Axial performance by George Quasha and Charles Stein as part of the 23rd Annual Subterranean Poetry Festival in the Widow Jane Mines, Rosendale, New York, August 25th, 2013, curated by Anne Gorrick as part of the Cadmium Text Series. George Quasha on percussion and reading texts ("Enearthing Sounds (preverbs)"); Charles Stein vocal art including text (from "Tornado Island").
Axial performance here combines axial music and axial poetics.
AXIAL MUSIC follows a principle of spontaneous interpersonal composition without the intention of honoring precedent or previous patterns, guided instead by radical following of actual sounds generated in an intentional field. When successful the sound event has a life independent of the musicians and may generate an altered state of listening. See, for instance, "Axial Music for Beach Box," White Box, New York City: vimeo.com/48916974.
AXIAL POETICS works similarly but within language as a site of self-generating composition which reveals its content in process. See, for instance, "preverbs": vimeo.com/19930870 and vimeo.com/25802929.
More on the AXIAL PRINCIPLE in drawing, sculpture, music, poetry, and video at quasha.com; also poetry, drawing, and photography at charlessteinpoet.com.
Thanks to Sherry Williams for camera work and technical assistance.
AXIAL MUSIC for BEACH BOX
Friday 8-31-12 performance at White Box (New York City):
David Arner (keyboard, balophone, percussion)
John Beaulieu (keyboard, harmonica)
George Quasha (percussion, balophone)
Charles Stein (voice, recorder. harmonica)
Axial Music follows a principle of spontaneous composition without the intention of honoring precedent or previous patterns, guided instead by radical following of actual sounds generated. When successful the sound event has a life independent of the musicians and may generate an altered state of listening. In addition to sound events, the performance has visual components, including axial drawing & video. The projected video, "Mouth Logic" by George Quasha, includes a trombone solo by George Lewis.
Curated by Juan Puntes as part of the end-of-summer performance/art series "Beach Box," which featured a few inches of beach sand covering the whole gallery floor (329 Broome Street, east of the Bowery). Camera: Sherry Williams; technical assistance: Susan Quasha.
"axial music / Tivoli" records a live performance by David Arner & George Quasha on February 7th, 2011 in Tivoli, NY in a benefit for the Tivoli Artists Co-op, curated by Lara Chkhetiani. Camera: Merabi Uridia.
Other performances of axial music by Arner/Quasha are archived here. For the relationship of this music to the "axial principle" in other work of George Quasha see quasha.com.
This is the first public reading of "Verbal Paradise (preverbs)", which is itself the first of a projected six books of preverbs, just published by Zasterle Press (La Laguna, Spain: 2011), under the editorship of Manuel Brito.
The reading took place in Kingston, New York on February 12th, 2011 in the Cadmium Text Series curated by Anne Gorrick at R&F Paint, who introduces the reading. It engaged the first and last poem-complexes as indicated with curly brackets in the book's table of contents below: