COPUS Multimedia LLC just joined forces with Airbnb Experiences to present their “Poets & Composers Salons” monthly at Clarion Performing Arts Center in Chinatown, San Francisco.
Co-founders poet/spoken word artist Royal Kent and composer/pianist Wendy Loomis have always been about musical and literary inclusion. When Wendy and Royal met 20 years ago, each brought to the table a robust background in arts integration.
Royal Kent spread his wings as a producer of several of the original Public Access cable television shows in the country through Viacom's Channel 25 in San Francisco. This was after a stint in community radio with the city's KPOO FM station where he volunteered as announcer and disc jockey. His objective as producer has been and remains local artist recruitment and showcase for television, radio and stage.
Wendy Loomis began her artistic career at age 4 when she took her first dance lesson – and age 8 when she began studying piano – and never looked back. She composes music for COPUS as well as for her solo recordings, other ensembles, and indie films; plays piano, guitar and percussion; has taught and encouraged musical growth in people from age 4-94; leads a ‘drumming as meditation’ group.
What makes these two people unique is that with all of their abilities, nominations, awards, and accolades, they are the first folks to share the spotlight with others. When they formed the band COPUS 20 years ago, they set the standard of including people of all ages, ethnicities, religious and sexual affiliations, instruments, and training expertise derived both from the street and from universities. They have led poetry and music workshops for young people as well as performed for many charity events. Additionally, they began welcoming other artists presenting original works in various genres to be guest artists in their productions at live/work spaces, theaters, clubs, and festivals.
“Poets & Composers Salons” were launched formally at a house concert series in 2015. People were amazed at the world-class talent, the warm ambience, the mingling among audience and artists. Because of its success, however, a bigger venue was needed. The connection with Airbnb Experiences and Clarion Performing Arts Center seemed the most organic and logical conclusion.
The debut show will be Saturday, July 27th, with guest artists former Poet Laureate Genny Lim and positivity singer/songwriter FarI Shields. Band COPUS – an acronym for Creation Of Peace Under Stars – will bring its magic to the table with poetry/spoken word by Royal Kent, composition/piano by Wendy Loomis, bass by Patrick Mahon, and drums by Levon Washington.
WHEN: July 27, 2019
WHERE: Clarion Performing Arts Center, 2 Waverly Place, San Francisco CA
WEBSITE: http://www.copusmusic.com; http://www.clarionmusic.com