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Tonite PATV: Kimberly @ PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse

 Kimberly’s 10/6/06 performance at PeaceSmiths will be on @ 1am (which is actually 1/11/07) on Channel 20 on Hauppauge Cablevision. Text of Kimberly’s poetry can be found at www.www.onthewilderside.com/poetry/


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2006 @ 8:30 PM

1st Methodist Church, 25 Broadway (Rte 110), Amityville, NY 11701


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Information call (631) 798-0778

On David Brown:

“Soul in a teacup: The coffeehouse circuit isn’t what it used to be. It’s become a playground for aspiring major-label acts. Developing acts seeking a forum need to do more than simply sit and strum; they need to find ground between pop commercialism and the confessional poetry they often opt to weave. David Brown has clearly learned this lesson.” – Larry Flick, Billboard Magazine

“However you do it, get your hands on “Splendid Wings” as soon as possible. It will be one of the most stunning musical journeys you’ll ever take.” (****) – Jeff Rosen, Gay Chicago Magazine

“While it’s rare that an album makes the jump from the “review pile” to the personal collection, this one has.” – B. Cormier & G. Reitz, The Musician’s Trade Journal

On Kimberly Wilder:

seneca 002.jpgKimberly Wilder’s life has veered between art and politics. In addition to being an activist, she has published chapbooks; gave dozens of poetry readings; published poetry; wrote newspaper articles; and hosted events. Kimberly loves to hippie dance at weddings, festivals, and local folk music events.

At a master class in poetry, Mark Rudman proclaimed of Kimberly: “Distemper is your muse.” The Babylon Beacon said of Wilder: “She can latch on to an issue and hang in like a bad cold, and attends board meetings regularly, raking Bellone over the coals on everything from freedom of information to environmental issues.”

One of the most memorable readings Kimberly Wilder gave was as part of a group with her hsuband Ian, former Suffolk County poet laureate George Wallace and Northport artist/poet Kate Kelly at the Lowell, Massachusetts Kerouac festival.

With Nader’s 2000 presidential campaign, Kimberly Wilder moved from activism to electoral politics. Within four years she and her husband Ian had co-founded the Babylon Greens at their kitchen table; run the first full ticket of Greens in their town’s history; and got Kimberly twice elected to the Executive Committee of Green Party of New York State. In 2006, Kimberly returned to the GPNYS Executive Committee for a third term. Kimberly Wilder is the Committee Co-Chair for Long Island for Malachy! to support Green Party Governor Candidate Malachy McCourt in his bid for 50,000 votes. And,Kimberly is the Press Secretary for the GreenParty of Suffolk County.
Kimberly has performed at PeaceSmiths before. And, the PeaceSmiths community has been at her side through many an activist ordeal. Judith Zweiman received inspiration during a PeaceSmiths performance break to write a song about Kimberly, “You Can’t Play Flute in Amityville.” But, you can play flute now. Kimberly will play some flute with her poems, and looks forward to Matt Fallon’s performance.

from Matt Fallon:

I became interested (infatuated really) in flute making after having played bamboo flutes of various styles/cultures, my first being Native-American, for roughly 2 years. Each flute I make brings new learning experiences, new ideas, and a sense of pride & joy in bringing another flute into the world, that will hopefully make someone else as happy to play it as it did me in its creation and sharing. As I am not ?mass producing? these instruments, each is One-of-a-kind and I put 100% of myself into every one. I Love experimenting with different methods, techniques, tunings, sizes/shapes, Natural finishes including oils, stains or simply heat-treatments/firing.

I do not work by a calculated production-minded approach, but rather I let each piece of bamboo or wood guide me in bringing out its own beautiful voice, this can include its tuning as well. There are several methods in which I might ?tune? a flute. My favorite being the most natural way, is by the player?s body measurements (this is an age-old method used for native-courting flute). The basics of this are to make the flute the length of your arm. The first hole is placed your hands width from the fipple and there are five other holes placed your thumb width apart. Of course, this will not produce a concert tuned flute, but it will sound good when played by itself.

Then there is the scientific/mathematical approach, using different ratios of length, inner-bore diameter and wall thickness, that will give you your hole placement whether it be Pentatonic(5note),Diatonic(standard do,re,mi). When not making a flute for a specific person I usually use a method that is somewhere between these two, either tuning to itself in a specific scale, or making it ?concert pitched? to a certain key with a digital electric tuner..

Regardless of what type of flute I’m making, I truly enjoy the whole event. I am completely involved throughout the entire process, from harvesting the bamboo or (whenever possible) milling the wood. To preparing and selecting the finest pieces to suit the need. Then the actual ?Making? of the flute, the sweet smelling smoke while burning in the holes,testing,playing,then playing some more :) it?s a very rewarding and, even spiritual experience to me.

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