Douglas Penick joins us this summer during OFF the HOOK, as part of our In the Zone: with Music In Mind Symposium. A former research associate at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. He wrote the National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning two-part series on the Tibetan Book of the Dead and the libretti for the operas King Gesar and Ashoka’s Dream (with composer Peter Lieberson). Douglas has also written pieces to music by Philip Glass, for choreographer Katsura Kan, and on commission from the New York Philharmonic, the Boulder Symphony, Denver Eclectic Concerts and others. His writing has appeared in the pages of Shambhala Sun, Parabola, Porte Des Singes, Cahiers de L’Herne, Publishers Weekly and others.
He’s been a festival supporter since we began our initial summer offerings three years ago and is married to one of our favorite festival artist and clarinetist, Deborah Marshall. I’m certain I’ve only begun to scratch the surface in my understanding of this profoundly intelligent and unassuming man. My hope is, this summer’s role as Symposium panelist will help peel back some of those fascinating layers.
If you’re looking for insightful and contemplative reading material over the few glimpses of ‘break’ during your holiday season, I highly recommend Dreamers and Their Shadows, Here is an addition short ‘postcard’ recently published on the Postcard Prose blog website.