launch month culminates in worldwide media coverage
Apr. 20, 2004
an exciting first month for the new album The
Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld and Other Fresh American Art
Songs; Rumsfeld songs composer Bryant Kong;
and debut artists Elender Wall, soprano, and Kong, piano.
On Mar. 12, 2004, National Public Radio broke
the story of the new songs on Morning Edition—the
#2 radio program in the country—on more than 600
Subsequent attention from print,
online, and broadcast media worldwide—including
the Los Angeles Times and BBC Radio—led
to three separate video crews filming the artists performing
The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld at their
Los Angeles CD Release Concert on Mar. 28, 2004, at
Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA. The
three crews from CNN, the Reuters news service, and
ARD (German national television) were preparing features
on the new songs to be aired this month. Both the CNN
and Reuters features juxtapose footage of the songs
in performance with archival video of Rumsfeld speaking
the words in real life.
The CNN segment aired today on Paula Zahn Now.
The ARD news segment was broadcast recently on its program
tagesthemen ("Topics of the Day")
and can be seen at
the channel's website via streaming video. The Reuters
piece is available to local and national stations worldwide
that subscribe to the news service.