The Ballad of The Bark is a poem in flux. For this performance, limited
to a ten-minute slot, I edited the work so that Ilya and I would be able to
have both duo and solo time. It's the first time we played together or even
heard each other, and Ilya comes from a classical tradition; I'd previously
only worked with free/improvising musicians. I abbreviated and simplified the
narrative of this magic-realist poem so it could more easily be understood by
a general audience. The poem still hasn't assumed a final form, so I've elected
to leave it in an audio-only form for now. -- SK
The Ballad of the
Bark was recorded in performance at The Music Salon, NYC, February 1, 2009.
Ilya Levitin is
a Russian-born cellist, trained by Mstislav Rostropovich's daughter. He is the
founder and director of The Music Salon.
Steve Koenig is
a poet who frequently collaborates with painters and improvising musicians.
His upcoming CD features an ensemble consisting of Cooper-Moore, Gunter Hampel,
Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Ricardo Arias, Robert Reigle and Christopher Meeder.