"The Sonosopher" is the tentative title of a full-length, feature documentary film that is currently in production. This film will document the life and creative works of poet, polyartist, sonosopher, scholar, teacher, mentor...Alex Caldiero. The documentary and this blog are a portion of a greater, ongoing effort to record, document, and archive Alex's life and works.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sonosopher Update - November 19th


After one year of filming in Utah, New York City, and Italy, we are hard at work editing The Sonosopher. Filming in so many locations has provided us with a wealth of footage covering Alex's life, performances, and methods. We are getting anxious to share it with all of you and expect to hold our first screenings by this May. We will soon be launching our website to host trailers, updates, clips, and press that our film receives. We'd like to thank everybody for your continued support, and to remind you to continue to visit our blog for weekly updates at: http://thesonosopher.blogspot.com

Until later,
The Sonsopher crew

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Quick Update


It has been some time since we last updated.
We have been doing a lot lately, despite our absence on this blog.

This is what we've been doing over the past few weeks:

-Capturing all of our footage onto our hard drives (which has to be done in 15 minute intervals, in real-time), so that has been eating away at our time. That means we are still in the initial phases of the long, long process of editing...mostly capturing footage, cutting things that we don't like and/or know won't work in the film, and conceptualizing how the film is going to be composed from what we have, and then determining what we can and should still get on film.
-Filming the last few performances, interviews (etc.) with Alex...we'll wrap up all the filming by September/early-October (hopefully).
-Continuing to film a long list of interviews with Alex's family, friends, enemies, fellow poets, and colleagues.
-Working on preserving/digitizing many of Alex's written and visual works, both for general archival, and for use in our film.
-Being very picky, slow to make decisions, and anal about The Sonosopher Website ...which is why it hasn't been updated to how it is really going to look yet. Let's all thank Eleanor for being patient and helping us out so much.

Very soon we will have some clips to show, as well as an 'official trailer' for the film, so keep checking back.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Here is a link to the very, very beginnings (it is pretty much still empty right now) of a website we are working on: http://www.thesonosopher.com

Keep an eye on it. This website will host Alex's main site. It will also be the official website for our film, and will be an integral part of our ongoing effort to archive Alex's work.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008


safe and sound.
we had an amazing trip. very much an understatement.

i'll be posting the rest of the postcards within a day or two, along with a more in-depth retrospective summary and update on the trip.

it went better than we could have ever imagined, and we are feeling very confident in the footage that we got. we are going to start going through footage and editing after a good 7-10 days...a much needed time away from the project for recuperation and perspective.

we ended up with over a thousand photographs, over 30 hours of digital video, and roughly 30-45 minutes of 8MM film footage...covering public performances, interviews (with Alex and his friends/family), spontaneous/sonosophical performatives, 'trans-environmental' performances, geo-poesis, new york/italy/sicily landscapes and cityscapes, etc.!

more on all of this and where we are headed next...later.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


here are some new posts
we hope all is well back home
we are getting a lot of great footage and having a great time

5/19 - Licodia Eubea

5/18 - Ramacca

5/17 - Francofonte cemetery, etc.

5/16 - Francofonte

5/15 - Positano day 2

5/14 - Positano

5/13 - driving south

5/12 - Assisi

5/11 - Florence

5/10 - the neo school of Athens

5/9 - Rome day 1

Friday, May 9, 2008

new updates

sorry we haven't update for a few days, we haven't been able to get much access the internet. however, we have been doing these postcards everyday, so keep checking back. here's a bunch of updates.

5/8 - heading to italy

First things first, we want to say THANK YOU to the Gibbs family (Linda, Michael, Graham, and Chelsea), for letting stay in their basement all week long, letting us use their vehicles, and driving us to and from the trains everyday. We appreciate it so much... It was great spending time with you throughout the week and we hope to stay in touch with you!

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5/7 - day trip to Philly

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5/6 - the MET and an interview

5/5 - performance @ nightingale lounge

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5/4 - filming in manhattan/performance @ bowery club

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

2nd day in NYC, feels like 2nd week! (lots to do, lots of walking)

Click image to enlarge it. We filmed some awesome performatives (poems/performances) at the school with Alex (both digital with the DVX and 8MM film!). Richard Kostelanetz is a great, long-time scholar of Avant-Garde art/artists and has written on Alex's performance and written poetry. Specifically, Richard included Alex in his incredibly ambitious document "A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes", and his anthology on sound poetry "Text-Sound Texts". Follow the links above to learn more about Richard (whom we interviewed today for the documentary!), the dictionary that Alex is included in, and the anthology that Alex is included in.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

it rains even on who's already wet

Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on April 12th at Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 South 300 East, SLC). Alex Caldiero will be performing several of his new works. Admission is free. This is a benefit for the documentary project "The Sonosopher". Donations will be accepted and there will be a silent auction on rare books and artwork, as well as select baked goods/food items. Click on the image above to enlarge it and to view more details about the event. Hope to see you there.

Monday, March 31, 2008

DaDa Put It Together

This is v.2 of the slideshow/audio of Alex's lecture from 01/19/08 in the DaDa Workshop taught at UVSC (Spring 2008). The lecture is on DaDa photomontage, collage, and assemblage. It is pretty intense so be forewarned.

DaDa Put It Together from Travis Low on Vimeo.

Here is the link straight to the video on the Vimeo website: http://vimeo.com/823694
Let me know what you think!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Italian Poets, Past and Present

Please join us April 4th at UVSC in room SC206a from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Alex Caldiero will be performing/reciting the poetry of many Italian poets, both past and present. Admission is free. This is a benefit for the current documentary project "The Sonosopher". Donations will be accepted and there will be a silent auction on rare books and artwork, as well as select baked goods/food items. Click on image to enlarge it and to view more details about the event. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

A TV spot on Alex from a couple years back...

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008


"see, i've become intuitively dyslexic "

Monday, February 11, 2008

Article on 'The Sonosopher' in the College Times - Feb. 11th, 2008

Click on image to enlarge article. We're more than happy with this most recent coverage of the documentary by The College Times...

Saturday, February 9, 2008


When I said this to Alex, he simply corrected my pronunciation.

I learned the useful word from a New Yorker profile of Beppe Grillo, a political comedian in Italy with a much-read blog. Grillo has been sponsoring V-Day protests against the convicted criminals in the Italian Parliament: Victory, Vendetta, and Vaffanculo.

Travis asked "When would it be appropriate to use 'vaffanculo'"?

Alex thundered, NEVER, it's never appropriate, that's the whole point!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

alex once said

"being an artist is embarrassing"

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Last night after the performance on larynx and sax at Ken Sanders Rare Books (Alex Caldiero scrolling down Kerouac's "On the Road" with John Flanders fueling the truck as it rolled), I sat on a stool at the Desert Edge next to Trent Harris and heard him say that without Alex, the city would be a wasteland.

I agreed, and added: I've always thought of you and Alex and Scott Carrier as the Holy Trinity.

That would make me the Holy Ghost, he claimed.

This morning, for several reasons, I'd like to revise my assessment.

1. This is no trinity, but a quartet: Ken Sanders is an obvious partner in crime.
2. None of the four is even remotely holy in a trinitarian sense. We'd have to move into a Ginsbergian universe for that epithet to hold true.
3. I can imagine Ken as God the Father and Alex as Sweet Jesus; but Trent as the Holy Ghost? Scott as the peripatetic apostle Paul?
4. Isn't it more fun to think of these four astride immense Percherons pounding across the west desert, headed for the City of the Saints?

Just testing, Alex said at the end of his poem about death, just testing. We all laughed, relieved that this member of the apocalyptic dream team was scheduled for later.

The straight line will take you only to death, Kerouac wrote, and Alex's reading circled around again and again to Kerouac on death, to Kerouac on jazz -- Neal and I went to see Shearing at Birdland in the midst of the long mad weekend. . . . And Shearing began to rock. . . . Folks yelled for him to "Go!" . . . "There he is! That's him! Old God! Old God Shearing! Yes! Yes! Yes!" . . . Shearing rose from the piano dripping with sweat; these were his great days before he became cool and commercial. When he was gone Neal pointed to the empty piano seat. "God's empty chair" he said.

And my mind jerked to the last review I wrote for the Salt Lake Observer, the one in which I indicted Shearing for a lackluster performance at his 80th birthday bash in SLC -- after which "Jazz at the Hilton" pulled their advertising from the paper. Wish I had known Kerouac when I wrote it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008