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Experience the interconnectivity of music and social and political spoken word in four movements for narrator, French horn, oboe, and piano.

On this episode, J. Bradley Minnick interviews poet and artist Terry Wright about this performance piece he titles “Iterations.”

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Poet and artist, Terry Wright

This project includes Wright’s poetry and visual art, as well as music composed by Daniel De Togni and performed by Lorraine Duso Kitts and Kazuo Murakami on piano. 

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Lorraine Duso Kitts

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Kazuo Murakami

The four featured poems in the piece are "At the Beach," "Inside the Roche Limit," “Deconstructed Canary,” and “Ripley." These poems interrogate the social and political climate of the Obama and Trump years through a visceral, aggressive mashup of found artifacts from deep within internet search engines.  

Terry Wright is a writer and artist who lives in Little Rock. He’s written seven books and chapbooks of poetry, and his work has appeared widely in publications ranging from McSweeney’s to Rolling Stone. His art is also widely seen in venues like Full Bleed and The Penn Review. Exhibitions of his visual art include the 57th Annual Delta Exhibition.

Music for the piece was created by Daniel De Togni. De Togni (pronounced Deh-TOH-nyee) was born in St. Louis, grew up in Arkansas and is a composer currently living in the state of Oregon.  His works have been performed by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Julius String Quartet, and the Delgani String Quartet, among others. His works have also been performed in Japan, Taiwan, at June in Buffalo, the Hot Air Music Festival in San Francisco, New Music on the Point, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the American Music Festival, the UNK New Music Festival, as well as throughout the United States.

Playing oboe and French horn during the performance is Lorraine Duso Kitts, professor of Double Reeds at the University of Central Arkansas. Playing piano is Kazuo Murakami, lecturer of Piano and Coordinator of Collaborative Piano.

Listen to the iteration "Deconstructed Canary" written by Daniel De Togni
Listen to the live world premier of "Deconstructed Canary" recorded during the live show at the University of Central Arkansas Campus

Thank you to Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack for keeping music alive and well in Arkansas.

Generous funding for this episode was provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Executive Producer & Host: J. Bradley Minnick Producer & Story Editor: Mary Ellen Kubit Sound Mastering: Simon Sound Studio Live Performance Recorded by: Joseph Berry

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