Arab American National Museum
Nathalie Handal; music by Alexandr Alexandrov and Vladimir Miller
5 1/2" x 5" Poetry with music, 9 tracks
"Traveling has been my life and music has lived close to my poetry. When the musician Alexandr Alexandrov proposed we record a CD of poetry and music, I thought this was my opportunity to bring together my poetry, music and places. And since the British-Russian musician Vladimir Miller and I spoke of working together, this project seemed the perfect occasion. In this CD, each piece is a musical improvisation. Each poem is influenced by the traveled moment, by the people I met and was with, by the voices and melodies of the sceneries and memories. Traveling Roomswants its listeners to part from the curtain standing between the eye and the ear, part from the shadows standing between people and places, part from the clouds of one mind to the next. Finally, we are eternal travelers pausing for a breath of memory. " - Nathalie Handal
Nathalie Handal has lived in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. Poet, playwright, writer, editor, critic and literary activist, she finished her postgraduate studies in English and Drama at University of London, her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature at Bennington College, Vermont, her Master of Arts in English and her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Communications at Simmons College, Boston. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies and she is the editor of The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology (Interlink, 2000), an Academy of American Poets bestseller and winner of the 2002 Pen Oakland/Josephine Miles Book Award. She has recently recorded Traveling Rooms, a CD of her poetry with improvisational music by Vladimir Miller and Alexandr Alexandrov (ASC Records, 1999). She teaches at Columbia University.