2017 has been a very productive year. Working with editor Jack Churchill, I have made great progress on 'Black Mountain Blues' the documentary on Robert Creeley and 'Vot em I Doink Here?', my film on Jerome Rothenberg, both of which, whilst not in their final form, have been submitted to the 2018 San Francisco Film Festival. With luck, next year will see further funding for these projects!
I've been working on a number of things with musicians, including Mariana Sadovska, whom I filmed again in London, and violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved, whose monumental project 'Preludes & Vollenteries', a series of mostly baroque recitals performed in City churches, I have started to record, and whom I have filmed performing work from the 1920's by Ezra Pound, George Antheil and Virgil Thomson, clips from which are now on this site.
My most recent collaborations with Peter are a filmed performance of 'GAD', a fifteen-minute composition by the English composer Edward Cowie, the title of which refers to the psychiatric condition Generalised Anxiety Disorder. This nervous and disturbing piece received its world premiere (which I recorded) at Wiltons Music Hall on 21st November 2017 and was filmed in my newly created studio on 5th December. Since then we have filmed a series of performances on an extraordinary giant viola made around 1700 by Barak Norman and one of Paganini's Capriccios, both of which are now on this site, as is a 20-minute documentary 'Harold in Italy' featuring these instruments and including a commentary by Benjamin Hebbert. Peter will be performing 'Harold in Italy' with The Royal Orchestral Society, conductor Orlando Jopling at 7:30pm on Saturday 27 January at St John's, Smith Square.
On the poetry front, I've continued to record live events featuring, among others, Iain Sinclair, Allen Fisher and Harry Gilonis. I've also begun what I hope will be a series of short films of poets reading and discussing their work, the first of which, again filmed in my studio, was on Elaine Feinstein; sections of this can be seen on this site.
I've also gone into my archives and unearthed a remarkable interview which I conducted in 2002 with the then 98-year-old Objectivist poet, Carl Rakosi, parts of which are, again, on this site.
Watch this space….