Peter Brewer & Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam | Strange Monsters: A Music & Words Collaboration

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Strange Monsters: A Music & Words Collaboration

by Peter Brewer & Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Strange Monsters is a music and words collaboration of imaginative fiction and poetry set to contemporary jazz.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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1. The Stink of Horses (feat. Christopher David Taylor, Matthew Schipper, Benjamin Henry, Lane Garner, Zach Forsyth, Mike Luzecky & Devin Eddleman)
Peter Brewer & Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
10:12 $1.99
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2. Mrs. Stiltskin (feat. Devin Eddleman, Mike Luzecky, Zach Forsyth, Lane Garner, Sheng-Hsin Lin, Christopher David Taylor & Moria Crowley)
Peter Brewer & Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
5:12 $1.99
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3. Skeletons (feat. Mike Luzecky, Devin Eddleman, Lane Garner, Zach Forsyth & Ashlea Ryan Britton)
Peter Brewer & Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
15:31 $1.99
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4. No Eyes (feat. Natalia Borja, Sheng-Hsin Lin, Mike Luzecky, Devin Eddleman, Lane Garner & Zach Forsyth)
Peter Brewer & Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
4:21 $1.99
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5. Selected Poems (feat. Sunny Heesun Yun)
Peter Brewer & Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
9:12 $1.99
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6. Where You Came From (feat. Stephanie Francis, Spenser Liszt, Sheng-Hsin Lin, Mike Luzecky, Devin Eddleman, Zach Forsyth & Lane Garner)
Peter Brewer & Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
12:24 $1.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Strange Monsters is a music and words collaboration of imaginative fiction and poetry set to contemporary jazz. Read by actors, Stufflebeam's stories unveil a world where the fantastic is familiar. In these six tracks, each set to one of Brewer's ethereal compositions, women challenge what's expected of them and find their voices in unexpected places: Rumpelstiltskin's wife endures police questioning regarding the disappearance of a local boy; a group of deadbeat friends in love with the same woman encounter the skeletons of various extinct animals on a doomed camping trip; and a cursed ballerina longs to do nothing but dance while forced to contend with two men: her obsessed fan and the jealous director of the ballet company. Brewer wrote each musical composition to accompany each story; these layered pieces utilize a blend of traditional small-group jazz with clarinet, bass clarinet, flugelhorn, and original sound effects.

Note: some of the tracks contain adult content

About the Authors

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam's fiction and poetry has appeared in over fifty magazines and anthologies both literary and speculative including The Toast, Clarkesworld, PRISM International, Lightspeed, Hobart, and Everyman's Library's Monster Verse. She's had stories reprinted in French and Polish, for numerous podcasts, and on the popular science blog io9. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast Program and created and curates the annual Art & Words Collaborative Show in Fort Worth, Texas. She is active on Twitter @BonnieJoStuffle and on her website www.bonniejostufflebeam.com.

Peter Brewer is the owner and operator of Easy Brew Studio. He holds a BM in Jazz Studies: Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas and an MM in Jazz Studies: Composition/Arranging from the University of Oregon. He has performed with many groups, including the UNT 2 o'clock lab band, Cas Hailey, Amanda Palmer, and Donny McCaslin. His arrangements and original pieces have been performed for the Oregon Jazz Ensemble featuring musicians such as Dan Balmer and Steve Wilson. Peter grew up in Kansas City, MO, with a family of musicians who taught him to appreciate sound.

Bonnie and Peter live in north Texas with their literarily-named cats Gimli and Don Quixote.

Praise for Strange Monsters

"Over melodies both slow and easy, and chaotic and exciting, a cast of actors reads five short stories and five poems by Stufflebeam. The resulting listening experience is fulfilling, funny, and ultimately haunting."--Fantasy Literature

"Haunting, ethereal, and unforgettable, Strange Monsters is music-storytelling fusion experience like no other. Highly recommended."--Midwest Book Review

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LloydReads

Amazing album!
This is a bit out of my usual wheelhouse, but I am a fan of Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam's short stories, so when I was approached for a review copy, I was more than happy to accept.

Strange Monsters is a stunning collaboration between Stufflebeam and Peter Brewer, blending music and spoken word. Short stories and poems alike are included in this collection with the perfect musical accompaniment. The album also has a great PDF guide to follow along with some behind-the-story AND behind-the-music, links to the short stories, and lyrics to the poems. There's also a great collection of "behind=the-recording" pictures at the end. It was so neat to visually see how this audial composition came to be - so many people (and a cat) were involved!

It's easy to tell how much heart went into this album. It was a real treat to listen - I was sucked in with the jazzy sounds of the opening "The Stink of Horses", and I was close to shedding tears by the time I reached the end of "Where You Came From".
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