Musicians in Concert with The Boreal Poetry Garden
3 walking and listening events in 2013
Join Marlene Creates as she leads a walk with readings of site-specific poems in The Boreal Poetry Garden — six acres of boreal forest where she lives in Portugal Cove — with musical responses to the site provided by 3 acoustic musicians. After the walk, we will gather around a bonfire with some refreshments.
The events this summer will focus on the audible. We will experience the boreal forest by listening to its soundscape –– and its silences. Come hear the resonance of words and wind, of wind instruments and woods, of percussion and ancient volcanic rock, of river rhythms and phrases, of vibrating strings and stars, of sparks from the bonfire and toasted marshmallows.
Wednesday July 17 at 7:30 pm
poetry by Marlene Creates with Rob Power, percussion
Tuesday July 23 at 7:30 pm
poetry by Marlene Creates with Rozalind MacPhail, flute
Sunday August 4 at 2:00 pm
poetry by Marlene Creates with Ilia Nicoll, violin and viola
Limited to 25 people. Advance registration required.
For directions and to register:
or phone 709.895.1020
$25 | $20 students & seniors
From the guest book:
What an absolutely magical event. How the woods and the words so enrich each other, a symbiosis of experience and imagination. –AJ
I’d like to think that this is how the earliest poetry began. –DC
It will make me think differently about trees, about time, about words themselves! –AS
ONE WORD, AWESOME!!!!! –MK (8 years old)
The Boreal Poetry Garden was featured on Bravo! TV in 2008 and on the CBC Documentary Channel in 2012.
“Marlene Creates: Of Words and Woods” by Robert Finley, Canadian Art online, September 15, 2011
“Garden poem,” by Tara Bradbury, The Telegram, St. John’s, July 15, 2011
Rob Power (percussion, July 17) is an active chamber musician, soloist, improviser, orchestral player, composer, teacher, and instrument builder. His compositions reflect a multitude of influences, and include both contemporary classical works and outdoor environmental pieces. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of percussion at the MUN School of Music, where he directs the renowned Scruncheons Percussion Ensemble. He performs regularly in a wide variety of musical collaborations, including the improvisational groups Spanner and McKudo. Rob is also a member of Newfoundland’s premiere African drum and dance ensemble Dzolali, and is the principal percussionist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. An avid builder of new and unusual percussion instruments, Rob’s recent constructions include the po-pipes, glass triangle, PVC talking drum, and the quarter-tone mirror phone.
Rozalind MacPhail (flute, July 23) is a classically-trained flutist and multi-instrumental looping artist. She has been an artistic resident at the Banff Centre, the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture in Dawson City, and at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, studying with American modern flutist, Robert Dick. As guest flutist, Rozalind has appeared on stage with Yo La Tengo, Great Lake Swimmers, Constantines, Elliott Brood, Jason Collett, NQ Arbuckle, Lou Barlow and more. She has been based in St. John’s, Newfoundland since 2008. In 2011, she invited emerging and established filmmakers to create 13 short films about St. John’s in which she composed and recorded the music. Painted Houses was screened at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. Rozalind is currently recording a solo project, Head First — a DVD that includes short films by Canadian filmmakers with original music she composed.
Ilia Nicoll (viola and violin, August 4) has been a singer/songwriter and instrumentalist in St. John’s for the past four years. She has performed in a wide variety of bands, including the Newish Klezmer Ensemble, and backed up musicians such as Katie Baggs. Currently, Ilia is recording her first solo album of original music.