Sunday, August 11, 2 PM Pacific Asia Museum hosted poet~artists Ron Moss and Linda Galloway, who presented a moving program with a beautifully lit screen of haiga images by Ron, haiku and tanka by Ron and tanka by Linda spoken and shown with beautifully paced readings.
Ron and Linda had invited Rick and Kathabela Wilson to prelude the program with Japanese flute and percussion, and a short series of tanka by Kathabela. Rick played shinobue a small bamboo transverse Japanese flute with a higj-pitched voice (see details below) for the introduction. Kathabela played a small Japanese frame drum purchased on a trip to Kyoto, a wooden percussive frog, and high pitched gamelon sounding Asian xylophone like chimes.
In the photo you can see the two “bouquets” I brought for Ron and Linda. One Each had a dried swirling opened seed pod (wisteria?) a poppy pod, and a night blooming bromeliad piece with new shoots!
Rick above, playing shinobue
Beautiful haiga by Ron Moss.
In the audience, Deborah P. Kolodji, (organizer of HNA) Eve Luckring, (poet, video artist, presenter at HNA) kris moon, pet, presenter at HNA, and our guest at our home) and Ron Moss just after the program).
Kathabela’s magical chimes, played in just a few places as a surprise…
Kathabela reading five tanka accompanied on shakuhachi by Rick Wilson.
A series of beautiful poems, haiku by Linda and Tanka by Ron, concluded the reading, amazing dou images such as the above, paintings by Ron. Rick Wilson accompanied on shakuhachi.
Deborah P Kolodji (it was her birthday today!) gave announcements of the HNA conference starting Wednesday on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. You can see the schedule here: http://www.haikunorthamerica.com/hna-conference-schedule.html
Your roving reporter will be reporting Live from the conference!
The opening music is played on the shinobue, Rick Wilson explains, “a small Japanese bamboo transverse flute with seven holes. The pieces are 19th century Japanese tunes. Most of these are taken from Japanese popular music: a collection of the popular music of Japan rendered in to the staff notation, by Y. Nagai and K. Kobatake, S. Miki & Co., 1892. Two of these tunes were used by Puccini in his opera Madama Butterfly, and one of those by Gilbert and Sullivan in The Mikado.
Poetry will be accompanied by the shakuhachi, a vertically held Japanese flute made of thick madake bamboo. This one was made in Japan about 50 years ago by Kozo Kitahara and once belonged to the American-Australian master Riley Lee.”
Haiga by kris moon, Pacific Asia Museum program, Ron Moss and Linda Galloway, Aug 11, 2013
Tomorrow we will feature more photos from the audience and artistry of kris moon! And an audio link to the tanka Kathabela read, and the flute and percussion prelude, they are “in the works” here!