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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION



Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325.   




Shepherd Bliss to appear at the David Randolph New Way Media Festival, Occidental Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 9th, 2-4 pm


Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325. 

Shepherd is a long-term member of the Veterans Writing Group, which published the award-winning book Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, edited by Maxine Hong Kingston (www.vowvop.org), which includes his essay "Sound Shy." Shepherd has contributed to over two dozen books, including "Enduring War: Stories of What We've Learned," "Shattered Illusions: Analyzing the War on Terrorism," and "A Quiet Strength." His articles have been published by many publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Press Democrat. He has also appeared on the Oprah, Bill Moyers, and Phil Donahue TV shows and been interviewed by "60 Minutes" and the Wall Street Journal. He has operated the artisan Kokopelli Farm in the Sebastopol countryside for nearly two decades and specializes in agropsychology—farms as healing places. In the l960s, Shepherd  was a student of David Randolph’s at Drew Theological Seminary. Dr. Bliss serves on the Board of the Numina Center for the Arts & Spirituality at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. Shepherd’s presentation will be accompanied by Kim Atkinson.    

Kim Atkinson to appear at David Randolph New Way Media Festival, Occidental Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 9th, 2-4 pm




Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325.  

Kim Atkinson has been playing music since the 1970s and has become an internationally recognized percussion artist, teacher and ritual drummer. He is known for bringing psychological, spiritual and scientific insights to his presentations to create personal and group transformation.  Kim has recorded and performed with master musicians since the 1980’s, including work with many pioneers of healing music.  He was the music director and percussionist for Rumi’s Caravan from 2006 to 2013.  His love of poetry with music was started by accompanying Herb Middleton during the era of the "Prison Poets" on KPFA radio. Kim's rigorous studies in African and Cuban music and dance, Brazilian Shamanism and AsianSpirituality inform all his presentations. He has worked with Shepherd Bliss for more than 25 years. For more on Kim and his offerings visit www.pulsewave.com

Clara Bellino to appear at the David Randolph New Way Media Fest, Occidental Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 9th, 2-4 pm


Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325.   

French artist Clara Bellino emerged from Europe to become an important contributor to the American music scene with delightful stories, relatable music, and a lovable personality. She describes her musical stylings as pop jazz with a 60s Euro twist. Clara is a great believer in the power of imagination to create reality. With her music, she hopes to inspire listeners to feel empowered as the masters of their lives, to conquer their fears and to know that what they have to contribute is precious. Clara is currently working on her fifth album, which is expected to be released later this summer.

The Word-Music Continuum to appear at the David Randolph New Way Media Fest, Occidental Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 9th, 2-4 pm


Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325.   


THE WORD-MUSIC CONTINUUM 
(Kirk Lumpkin, Paul Mills and Mark Weider)

Kirk Lumpkin is the author of two books of poetry, In Deep and Co-Hearing. As a solo poet he’s performed all around the San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California; Los Angeles (Beyond Baroque, etc.); New York City (Bowery Poetry Club); Colorado; Toronto, Canada; and Great Britain. Kirk worked many years for the Ecology Center as the Special Events & Promotions Coordinator of the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets.

“Kirk Lumpkin has been an important part of the Bay Area (and beyond) poetry scene for years, hosting readings in San Francisco and Berkeley, helping to facilitate the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival [with Poetry Flash & former U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass], and hosting open mikes at Burning Man.”—Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review

“ . . . one of my favorite performers.”—Avotcja, poet, band leader, radio host on KPFA & KPOO

"I'm deeply honored to have your poem for me [Walking in the Woods with a Poet] in a book [In Deep] with so many other wonderful poems. ...it's such a solid real illumination . . .”—Michael McClure, Beat poet & playwright

“If anyone is a real shaman, Kirk is.” —Frank Moore, Internet radio host & performance artist

Paul Mills is a guitarist, composer, producer, and co-founder of The Word-Music Continuum. He also plays with the synthesizer duo, Silent Motif, and Jazz Sabbath, a jazz-rock fusion band specializing in guitar-driven improvisations. Paul and Kirk were both in the San Francisco Bay Guardian “Demo Tape Of The Week” winning band, Detour.

Mark Wieder (pronounced Weeder) has played bass with Aleph Null, Dick Oxtot, the Hot Club of Marin, the Shotgun Players, and more. His tunes have been performed by the Golden Age Jazz Band and the La Peña Latin Jazz Experimental Ensemble. He currently also performs with the Skimpy Portions and the Seething Brunswicks.

The Word-Music Continuum has recorded two CDs the most recent of which is Sound Poems. 

“To say the house was rocked is an understatement. You were great! You showed us that the blend of word and music is limitless and that poetry has no bounds.”—Bill Gainer, poet; organizer, Nevada County Poetry Series

Kirk Charles Heydt to appear at David Randolph New Way Media Fest, Occidental Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 9th, 2-4 pm




Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325.  

Kirk Heydt is a composer multiinstrumentalist with three releases as a leader.  He has recorded and performed  with Sonny Simmons, Cecil Taylor, Flipper, Hello  Kitty On Ice, Carolyn Wonderland, Jesse De Natale, Will Oldam aka Bonnie Prince Billy and   and Nino Moschella.




Friday, September 23, 2016

Steve Shain to appear at the David Randolph New Way Media Fest, Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental, CA, Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2 pm


Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public (Donations gratefully invited). OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-874-9392.   

Steve Shain has been playing the string bass since 1963 in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Currently freelancing with poets, dancers, jazzers and improvisers in the Bay Area, Steve was a founding member of the Rohnert Park Symphony. He and David Madgalene have been jamming since 2009. Currently Steve can be heard at www.bassicsewing.com.