Sutras for a Suffering World
The Poetry of David Budbill Set to Music
The words of celebrated Vermont poet David Budbill take center stage in a concert featuring Vermont and New York artists. Scrag Mountain Music co-Artistic Directors Mary Bonhag (soprano) and Evan Premo (composer / double bass) and Capital City Concerts Artistic Director Karen Kevra (flute), together with pianist Jeffrey Chappell, present works by Vermont composers Erik Nielsen and Premo. From New York, David’s long-time collaborator and avant-garde jazz artist William Parker (composer / double bass / multi-instrumentalist) leads a group of musicians in an incantation of poetry and improvised music. Together these artists offer a sonically diverse program that weaves together David’s iconic poetry. This program is re-scheduled from May 2020.
Organized in collaboration with Lois Eby, Nadine Budbill, and The Literary Estate of David Budbill.
Mary Bonhag, soprano
Evan Premo, double bass
William Parker, multi-instrumentalist
Karen Kevra, flute
Jeffrey Chappell, piano
Lisa Sokolov, voice
Kyoko Kitamura, voice
Morley Shanti Kamen, voice
Andrea Wolper, voice
Amirtha Kidambi, voice
Hamid Drake, drums
(subject to change)
Evan Premo Songs from a Mountain Recluse
Erik Nielsen Reflections on the Way
William Parker While We've Still Got Feet: The Poetry of David Budbill
Scrag is grateful to Sutras project partners Lois Eby, Nadine Budbill, and The Literary Estate of David Budbill.
This project is made possible with support of Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project is also supported, in part, by The Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation and Vermont Humanities.
Thanks to all individual supporters of this project including the following major supporters:
Red-tailed Hawks ($1,000+)
Gail Osherenko and Oran Young in memory of David Budbill
Bill and Lorna Chafe
Susan Z. Ritz
The Williams, Edwards, and Kimball Family
The Eby and Budbill-Roethlein Family
Rusty Blackbirds ($500-$999)
Kathy and Richard White
Gallery: Zen Mountains / Zen Streets (c) Cathryn Dwyre; David Budbill reading (c) JSteve Solberg; William, David, and Hamid (c) Cathryn Dwyre; David and William at the Hardwick Town House (c) Orah Moore.
Profile images: David Budbill (c) Joshi Radin; Mary Bonhag (c) Arielle Doneson; Evan Premo (c) Rob Spring Photo.