Back in 1989-92 I was invited w/my friend Sybl Glebow to record for a project by Chris Funkhouser and friends. Sybl had been a performance artist and musician in the Bay Area, and had introduced me to the art of performing improv poetry. Well, it wasn’t entirely improvisatory; we verbally and roughly sketched out some of concepts and words we wanted to use, and then jumped into it, making changes on the fly as we recorded, and repeating until we came up with a track that we liked. I have to say it was the most fun I had ever had with poetry, and I miss it.
This was during a period when I had also been hosting a reading series in Santa Cruz, and some of the poets we featured in the series also recorded for this project. WE XV includes: Allen Ginsberg, Monks of Doom, Jean Vengua & Sybl Glebow, Anne Waldman, Andy Clausen, thelemonade, Nathaniel Mackey, Victoria Stone, William Everson, Trudy Morse, Cecil Taylor Workshop Ensemble, Francisco X. Alarcon; Elba Sanchez, Wanda Phipps, Lee Ann Brown, Steven Taylor, Richard Loranger, Victor Hernández Cruz, H. D. Moe, Steve Benson, The Splatter Trio, Roddy Potter, Katie Yates, Marc Olmsted & Gary Schwantes, Eric Curkendall, Tory Miller, & Rich West.
Anyway, Chris recently got hold of a DAT machine, and the recordings are available:
* WE Issue 11 is available here.
* WE Issue 14 is available at PennSound HERE.
* More recordings at Funk’s Soundbox Archive.