Ivakota's Book Club is a prompt for musicians and visual artists, asking them to respond
to works of literature, philosophy, and science writing with music and images.
For each installment, a handful of musicians and visual artists are chosen to create
individual responses to a pre-selected book, book excerpt, or other piece of writing, in
whatever fashion they choose – a literal or abstract response to the ideas it contains.
Each musician is invited to spend a day at Ivakota to create the work, and each project
culminates with an artist talk at the studio when all works are complete. Both the songs
and limited edition prints of the visual artists' responses to the book are made available
for purchase online, with all proceeds donated to charity.
Book Club is organized by by Ivakota's Ben Green and artist Marissa Long.
BOOK CLUB INSTALLMENT 1: GRENDEL BY JOHN GARDNER
A retelling of part of the Old English poem Beowulf from the perspective of its antagonist.
Visual artists: Becca Kallem / Bonner Sale LIMITED EDITION POSTERS (click here)
Bands: Collider / FuzzQueen / Frend SONGS (click here)
Release date: July 2018
Donations: All proceeds from this Book Club installment are donated to the Literacy Lab, a DC organization
providing individual reading instruction for low income and homeless children.
Audio Archive of BOOK CLUB 1: forthcoming.
Grendel tracks recorded at Ivakota: Collider: King of Gods / Frend: I am Grendel / FuzzQueen: Gefion
Note: The purchase of a poster via our Bandcamp site includes automatic download of all three Grendel-inspired tracks.
Becca Kellem, Mysterious Things
Bonner Sale, How special you really are