"Invoking the Muses" with Kristen Caven and Daniel Finnamore, featuring Franz Lizst and his buddies
Writer Kristen Caven and pianist Daniel Finnamore struck up a friendship after he read “Perfectly Revolting,” her memoir about cartooning. He sent her his recordings of piano classics by Debussey, along with some writing he had done about Brahams. This began a year-long conversation about an artist’s relationship with the muses.
In January of this year, Daniel performed a concert at a Oakland Technical High School as part of the school’s centennial celebration, in which Kristen, the PTSA president, wanted to take a moment to envision the next hundred years. Daniel brushed off Franz Liszt’s Invocation, the first piece he ever performed in public as a teenager. Kristen, also a librettist, wrote lyrics to the thundering tune, grappling with her parental pain of sending children into a destroyed world, a world with “broken weather” and no one seemingly “in charge.”
Invocation is a ten-minute musical meditation, perfect for opening a conference, a concert/lecture series, or any community or spiritual gathering. Anyone who wishes to check out the piece for their venue should give it a listen on June 17th at the Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street at 22nd in Oakland.
Between 7 and 9 p.m., you will also be able to enjoy other pieces by the muses, channeled through great European composers such as Fauré and Ravel, dramatic cartoon readings, and stories about creating art.
There will even be a few open mic spots for artists who wish to share their own “musings.” CDs, books, and an annotated version of Invocation will be available for purchase.
Check out the trailer for “Invocation".