To reprise what I announced a little while ago in my newsletter, I have a new home base in Austin, Texas as of this week. For those who didn’t receive that communication, here are some of the more relevant bits.
In many ways, this relocation is a tremendous relief for me, and a chance for me to test the strength of my ideas in an area that will be far more challenging than that from which I’ve been writing and recording for years. I’m very excited for the opportunity to once again live in a city where there is some social / cultural energy; to once again be in a situation where I don’t have to book a flight or drive 9+ hours simply to put on a performance or live talk.
Living in the dead center of the U.S. has had its upsides: it has given me the luxury of creating without being influenced by current trends, and has allowed me to reach people for whom the art that I make and promote is something totally new and unanticipated. It’s been truly life affirming to see people’s eyes light up when I introduced them to something that, in the world capitals of the avant-garde, would probably just be dispassionately and taxonomically filed away rather than appreciated on its own merits. Having said this, I’m also worn down from years of disappointments in areas unrelated to my creative life…some of those were the result of others’ deceptive practices, but just as many of them were entirely my own fault. Whatever the case may be, it’s time to cut my losses and move on.
I want to thank everyone who has contributed in ANY way to my creative and critical output since 2008 or so. The publication of my first ‘trilogy’ of books (more on this soon) and other accomplishments, from radio shows and residencies to festival prizes and CD anthology appearances, would never have been possible without your help. It would have been very easy to feel completely isolated here, and to simply give up on making lasting cultural contributions, without your efforts to keep the lines of communication open and to extend invitations for me to visit you in your own home states and countries.
Speaking of states and countries, I think it’s worth mentioning the appearance of the new book chronicling the past 25 years of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (and not just because my citizenship in KREV entitles me to a mention in the roll call of citizenry seen above). Carl Michael von Hausswolff, who is of course the co-founder is Elgaland-Vargaland, urges interesting parties to get in touch with Anna Eriksson at the publisher Art & Theory if they have any questions about the book. Notably, CMVH mentions that “if you're an art collector you may want to get the € 500 special edition (25 copies signed by CMVH and LE + a graphic print also numbered and signed). if so, then send an email to Anna and check this out.”