Not Good With Names is a multimedia book of 30 poems based on 30 linocut block print portraits by Charly Fasano. It includes an mp3 download code of Fasano reading the book in its entirety, backed by the music of Malamadre. It will be released as a paperback book, an ebook, and an mp3 download audio book. Not Good With Names can be thought of as a book of poetry or a record with an illustrated lyric book. Either way, it immerses the reader into Fasano’s brief observations of thirty composite characters.
The paperback version features a QR Code at the beginning of the book that the reader can scan with a smart phone application in order to access streaming audio portions of the book while looking at the illustrations and reading the poems. The mp3 download of the audio portion of the book, featuring the collaboration between Charly Fasano and Malamadre, includes a PDF of the block print portraits that can be printed as a zine. Fasano and Fast Geek Press hopes the integration of smart phone and tablet technology, as well as the use of QR Codes to link the reader of poetry books to additional media, will invigorate interest in poetry as a popular, tangible and accessible art form.
Denver, Colorado’s Malamadre is Alejandro Sanchez, Vincent Fasano and Alan Muniz. Malamadre can be looked at as an international art collective rather than a band. Hailing from Mexico, Costa Rica and the U.S., Malamadre brings together a diverse vision of artistic experience and influences. They describe their style of music as synchronized drowning. Their brand of world/avant-garde/jazz is cinematic in how they use changing tempos and subtle rhythmic instrumentations to add space and mood to a landscape of loosely constructed improvisations. The improvised themes that are explored by banjo, guitar, keyboards, trumpet and drums produce unique performances and recording sessions that are rarely repeated. Not Good With Names is their first release. Visit http://malamadremusic.tumblr.com.