Greg Brosofske: 416 Club Commissions
416 Club Commissions is an annual program of The Cedar, working in conjunction with The Jerome Foundation, that commissions seven emerging, Minnesota-based artists to create new work that is debuted in a public concert series at The Cedar. The 2014 recipients were chosen by a panel of Twin Cities music industry professionals including record label owners, music educators, local musicians, and Cedar staff. Each of the seven artists will present their work on Monday evenings beginning January 13th and running through to the end of February.
Henry. . . Mr. Bones, In Memory of John Berryman is an expressionistic journey through the language, imagery, and rhythms of one of Minnesota's most provocative poets. Using Berryman's Dream Songs as his road map, electronic composer Greg Brosofske combines acoustic and electronic textures with Berryman’s poems and video footage, creating a landscape that is part dream, part hallucination.
Berryman once said of the Dream Songs “they are not meant to be understood. . . they are only meant to terrify & comfort." Henry. . . Mr. Bones is created in this same spirit.
The performance will be followed by a reading and discussion of Berryman and his poems by several writers including Minnesota Book Award winning poet Michael Dennis Browne, and Berryman scholar and archivist Richard Kelly.