Eliot Cardinaux

Poet/Pianist

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Eliot Cardinaux/Jeb Bishop: “Die Letzte Posaune”

Boston-based trombonist Jeb Bishop (formerly of Chicago – Vandermark 5, Brotzman tenet, Cutout) has been a very dear friend to me for the past 5 years since he moved into my former Boston neighborhood, Jamaica Plain, and invited me over for listening sessions. Recently we “got together” remotely, & recorded something I believe we are both really proud of. I shot & edited a short video to accompany the sounds we made.

As the story goes, there has to be a story. There was a line in the text I’m performing here, that refers to the trumpet, in biblical terms (as it appears in the hymn, “Steal Away” – check out Mat Maneri’s recent version with his mother Sonja. It’s on YouTube). I thought it might be more elusive to include trombone in the sounds I already had, rather than the obvious gesture of calling up a trumpet player & having them do “the thing,” & so I called up Jeb.

Jeb, who happens to be a German translator, in addition to playing the sh*t out of the trombone, informed me that the German “Posaune,” from the “last trumpet” passage in bible, translates literally as “trombone.” It only seemed fitting to recite the entire passage in the original German along with my prose poem, after which Jeb applied his unique musical & critical talents, not only on his horn, but in his advice on the mixing & sound-production end as well. The result is delightful to me, & I am really proud to share it with a little more context. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed collaborating on it with him.

Eliot Cardinaux — text, spoken word, video & sound production

Jeb Bishop — trombones, textual & auditory advice

Written, recorded remotely, & shot, February 17-20, 2021

“…und dasselbe plötzlich, in einem Augenblick, zur Zeit der letzten Posaune. Denn es wird die Posaune schallen, und die Toten werden auferstehen unverweslich, und wir werden verwandelt werden.” —Lutherbibel 1912 The last trombone of judgment day”

—Lutherbibel 1912

Video shot on location in Northampton, MA in front of the “Women of Northampton” mural on Masonic St.

Review: Flin van Hemmen – Casting Spells & The Coves

Casting SpellsFlin van Hemmen

Casting Spells & The Coves

Neither/Nor Records

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That feeling when a friend once again exceeds the potential you have allotted yourself, while it is difficult to allow access for yourself to write about it, is often a heartfelt shock, not at the ultimate possibility of its existence, but at the pull of its constantly veering energies, away from what you think you know.

This record pulls me, not away from itself, as the sound of a shock might elicit in our imagination, but away from my own nettled preoccupations in a world that encourages their overgrowth at the expense of clarity and simplicity.

It is strange how as writers we recycle turns of phrase, bits of language, in an effort to attain the same effect in our written word as we may find in music. No description, and ultimately only abstraction might pay homage to the nuanced uncalibration of the learnt mind that this beautiful double album affects on me.

Thank you, dear brother Flin.

WHISPERS

(Eliot Cardinaux)

For Flin van Hemmen

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Your head struck the branch

leaned the levy, listening.

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Blank and brutal walls

where a jagged shadow

crept in a mother’s hand.

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When the wind startles black,

talk only

of personal things.

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When the well runs dry —

wishes bottled and screaming,

turn your head.

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The music in the air will feed the bees

but for us

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is an obvious void

tainted green like copper

slanting your voice.

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Touch the breath like shadows

touching the groin and say

farewell to me.

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DISSENTSPRING — New Poems by Eliot Cardinaux


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Artwork by Jeffrey Lipsky

“Demon of Thieves”

Mixed media on 3 x 3 ft. canvas

www.facebook.com/jliparts

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New Release: Magpie: Six Feet on Solid Ground

Magpie album cover

Cover artwork by Zoe Christiansen

Magpie (DK/US)

Six Feet on Solid Ground

Eliot Cardinaux – piano, voice, poetry

Asger Thomsen – bass, objects

Jeppe Høi Justesen – drums, percussion, cymbals

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Notes on the Inner Life of Piano

In 2016 I was living in Boston after graduating New England Conservatory. The world I believed I belonged to was like American English, in that it only accounted for that within earshot, and although I listened, I could never hear the sound of bells that rang outside its walls – that which was too far to hear unless there was a breeze. Hence, I felt guarded against all that was in my periphery. And so I naturally knew to become just that: the sidelong glance of a thief, a strand of poetry abandoned by a world leader after it became too much to wrestle with. I hid like the outline of writing on the layer of paper underneath the page that is torn off the pad. All it would take was to rub the flat end of a pencil across my spirit to reveal me. Nonetheless, I focused my intention like the eye-patch of a horse that is all but blind, and I waited for silence: a particular silence, accompanied by the sound that is left in one’s ears as someone hangs up the phone having been the bearer of bad news. Read the rest of this entry »

New Release: Winter Poems

Winter Poems (cover image)

Artwork by Zoe Christiansen (Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland)

As some of you know, in November of last year I began composing a series of Winter Poems. These were originally spurred by a trip to Reykjavík, Iceland, where I performed solo, at a small venue called Mengi. They have grown from there into a chapbook that I am happy to announce the release of. First of all, thank you to Skúli Sverisson and Ólöf Arnalds for hosting and inspiring me in Iceland, and to my partner Jade Wollin, and my father Robert Cardinaux, who have both been a marvelous help in fine-tuning these bits of verse. The book is dedicated to Skúli and Ólöf, both musicians whose music helped lay the foundation for the poetry within. Winter Poems is also dedicated in part to the memory of Olle Kruijt, a friend who commissioned a poem last year whom I found out passed away suddenly, before I could send it.

The chapbook releases officially on February 11th through my press and label, The Bodily Press, and will be available then to order online through my Bandcamp page in physical format only.

 

New Release: Sweet Beyond Witness

As some of you know, I have decided to pack my bags, and take leave of the city of Boston, where I have lived for the past four years. As I prepare to move out to the rural countryside of Western Massacusetts, again, I am finally gaining some much needed perspective on my life during my time here. There is evidence of that fact.

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Journal of a Nomad Justice

All three photos in this post are by Monica Frisell. Unfortunately, the timeline offered to me to complete this project did not allow for me to include more of Monica’s photos. More to come in the future though, as we hope to collaborate on something, eventually. I personally admire her work a lot. Hope you do to. Enjoy.

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Mother of Two

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The Bodily Press

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Official Press Launch
Triple Book Release & Reading
Sat. Feb. 4th, 7:00PM
@ Goodrich House
36 Goodrich Rd.
Jamaica Plain

Dear Friends,

As most of you know, I’ve been publishing small books of poetry on my own for about 4 years now; never digitally, but let’s face it – it gets lonely out there for a guy and a computer, and for a while I’ve wanted to start printing books for other people. Rare bits of music released on tape as well, go hand in hand with that, I guess. So today, The Bodily Press awakens, kneeling; and scratches its head at the altar of technology, at last. Read the rest of this entry »