“Most of the jazz musicians that I admire, are struggling,” says saxophonist Jesse Ryan. “I don’t want to live like that.”
We speak on zoom, of course, during these strange times. His thoughts around art and entrepreneurship come to the forefront.
“My wife, Kristin and I, took a big risk…
Parler avec Sharron McLeod c’est comme communier avec une archive musicale. Nous nous sommes connues sur la scène musicale de Toronto, Canada, au début des années quatre-vingt. Elle est a present instalée à Nice, en France. Ses réferences musicales s’etend de Sun Ra, Butch Morris, Cecil Tayler et Joni Mitchell…
Sharron McLeod and the Griots
Talking with Sharron McLeod is like communing with a musical repository. We’ve known each other from the music scene in Toronto, Canada, since the early 1980’s. She is now based in Nice, France. Her references shift with ease from Sun Ra, Butch Morris, Cecil Tayler…
My offering was a Gavotte. I sat low on my chair, left foot on the 6 inch metal footstool, nylon-stringed guitar cradled between my thighs. Before me was a music stand and a thin white book opened to page 7. Perhaps my cousin had expected something more familiar, like a…
Sometimes there are tiny flowers that grow out of walls in the city.
I want to talk about that.
Small beings hatch out of that which is meant to crush them
I see the green, purple, blue.
Just beyond my ken
This is also a current event.
This shimmer. This moment. This second.
Others will carry the necessary and didactic discussions.
Must we all?
Is it dangerous to search the skies, the pavement for resolution?
Is not revolution, going where you are not told to go,
looking away from where told to look?
There are flowers growing out of the walls.
Someone must write them.
Cock your ear.
Turn your head.
Should We Choose Art or Money?
I don’t accept that poverty and art must of necessity be linked. This is an assumption imposed on artists by a culture that consumes us and yet does not want to value what we produce.
I prefer to think of the What If’s. What…