Travel Poems is a musical creation —
an album of songs written for places,
and a live concert crackling with improvisation & storytelling
Chapter One . Secret Towns
Collect these ingredients together inside a cozy room:
- Immersive storytelling
- Improvised music
- Acoustic and electric piano
- Double bass
- Drums and percussion
- Very instrumental guests
- Original compositions
- Soundscapes environmental and visceral
Whip these together vigorously but unevenly, so that the contents remain distinctly palpable. Each show will be unique and likely dramatically different. Always, however, the performance will transport the audience (and the musicians, who also, themselves, become the audience) to a variety of places: a blend of the real and the fantastical.
You find yourself now
inside a cave that opens up to the sea below,
waves crashing against mossy rocks.
The musical compositions in the Travel Poems collection are miniature worlds. They are destinations to visit, places to explore. When we travel out and about, travel naturally happens inwardly too – and we are co-creators of the places we go, both for our own experiences and for others’. In this same way, each musician, especially during live interpretations of the show, is helping to usher the roomful of participants toward new places, whether those are fancifully invented, or intimately familiar.
The sky outside is already dark,
too dark to see the bombardments of the ocean –
they are as loud as cannon fire.
When people gather around a campfire to exchange songs and stories, the gathering immediately transcends the stuff of the songs and the stories themselves. (They become more like fuel for a rocket ship.) The Travel Poems show summons a sister genre of gathering, through its mood and proficient tour guides, the very authors of the notes and the words of the moment.
You can feel
when saltwater rushes in and pools around your legs.
Every time the cave floods, ice water freezes your ankles,
paralyzing you for a while.
During a Travel Poems show, the boundaries of the stage fade away, as both audiences and performers seamlessly become participants to a shared adventure. Immersive storytelling brimming with imagery provides a resplendent playground for instrumental improvisations, and the music in turn speaks, as a live soundtrack, into the space of the stories and for all inhabitants of the room.