Photo: Terunobu Ohata

On Saturday, May 27, Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, U.K., Jeff Beck, Missing Persons) and poet Todd Griese (Gandy Dancer Press) will travel the landscape of art, music and spoken word in “A Journey Along Spiritual Lines” at Studio Channel Islands, 2222 Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo, California, at 3:30 p.m. Pacific, as part of the two-day Arts Alive Festival 2017. They will present “tales and reminiscences…from the world of sound, image and verse.”

“Todd Griese and I have been close friends for over 10 years,” Bozzio says. “His spiritual insights and writings resonate in me. He is an authentic individual who writes from his local experience and Asian studies history with a touch of beat poetry thrown in for some flavor! He approached me and the Channel Islands Art Center about us showing my art and his poetry as a ‘community’ project: ‘Journeys Along Spiritual Lines’, after the title of his book.

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“My music and art are spontaneous and automatic. I feel they come from my unconscious so my ego is not involved. To me this is spiritual. I composed music to accompany Todd’s poetry and the music flowed spontaneously from his words. He chose from my paintings to insert his poetry into them, where they resonated to him to represent or contrast with his words. We will show our individual art, poetry, and my music as well as our collaboration, live and recorded, to combine our individuality and our brotherly love and respect for each other as a duo.

“Art, music, poetry, and collaboration in ‘Journeys Along Spiritual Lines.’ Music is linear, poetry is linear, my art is linear and the spiritual path although twisted, is linear. But lines cross and are brought together to do this.”

The Arts Alive Festival offers free admission and parking, and will feature more than 100 artists, art studios, and art organizations, and is said to be the biggest art festival in Ventura County. Enjoy live music, entertainment, food trucks, wine, and beer gardens with premium local wines, and variety of microbrews and domestic beers.

Find more information about the 2017 Arts Alive Festival.

Find information about Studio Channel Islands at studiochannelislands.org.

Visit Terry Bozzio’s website at terrybozzio.com.

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