CHRIS PEPINO and JOEL THOME
Co Host: Monica Rosales of DOCMIAMI.ORG
Special Guest: Chris Pepino Filmmaker and Joel Thome.
An intriguing music documentary about world-traveled composer and conductor Joel Thome, “Inside The Perfect Circle” provides a close personal look at Thome’s career and philosophy. He collaborated extensively with Frank Zappa arranging the rock icon’s music for symphony orchestra and rock band. He was awarded a Grammy for his work with Zappa and guitarist Steve Vai, and was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. After suffering a debilitating stroke in 1998, Joel lost the use of his left arm and was forced to undergo years of recovery. Using music as a resource for healing, he was able to resume composing and returned to the stage to perform his graphically notated mandala scores. The performance was featured at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City in September 2009.
Co Hosting: Monica Rosales from DOCMIAMI
Rich Ferguson has performed across the country and has been heard on many radio stations, including WBAI in New York City, KCRW and KPFK in Southern California, and World Radio. He has shared the stage with Patti Smith and Janet Hamill, Exene Cervenka, David Thomas of Pere Ubu, Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons), Bob Holman, and many other esteemed poets and musicians. He has performed at the Redcat Theater in Disney Hall, the New York City International Fringe Festival, The Knitting Factory (NYC & LA), the South by Southwest Music Festival, the North By Northwest Music Festival, Stephen Elliott’s “The Rumpus,” the Henry Miller Library, the Miami International Documentary Film Festival, the Topanga Film Festival, the Electric Lodge (Venice, CA), and Beyond Baroque. In addition, he has performed and lectured at El Camino College, UC Irvine, UC-Santa Barbara, Cal State Northridge, the County of Orange Youth Guidance Center Probation Department, and San Pedro High School’s Docs Rock International Documentary Series. He is also a featured performer in the film, What About Me (the sequel to the double Grammy-nominated film 1 Giant Leap), featuring Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, k.d. lang, Krishna Das, and others. Ferguson has studied poetry with Allen Ginsberg and fiction writing with Aimee Bender and Sid Stebel. In addition, he has been published in the LA TIMES, spotlighted on PBS (Egg: The Art Show), and was the recent winner in Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, LA. He is a regular contributor and poetry editor to the online literary journal, The Nervous Breakdown, and his spoken word/music video “All The Times” was screened at the Valley Film Festival in October 2009.