Irene with Paul Bowles in Asilah Morocco, 1993

Local  educator, poly-math musician, executor of the Paul Bowles music estate,and UCSC accompanist and lecturer,  Irene Hermann spoke on KZSC’s Artists on Art about the upcoming conference and exhibition of Paul Bowles centennial birthday celebration.

Irene has been working on these events for several years.  She is co-presenting with Tyrus Miller, UCSC literature professor and Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.

The conference, “Bowles at 100: A Celebration of Multi-Artistry” runs three days beginning February 4-5, 2011.  Highlights of the centennial celebration include a keynote lecture/reading by celebrated novelist Edmund White; an art exhibition of photographs and artifacts from Bowles’ six-decade career; screenings by Moroccan filmmakers; plus a two-day scholarly conference with presentations on Bowles work as a writer, composer, translator, and ethnographer.

All events are free and open to the public.  For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to or contact the Institute for Humanities Research at (831) 459-3527.

Many of the musical performances will be West Coast premieres of Paul Bowles’ compositions with several world premieres.  There will also  be a showing of a long-lost 1980s film of the Bowles short story You Are Not I along with the appearance by filmmaker Sara Driver (longtime partner of film director Jim Jarmusch).

An exhibition, “Paul Bowles in Black and White”, is occurring in conjunction with the conference at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery at Cowell College, January 18 – March 12, 2011. Opening reception is Saturday, February 5, 1:30PM – 3:30PM during the conference.

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