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Ruined piano man launches poetry collection

November 25, 2009

Ruined piano afficionado Ross Bolleter will celebrate the release of Piano Hill with live musical performances and readings at Caffissimo in Mount Lawley on 27 November.

Bolleter, who is best known as a composer, will serenade the crowd on a recycled ‘ruined’ piano accordion. He will be joined by award-winning poet Barbara Temperton and a group of young Sudanese musicians.

Bolleter said the aptly named Piano Hill was influenced by his musical career, which includes eleven CDs, numerous live concerts and a stint playing with the Blackeyed Susans.

“Sometimes, when the music stops, there is the poem.

“In my poems, line length is often tied to breathing rather than metre and a Piano Hill poem might be thought of as a sequence of breaths,” said Bolleter.

Temperton, who will launch the collection, said Piano Hill was a fitting tribute to the life of a man dedicated to music and words.

“There is nothing improvised or ruined about these poems – they are fine-tuned and highly crafted,” said Temperton.

Piano Hill explores the marginal, particularly immigrant experience, and the boundary between indigenous and white culture.

Bolleter said the poems are drawn from every day realities, such as ordinary speech, as well as from larger issues, such as the death of a loved one.

“Making Piano Hill was an act of love, I’m glad to have hung around long enough to bring it home,” said Bolleter.

The launch will take place at 6.30pm on Friday 27 November at Caffissimo in Mount Lawley. RSVP or 08 9430 6331.

Piano Hill is published by Fremantle Press.

About Ross Bolleter

Ross Bolleter is a composer who has released eleven CDs, many of them devoted to exploring the realms of the Ruined Piano. He has worked as a professional pianist, accordionist and piano and accordion teacher for 25 years. His albums have been released internationally by Emanem (London), Crow Country (New York), and Tall Poppies (Sydney). He is co-founder, with Stephen Scott, of the World Association for Ruined Piano Studies. He has four ruined pianos in his kitchen.