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APRIL NEWSLETTER 2005

Hail, all Rams (including our one and only Royal Kent!) - harbingers of springtime! Lots of great things coming into bloom …


1. APRIL GIGS
2. MONTEREY IN JUNE
3. TOMMY OSUNA/WORLD RHYTHM MAGAZINE
4. VIDEO CLIP
5. WHISPERS CD
6. POETRY SECTION


1. APRIL GIGS
Tomorrow night, APRIL 1st, Copus will be returning to the wondrous Vallejo where artists and enthusiastic audiences abound! Due to the overwhelming success of the performing arts series/magazine "Listen + Be Heard", the unstoppable Martha Cinader and Tony Mims have opened up their own place called - yes, you guessed it - the Listen + Be Heard Café. On Friday night you will have the rare opportunity to hear the dynamic spoken word group Wordwind and Copus on one stage. Better come check this out before ticket prices go up! Show starts at 8pm. 818 Marin Street, Vallejo. 707-554-4540 or www.listenandbeheard.net for more information.

Sunday evening, APRIL 10th, please join us at The Veterans' War Memorial Building (Herbst Theatre building) for a "Holistic Spiritual Health African Fashion Festival" that will include a fashion show by amazing Bay Area designers, motivational speaking by Oba Oosa Gbemi Israel, poetics by Marvin X and Sister MKenya, guitarist Shado, and Copus. Lots of artist and spiritual food vendors will round out the evening. This event is a fundraiser for Ebony's Fashion Model and Designers, Inc. 5-10pm. 401 VanNess Avenue, 2nd floor. $10 donation requested. 510-835-0375 or Nisayah@yahoo.com for more information.


2. MONTEREY IN JUNE
Copus has been asked to perform at the Summer Fest Arts + Crafts Faire sponsored by the Pacific Repertory Theatre in Monterey the weekend of June 25-26. Wendy is busily attempting to secure another gig around Carmel during those days to maximize spreading the Copus word to the Monterey Bay area (perhaps we'll get Clint Eastwood to speak a few words with Copus?). More details later, but check out www.pacrep.org to learn about the organization.


3. TOMMY OSUNA/WORLD RHYTHM MAGAZINE
When Royal and Wendy were at the Midem conference in Cannes, France a few years ago, the first person they met was the dynamic manager for Tommy Osuna (and then quickly thereafter - Tommy himself). We all had an instant connection, listened to cuts from one another's CDs, exchanged business cards and then merrily went on our own ways - pursuing dreams in this crazy music business. Two years passed and Tommy (who had actually KEPT our business card) contacted us and wanted to interview Copus and feature us on the cover of his new magazine, 'World Rhythm' (May-June 2004). It is a great publication coming out of Southern California (Pine Mountain Lodge, just outside L.A.) that showcases independent, creative thinkers in many realms of global music and culture. We have continued our relationship with Tommy and now Royal Kent writes a column on what's happening in the Bay Area entitled "Poetry and Peace" and Copus Multimedia is a regular ad contributor. Tommy's newest CD of guitar wizardry is scheduled to be out in May, so he has asked Wendy and Royal to come on down and perform with him at his CD release party. Way cool! In addition, he's lining up some events for this summer at a club/restaurant where he's asked Copus to perform. Many things are blooming, as I said earlier…Thanks, Tommy! You can pick up copies of the magazine at various clubs/cafes around town or you can read it online at: www.colinmckay.net/worldrhythm.

4. VIDEO CLIP
It's short, but it's sweet! Check out a little clip from the wonderful performance at Clarion Music - www.sonicbids.com/copus. Thanks, Clara and Jo. More video to come to our websites soon.

5. WHISPERS CD
I know many of you are eagerly awaiting the debut release by Phoenix Rising (aka Wendy + Monica). It is being completed as we speak and we anticipate it to be in your hot, little hands by the 1st of May. We are very happy with the results - the hard work by the talented folks at Spark Studios in Emeryville (www.spark.com) and Gate Media in Walnut Creek (www.gatemedia.com). Save your pennies!

6. POETRY SECTION
In anticipation of the release of 'Whispers', below is the poem from the title track to whet your appetite. The poem, the music, and the piano for the piece are by Wendy and the amazing multiphonic gymnastics on the flute are by Monica (bet you can't wait to hear it now!).

'Whispers'
© 2005 Wendy Loomis

blanket of gray smoke
2am piano bar
hiked up - slit red dress

saxophone sliding
warm bedroom eyes beckon me
sweet alcohol haze

neon alleyways
whispers of love eternal
night - in the city

where are you now - dear?
stillness of the afterglow
cold winds to the sea

whispers of love eternal
whispers of love


Stay healthy and strong! Happy Spring!
Peace,

Wendy + Royal

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