High Ride the Streets
A Poetry Reading Live from Studio 14, Radio Slovenia
Do we dare to go real-time? Do we? Aren't we afraid of segmentation faults, power failures and dropouts? Aren't we afraid of falling mikes, mispronounced words and unpleasant coughing, eventual unconscious »hell«s or »damn«s?
What about the dropouts, segmentation faults and power failures of our civilization? (Too philosophical question, all-right).
A working meeting took place. An enormous quantity of Lung Ching ran down the throats. The topic was what to conclude the programme with. And the outcome of the discussion was not really in favour of the word »end«, so to say. Recover your breath, o Art! Even after a million and fourty six years you are still not in danger to retire. Tonight, you are going to be praised by a triangle of poets, an usual stereo line and an artistic concept which's outcome nobody can predict. Luckily, The Network is eternal and ever open to improvements (»a project of experimental nature« in words of John Cage). High Ride the Streets is a title of the poem by Gregor Podlogar. Together with Primož Čučnik and Tone Škerjanec, he will also be the performer of this ad hoc poetry reading.
sun rays have ripped open the clouds' bellies
the rain has stopped tourists are exhausted
the machinery in my head takes on the beat
of the great empire there's something out there
where another life begins without the echo
of excavations the world around me has unfolded like Spring
in the central core of the old continent a postcard from Columbia
has reminded me once more that there's another world I have not
yet burnt that Tibetan money from the new one I am not
familiar with the Habsburg myth and why are you asking
I am the twentyfifth generation this side of the Carpathians
only a hundred years ago my ancestors shared their room
with pigs and other animals but today we proudly
strut the streets and take to the air in metal birds
(An excerpt from High Ride the Streets,
Translated by Ana Jelnikar & Stephen Watts,
Published in SIX SLOVENIAN POETS, page 154,
Arc Publications, 2006)
Under high pressure of audio processing tools, the voices of the poets will be blended with sound protuberances of western and eastern cultures. Two equations will colide: a) order = safe b) an ability of staying calm amidst the most chaotic whirligigs of events = sound.
Authors: Gregor Pirš and Bor Turel
With: Mihael Paš, Igor Likar, The Bretones
Poets: Gregor Podlogar, Primož Čučnik, Tone Škerjanec
Sound Engineer: Miran Kazafura
Production: Studio 14 of Radio Slovenija
Sound Materials and Planning: Yellow Room & Bor Turel's Private Studio
Gregor Podlogar, born in Ljubljana in 1974, graduated in philosophy from the University of Ljubljana. He has published his poems in various literary magazines in Slovenia and abroad. Aleph Press published his first two collections of poetry, Naselitve (States, 1997) and Vrtoglavica zanosa (Joy in Vertigo, 2002). In co-authorship with the poet Primož Čučnik and Žiga Kariž, a painter, an experimental book on New York City entitled Oda na manhatenski aveniji (Ode on Manhattan Avenue, 2003) came out with Sherpa Press. His latest book, Milijon sekund bliže (A Million Seconds Closer, 2006) was published by Literatura Press. A selection of his work was published in Six Slovenian Poets (Arc Publication, 2006). He translates contemporary American poetry (Hawkey, Solomon, Killebrew, A. Berrigan among others), edits the Slovenian side of poetry web-site lyrikline (www.lyrikline.org) and drinks green tea in Ljubljana.
Primož Čučnik was born in Ljubljana in 1971. He studied philosophy and sociology of culture at the University of Ljubljana. His first collection of poetry, Dve Zimi (Two Winters), was published in 1999 and received the Best First Collection Award. His latest books are Ritem v rôkah (Rhythm in Hands, 2002), Akordi (Chords, 2004), collaboration book Oda na manhatnski aveniji (Ode on Manhattan Avenue, 2003), Nova okna (New Windows, 2005), Sekira v medu (Selected Poems, 2006), and Delo in dom (Work and Home, 2007). His poems were published in A Fine Line: New Poetry from Eastern & Central Europe. He translates contemporary Polish and American poetry. He has published (co)translations of works by Adam Wiedemann, Marcin Świetlicki, Piotr Sommer, Eugenyusz Tkaczyszyn Dycki and Miron Białoszewski as well as Frank O'Hara, Elizabeth Bishop and John Ashbery. He also writes literary criticism, essays, works as an editor of the magazine Literatura, and runs a small press Sherpa. He lives and tries in Ljubljana.
Tone Škrjanec was born in Ljubljana in 1953. He has published six books of poetry. His book of haikus, The Sun on a Knee was translated into English by Joshua Beckman and published in New York by Ugly Duckling Press in 2005. His work appears on the poetry & music compilation CD, Košček hrupa in ščepec soli (A Bit of Noise and a Pinch of Salt, 2003). He published a solo CD, Lovljenje ritma (Catching the Rhythm, 2006) with the musician and composer Jani Mujič. Apart from writing poetry he also works as a translator. He has translated works by Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, Jack Spicer, Charles Bukowski, Gary Snyder, Frank O’Hara and others. He lives and works in Ljubljana.
Gregor Pirš , born 1970 in Ljubljana, studied cello and composition at the Ljubljana Academy of Music (with Miloš Mlejnik, Alojz Srebotnjak, Marko Mihevc and Uroš Rojko). His opus comprises soloist, chamber, vocal-instrumental, choral, and symphonic music. Currently, he is focusing more on electroacustic/radiophonic/experimental projects (Opus Quantum, Projekt Satiricon, Sara's Dreams – with Bor Turel). He works as music producer on Radio Slovenia ARS programme.
For thirty years now, Bor Turel has been the most prominent Slovene composer of electroacoustic and experimental music. His electroacoustic and other works received performances at important international festivals of contemporary music. Between 1973 and 1977 he also worked in the theatre group Nomenklatura, and under the influences of the European avant-garde, American experimental music and minimalism he finally broke all ties with tradition. He began to include recorded sound materials in his works, which later became an important part of his main area of expertise in electroacoustic music. He is a free-lance artist an has collaborated with numerous painters and video artists, creating intermedia works and has worked with an experimental theatre of animated forms. Besides his research in music and work in the field of electroacoustic music and its forms of presentation (concerts, ambiental installation, performances), he is a permanent collaborator of the Program Ars of Radio Slovenia where he began and developed series of electroacoustic and ars acustica music programmes. He has devoted the last years to creating audio and radiophonic art – mainly ars acustica projects and ambiental music works which are based on poetic texts. In 2005 his Suite of radiophonic images of the Pohorje soundscapes Voices of a landscape, in metamorphosis was nominated at the international competition Prix Italia in Milan. In 2008 he was awarded most eminent Slovene cultural prize for his artistic work as composer and sound artist.
Bretones is Slovenian grunge folk music group based in the surroundings of Cerkno, western Slovenia. Bacause it is unable to play a single original note, the band plays traditional american rock music from Forest Hills, Queens (district of ex-New Amsterdam), and Breizh (Britanny), an ancient hilly landscape in the northwestern part of European continent, which happens to be in France at the present. Incidentally, the two musical traditions happen to be quite similar, so the difference is even.