Join us at Shelf Life Books for a performance with avant-garde composer and performance artist, Jaap Blonk.
Language is the part of our phonic vocabulary that we invest with meaning. The rest, we say, is noise. But for Jaap Blonk, every burble and squeak, hum and growl and splutter the human being can make is there for the taking. Every instance of our power to imitate the sounds of animals and machines and musical instruments — and then invent new ones because our bodies are unique instruments themselves — are in the art of the word. Blonk’s is a radical art with a long tradition — from Kurt Schwitters to Canada’s own Four Horsemen — and its a tradition that comes alive with a childish glee and a philosopher’s daring. Partnering with Shelf Life Books, Mount Royal University’s Department of English is proud to sponsor Jaap’s vist to Calgary as part of his current North American tour. Everyone is welcome.
Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.
The event will be hosted by Richard Harrison.
Richard Harrison is a multiple-award-winning poet, essayist, and editor. His most recent book, On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood, has been awarded the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.