Marlboro College

News David Budbill and William Parker Perform, September 29.

MARLBORO, VT- (September 16, 2008) - Marlboro College will host a free, public performance by David Budbill and William Parker, on Monday, September 29, at 7:00pm in Marlboro's Whittemore Theater.

Poet-playwright David Budbill and world-renowned composer and bassist William Parker will create a spontaneous and improvised performance based on the text of Budbill's newest work-in-progress, Happy Life. Budbill and Parker will also be conducting a poetry and jazz performance workshop for Marlboro College students during their visit.

Budbill and Parker have been performing together for more than 10 years. Thom Jurek of Allmusic.com has called their 1999 recording, Zen Mountains-Zen Streets, "a fresh attempt to realize what Kerouac, Ginsberg, McClure and others touched briefly five decades ago, and a clear, mature, and even visionary admonition to the recent glut of "performance" poets."

David Budbill is the author of seven books of poems, eight plays, a novel, a collection of short stories, a picture book for children, dozens of essays, introductions, speeches and book reviews, the libretto for an opera and is a performance poet on two CDs. He received many awards for his work, including the Walter Cerf Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, presented to him in 2002 by the Vermont Arts Council.

William Parker is a vital musician in the New York City experimental jazz scene, and has regularly appeared at music festivals around the world, including the Guelph Jazz Festival, in southern Ontario's city by the same name. In March 2007, William Parker published a book, who owns music?, a compilation of his political thoughts, poems, and musicological essays.

For more information please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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