Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public (Donations gratefully invited). OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-874-9392.
“Opening a festival in Sonoma County is like opening an observatory—you seek a better view of the stars already there and hope to discover new ones. Our goal is to seek and celebrate new ways of seeing and being and I am honored to sponsor this festival that now comes home to Sonoma under the direction of David Madgalene. David is uniquely qualified with his feet firmly in Sonoma County where he lives and his arms open to all California and the world. The New Way Media Festival originated in Berkeley but now as we celebrate our first festival in the county at the Occidental Center for the Arts, the New Way begins a New Day. Our thanks to all you in Sonoma and beyond who have journeyed to be with us and welcome to those of you who join us now in the Great Parade. Cheers!”—David James Randolph, Founder and Honorary Host of the Fest
THE OCEAN AND THE EASEL
By David James Randolph © 2016
Note: The David Randolph New Way Media Fest celebrates the work of those who are truly great and those who are on the way as expressed in this poem.
Walking the beach I find amid the driftwood
Several slender strips of wood that were once an artist’s easel.
I wonder who the artist behind them was.
What were they painting? When?
How did they get into the water? What happened?
Would the painting have been a masterpiece
Destined for a museum?
Or was it the early work of a student?
Or was it the early work of a student?
I turn to face the ocean whose waves are rushing in with the tide
Capturing the high afternoon sun with a brilliance
That takes my breath away.
The sun and the sea are symphonic, playing off one another
Like music, like magic, moving and still at once
Rising in a crescendo, crashing,
Then gently placing the foam at my feet.
This is the beauty that saves the world. (Dostoevsky)
This is the holy, holy, holy which all the saints adore
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea. (Heber)
I feel hope in a way I have not felt in a long time
An assurance that within and beyond all this is
Grace that cannot be absorbed in the deserts of the Middle East
Nor the disasters of the broken news, nor my own despair.
Grace so relentless that even when the tide ebbs
It will reach back to cleanse and renew the world
In the Great Beauty of St. Augustine greater than all the beauties of earth.
Cheers to the great artist who stands close enough to the edge
To savor the sea but not so close as to be destroyed by it.
Cheers also to the unknown artist whose broken easel
Testifies with equal eloquence to the beauty of life
And the power of art.
For Immediate Release:
September 26, 2016
Contact: David Madgalene (707) 836-9586 (707) 328-3325 davidra at sonic.net
Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA.
Celebrate new ways of seeing and being with…Shepherd Bliss, a long-term member of the Veterans Writing Group, which published the award-winning book Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, edited by Maxine Hong Kingston, which includes his essay "Sound Shy." Shepherd has operated the artisan Kokopelli Farm in the Sebastopol countryside for nearly two decades and specializes in agropsychology—farms as healing places. In the l960s, Shepherd was a student of David Randolph’s at Drew Theological Seminary. Dr. Bliss serves on the Board of the Numina Center for the Arts & Spirituality at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. Shepherd’s presentation will be accompanied by Kim Atkinson who has been playing music since the 1970s and has become an internationally recognized percussion artist, teacher and ritual drummer. He was the music director and percussionist for Rumi’s Caravan from 2006 to 2013. Kim has worked with Shepherd Bliss for more than 25 years.
French-born artist Clara Bellino emerged from Europe to become an important contributor to the American music scene with delightful stories, relatable music, and a lovable personality. Clara is currently working on her fifth album.
The Word-Music Continuum is comprised of Kirk Lumpkin, Paul Mills and Mark Weider. Kirk Lumpkin is the author of two books of poetry, In Deep and Co-Hearing. As a solo poet Lumpkin’s performed all around the San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California; Los Angeles; New York City; Colorado; Toronto, Canada; and Great Britain.
Paul Mills is a guitarist, composer, producer, and co-founder of The Word-Music Continuum. Mark Wieder (pronounced “Weeder”) currently also plays bass with the Skimpy Portions and the Seething Brunswicks.
David Madgalene is the Director of the David Randolph New Way Media Festival (formerly the New Way Media Festival), now in its twelfth season. David will be joined by Kirk Charles Heydt on guitar and Steve Shain on bass. Kirk Charles Heydt is a composer multiinstrumentalist with three releases as a leader.Heydt has recorded and performed with Sonny Simmons, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Steve Shain has been playing the string bass since 1963 in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Currently freelancing with poets, dancers, jazzers and improvisers in the Bay Area, Steve and David Madgalene have been jamming since 2009.