What would it sound like if a book of poetry had it's own musical score, like a film, written specifically to match the poems word for word and line for line? In 2009, after the release of his book Sixty Sonnets, poet Ernest Hilbert teamed up with veteran Philadelphia songwriter-musicians Marc Hildenberger and Dave Young to find out. After signing a contract with local label Pub Can Records, the three embarked on a four-year spoken-word project called Elegies & Laments that would eventually grow to include a string orchestra (scored by young composer Christopher LaRossa), a battery of vintage instruments and electronics, mad-scientist rewirings, experimental technologies, session musicians, guest readers, and, perhaps inevitably, a harp. The grape and grain-fueled late night sessions at Widget Studios, on the city's outskirts, yielded a soundtrack of surprising variety and depth, mingling past and present, making use of indie rock, jazz, heavy metal, classical, and R&B styles. The result is an entirely new kind of spoken word album, sui generis and completely badass. Feel the legendary misbehavior, the satires and observations, the failed escapes, the famous elegies and laments of Hilbert's Sixty Sonnets in a way you have never heard poetry before. Elegies & Laments is essential for anyone interested in the ways poetry and music come together to create a new art form, for aficionados of experimental music to lovers of spoken word.
Satires & Observations
Elegies & Laments
The War Correspondant Returns to His Neighborhood
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