The Duende Project: One Thing That Scares You
We have just released our fourth album — a live recording of twelve brand new tracks. The title derives from our motto in peformance — “Always do one thing that scares you.” That night, we did a lot of scary things…
It’s only 7 bucks, with the option to pay more if you like. All tracks can be downloaded as any format you like. And Bandcamp as a site is great to artists, so that’s something to consider.
I don’t often plug Duende Project stuff and shows here…but I’m proud of what Steve and I did on this. Would appreciate it if you took a look and considered a purchase, even if it’s just one track.
Long time followers of Dark Matter will recall that I also have a performance duo called “The Duende Project,” which pairs me and my poetry and occasional guitar fumblings with the truly talented bass and acoustic guitar work of Steven Lanning- Cafaro. We are preparing to release our fourth album together, “One Thing That Scares You” in the next few days…
If you’d like to hear what we’re all about, head on over to Reverbnation and right now if you join our mailing list you can get a free download of “Scenes From Geppetto Town,” a non-album cut for a special project I will talk about at a later date. It features an unsparing look at my hometown of Worcester, MA, and some really stellar six-string electric bass work by Faro. (Yes, when you hear it you will likely say, “Electric Bass?” Trust me — one guy, one bass.
The Duende Project on Reverbnation
Thought I’d give you a sneak peak of the new Duende Project album…a little poetry, a lot of slap bass.
Kinda just goofing around, but seriously so.
Not sure how this will reflect the final mix or even what ends up on the album…but I hope it gives you a flavor of the night…and there MIGHT even be some video of this up shortly.
Anyway, here’s the link:
Very pleased to say that “Americanized,” the 2008 album by my poetry and music duo “The Duende Project,” is now available on iTunes and Amazon.com for purchase…
Our first effort at a focused and coherent suite of pieces, the album is an extended meditation on the nature of what it means to be an American. Includes work focused on heritage, identity, and larger social issues. My vocals backed by my performance partner Steven Lanning-Cafaro’s virtuoso electric bass and mylon string guitar.
You now have two album choices from us, including our most recent release “The Duende Project” — and other outlets will follow soon (eMusic, etc.) for both.
Please visit the iTunes store, search for “The Duende Project,” and give us a listen. Consider making a purchase of one track or either whole album! Thanks…
you might want to take a look at a whole host of new videos of The Duende Project, my poetry and music collaboration with bassist/guitarist Steven Lanning-Cafaro. We’ve been out there a lot lately, and I think the videos show off our various pieces quite well.
Check out all of our videos at:
Thought I’d take a break from posting poems to offer you this: a video of my poetry and music collaborative effort, The Duende Project, at a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The event took place on September 22, 2011, in Somerville MA and featured a number of wonderful poets, including Charles Coe and Daphne Gottlieb among many other artists, writers, and musicians.
I posted the text of the poem a few days ago if you care to read it.
Hope you enjoy.
For Kurt, On the Other Side, Mowing The Lawn
The latest album of work from “The Duende Project,” my collaboration with bass player/guitarist Steven Lanning-Cafaro, is now available on iTunes and Amazon.com. More outlets to be announced in coming weeks.
Titled, cleverly enough, “The Duende Project,” it offers 16 tracks of my poetry wedded to Faro’s jazz/rock/funk eclecticism.
We’re very proud of the latest from this 5 year collaboration, and hope you’ll think about purchasing one or more tracks. Just look up “The Duende Project” on iTunes, and check us out.
The Indiefeed Performance Poetry channel is offering a podcast of “Interrogation” from the Duende Project’s new album right now for free download. Includes a flattering and blush-inducing commentary from host Mongo Bearwolf.
For those visitors here new to the Duende Project, it’s the music and poetry project I’m in with virtuoso electric bass player/nylon-string guitarist Steven Lanning-Cafaro, with whom I’ve released three CDs of collaborative work. This cut features Faro on a brilliant and sinister tapped bass line. More info can be found on the “Show Schedule, Tracks, and More” page on this site.
Check this and other fine performance poetry cuts out here: Indiefeed.
If you’re in RI, Worcester MA, or central CT during the month of June, you’ve got some opportunities to see The Duende Project in performance.
Check out the “Show Schedules” tab on the top of the page, or head directly over to our Reverbnation site.
I’ve recently completed a lot of new poems and am taking a little time away from posting new work to revise and pull together a full manuscript for submission, as well as another round of sending stuff out to journals.
My own pay-the-bills work is picking up over the next week or two, so that’ll also be keeping me busy.
If you’re at all interested in seeing me read some of this new stuff as well as older work in the next few weeks, I’ll be in a few venues in the CT and NYC areas….
this Friday, April 30, at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe (3rd ST between Avenues C and D, 10 PM);
with Duende at the Cafemantic in Willimantic CT on Monday , May 3rd, at 7:00 PM;
and me solo again at the Peekskill NY Field Library and White Plains NY Public Library on Wednesday, May 5th. Peekskill show from 3:30 to 5, White Plains 6:30 to 9:30.
Would love to see you there.
Here is Duende’s — and my — current gig schedule on the Reverbnation site.
We’re looking for gigs, actively, in the relatively local area…say, New England, New York, New Jersey, etc. Got new material…can’t tour extensively at the moment, but would love to get out and play…check out tracks and let us know if you’d like to book us.
We promise to be good.
If you’re in the Worcester MA area tonight, March 7, I’ll be reading from my new chapbook of poems, “About A Boy,” and pieces from other books as well, at the Poet’s Asylum, held every Sunday night from 6-9 PM at Jumpin’ Juice and Java, 330 Chandler Street in Worcester.
I’ll have the book available for sale and look forward to seeing you there.
It has been a while since I’ve done a solo poetry feature at the Worcester Poets’ Asylum, my home poetry reading of close to twenty years now. The last few features I’ve done there have been Duende shows. I think the last solo set was five years ago now.
So the chance to help celebrate the Asylum’s 20th year with a straight ahead set of just words is exciting, and I’d love to see you there, even if I have never met you.
Expect mostly new work and a few oldies. Might even put a chapbook together for the night.
Again, even if you’ve never been there and you’re at all interested in my work I’d love to have you there to help me celebrate the venue, the space, and the long history we share.
Plus, it’ll be the first feature of my 50th year…so come see the old man try to shake stuff up a bit.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Poets’ Asylum at Jumpin’ Juice And Java
330 Chandler Street
Of course, if you can’t make it to this one, the “Show Schedules” tab on this site will always give you the latest skinny as to where I’ll be, alone or with Faro in a Duende show…so check back frequently to see what’s what.
Head on over to the Indiefeed Performance Poetry podcast site at http://performancepoetry.indiefeed.com and do two things:
1. Listen to my old buddy Shappy’s sensitive take on the legendary “Chupacabra;”
2. Make a measly ten buck donation and pick yourself up a copy of a double live CD of an outstanding night of poetry at New York City’s legendary Bowery Poetry Club. Back in October of ’09, poets who have been featured on the Indiefeed site came together in a live showcase celebrating both Mongo (the host) and his ongoing efforts to make high-quality recordings of some of the finest performance poets in the world available to all FOR FREE as downloadable podcasts.
The CD set includes performances by folks such as Damian Dauchan, Ngoma, Mike McGee, Jeananne Verlee, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Mahogany Browne, Gary Mex Glazner, Bob Holman, and many, many others — 25 in all! You’ll even get Duende — yup, Faro and me — doing the track “so much depends” which will be on our new album when it comes out later this year.
All proceeds go to helping support the work of this great site. Check it out, and be sure to add it to your iTunes…you’ll get regular access to the new podcasts that Mongo posts all the time on the site.
Thanks in advance,
“Current Events Roundup,” a recent poem, was published today in New Verse News.
This is a journal devoted to featuring topical, politically progressive work on a daily basis. I’ve published here before, and always like to take the time to highlight the work James Penha is doing there.
Please take a moment to check it out, and visit it often if you like what you see.