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Reading with Rusty Rebar (music by Madeline Tasquin)

  • Nomadic Press 2926 Foothill Blvd Oakland, CA, 94601 United States (map)

Rusty Rebar serves up a night of poetic justice at our Nomadic Press Oakland Workspace. Sides of musical magnificence will be offered by the ever-so-talented, Madeline Tasquin

Photo by Gareth Spor

Photo by Gareth Spor

Rusty Rebar began writing poetry during high school, where he was also ordered to write for the school newspaper, which led to a degree in journalism, and eventually to the founding the Lassen County Times, a weekly newspaper in far Northern California, where to this day, his name is mud. He helps with the Petaluma Poetry Walk, organized the Marin Poetry Festival, Sunset By the Bay reading series in Sausalito, and is currently a non-card-carrying member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. For food, he codes obsolete database applications and tries to be nice to his wife. He has self-published lots of chapbooks. His work appears in a few anthologies and web journals.

Singing in both English and French, Canadian-Californian Madeline Tasquin’s songs dip from jazz-tinged folk to odd-meter soul, to twisted pop ballad and delicately dark fairy-tale. Raised in Northern British Columbia by her opera singer mother and Austrian gold-miner father, Tasquin began playing the piano as soon as she could reach the keys and developed an acute sense of melody and harmony by singing on long car trips with her mother and two younger sisters. In her teenagehood, Primus and Mr.Bungle played on repeat alongside Rachmaninoff, Satie and Chopin. She returned to her musical roots through an unexpected relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, after completing a degree in Architecture in Sydney Australia.

Since the 2012 release of her EP Another Trip Around the Sun, Madeline has spent her time developing and touring a repertoire that leans closer to soul and blues than the orchestral-pop flavor of her debut recording.  In “The Acorn and the Oak,” a romantically wandering melody reminiscent of a Chopin nocturne is woven through a driving blues ballad in compound meter.  In “Twinkle Twinkle Little Satellite” she quotes the familiar nursery song melody and then corrupts it in chromatic fashion, resolving into a doo-wop anthem about relativity.  The thread that ultimately weaves it all together is a nimble 3-octave voice that adapts gracefully to the musical whims, and her disarmingly big, bold and heart-driven stage presence.

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There is ample street parking, but just to make it easy, there is an O'Reilly Auto Parts/Walgreens on the corner of Fruitvale and Foothill with a huge parking lot. Here's a Google Map link:'Reilly+Auto+Parts/@37.789393,-122.233008,14z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1so+reilly+auto+parts+near+Foothill+Blvd,+Oakland,+CA!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xa74c9fbc2152bd68

Nomadic Press should show up on that map as well. We are just in between Austin and Rutherford on Foothill.

Hope to see you soon!

Photos from our March 7, 2015, event with readings by Rusty Rebar and musical performances by Madeline Tasquin