Piano Microstories is a unique collaborative project calling for poems and photography inspired by pianist and composer Fabrizio Paterlini. I love seeing different art forms combined and this truly looks amazing.
I wanted to know more about this project, so I interviewed editor Ravinder Surah to learn more. See my interview with Surah and a link to submission guidelines below.
You may also want to read recent guest blog post by Sister Lou Ella Hickman on how music can inform poetry: Music: Food for the Writer’s Heart – guest blog post by Sister Lou Ella Hickman
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Fabrizio Paterlini and Piano Microstories.
SURAH: Microstories is an ongoing continuation of piano scores which Paterlini will subsequently produce into his new musical album under his record label ‘Fabrizio Paterlini Records’.
I am working with the composer to create a publication that functions in harmony with the release of his upcoming album. The publication aims to be a multidisciplinary piece of art that combines photography and poetry in response to these one minute piano scores. We request that potential participants of this open call approach this idea with a considered creative attitude while listening to the music and being true to the emotive response it entices. Each piece of art must be considered in conjunction with the sensation of Fabrizio’s music.
The publication will be curated by Gemma Land and Ravinder Surah alongside Fabrizio Paterlini. We aim for the publication to be around 90 pages. Once the publication is complete a copy of the digital publication will be uploaded online, and each contributor will receive a copy of the digital file. There is also the potential for this publication to be rendered in a physical book format in the future.
HOPKINSON: How/why was the idea for this publication originally started?
SURAH: I have been a lover of Paterlini’s music ever since listening to his album ‘Viaggi in aeromobile’. I remember it like yesterday, the music was captivating to me and I was mesmerised by the sheer minimalistic nature of his beautiful music, it spoke to me and I didn’t hesitate to buy his album that very day all those years ago. Since then I always wanted to work with him on something and offered the idea of a publication to him and now it’s actually happening!
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
SURAH: Our target audience would be lovers of art, expression and music. I would hope to see the publication be turned into a beautiful coffee table book after it has become a digital publication.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SURAH: We are looking for responses to his Microstories, it would be fantastic for people to write something new in response to one of his compositions, however, if a writer has something pre-existing that is fitting to a specific composition, we will indeed consider it. I would be happy for all writers to respond to this, it’s not often you find projects without limits, some open calls can be limiting and this is a good opportunity for people looking to express themselves with the added language of music to accompany their written works.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
SURAH: This is a very tricky question to answer hence why I like it. Firstly, this is the first open call I have created and I would honestly like to see everything and anything. I think one’s creativity shouldn’t be limited here, respond to the music and let your pen flow with the aura of it.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
SURAH: I love Loupe Magazine; this is a fantastic photography magazine which encompasses lots of fine art photography and some expressive writing about photography. I also like Guttural Magazine, though its only in its third issue and only available online I believe the editors select some very visceral work. Outside of this I have to be honest I tend to read most poetry and written content online and not so much in the printed form. Most stuff I read is outside of the realms of magazines.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of working on publication projects like this one?
SURAH: I have always found the act of collaboration, editing, selecting and the overall curation the most pleasing tasks. Mostly it does come down to the work, I like to discover new work and its nice to see how people can become inspired, I particularly like how every piece is never the same even if they share similar traits the content is always unique.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
SURAH: I have placed the open call on a website called CuratorSpace, it’s a brilliant website for creatives and often, you find some absolutely brilliant open calls there. The website is free to sign up to and free to use. I also offer artists the option to submit their work via email, I have added the links below.
Listen to the songs on the SoundCloud Microstories (sample below).
Submit via CurateSpace at the bottom of the open call page, or please view the submission guidelines and then send to the following email address if you do not want to submit via CuratorSpace: email@example.com
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SURAH: It’s important to ask questions. I welcome any and all questions regarding this opportunity, please don’t hesitate to ask, no matter how simple you may think the answer could be, I am here to help. Email me at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: September 15, 2019
THEME: Piano Microstories
FORMAT: digital and print
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: Free digital copy of the collection
FORMS: poetry, photography