A Communion of Grief and Gratitude
Jami Sieber and Kim Rosen
Jami Sieber (composer, cellist) and Kim Rosen (spoken word artist) have created a transformative convergence of music and poems that emerge from the heartbreak, gratitude and wake-up call of this moment in our lives and in the life of our world. The words of Langston Hughes, Stanley Kunitz, Marie Howe, Ellen Bass, Lucille Clifton, W.S. Merwin, Deena Metzger, Mark Nepo, Yehuda Amichai, and Mary Oliver, spoken by Kim, rise and fall in the evocative waves of Jami’s original music.
This unique creation, born of 21 years of collaboration between Jami and Kim, masterfully merges the power of music to melt the heart with the medicine of poetry to open the mind. The result is a transformational listening experience like no other. The spoken voice moves through multiple layers of music to create an utterly immersive soundscape that is at once entrancing and awakening. Musical artists Hans Teuber, Nancy Rumbel, Sean Woolstenhulme, Greg Campbell weave their gifts into the soundscape of Jami Sieber’s cello in tracks to carry the listener from heartbreak to humor, from contemplation to irresistible, foot-stomping celebration.
Jami and Kim have been facilitating explorations of the difficult, necessary themes of aging, death and waking up for many years. This offering is a culmination of their shared love of the realness, rawness and intimacy that arises when we turn towards all levels of letting go.
“Feast of Losses” is an enduring ode to this moment in history, a seamless interplay of grief & joy, loss & gratitude, life & death. After hearing these themes held and offered so beautifully in the language of music and poetry, I discovered a new conversation within myself, a deeper capacity to hold these tensions constructively in my own heart and thus engage the world more fully. "~a listener
In this moment in history, every one of us has been touched and changed by the personal, societal, and planetary changes we are undergoing. Feast of Losses is a balm and a challenge to the growing population of those consciously turning towards aging, death and letting go. In the last few years there has been a burgeoning of lively conversations, conferences and publications on the themes of aging, letting go and death - accelerated by the multitude of Baby Boomers approaching their later years and wanting to create a new way of meeting the challenges and blessings in the final chapters of life. The magic of Jami's immersive, layered, evocative, and at times, orchestral music in resonance with the poems offer a portal of healing, inspiration and awakening.
POEMS INCLUDED:“Island” by Langston Hughes“The Layers” by Stanley Kunitz“What the Living Do” by Marie Howe“The Thing Is” by Ellen Bass“There is a Girl Inside” by Lucille Clifton“Thanks” by W. S. Merwin“Song” by Deena Metzger“The New Song” by W. S. Merwin“The Light that Came to Lucille Clifton” by Lucille Clifton“Adrift” by Mark Nepo“A Quiet Joy” by Yehuda Amichai“When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver
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