Performing at Prakriti Poetry Festival, Chennai, India

I will travel to India on Dec. 1st to perform at Prakriti Poetry Festival in Chennai (Madras) in Southern India. Additionaly I will lecture on Sound Poetry at KM Music Conservatory & Madras Christian College & will be performing in schools. It´s a huge program & I have to say big thanks to Estonian writer Aime Hansen, who suggested me to this festival & to Goethe Institute Chennai for their wonderful support & of course Prakriti Foundation, who made it all possible. I am especially happy that I was able to invite Spoken Word Artist Jesse James Lafleur to be my special guest at the festival. She was living and working in Coimbatore for some months now & just before travelling home to Germany she will visit me in Chennai & we will perform together.

More Info on
Goethe Institute Event Calender

Complete Schedule:
03 Dec [Wed; 04:30pm] – National Institute of Fashion Technology (with Jessy James Lafleur)  07:00pm  – Festival opening at Alliance Francaise [all poets]
04 Dec [Thu; 10:00am] – Madras Christian College, 03:00pm  – St. Mary’s Matriculation School
05 Dec [Fri; 11:00am] – lecture at KM Music Conservatory, 03:00pm  – Lady Andal School
06 Dec [Sat; 08:30am] – Vidyodaya School, 10:00am  – Anna Adarsh College
07:00pm  – Goethe Institut
07 Dec [Sun; 11:00am] – Cholamandal Artists‘ Village
04:00pm  – PMA School of Music
08 Dec [Mo.10am]  SDNB Vaishnav College,  01:30pm – Primrose School
09 Dec [Tue; 10:00am] – Ethiraj College, 03:00pm  – Bala Vidya Mandir
10 Dec [Wed; 09:00am] – Stella Maris College, 12:30pm  – Madras University
05:00pm  – Ashvita Cafe

Poem “Gut”/”Well” published in Sound Estonian language

My spoken word poem „Gut“/“Well“ is now published in South Estonian (finno-ugric) language Võro in Poetry Almanac/Calender Võro-Seto tähtraamat 2015.together with other good poet friends like Claus Ankersen (Denmark), Contra (Estonia), Santtu Karhu (Karelia), Juha Kulmala (Finland),  Mush Nadi (Udmurtia) & of course with poetry from Aapo Ilves & Jan Rahman (Estonia). Thank you Jan & Aapo for translation. And it includes even a little translation I made of a short poem by Jan Rahman. First published fruit of the great translation workshop we did this year & last year in Finland.

Müüü -review by continuo

Original Article here:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
by continuo

„This is an age where Sound Poetry is taught in art schools the world over and is very much in danger of commodification – in the Marxist sense of unsalable things becoming salable. Some might even question whether there’s anything left to create in sound poetry that hasn’t been done in the past 100 years. But I think what sound poetry does to language is still very much needed today – exposing the fragility of the human voice, the little failures, occasional stuttering, etc. Because the computer apparently makes all the music we need, we tend to overlook the value of human performance, whereas to really engage with the basic constituents of the human voice, to challenge the meaning of words and the pertinence of human language are as valid practices today as they were at the origins (Dada, the Futurists, etc). The fact is, several of my favorite 2014 releases are sound poetry efforts of various kinds. This one is among the best.

Limited to 33 hand numbered and signed copies, the first edition of Müüü is the inaugural release on the newly launched Atemwerft imprint, a sound poetry label run by Martyn Schmidt in Augsburg, Germany. Dirk Huelstrunk (born 1964, based in Frankfurt am Main) is a German curator, lecturer, visual poet and sound poet with several full length CDs on Gruenrekorder. Huelstrunk creates un-dogmatic, modern sound poetry not afraid of a little help from technology.

In fact, it would be easier to describe this wonderful disc as a collection of musique concrète tracks based on “disarticulated voices” (Allen S Weiss). A rhythm emerges from a mere breath sample, a loop from a mere coughing, … via the use of repetitive, remorseless loops, fragmented vocals, radical speed modification, choruses build from the accumulation of multiple utterances of the same word, etc, Huelstrunk elaborates abstract vocal explorations from carefully selected samples and loops. So much so that, when his voice appears untreated, it is a deliberate surprise. In all cases, the simplicity of the means employed ensures great immediacy and proximity with the vocalist. Also note that, as an album, Müüü is painstakingly constructed, leading you from abstraction to intelligible speech, from noise to language, from a personal to a collective dimension (cf. bonus track).

[reviewed by continuo]

ps. die 33 handsignierten Expemplare sind natürlich eine Sonderedition….ein paar mehr gibt es schon….erhältlich Atemwerft oder bei mir persönlich. (DH)