Shadow NC contributor Jacob Paul will host a reading and performance for his novel, A Song of Ilan, and the album, Dark Rather Than Tan, composed by Van Goose to accompany Jacob’s reading.
Where: The Hive, 20 Cook St., Brooklyn NY
When: Friday, May 22
7:59pm – nothing happens.
8pm – doors time – appetizers, drinks and shmingeling.
9pm – show time. Jacob will read and Van Goose will make some sounds, joined by notable drummer, Yula.
10pm – Dj set? maybe… play by ear.
Douglas Glover writes: “Jacob Paul’s A Song of Ilan is tour de force of structural experiment that leaves not a thread untied and moves from beginning to end a mesmerizing if not say horrifying fatality. Ilan, once an Israeli soldier, shot a suicide bomber to death in a cafe; ten years later, alcoholic, spiritually paralyzed, he turns himself into a suicide bomber, haunting the New York subway system with explosives under his coat, the only truth he knows, the only way to God. A spectacular book, beautiful in its rhymes, daunting in its ethical interrogation.”
The book and the album will be available for sale.
The event is FREE, however, a $5 suggested donation to cover costs will be mostly appreciated.
What is the music of the “genesis of the terrorist impulse?” The text lost in lamentation, song amongst songs? What happens when album and novel are overlaid, palimpsest of troubled verse and synthesized troubadour? Hear it live, at Brooklyn’s Hive, when Van Goose plays from Dark Rather than Tan and Jacob Paul reads from A Song of Ilan, novel and album conjoined to celebrate the release of both. And, rumor has it, Yula will be joining Van Goose (Shlomi Lavie) on drums. Dark party, groove-on gettable function, celebration, performance. Don’t miss it.
Jacob Paul’s novel Sarah/Sara was named by Poets & Writers as one of 2010’s five best debut fictions. His writing has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Western Humanities Review, Green Mountains Review, Massachusetts Review, Seneca Review, Mountain Gazette, The Rumpus, Fiction Writers Review, Numéro Cinq Magazine, and USA Today’s Weekend Magazine. A former Oppenheimer Funds product manager, he now teaches creative writing at High Point University in North Carolina.
Van Goose (Shlomi Lavie) is a musician and music producer based in NYC who played with Arik Einstein, Berry Sakharof, Marcy Playground, Nanuchka, Habiluim, among many others. As a music producer he has worked with Radiator King, Yael Kraus, Yula Beeri and more. He writes and performs his own music under the name Van Goose as well as Dolchnakov Brigade.
Regarding Dark Rather Than Tan, Van Goose states: “I’ll be honest, when I was first asked by Jacob Paul to write music to go along with his book, I found the idea quite odd. Later, when I began reading the book, little melodies and textures started flooding my head. Really wanting these melodies to kindly leave my head, I immediately returned a call to Jacob and agreed to take the challenge. I started writing this album as soon as I began reading the book and finished it when I finished reading the book. Given the fact that this album was written exclusively for a book, you might ask, ‘I have the book and the album, what do I do now?’ The way I see it, there are no strict rules but only a suggestion — try to read the book and listen to the album. The other way around isn’t bad, either.”
About A Song of Ilan, Buffalo’s Public writes: “A Song of Ilan is in three parts, which tell interwoven narratives. While an Israeli soldier, Ilan shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber in a café. The memory of this event, which centers on the spectacle of the female bomber’s body before and after death, haunts him throughout the novel. He feels the gamut of contradictory post-traumatic emotions, including guilt, pride, shame, and despair… The novel’s prose does a remarkable job of conveying the obsessive self-criticism and anguish of its protagonist. When Ilan is finally indistinguishable from the suicide bomber he killed years ago, the reader realizes that Paul has managed to illustrate the genesis of the terrorist impulse. For Ilan, its roots lie in an overpowering need for God and an inability to live in the rigid confines of orthodoxy.”