. This unique and captivating art form began in the early 20th century. It combines the music of poetry, the humor of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” and the made-up sounds of jazz’s “scat.”

Blonk recites from memory one of the first and major sound poems, “Ur Sonate” by Kurt Schwitters, a 20-minute composition. Blonk also writes and recites his own original work, including “Dr. Voxoid.”

Blonk will also discuss his work on Friday morning, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Sprecklesville and offer workshops to third grade students at Kihei Elementary School.

On Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Makawao Union Church at 1445 Baldwin Avenue, “Works for Flute, Viola, and Harp” by renowned composers from Russia, France and England – Igor Stravinsky, Alexander Scriabin, Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy, Edgar Varese and Malcolm Arnold – will be featured as performed by musicians Susan McGinn, principal flutist of the Hawaii Symphony; Colin Belisle, violist, also a member of Hawaii Symphony; Tatyana Shapiro-Leiste, a recent Maui resident originally from Russia, where she studied at St. Petersburg Conservatory; and pianist Beatrice Scorby, a Maui resident and graduate of Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

A central work of this program is one of Debussy’s final works, “Sonate” for flute, viola and harp, a groundbreaking contemporary “classic.”

For information, visit www.ebbandflowarts.org or call 876-1854.