A Symphony of Crickets


Date: July 18, 2022 — August 30, 2022
Days & Times:

July 15, 5 pm at Wellfleet Preservation Hall
July 17, 9 pm at The Music Room
July 31, 5 pm at Provincetown's UU Church
August 29 & 30, 7 pm at Cape Rep's Indoor Theater
Pay-What-You-Can Tuesday, August 30!

Based on the poetry of Charles Coe
Conceived by Charles Coe, Mark van Bork and Ken Field


Summary

Based on the poetry of award-winning African American writer & musician Charles Coe the evening will feature his selected works with musical interludes performed by an all-star 6-piece ensemble of outstanding musicians and vocalists with a wide ranging song list inspired by his poems, traversing jazz, funk, R&B, delta blues, and even classical styles, strung together in a seamless sequence outlining in words and tones the breadth of the American musical experience.

Other Dates & Venues
July 15, 5 pm at Wellfleet Preservation Hall
July 17, 7 pm at The Music Room
July 31, 5 pm at Provincetown’s UU Church

Cast

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Charles Coe has written three books of poetry: Memento Mori, All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents, and Picnic on the Moon, all published by Leapfrog Press. He has also written a novel entitled Spin Cycles. Roberto Mighty’s short film “Peach Pie” is based on his poem “Fortress.” Coe received a Fellowship in Poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and was selected by the Boston Public Library as a “Boston Literary Light.” He is currently an Artist Fellow for the St. Botolph Club, an organization that supports arts and the humanities in Greater Boston. In 2017 he served as an Artist-in-Residence for the City of Boston. http://charlescoe.com

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Truro resident Ken Field is a saxophonist, flautist, and composer. Leader of the improvisational second line brass band the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Field is also a longtime member of the modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. He is the host of WMBR & WOMR radio’s “The New Edge”, and President of the Board of JazzBoston. Field has performed for President Bill Clinton, with Trombone Shorty, Charles Neville, former J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf, and the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Field was named Finalist in Music Composition by the Mass Cultural Council. His music is heard often on Sesame St. http://kenfield.org

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Multi-instrumentalist Mark van Bork is a band-leader, composer, audio producer & engineer, and educator with a degree from Berklee College of Music. He has taught at the the undergraduate and graduate level, including at Emerson College, and holds an Emmy Nomination in Sound Editing.

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Dancer, actress, and vocalist Darlene van Alstyne has performed widely on stage and screen, including appearances on Comedy Central, St. Elsewhere, and As the World Turns, and is often a featured guest in Provincetown with Billy Hough & Sue Goldberg’s “Scream Along With Billy”.

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Blake Newman has performed and/or recorded with Amiri Baraka, Patricia Smith, Askia Toure, Quincy Troupe, David Murray, Ran Blake, Ken Field, Big Jack Johnson, Duke Robillard, John Sinclair, Peter Wolf, Butch Morris, Kenny Wollesen, Jon Faddis, David Maxwell, Charles Neville, John Stowell, and David Amram. Appearances have included Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and festivals and venues in Canada, Europe, the U.S., Senegal, and the U.K. http://blakenewman.org

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Phil Neighbors studied Percussion, Jazz, and Composition at Morehead State University in Kentucky. He has played with a host of different bands in many genres both in Cincinnati and in Boston, including the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Dave Birkin’s Hot Shots, the Sam Davis group, The Coots, the Jeff Robinson Trio, and the Funky White Honkies.


Behind the Scenes

Interview with Ken Field on WOMR ArtsWeek

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