David and Roberta Chorlton: "Aria: Music marries Poetry"

Join us for this Friday Poetry featured reading and open reading at Changing Hands Tempe.

Violinist Roberta Chorlton plays Kenji Bunch's Aria, and joins husband David as he reads his El Amor Ecologico, a poem placing Manuel de Falla's music for El Amor Brujo in the context of the global ecological crisis. She also adds her own musical dimension to his Night Upon Night, a poem written for this occasion. Open reading follows.

ROBERTA CHORLTON's background includes degrees from ASU and the Peabody Conservatory and studies with a variety of interesting teachers in the U.S. and abroad. She has had opportunities to play music in big ensembles and small, including almost 20 years of specializing in early music on period instruments. Having retired from full-time work, she enjoys teaching her students, learning and performing new and interesting music, playing chamber music, and occasionally collaborating with David to create something which sometimes surprises them.

DAVID CHORLTON has lived in Phoenix since 1978. Born in Austria, he grew up in Manchester, close to rain and the northern English industrial zone. In his early 20s he went to live in Vienna and from there enjoyed many trips around Europe. In Arizona, he has grown ever more fascinated by the desert and its wildlife. Selected Poems, appeared in 2014 from FutureCycle Press, and his A Field Guide to Fire was his contribution to the Fires of Change exhibition. His newest collection is Bird on a Wire from Presa Press, and The Bitter Oleander Press published Shatter the Bell in my Ear, translations of poems by Austrian poet Christine Lavant.
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