[LMB] OT: R.A. MacAvoy

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Mon Sep 18 03:39:54 BST 2017

On Sun, 17 Sep 2017, A. Marina Fournier wrote:
> Pierre Bensusan, who I'd seen in concert and by whom I was amazed, is the model for the original covers.

Thanks for the interesting background, Marina.

Since this doesn't seem to have been mentioned, MacAvoy published one book 
in 2011: Death and Resurrection, which I bought and read at the time. I'll 
have to dig it out again. There's a short review here: 

She has two novels ("Albatross" and "Shimmer") coming out shortly from 
WordFire Press. More info at http://ramacavoy.com/ .


> It is difficult to adequately describe his music, but chamber jazz almost hits it. For good likenesses of him at the time Damiano was published, check out the album •Pierre 2•, which may have been done by the same artist as the book covers', and the cover of the DVD, *Pierre Bensusan in Concert*.
> I had noticed the strong resemblance, and asked Bertie about it. Yes, he was the model, and yes, he had stayed with them a while.
> He was touring CA in the late '90's, the month friends of ours were getting married in Pasadena. Couldn't catch the Bay Area show, because we had to drive south, but we were able to stay one more night in Pasadena so we could hear him (McCabe's, Santa Monica?). I kno
> The next day, we took a stop at the bottom of Tejon Pass aka the Grapevine (on the northern side of pass), on our way home.
> I was just leaving the ladies' room when I saw this tall fellow with a halo of black curls, walking away very quickly. I called out his first name, and by gosh it was him. He was on his way to a gig in Bakersfield, one of the last towns I expected him to play: one sole secular bookstore at the time, but great Basque food (huge tracts of sheep pasture, imported Basque shepherds).
> He'll be at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley this month, on the 27th, and at Don Quixote's in Felton on the 28th. No car, me no go. 
> Between San Jose and Fremont, the southern terminus of BART in the East Bay, there is no real mass transit, and getting home would be even more full of imponderables; I could get to Felton, but afterwards, public transit to San Jose may be unavailable. Feh.
> If any of you enjoy his music, https://www.pierrebensusan.com/tour
> will have his current tour stop plans.
> A. Marina Fournier
> Saffronrose at me.com
> You may very well think so, but I couldn't possibly comment.
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