The new music director of the San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen, has created a collaborative council to do, uh, something.
Garrett Harris 3 p.m., Feb. 20
Sound description: Poetic, spoken word, jazzy hip-hop.
RIYL: Chatty hip-hop
Current Status: Occasionally playing and self-releasing his recordings.
Influences: Hip-hop, spoken word artists
Bennie Herron (aka Eklipse Heru) is an African poet born in the U.S. and living in San Diego. His literary and musical activism began with hip hop and grew into poetry. This growth led to the birth of his first CD entitled Churches and Liquor Stores.
Herron has performed in numerous venues and universities throughout the nation, and has organized and participated in numerous workshops and cultural events, including the African-American Pride Club at Ray Kroc Middle School, the San Diego Urban League, the Bay View Baptist Church Freedom School, Black Infant Health, and the Langston Hughes Centennial Celebration.
In addition, Herron is the co-founder and teacher of JOKOS/MESSAGE (Arts for Culture and Life), a collective that strives to link its students with the resources, people, and community-based organizations that can support them in achieving their short- and long-term goals, and serves as a collaborator with Voz Alta, an organization that promotes cultural and social empowerment and awareness in Chicano and African-American communities.
Herron also has several literary works to his credit, and he's a member of the local poetry collective Taco Shop Poets.