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THE BALLAD OF THE BARK
Steve Koenig, poet
Ilya Levitin, cellist

The Ballad of The Bark is a poem in flux. For this performance, limited to a ten-minute slot, I edited the work so that Ilya and I would be able to have both duo and solo time. It's the first time we played together or even heard each other, and Ilya comes from a classical tradition; I'd previously only worked with free/improvising musicians. I abbreviated and simplified the narrative of this magic-realist poem so it could more easily be understood by a general audience. The poem still hasn't assumed a final form, so I've elected to leave it in an audio-only form for now. -- SK

The Ballad of the Bark was recorded in performance at The Music Salon, NYC, February 1, 2009.

Ilya Levitin is a Russian-born cellist, trained by Mstislav Rostropovich's daughter. He is the founder and director of The Music Salon.

Steve Koenig is a poet who frequently collaborates with painters and improvising musicians. His upcoming CD features an ensemble consisting of Cooper-Moore, Gunter Hampel, Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Ricardo Arias, Robert Reigle and Christopher Meeder.

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