Monday, June 13, 2011


The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of the Imagination
was established to promote an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of creativity and the imaginative process. To achieve its mission, the Center organized round table discussions and music, poetry and film series. All programs were free, open to the public. 

The 'Last' Live Program was Presented
6.12 2011
Stranger than Truth The Art of the Trio

After four years of truly wonderful operation-leaving an archive of video programs, and transcripts still available on the web-they have closed for lack of funds.  Jane Ira Bloom (soprano sax), Bobby Previte (drums). and Mark Helias (bass) did a super swell Jazz improvisation set, including (my favorite) a touchingly evocative performance of Kurt Weill's "Lost In The Stars", and generously offered commentary on the process of improvisation.
Everyone left
simultaneously sad and happy

Here are two samples of Jane's performances to share

This is more 'traditional' if jazz can ever be said to be so
The Man With Glasses
6 minutes/15 seconds

One  from a Philoctetes Session
Performance, Demonstration and Discussion
with Jane Ira Bloom,
Drew Gress, and Fred Hersch.
The Art of the Ballad
92 Minutes

All The Philoctetes Sessions
are Available at the Archives
Help Yourself

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