Let That Bad Air Out tells the tragic end of a brilliant nineteenth-century jazz pioneer using traditional linocut printmaking techniques executed with a sharp and contemporary boldness.
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`I thought I heard Buddy Bolden shout ``Open up that window and let that bad air out'' ' -- Jelly Roll Morton, from `Buddy Bolden Blues'
Charles `Buddy' Bolden was a New Orleans musician at the turn of the 20th Century. He is considered to be the first bandleader to play the improvised form of music, which later became known as Jazz. Buddy was the first `King' of the cornet in New Orleans, and is remembered by musicians as one of the finest horn players they had ever heard. In April, 1907, at the age of 31, Bolden burst a blood vessel in his neck while playing his cornet with Henry Allen's Brass Band. Tragically, this developed into paranoid dementia for which Bolden was hospitalized in June 1907. He remained there until his death in 1931.
Let That Bad Air Out is a book of seventy images depicting the story of the legendary Buddy Bolden in his last New Orleans parade.
It was the culture of the New Orleans parade and its unique music that sparked my interest in Buddy Bolden. I wanted to tell the story of his music and capture the energy and the movement of the parade in hand carved images. Bolden played his cornet with such power and clarity that it is said his music could be heard from miles away. Because he was never recorded, this unique sound has been lost to history. The quiet left in Bolden's wake seems a fitting subject for the silent novel.
The title for this book is taken from lyrics attributed to Bolden, `... open up that window and let that bad air out....' referring to the need to refresh the cramped, sweaty atmosphere of the late night dance halls. I think it is an appropriate appeal to a culture that communicates predominantly via complex technologies. This is a creative work that responds with a much needed dose of simplicity.
My intent is to uphold the traditional techniques of printmaking while remaining a contemporary artist. The work of a block cutter is a simple yet noble practice; a craft handed down from the Middle Ages. It requires only a simple surface (in this case linoleum), a cutting tool, and an idea. It appeals directly to the eye and to the imagination.About the Author:
Stefan Berg is a painter and printmaker who was born in Toronto in 1985. He finished his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2008, winning the Eric Freefield Award, and since then has lectured at the college on occasion. In 2009 he founded the Lower Dawes Studio in Toronto. Stefan currently works with intaglio and relief printmaking mediums. He has been featured in the Toronto Star and in Canadian small press publications `Cut And Print' and `Block Cutters Social Klu
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Descripción Porcupine's Quill, 2007. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110889842965