Principle Bassist for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and member of local chamber group Musaica,
Dave Anderson has had a long career as multifaceted player and
composer. Dave stopped by WTUL to talk about his career thus far,
including the importance of his relationships with bass virtuoso Frank
Proto and Philadelphia Orchestra Principle Bassist Hal Robinson to his
writing. Dave also talks about his association with the annual Britt Festival
in Jacksonville, Oregon, proclaims his love of New Orleans, and offers
advice for where you can get the best seats in the soon-to-reopen
Orpheum Theater. Finally, Dave discusses his relationship with Musaica
and the upcoming world premiere of a new sextet that will be
performed for their season-ending April 26 & 27 program, Mostly Mozart.
note, recordings of Dave Anderson compositions were removed from this interview for
legal reasons. Also, the date of the first Musaica concert has been
moved from Monday, April 20 to Monday, April 27.
Musaica presents “Mostly Mozart“
Sunday, April 26, 3:00 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
718 Jackson Street, Thibodaux
Monday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Munholland Methodist Church,
1201 Metairie Road, Metairie
W.A. Mozart: Flute Quartet in D major
James Legg: Suite for Oboe and Harp
W.A. Mozart: String Quintet in G minor
David Anderson: “Couperin Variations” - Sextet for Flute, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Double Bass, and Harp
April is National Poetry Month, each Monday this month WTUL News & Views will air an episode of The Prison Poetry Workshop Radio Series. Prison Poetry Workshop is a public radio show, hosted by Rend Smith, that travels across the country exploring the history and stories connected to the prison poetry literary form. This morning we explore prison poetry and prisoner poets in New York, visiting legendary institutions like Riker’s Island jail and Attica prison, to discover poetry as transformation.
A poet famous for writing about the civil rights movement and for epitomizing black arts movement feminism, Sonia Sanchez passed through Attica’s gates 8 years after its legendary 1971 uprising. Though she’d never been incarcerated herself, for several years, she’d been married to widely praised prison poet Etheridge Knight. As Sanchez took the stage for a reading, memories of Attica’s insurrection and its casualties must have still lingered. In this episode of PPW, we go looking for prison poetry and prisoner poets in New York, visiting legendary institutions like Riker’s Island jail and Attica prison, to discover poetry as transformation.
Segment - A
McGregor prison is a tough place. According to the Correctional Association of New York, about 54 percent of its inmates are serving time for violent offenses. Yet, poet Cara Benson opens a session of the poetry workshop at the medium security prison by asking a group of all male prisoners to write a feminist poem. As we get to know this group, we see how well it cultivates sensitivity.
Segment - B
Bronx native and writer Victoria Sammartino takes us through a writing exercise that utilizes anaphora— and also explains what that is. Afterward, we take a drive with Derrick Anderson, a former McGregor poet whose family is facing eviction, and who isn’t sure he’ll be able to find a job in time to prevent it. With all the stress and time constraints in his life, he’s found that the easiest way to continue writing and sharing poetry is by text message. The guy on the receiving end of those digital missives is Sean Dalpiaz, another former inmate.
Patrick Mathieu says that, back in the 90s, he was always wishing he had more time to pursue his myriad interests. When he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, he wondered if the universe had finally answered his prayers, and couldn’t stop laughing. Angie Ortiz, on the other hand, found nothing funny about her situation. Incarcerated at Rikers Island while she was pregnant, she wound up giving birth in shackles. Both ex-offenders use poetry to relay their experiences.