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No Money in Art

by Frank Carlberg's Word Circus

Continued explorations of contemporary poetics and jazz with Christine Correa, John O'Gallagher, Pascal Niggenkemper and Michael Sarin.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. No Money in Art
8:42 album only
2. The Nail
7:26 album only
3. Banner Spangled Star
4:52 album only
4. Headline Haiku
6:07 album only
5. Clarification
5:05 album only
6. Verbal Scenario
5:24 album only
7. Nothing
8:46 album only
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Album Notes
Brooklyn-based Red Piano Records is proud to announce the release of No Money In Art by Frank Carlberg’s Word Circus. This album features a stellar quintet of jazz and improvised music heavy-hitters such as Christine Correa, voice; John O’Gallagher, alto sax; Pascal Niggenkemper, bass; Michael Sarin, drums and Carlberg on piano. Word Circus is a collection of musical settings of poems by contemporary American writers such as Ron Padgett, Jim Gustafson, Ken Mikolowski and Anselm Hollo. Carlberg gives some insight in to the background of Word Circus: "This project, my 11th CD devoted to settings of poetry, is a follow-up release to the 2015 Word Circus recording. Poems on No Money In Art are thought provoking and range from light and humorous to existential musings, and to meditative ruminations on the state of our world. No Money In Art is the culmination in my work with American poets, which has continued uninterrupted for the past twenty-plus years, beginning with the release of The Crazy Woman on Accurate Records in 1995."

The songs on No Money In Art were written for this Quintet, which has, with a few modifications, been around since Carlberg’s earliest works with poetry in the mid-1990s. About the vocalist Christine Correa Carlberg explains: "Christine is the main reason for the existence of this group and this repertoire; my muse as it were. I have by now written over 150 songs with poems by writers such as Robert Creeley, Anselm Hollo, Anna Akhmatova, Rabindranath Tagore, Kenneth Rexroth, Allen Ginsberg, Alejandra Pizarnik, etc, as well as various other texts such as excerpts from Bill Clinton's Grand Jury testimony, fragments from medical journals, pieces from legal documents, cut-up versions of the Bill Of Rights, etc. All this work would never have happened had I not had a voice to compose for. Christine provided me with that voice. She was able to execute whatever lines I would dream up and she was able to infuse the words with such powerful expression and emotion. The rest of the group has remained remarkably stable as well with drummer Michael Sarin working with us since the 'In The Land Of Art' project (on Fresh Sound New Talent) in the late 90’s. John O’Gallagher has worked with us since the 'Uncivilized Rumination' CD about 6 years ago. Pascal Niggenkemper is a relative newcomer who stepped in to this project after longtime collaborator John Hébert was unable to participate because of scheduling conflicts. This group is really a dream come true for me as these musicians are all completely committed to the music, while bringing such strong personalities and remarkable musicianship to the plate. A real composer’s paradise."



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