The Visual Music of Kamil Vojnar

Sirenstories usually features music, but after I came across several pieces online by visual artist Kamil Vojnar, I really wanted to write about his gorgeous work. I say wanted to because I did want to, and I tried, but I’m so enamored by his images, I’m  finger-tied. It seems I care too much.

This is the first piece by Kamil Vojnar that I fell in love with. In. Love.

I was searching for an image to represent Sirenstories, not this blog, but the YA trilogy of the same name that I’m writing. This spring I’ll be working with an editor who will help me shape and polish the first book, and someone suggested I use kickstarter to fund the work. But I needed an image to attract people to my project.

When I found Kamil’s Siren standing above the beach, I gasped in recognition. He is one of the characters from my trilogy.

But I don’t think  that would please Kamil Vojnar. Even if I created the most memorable character in literary history, even if I made him heroic, and brilliant, clever, and magical, Kamil would not be happy because that would mean the pinning down of one of his images, something that is not meant to be. The essence of Vojnar’s work is light and movement.

I’ve rewritten this post a dozen times, and I’ve cut nearly all that I thought I wanted to say. I’ve spent hours online pouring over  websites that feature Vojnar’s stunning pieces as well as information about him and his exhibits, but I couldn’t find the words I needed. They all sound stiff compared to his ethereal images. Music would describe his work best I think, or a poem might be able to, if it were read by someone with a complicated, beautiful voice, and it was endless.

Kamil and I have exchanged a series of emails, and he was kind enough to allow me to use the above image for my project, but now that I’ve learned so much about him, that almost seems wrong. It is all too easy to commercialize Kamil’s work, because it is instantly enjoyable, but that doesn’t mean that his art is easy. His work has darkness in its depths, and its light creates haunting shadows. Kamil Vojnar is a fine artist, and although his work has a fleeting quality—or perhaps that quality belongs to the moments portrayed—it is not meant for fleeting purposes. His pieces are full of unanswered questions, restlessness hidden inside stillness, and sorrow that will not be resolved. We’ve all heard music that makes us ache. There is something here we cannot obtain, something unknowable, perhaps unthinkable, possibly unbearable.

Obviously Kamil can’t upload his pieces to the Sirenstories Soundcloud, but he knew that I would be writing this post, or trying to. I think he will appreciate my frustration in trying to find the right words.

Kamil Vojnar‘s website is a beautiful, evocative place to visit. No matter what kind of artist you are, you will find inspiration there starting with an ephemeral series of images that seem to melt into one another. Each image vanishes into the next and there is no ‘button’ on his site to click back to this series of pictures. I think that perfectly represents the art of Kamil Vojnar. Each piece is a moment from a dream, captured but not contained. Each image murmurs, possibility . . . and the viewer wonders, what has just happened? What will happen next?

Please click on the image above to give yourself the gift of a journey into Kamil Vojnar‘s sensual and sorrowful world.

Tanguy Dairaine used Kamil’s images to create this video for French pop star Patricia Kaas, which she used on her 2009 tour. The video was projected on a giant screen behind her while she sang her intimate song, Une Derniere Fois.

Listen to the title Track of Jennifer Haase’s New CD!

Did you ever get the feeling that you’ve disappointed so many people, you’ll never be invited anywhere ever again?

That’s the idea behind the upbeat title track of Jennifer Haase‘s brand new folk-pop album No More Invitations.

I’m listening now, and actually, I bet she has an inbox crammed full of invites.

Jennifer Haase, a New York City singer songwriter originally from Nebraska, is a Siren with a “Jewel-Meets-Mary Chapin Carpenter” sound. She was thoughtful enough to include lyrics when she uploaded No More Invitations to the Sirenstories SoundCloud.

Heard you’ve got a chip that’s the size of your head
Sittin’ on your neck speaking for you instead
All the clucking hens at your Aunt’s house for tea
Say you’ve lost some friends in your family tree

There’ll be no more invitations
There’ll be no more invitations

Heard you’ve got a thing for someone else’s man
Word is you’ve been seen leaving notes on his van
All the busy bees at the watering hole
Say they’d like to see that big chip of yours roll

There’ll be no more invitations
There’ll be no more invitations

What’s the matter, baby?
Don’t like sleeping in the bed you made?
Now, baby, better save some cake for your birthday
Can’t have it all, can’t get your way
How dare you be a girl with much to say

Heard you tend to dress so outrageous it’s sad
Seems you’re the distress on the face of your dad
Rumors going ’round you’ve been dropped from the list
Girl, give up the crown ’cause you cease to exist

There’ll be no more invitations
There’ll be no more invitations
There’ll be no more invitations
There’ll be no more invitations

Jennifer Haase — acoustic guitar, vocals
Mike Leslie — bass guitar, vocals
Gary Schreiner — keyboards/string arrangements
Denny McDermott — drums, tamburine, shaker

“Jennifer Haase is a unique and gifted songwriter with the voice of an angel.  I highly recommend her.” — Rosanne Cash

And I issue her an invitation: please send a second song to Sirenstories!

Click on the cover of No More Invitations to learn more about Jennifer Haase and her new CD

Okay, I’m going to stretch out and listen to my brand new copy of No More Invitations now. Try not to envy me too much.

The Littlest Siren

Here’s #MySonIs5 recording his part for The Crankamacallit Song yesterday at Kevin Salem’s studio in Woodstock, NY.


We’re going to be using the song for the demo video we’re making later today with Polymash for The Crankamacallit iPad app which is available now on iTunes. Kevin helped me write the song and sings on it as well.

After years of admiring Kevin’s songs and being in love with his voice and his guitar playing, my dream of writing and singing something with him has finally come true . . . sort of. Kevin has produced a bunch of my songs over the years and I find it pretty hilarious that we’ve finally written something together called The Crankamacallit.

This blog isn’t really about my music, but I couldn’t resist sharing :)

I’ll make sure to post some of Kevin’s music soon as well. Until then, if you’d like to check out the app, click on the title page below.