chronicle: November 2009

Trombone poetry ventured Out East to the Matsu Japanese Restaurant in Mile End for Stripped Back Sunday, hosted by Dave Garside. Inevitably, foundlings derived from the Japan Times were part of the set, plus a version of Kojo No Tsuki, an old favourite of Thelonious Monk’s. A refreshing burst of blues sprang from the lone guitar of Jimmy Eastwood.

The glorious Klinker presented free-improvising trombone poetry after a set of accordion ruminations from Matt Scott’s Squeezebox Jukebox. Winding up the evening, all the way from Frankfurt, Skizzenzwang brought a rare assemblage of guitar, electronica and sitar.

In the Hoxton boozer, Howl at the Moon, trombone poetry joined the perpetrators of Artrocities, a night of musical cabaret hosted by The Readers with their nautical cornettist and Dadaist doings.

A distinct change of scene for Freedom of Expression II in Gipsy Hill: a church, whose acoustics favoured the songs of Ben Sommers, Miriam Jones and Tim Eveleigh. A fresh batch of foundlings and Metro poems were recited in a cough-plagued trombone poetry set. Tom Nicholls’ superb photographs of the event can be found here.

Freedom of Expression now also has an internet radio station, where trombone poetry is somewhere in the schedule.

Other recent broadcasts were on Cork Campus Radio and L’étranger on Radio Panik from  Brussels, wherein trombone poetry was mysteriously backed by Ben Watson struggling to explain Marshall McLuhan.

A poem about trombone poetry has been included in a new anthology from Salt Publishing: Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh, Manifestos and Unmanifestos, edited by Rupert Loydell.

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