A Memorial Celebration of David Budbill
This Celebration of David Budbill's life and work will include the performance of poems set to music by Erik Nielsen; a scene from the opera A FLEETING ANIMAL for which David wrote the libretto and Erik Nielsen wrote the music; a performance by Rusty DeWees, the original Antoine in David’s play, JUDEVINE, and now known as “The Logger”; and a scene from JUDEVINE performed by five cast members from Lost Nation Theater’s recent production in Montpelier. There will also be presentations of poems, photos and stories by family members and friends followed by a reception with simple food and libations.
William Parker, New York based avant garde bassist and composer and longtime collaborator with David, will begin and end the program with the ringing of bowls, and will also perform a piece created for the Memorial titled “Requiem for Joy” for which fellow NYC musicians Cooper-Moore and Rob Brown will join him. David and William performed together in many venues: around Vermont, in New York City, and, just as David was falling ill, in Milan, Italy.
This event is free and all are welcome to attend. No advance reservations are necessary.
David Budbill (1940-2016), who made his home in Vermont for 47 years, is the author of eight books of poems, seven plays, two novels, a collection of short stories, two picture books for children, and the libretto for an opera. He also played musical instruments including the saxophone and the shakuhachi, and collaborated with musicians and composers. David was committed to issues of social justice and lived a humble, engaged, and passionate life in the green mountains of Vermont with his wife of 50 years, the painter Lois Eby.
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