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Birds, Words and Notes
Poetry, Reflection and Music Inspired by Nature and Experience
November 7, 2018 | 7PM
Birds, Words and Notes is a celebration of our place in nature, expressed in poetry, reflection and music. It blends the talents of four Vermont artists: Scudder Parker creates poetry at the rich intersection of nature and people. Bryan Pfeiffer reflects on the joy and meaning of wildlife on the wing. D. Davis (guitar) and Ruth Einstein (violin) perform serenades inspired by the natural world.
Scudder has been a poet all his life. It’s the way he listens, sees, unearths connections, recognizes beauty, and lets truth touch him. A preacher who learned to give up preaching; a politician who decided it was OK not to get elected; a gardener who struggles to give away much of what he grows; a parent and grandparent who hopes love will find the balance among teaching, being taught, and just being; a partner who tries to relinquish loneliness. The more he embraces sadness the more he finds loveliness. The more he acknowledges cruelty the less he honors self-righteousness. The more intensely serious he becomes, the more he delights in the absurd. The more he feels life’s brokenness, the more he longs for its healing.
A writer and field biologist, Bryan explores the wild places where people and nature converge. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Aeon Magazine, Orion, Northern Woodlands, Field & Stream and many other places. When he’s not chasing nature, Bryan teaches writing to graduate students in the natural sciences at the University of Vermont. Otherwise he has been (or still is) a bread baker, a pot washer, a firefighter, a nature guide, a videographer, a beat reporter and a consulting biologist chasing birds and insects.
D. Davis and Ruth Einstein
The epitome of versatility and a true renaissance musician, D. Davis has been playing the guitar for the better part of 25 years. He divides his performance time among the jazzy and dynamic, the driving and the dulcet. With her violin strapped to her backpack, hitched to a saddle, or along in a rowboat, Ruth Einstein and her music have wandered over mountains in Nepal, played melodies at fireside pujas in India, accompanied dance at midsummer festivals in Sweden, and transcribed La Musica de Tierra Caliente in Mexico. Together, Ruth and D perform melodious standards and D's own compositions.