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Sleep Song: Iraq, War and Artistic Creation

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Sleep Song: Iraq, War and Artistic Creation

Poet, slammer, and musician Mike Ladd has conducted formal and informal interviews in the U.S. with over 30 Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans since 2009. This fieldwork was preparation for a poetry and music collaboration with Vijay Iyer titled Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project. En route, he encountered two other poets: Maurice Decaul, Iraq War veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and Ahmed Abdul Hussein, originally from Baghdad, where he now is at the head of the House of Poetry. In summer 2011, Ladd and his fellow poets were in residence at the Royaumont Foundation, located north of Paris , France, with world-class musicians: Iyer, Serge Teyssot-Gay and Ahmed Mukhtar. Together, they gave voice to the dreams and nightmares haunting those who lived through the Iraq War. In this French abbey, founded in 1228 and transformed into a multidisciplinary arts center that invites creative personalities to work together in a transcultural perspective, they collaborated to create a dialogue on the meaning of war and how to make a path toward peace. Out of this work, Sleep Song was born.

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