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MP3 The Word-Music Continuum - Sound Poems

Contemporary jazz with poetry

9 MP3 Songs
SPOKEN WORD: With Music, JAZZ: Modern Creative Jazz

The Word-Music Continuum
a unique performance ensemble uniting music & spoken word
Kirk Lumpkin – poetry & percussion,
Paul Mills – guitar, Mark Randall – bass

Sound Poems is the new CD by The Word-Music Continuum. After their self-titled first release in 1998 they performed at festivals, art centers, clubs, cafes, and bookstores around Northern California including the North Beach Festival, Lord Buckley Festival, Telegraph Avenue Book Fair, Venue 9, Mills College, Above Paradise, Cody’s Books, Copperfield’s, etc. The group then went on a performance hiatus, that was much longer than expected, to record Sound Poems.

“To say the house was rocked is an understatement. You were great! You showed us that the blend of word and music is limitless and that poetry has no bounds.”—William S. Gainer of the Nevada County Poetry Series

“…powerfully performed… stunning performance…”
“You knocked us out…wonderful spiritual fusion of words/music!!!”
—Jesse Beagle, poetry host, poet, songwriter

“Kirk Lumpkin has been an important part of the Bay Area (and beyond) poetry scene for years, hosting readings in San Francisco and Berkeley, helping to facilitate the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival [with Poetry Flash & former U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass], and hosting open mikes at Burning Man.”—Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review
The author of two books of poetry, In Deep and Co-Hearing, his poems have appeared in many magazines & anthologies. As a solo poet he’s performed all around the San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California; Los Angeles (Beyond Baroque, etc.); New York City (Bowery Poetry Club); Colorado; Toronto, Canada; and Great Britain. He formerly hosted the San Francisco Bay Guardian winner for “Best Spoken Word Open Mic.” and was a pirate radio DJ. He recently released an album of original rock songs, Moondog Sessions, and is a vocalist with the Wild Buds. He was a finalist in the UNISONG International Song Contest and received an Honorable Mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. He’s on the Board of PEN Oakland. He works for the Ecology Center as the Special Events & Promotions Coordinator of the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets.

"I''m deeply honored to have your poem for me [Walking in the Woods with a Poet] in a book [In Deep] with so many other wonderful poems. ...it''s such a solid real illumination...”—Michael McClure, Beat poet & playwright

“Kirk is a shaman.” —Frank Moore, Internet radio host & performance artist

Paul Mills is a guitarist, composer, and producer. As a member of The Word-Music Continuum he contributes original music with Mark Randall and produced the group’s self-titled first album. He also plays guitar with Jazz Sabbath, a jazz-rock fusion band specializing in guitar-driven improvisations and the Mills Ensemble, a contemporary folk group.

Mark Randall is a versatile electric bass player that has recorded and performed with a wide array of rock, funk, jazz, blues, and fusion bands. He has studied at both the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Jazzschool in Berkeley. He currently plays with the Wild Buds.

Kirk, Paul, and Mark were all formerly in the San Francisco Bay Guardian “Demo Tape O’ The Week” winning band, DETOUR (alternative rock-jazz).

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