Slovenian Music and Poetry


This page will highlight two different Music and Poetry projects.

The first took place in Slovenia in November of 2000 and repeated in July of 2001. This project was a colaboration between Slovene bassist, Manc Kovacic and members of my ensemble.
We constructed a musical production that wove together the classic “Wreath of Sonnets” poem by the poet laureate of Slovenia, France Preseren, with the work of modern poets like Tomaz Salamund.


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Leo Coach, Dwayne Freed, Manc Kovacic, Boyan Milosevich ,
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It was performed in three different cities in Slovenia and was simulcast on RTV the main broadcast network in Slovenia, during a performace at the Club Gajo in Ljubljana.
Partial funding for this project was from ArtsLink/Soros Foundation and the Slovenian government.




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Grandfathers Breath

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Lament for Raymond Carver
The second project featured poetry by Raymond Carver. The germination of the idea occurred during a European tour by my ensemble and some members of the Blues/Funk band “Moko Bovo” who were sitting in with us. We decided to explore new compositions unrestrained by genre. The results range from Javanese Gamelan-like percussion, industrial rock, tango, string quartet to funk.
This was performed live at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio as well as on the CD “Lament for Raymond Carver”

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Torture-Deschutes River

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