22nd Aug 2006
Thus we were all set up for an improvised evening
of Kalinich's inspirational poetry, Beach Boys nostalgia, and a few
numbers from Charlotte Cooper's new album.
Nico, the Belgium guitarist, is clearly a Beach Boys aficionado,
but more than that he has an incredibly strong falsetto voice that
can hit all those high notes with no difficulty. Nico kicked off
the evening with a couple of BB's old numbers and one of his own.
To use a formulaic expression. Kalinich's poetry is 'spiritual but
not religious'. His delivery is dramatic and urgent, often with sound
accompaniment. His poetry protests a mundane, utilitarian
view of life and challenges us to find and embrace the artist in
each of us as an antidote to warmongers and hatemongers. It proclaims
a common humanity and a simple ethic of love.
You can find a short statement of his beliefs here.
He read and performed The Magic Hand, Bring in All the Poets, The
Days of Life, and Galactic Symphony No 1: The Tale of Man. (Or so
my notes tell me. I might have got it wrong.)