This past weekend I was fortunate to organize Larry Towell’s lecture / multimedia performance with Mike Stevens. Amazing music and images. Below are some pictures from the rehearsal.
“Larry Towell’s business card reads “Human Being”. Like Robert Doisneau, he is one those rare photojournalists who travels reluctantly and only when the subject really matters. Experience as a poet and a folk musician did much to shape his personal style, and wherever he travels, Towell concentrates on finding and photographing intimacy. He became a Magnum nominee in 1988, and a full member in 1993.”
“If there’s one theme that connects all my work, I think it’s that of land-lessness; how land makes people into who they are and what happens to them when they lose it and thus lose their identities.”
Hailed as an innovative musician and author, Mike transcends the perceived limitations of the instrument in virtually every musical genre. His aggressive soulful approach to the harmonica takes audiences on an incredible journey. Best known for his groundbreaking work in the bluegrass field with legendary Grand Ole Opry members “Jim & Jesse” (with whom he has performed on The Grand Ole Opry over 300 times); Mike was able to create an original, much sought after and often copied, style of playing the harmonica.”
Images from the performance: