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PUTNEY—Next Stage Arts features avant-garde jazz legends William Parker and Hamid Drake in “Sutras for a Suffering World,” setting the poetry of David Budbill to music. The concert will take place on Sunday, June 19 at 5 p.m. at Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill.

“Vermont’s artistic treasures know no bounds. David Budbill was an enigmatic artist and poet who had strong ties to the national and international art scene,” Keith Marks, executive director of Next Stage Arts, said in a press release. “His long history with jazz legends William Parker and Hamid Drake speaks volumes about the power and presence of the man. We are delighted to welcome Parker and Drake to celebrate the life and work of Budbill.

The words of the famous poet Budbill take center stage in this one-of-a-kind concert, Marks continues. William Parker (composer/double bass/multi-instrumentalist), longtime Budbill collaborator and avant-garde jazz legend, “leads a group of multi-genre musicians in an incantation of poetry and improvised music.”

Parker will be joined by percussionist Hamid Drake and singers Lisa Sokolov, Kyoko Kitamura, Morley Shanti Kamen, Andrea Wolper and Amirtha Kidambi, on the way back to New York after concerts produced by Scrag Mountain Music in Montpelier and Burlington.

This program “honors and highlights the rich, vibrant, and distinctively Vermont lyrics of the late poet David Budbill, posthumously named “The People’s Poet of Vermont” by the citizens of Montpelier and honored by the Vermont State House. David Budbill was born in Cleveland in 1940 and moved to northern Vermont in 1969 where he lived until his death in 2016.

Budbill is the author of eight books of poetry, seven plays, two novels, a collection of short stories, two children’s picture books, dozens of essays and the libretto of the opera. A fleeting animal (composed by Erik Nielsen and performed in 2015 with Mary Bonhag in a lead role).

His love of music and the stage took him from the schools and prisons of Vermont to the avant-garde performance spaces of New York, where he often performed with William Parker and other collaborators.

‘Sutras for a Suffering World’ features two new works by Parker: ‘While We’ve Still Got Feet: The Poetry of David Budbill’ and ‘Need, Necessity, Delight, or a Washing Machine for a Flower Pot’.

A New York-based free jazz bassist, composer, improviser, writer, and educator, Parker has recorded more than 150 albums, written six books, and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists throughout his career.

Chicago-based percussionist Hamid Drake has collaborated extensively throughout his career with top free-jazz improvisers Peter Brotzmann, Fred Anderson, and Ken Vandermark, among others. Drake has also worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Mahmoud Gania, bassist William Parker (in a slew of lineups) and hosted a Winter Solstice celebration with fellow Chicago percussionist Michael Zerang twice a year. since 1991.

Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit nextstagearts.org for more information.

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