March 2012

[caption id="attachment_389" align="alignleft" width="594" caption="Sō Percussion"][/caption] Sō Percussion Pop-Out Media Player :: For your full multimedia pleasure, please click on this link to listen to selections from the Sō Percussion catalogue as you read! (oooooooooh, fancy!) Who is Sō Percussion? And what are they doing with that cactus? Well... what *aren't* they doing. No, seriously. These Brooklyn-based percussive polymaths come to Carnegie Hall tonight as part of the outstanding, genre bending, boundary pushing "American Mavericks" series put on by Carnegie Hall (and a range of neighborhood partners). I love these guys SO much (the puns are impossible to avoid here!), and they are a perfect example of the type of collaborative, expectation defying, community fostering, teaching, sharing, mentoring, hard working creatives that Exit Strata strives to emulate, encourage, and promote!

Poets, Lovers, Friends --
Exit Strata would like to invite you to celebrate Poetry Month this April as a Participant in the Exit Strata CoCo Online Series,
'Inspiration, Community, Tradition: 30 posts from 30 poets on 30 poets in 30 days"
What we're looking for is breadth: to have this month introduce our community to the universe of poetry that affects and alters ourselves and our colleagues, others with whom we may share a practice but whose influences are vastly different than our own.
As we read and write this work, other poets become important to us for a million different reasons, often ones we could never entirely anticipate or explain -- in observing our community one quickly notices that each person's own relationship with poetry has grown in diverse and unexpected ways, with little known, local, foreign, or forgotten poets taking up solid and subtantial residence in the heart, mind, and psyche of each -- in turn, altering inestimably our relationship to craft.
When we are in school or in workshop, perhaps even more than from the didactic intention we glean from our *community* a richness of engagement and influence, as density of dialogue provides each of its participants an unending supply of suggestions -- names, books, poems, movements, and so on.
An introduction to an entirely new voice that speaks to you, as an adult out of these systems, is a rare and potentially life-altering gift... one that Exit Strata's international creative network has the chance to offer all of us, as we replicate that atmosphere here in the virtual Commons.

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