writing: response - paul lisson

Poetry and boxing, but there are strings attached
Byline: Spectator Staff The Hamilton Spectator
Edition: Final 02-12-2005
Section: Go

It's poetry with strings attached tonight at 146 On The Terrace.

The strings are on Ben Leonetti's stand-up bass, the poetry was forged in the smithy of Paul Lisson's imagination, and the voice of that poetry will come from the mouth and interpretive powers of actor Simon Richards.

The event, called This Is Not A Movement For The People, is an experiment in atmosphere and the evocative arts, which will take listeners to many and varied milieu, from the boxing ring and the imposed silence of Ezra Pound, to the conflicted heart of Emily Bronte and the streets of Hamilton.

Bassist Leonetti says the collaboration emerged from conversations between him and Lisson, a Hamilton librarian, artist and writer, on the patio of 146 On The Terrace last summer.

"Paul had had a good experience with his poetry being enacted on a stage before," says Leonetti. "But this adds music to the mix."

"For the most part I’ll be playing the bass with a bow,” says Leonetti, “and sometimes, as the poetry is read, I will just scrape the bow on a single note, or slide up and down the neck to create a mood or feel."

There will be a poem about the late jazz saxophonist Roland Kirk, and a tribute to Hamilton's late blues legend Richard Newell, a.k.a. King Biscuit Boy, a poem that the three have set to the music of Charles Mingus's Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. There will also be elements of Herbie Hancock and much else in this heady mixture of many different creative flavours.

Tickets are $10 per person. The performance is in the lower lounge. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the performance starts at 9 p.m.

Illustrations/Photos: Photo: Richard Newell

- A murder mystery, and the only clue is a trail of sausages leading off into the morning mist. Moscow in the 1920’s was something like this.

"Lisson is an imaginative writer with a talent for painting word pictures. It’s no small compliment that this play conjures images much like a play for radio."
- Hamilton Spectator, Stuart Brown

"What I like best about this show set in Moscow in the 20’s is the way it creates a sinister world where the distinction between thought and deed is murky, ambiguous.
- Edmonton Journal, Liz Nicholls

Art talk and performance tonight
The Hamilton Spectator -- Final
Now Tuesday, April 2, 1996 C3

Hamilton artist Paul Lisson and actor Simon Richards will combine their talents for an "art talk and performance" called Purgatorio tonight at 7.30 at the Burlington Art Centre, 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington.
The event will feature an 80-slide survey of Lisson's work as well as words, poetry and prose, written by Lisson and performed by Richards.

Response Collage

"This lover of Russian authors and writer of tragedies might appear to be a serious scholar, in reality he's a bit zany."
Hamilton Mountain News. Aug 22, 1984

"...he and his buddy Mark Mavrinac began making animated films, writing music, experimenting with photocopied images, staging film /slide/ video shows & publishing arts reviews which they duplicated & placed in newspaper boxes."
Hamilton Spectator. January 14, 1993

"My favourite authors are Heinrich Böll, Balzac, and my favourite book is The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov. I like most authors with last names beginning with the letter B."
Broadway Magazine. Sept - Oct 1993

"...ingesting caffeine, nicotine, and ..."
ARTSbeat Magazine. Oct/Nov 1994

"...sits in the Bauhaus Cafe, gulping black tar-thick coffee, smoking cigarettes."
Hamilton Spectator, October 10, 1997

Over the years he has developed into an artist..."
Hamilton Spectator. January 28, 1998

"During the past nine weeks, Mr. Lisson and his team ... have been conducting surveys..."
Hamilton Mountain News. Aug 31, 1983

"They have breathed life into this magazine by allowing its writers a certain freedom of expression."
The Silhouette. September 19, 1985

"[Lisson's] Pravda piece ... is delightful ... one can see that he likes to make visual metaphors..."
Hamilton Spectator. March 7, 1987: Arts

"...skeletons amusing themselves."
Hamilton Spectator. February 11, 1989

"Lisson has accomplished two things..."
Hamilton Spectator. October 20, 1990

"...black lines and blotches and red spatters ..."
Hamilton Spectator. October 12, 1991

"The camera is denied, concedes Lisson."
ARTSbeat Magazine. October 1991

Call it voodoo fax..."
ARTSbeat Magazine. October 1992

"The themes of his shows indicate some pretty intense thinking, much of it warped and some of it downright bent."
Broadway Magazine. Sept - Oct 1992

"Lisson Show is Beyond Explanation."
Hamilton Spectator. November 4, 1993

"...a world of enigma and strange conjurings ... and chestnut twigs..."
Hamilton Spectator. November 27, 1993

"Three guitars rest behind a chair ... Chauncey, a life-sized doll, lounges in another chair with a bottle of cognac. 'I don't like to say stuffed in front of him,' Paul comments."
Hamilton Journal. August 12, 1987

"People aren't going to come out with headaches or anything..."
Hamilton Journal. October 12, 1988

"An eminently civilized dramatic and musical salon was unveiled last night ..."
Hamilton Spectator. October 14, 1988

"...an experiment in atmosphere and the evocative arts..."
Hamilton Spectator. February 12, 2005

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