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KEVIN SLICK: Towing Jehovah (CD on Nu Vu Du/Paz Creations)

This 37 minute release from 1998 is a musical interpretation of SF author James Morrow's award winning book of the same name. (For those unfamiliar with the book, it involves the discovery of God's mammoth corpse in the Arctic and the grueling oceanic task of transporting the body into more temperate regions.)

Seesawing tones and winding astral riffs drift through the listener's focus, cavorting just within peripheral proximity. Quasi-horns lend a tense drama to the atmospheric mood, with percussives (some softly unintrusive, some metallic and evoking a robotic marching band) injecting rhythm and emotional hope. Delicate keyboards counterpart a growling undercurrent in the melodies, creating a comfortable sense of passive tension.

While this music is ambiently geared, several tracks achieve a greater presence with roiling harmonies and dire implications. There exists here a strange and unique fusion of aural ambience and the heritage of John Philip Sousa, producing melodies that calm with subtle agitation.

The CD wraps up with an introspective piece of sighing tonalities and sparse grand piano, superbly reminding the audience of the promise of the next day.
Home Brewed Music
Kevin Z. Slick: TRAVELER ? Zo, yer? burned out on all that improv, hard rock & great experimental music I?ve recommended to you over the last 5 years or so, right? Ready for a taste of self-styled folk-rock with a lil? slower pace & a lot of lyrical content, right? Well, look no further. Kevin has been making his own music for several years now, & production values (not to mention the great feel he has for making a song that will immediately open your heart) are among the best I?ve ever heard. His acoustic guitars are played gently, but with very distinctive phrasings, & it?s clear that he?s comfortable enough with his music to make it unpretentious and (totally) inspiring. Slick?s music will lift you OUT of whatever drudgery you?ll allowed yourself to slip into, & make you realize that life still holds mystery and attraction ? in th? simplest of events! Some great music here, "Traveler" gets our MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, for sure!
Roctod Zzaj - Improvization Nation
Kevin Slick: TOWING JEHOVAH ? We?ve reviewed quite a lot of Kevin?s music (tapes) over the last 3 or 4 months. Many of those experiences were rooted in folk music traditions, & classics in that genre. It?s always very pleasant for us to review an artist who stands out in their endeavor(s), but even more so when they send music that breaks from one genre & moves in another direction. Kevin sent this tape in (perhaps) to show th? diversity & skill he has in areas other than th? one he?s recognized for. Well, folks, "Towing" is PURE pleasure. Synth-based ambience with a flair & a total sense of what will "catch" your ears & emotions. I?ve spun this tape (in the car mostly) about 15 times now? it?s the kind of music that is universal & timeless ? BUT, not th? "boring" kind of that ilk. You can?t lump it in with "new age", or any other comfortable little corner yer? mind might like to stick it in. This is original music with heavy symphonic overtones, lots of strings, but little nuances that (often) take it out of that "comfort" zone many want to be in. It comes MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any listener willing to explore & enjoy new sonic turf! It gets the PICK of this issue for "best ambient creative efforts"
Roctod Zzaj - Improvization Nation
Local artist uses varied styles for 'World of Symbols' exhibit

By ELERIE GATCHALIAN
Collegian Arts Writer

In a small corner of Pattee Library, a University student gazes upon a collection of art works. She looks slightly confused, but then there is a sudden expression of understanding as to the message the works are trying to convey.

"All things are one, all things are different. The world is composed of shapes and colors, my works are composed of shapes and colors. We all speak with a different voice from the same language," wrote the artist, Kevin Slick.

His exhibit, titled World of Symbols, displays a combination of various styles, mainly mixed media and pastels. This entourage consists of an interesting show of colors, ranging from cool pastels to vibrant shades.

"Most of my drawings and paintings of people are abstract," Slick said. "I try to use essential shapes and lines; the people and the world are interrelated with colors and shapes.

Shannon Sherow (freshman-math education) said two of Slick's most interesting works are "Fred I" and "Fred II", created in a style of mixed media. This form unites watercolor, pen, ink, and pastel in a unique manner.

From within the piece, a vague yet familiar figure appears, distinct yet obscure: "That's Fred Astaire," Slick said.

As a college photographer, Slick found a way to incorporate still photos into his art. By photographing an image on the television and xeroxing copies of the picture, this innovative artist was able to capture the abstract through other means.

"I was looking at a very unfamiliar, modern type of art. I felt comfortable because of the presence of a sentimental, well-known face," said Sherow who had been admiring Slick's work in Pattee. "I wonder how someone could be so creative using ordinary equipment to produce a piece of art work."

Kevin Slick's creativity does not end with his artwork. A part-time graduate student, he graduated from the University with a degree in Art Education. Currently writing and producing commercials for radio, he also divides his time playing, singing, and writing for a band called Neo Pseudo and the Invisible Band.

Inspiration comes from a number of things, but for this artist, the incentive is found in the music he hears and in the poetry he reads and writes.

"I listen to music while painting," Slick said. "Reading and listening affect art."

Slick said Chinese art by the American artist Franz Kline was of great influence in his paintings, especially in watercolor.

Curtis Bayer, a fellow band member and artist, considers Slick an intriguing man with a pleasant sense of humor. "His art and music express a side of him that is kept secret in his personal life," he said.

Slick said he tries to create and project a peaceful and passive feeling through his art and through his music.

"When I have aggressive feelings, I tend to use colors like gray and black," the artist said. "Painting makes me feel better; it's like therapy."

Another exhibit, which will display primarily Slick's water colors, will be set up today in Kern Building.