20 febbraio 2013


Se n'è andato la settimana scorsa all'età di soli cinquantacinque anni Dennis Palmer, musicista e artista di Chattanooga (Stati Uniti), noto e stimato nella comunità locale per aver fondato e diretto per più di cinque lustri la Shaking Ray Levi Society, associazione nonprofit volta a promuovere tra i giovani pensiero e azione nel segno della creatività musicale e della massima libertà artistica. Era conosciuto soprattutto per essere titolare assieme a Bob Stagner del duo The Shaking Ray Levis, spericolata cellula d'intervento attiva dal 1986 nell'ambito della musica improvvisata, più volte al fianco di Derek Bailey - che li volle per la propria etichetta Incus e poi con sé per il suo ultimo concerto negli Stati Uniti - e spesso in combutta con Shelley Hirsch, Fred Frith, Eugene Chadbourne, Amy Denio, Frank Pahl, Borbetomagus, Steve Beresford e Davey Williams tra gli altri: http://www.shakingray.com

Chattanooga native Dennis Palmer, 55, was a beloved musician, visual artist, storyteller, educator, mentor, and devoted friend of many. He passed away at his home on February 15, 2013. A singular vocalist and nontraditional musician, called "the world's most colorfully inventive synthesizer player" by Creative Loafing, he co-founded the acclaimed free improvisation group The Shaking Ray Levis with drummer Bob Stagner in 1986, which was the first American band to record an album for the legendary British label Incus Records. Palmer has performed internationally with collaborators including Derek Bailey, Steve Beresford, Reverend Howard Finster, David Greenberger, Col. Bruce Hampton, Shelley Hirsch, Roger Turner, and Davey Williams.
As a visual artist, Palmer has exhibited his paintings, silk-screened prints, and other unconventional artwork both locally and internationally in cities including London and Los Angeles, and he has designed many CD and record covers.
A leader in the arts community, Palmer co-founded the nonprofit arts education organization The Shaking Ray Levi Society and served as its artistic director for over 26 years. Palmer promoted the ideas of improvisation and creativity in thought, performance, and visual art to students of all ages and developed outreach programs for under-served populations including students with developmental, emotional, or physical disabilities. Dennis was an inspiration for many and a strong advocate of "living in the moment" and "doing the highest good for all" in the community and beyond.

http://www.shakingray.com/news.shtml
http://www.youtube.com/user/shakingraylevi
http://bodyliterature.com/2013/02/17/dennis-palmer-1957-2013
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/feb/17/dennis-palmer-shaking-ray-founder-dies