What began as a sense of relief and release, and even some anxiety about “free time” and how to proceed with my practice, yielded first to slow mornings with espresso, and as it turned out no shortage of projects, new directions, open doors, ongoing and new collaborations, and movement – with much generosity from many. A month in the French winter, much of it in the isolated Normandy countryside making drawings and frottages. A “let’s see what happens” home recording session in Paris with Simon Henocq yielding a soon-to-be-completed CD. Launching a multi-media collaboration with Sandra Binion based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1844 short story Rappaccini’s Daughter. A trip to Dallas to experience first-hand Atsuko Tanaka’s rarely heard 1955 Work: Bell, a centerpiece of my research into Japanese artists’ use of sound in the 1950s-1970s. Improvisations in Chicago with Damon Locks, Lia Kohl, Josh Berman, and Ben Lamar Gay. The period concluded with five weeks in Paris, Sweden, Venice and Padua to make art, explore roots, look at art old and new, and walk, walk, cook, walk, and cook some more. Many new friends, new opportunities, new unknowns.
-Lou Mallozzi, Associate Professor, Sound