Copus Newsletter

 

JANUARY NEWSLETTER 2005

Even though 2005 has had a difficult beginning, we in the Copus family wish you a year of peace and prosperity. We hope that you enjoy the newsletter and come out to greet us at one of the events!

1. GIGS
2. NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION DEAL
3. COPUS SHOPPING
4. POETS + COMPOSERS
5. MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
6. POETRY SECTION


1. GIGS
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 8:00pm - In honor of extraordinary poet Pat Parker (read an excerpt of her work in the 'Poetry Section'), La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley will be hosting an annual tribute and celebration. Featuring such notable poets as Avotcja, Leslie Simon, QR Hand, Genny Lim, and our very own Royal Kent, the evening promises to be poignant and inspiring. 3105 Shattuck, Berkeley, 510-849-2568. www.lapena.org. Sliding scale $10-20. Hope to see you there!

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 7:00pm - Walnut Creek Civic Arts, 111 North Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek. The Flock of Flutes is a semi-professional ensemble conducted by our very own Monica Williams. At this performance you will have the chance not only to hear some great classical repertoire arranged for flute choir, but also to hear the debut performance of 'Flirtation' written by Wendy Loomis and arranged by Monica Williams (the duo aka Phoenix Rising). $6 cover. www.arts-ed.org. Never miss a world premiere!

FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 8:00pm - Clarion Music, 816 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. Many people know Clara Hsu as the owner of a music store with one of the best collections of international instruments anywhere. Many people also know that she hosts a series of live performances by world musicians, but did you know that she is a wonderful poet as well? COPUS and Clara will join forces for a night of music, words, and enchantment! $15 cover. www.clarionmusic.com. It's going to be a great night!

2. NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION DEAL
Copus Multimedia is a record label that incorporates CD and DVD production, online and offline distribution, licensing, publishing, cable TV and Internet radio shows, educational programs, merchandise, and live performances by a select group of artists. We provide products for the educated consumer who desires hip, current, sophisticated content that is often difficult to find in the mainstream media.

To that continuing goal, Copus recently signed a national distribution deal with Gate Media/Delvian Records. The first CD to be released will be 'Whispers' by Phoenix Rising (Wendy, pianist/composer, and Monica, flutist/arranger). Soon Copus music and lyrics will be in every Borders, Barnes & Noble, Best Buys, as well as on IPods. Whew - pretty exciting stuff! Stay tuned for the release date. www.gatemedia.com and www.delvianrecords.com.

3. COPUS SHOPPING
Now is the time to purchase unique, creative yet practical gifts for your loved ones at our store - www.cafepress.com/copusmusic.

4. POETS + COMPOSERS
Don't forget to tune in to www.artistfirst.com every 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month to hear the latest interviews, poems, and musical creations by some of the most talented artists of the Bay Area! 8pm PST.

5. MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
"Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice."

6. POETRY SECTION
Today we are featuring poems by Pat Parker and by popular request the return of a Forrest Hainline - enjoy!
"If I could take all my parts with me when I go somewhere, and not have to say to one of them, 'No, you stay home tonight, you won't be welcome,' because I'm going to an all-white party where I can be gay, but not Black. Or I'm going to a Black poetry reading, and half the poets are antihomosexual, or thousands of situations where something of what I am cannot come with me. The day all the different parts of me can come along, we would have what I would call a revolution."

© 1999 Pat Parker, 'Movement in Black'.


Steam from the bunkers,
Rising from the ponds. Snow-capped
Majestic mountains.

© 2005 Forrest A. Hainline III, From "5-7-5 for God"


Stay healthy and strong!
Peace,

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