Local San Diego: Jaap Blonk

UCSD New Writing Series Presents Jaap Blonk, 2/27/12

I don’t think I was quite prepared for this guy. He was billed as a “sound poet”, but I never really gave much thought to what that meant. Well, it sounds a little like this:

Talk about pushing the boundaries of poetry, music, self-expression, and the vocal range of the human body. The funny part is that Jaap is quite mild-mannered, verging on soft-spoken. But when he performs, he lights up. I’m pretty sure he can make more noise than an entire room-full of people together.

I don’t have a lot to say about this performance, mostly because it was so trippy. Every time I thought I understood how he worked/what was coming next, he’d move on and do some other surprising thing.

One of the most interesting things about Jaap came out during the Q&A. For ten years of his career, Jaap was soundly rejected by those who said what he did wasn’t poetry or music. But he persisted and now he performs at literary and musical events, among many others. Sometimes if you just don’t go away, people find a way to accommodate you. It’s all a matter of being louder than your neasayers. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Local San Diego: Jaap Blonk

  1. This is facinating. I’ve never heard of this before and, frankly, don’t know quite what to make of it. As a percussionist, I’m oddly attracted to the rhythmic dynamics of this, but it just seems kind of damn weird just the same. 🙂

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