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Danville Express

Newsfront - May 22, 2009

Prisoner's words set to contemporary music

Peace Lutheran Church will present the American premiere of "Words of Realness: A Suite for Choir, Soloist and Orchestra about Faith, Hope and Charity" at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, May 24. The lyrics were written by Spoon Jackson, an inmate at Folsom Prison, and the music is composed and directed by Stefan Safsten with the Swedish Jarva Roster Choir.

"Safsten has taken the poetry of Spoon Jackson, who is serving a life sentence in New Folsom Prison, and set it to music," said Peace Lutheran Pastor Steve Harms. "This is their second collaboration project together, which you will find contemporary, moving and incredible."

An eight-piece orchestra accompanies the choir, and it features soloist Rebecca Davant.

"I especially enjoy the various circles of appeal for this concert - music lovers, choral enthusiasts, poets, spiritual beings, justice and prison reform advocates - and those who love Swedish culture," said Harms.

"God willing, 'Words of Realness' will be performed at New Folsom Prison with the inmates and the poet-prisoner present," he added. "Hopefully it will also be performed at San Quentin Prison."

Peace Lutheran is located at 3201 Camino Tassajara in Danville. Donations are appreciated.

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