Things are beginning to happen again, after a year of global lockdown. But some things never had to stop, like creativity. In fact, I would venture to guess that many of us discovered innovations inside ourselves we didn't know we had. Here are the creative ventures I've been a part of this year.
Live events open to the public can be found
at the bottom of this page!
"SHORT STORIES" FROM THE METROPOLITAN MASTER CHORALE
On June 30, 2021, a virtual concert from the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Master Chorale entitled "Short Stories" premiered on Facebook Live. I am so privileged to have had this entire concert of choral music selected and designed around several of my 100-word stories from my collection ALEATORY ON THE RADIO. It was a project conceived, developed, and produced by the Chorale's director, Glenn Carlos, in the midst of the pandemic, with everyone involved delivering their performance from their quarantined homes. TUNE IN HERE
THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD
On Christmas Day 2020, I released my first and only children's book, as a videobook, about the indwelling nature of friendship. When a sage old man arrives in an enchanting village, he changes the life of a little girl forever. Featuring over a hundred colorful illustrations, and underscored with a whimsical music score, THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD sets the stage for an idyllic and timeless story, where gratitude, compassion, and being present are everyday virtues. It's KidLit for a risen consciousness. For kids ages 8 to 108! WATCH HERE
DIGI-FEST TEMECULA 2021
And speaking of THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD, both she and a docu-short I made called SIX MURALS, about the Black Lives Matter street mural installation event in Kansas City, were selected to be a part of DigiFest Temecula, an annual digital media festival that happened April 16-18, 2021. The additionally fortuitous news is that RICHEST GIRL took home two awards: The People's Choice in the category of Multi-Media, and she was also awarded an Honorary Mention from the judges.
BRILLIANT CORNERS: A JOURNAL OF JAZZ & LITERATURE
In the Summer 2021 issue of this wonderful print journal out of Pennsylvania, I am thrilled to have been interviewed by editor Sascha Feinstein. We had a grand time laughing and chatting on Zoom as if we'd known each other forever. And the incredible cherry on that cake is that one of my alcohol ink art pieces was sought out to be the issue's cover. To get your copy of this very fine journal, ORDER HERE
CREATING FROM THE ASHES
I was recently one of eight writers invited to participate in, and contribute an essay and an interview to, the new vMuseum project from Echoes Media, called "Creating from the Ashes," on the challenges of being a creative during times of great upheaval, as 2020 gave us. The vMuseum is the brainchild of recent Harvard grad and mover/shaker Janelle Gray, and it is a beautiful platform she's created. READ HERE or WATCH HERE
On the in-person front, thanks to the new vaccines, things are slowly and carefully starting to reopen, to a new normal, a better version, Normal 2.0! So that, crucially, live music, art exhibits, and book events can once again connect us face to face, with a new appreciation for the fragility of this world. And on that front, I had the recent privilege to take part in Kansas City's citywide reopening of its historic jazz clubs, which all happened on the first weekend in June. My very first jazz gig in KC was on June 5, 2021 (after transplanting from Los Angeles exactly a year ago TO THE DATE, and a year and a half since I'd last worked a gig!). It all went down with the sensational Charles Williams Quintet, featuring little ol' me, at THE BLUE ROOM AT THE AMERICAN JAZZ MUSEUM on historic 18th & Vine. Like riding a bike! Or close enough! And there's more coming!
Calender of Events
For public performances, please be prepared (in ANY case) with proof of vaccination, matching ID, and masks,
as each venue has different levels of safety protocols.
Angela Carole Brown Quartet. (8-11pm) $10 admission. Soirée Steak & Oyster House, Kansas City, MO.
The Vino & Verse Series, sponsored by Thorny Locust. An evening of wine and poetry. September's featured poet is Angela Carole Brown, followed by an open mic. (7pm-9pm) $5 admission. The Warwick Theatre, Kansas City, MO.
Friday & Saturday, 10/1 & 10/2
THE ORCHESTRE SURREAL! Back after two years away! (8pm show) $25 admission. The Granada Theatre, Ontario, CA. FOR TICKETS
Friday & Saturday, 10/15 & 10/16
The Orchestre Surreal's exciting debut of the Chamber Ensemble version! (7:30pm show) $15-$54 admission. The Warwick Theatre, Kansas City, MO. FOR TICKETS
Ray Keller’s West Coast Octet feat. Angela Carole Brown. (6:30-10pm) $8 admission. The Warwick Theatre, Kansas City, MO.
As always, be safe and stay safe. Keep others safe too.