In the spirit of Federico Garcia Lorca—gifted musician, legendary poet/playwright and ebullient performer—poets Partridge Boswell and Peter Money, along with guitarist Nat Williams, fuse poetry and music in a passionate and surprising mash-up. Los Lorcas blur boundaries between spoken word and song, weaving poetry with Andalusian ballads, blues, rock, folk, reggae, hip hop, Americana and jazz in pursuit of the cante jondo (deep song) Lorca so ardently championed.
Exploring common roots and synergies of poetry and music, Los Lorcas celebrate the poetry of song lyrics and music of lyrical poetry. Inspired by artists diverse as Lorca, Yeats, Marley, Dylan, Dickinson, Matisyahu, Morrison, Cohen, Bowie, REM, Merwin, Millay and others, the group’s timely and soulful compositions weave themes of love, loss, homelessness, empathy, activism and gratitude—all through a filter of the American dream. Veteran Vermont musician and producer Kristina Stykos of Pepperbox Studio and Thunder Ridge Records has taken a shine to the new trio: “A lot of great musicians have come around here, but not with the poetry chops that this group has—in spades. A project sprouted from the literary side, Los Lorcas are making ground-breaking inroads where musicians usually fear to tread: sometimes speaking, sometimes singing, but always putting focus on the intelligent delivery of words. Their cross pollination blending poetry, personality, musicality, vitality of many colors and creative intensity is so satisfying!”
After years of honing their distinctive genre-bending blend of music and poetry on stages across the state, country and internationally, Los Lorcas are currently releasing their debut album LAST NIGHT IN AMERICA on Vermont’s Thunder Ridge Records label.
Marjorie Ryerson is an award-winning book author, journalist, photographer, teacher, and poet. From 1991 until 2005, she served as a tenured full professor of journalism and photography for Castleton State College. While teaching there, she won the best new teacher award, and, ten years later, she was awarded the Faculty Fellow award for the entire Vermont State College system. For over 20 years, Marjorie has taught poetry for Middlebury College at the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf. Prior to teaching, she was the editor of the Times Argus’ weekly magazine, Country Courier, followed by serving as features editor for the Burlington Free Press. Marjorie also served as a First Wednesdays’ lecturer for the Vermont Humanities Council, sharing with Vermonters her
experiences gained while writing her 2005 book Companions for the Passage: Stories of the Intimate Privilege of Accompanying the Dying. Marjorie’s 2003 art photography book Water Music won both national and international recognition and awards, and she then ran the Water Music Project (www.water-music.org), which grew out of the publication of that book. From 2010-2016, Marjorie served as a member of the Randolph Selectboard and, from 2013-2017, as Vermont State Representative for the Orange-Washington-Addison district. Marjorie has a graduate degree in poetry from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.
Doors: 6:30 // Show: 7:00