This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Feb 28, 2012

Charles Fasano : a nose flute painter!

On his official webpage, he is presented like this : « Charly “the city mouse” Fasano is a poet and story-teller from Denver, Colorado. He has performed and opened up for bands like Lucero, Drag the River, The Queers, Crime in Stereo, Mark Mallman, Tim Barry, Cory Branan and more. He is the co-founder of cassette tape and book label – Fast Geek Press/Analog Empire, Pretend You Can Reab audio zine, and Dumb Guy’s Brother Presents. He has released a vinyl ep, a CD, two cassette tapes and two books of poems. ... »

But Charles Fasano is also a photographer, a film-maker, an engraver (beautiful linocuts on his site...) and a painter. Well... let's say that Charly is a complete artist. I don't know how to qualify his art, some kind of underground travel with reminiscences of the Beat Generation, very urban, rather black. [many songs/poem readings to listen to, download for free or buy here, and I encourage you to, because there are many jewels laying there. Try "Three Bachelors" or "Bus One" ...]

But as a painter, Charly has just issued a series dedicated to nose flutes, and is about to show his work in an exhibition in Denver (CO), during the month of March :

Nose Flutes
Paintings by Charly "the city mouse" Fasano
March 2012
3 Kings Tavern Phoenix Gallery
Denver, Colorado.

As far as I know, this is a world premiere ! Charles Fasano is probably the first painter showing a series dedicated to our noble instrument... How did it happen ?

« I have always been fascinated by unique items, people and situations and use them as inspiration for my poetry, short films, and paintings. The nose flute, to me, is one of the most interesting items I have discovered. When we moved back to Denver, I started playing along to Cheap Trick songs while I read your website and discovered a small world of folks that have a passion for it. I started going to parties, bars and concerts around Denver asking my friends what they thought the Humanatone was on first impression. I received so many funny responses from part of an asthma inhaler to baby pacifier. Other answers were generally inappropriate.
The idea for the painting series came from a kind of spontaneous and dream like sequence of images involving the nose flute in unique situations. Kind of like a comic book I guess.

Portraicts with a nose flute stuck on the face or scenes with Humanatones flying in the air like butterflies, dancing with fans or telephones, very colorful on black backgrounds. For those who are not lucky enough to live in Denver, Charly has generously made an e-book with his 21 paintings. Here it is :

--- Links ! - Nose flutes art show on Facebook - Visit Charles Fasano's website - Charly's facebook page - Listen, download and buy Charles' poems and music at Fast Geek Press - Watch videos by The City Mouse on Youtube - Buy Next Analog Broadcast (poetry) by Charles Fasano at Sunnyoutside - 3 Kings Tavern website (with address and phone...) ---

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