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Klose Friends

By Rob Cullivan

Larry Beckett recalls how he and the late, great singer-songwriter Tim Buckley would co-write.

“We collaborated by clairvoyance,” the poet says. “I would manage to write the things that he wanted to sing.”

Beckett and Buckley most famously collaborated on the much-covered “Song to the Siren,” as well as on numerous similarly conceived tunes that combined Beckett’s literary gifts with Buckley’s unforgettable voice and musicianship. Beckett, who lives in Portland, will pay tribute to his old friend when German-born, Bronx-based singer-songwriter Jann Klose comes to town.

The two men met after Klose sang Tim Buckley’s parts in the movie “Greetings from Tim Buckley.” The show also will feature Buckley’s bassist, Jim Fielder.

Beckett says the evening will showcase some material he and Klose co-wrote, including a tune called “Sugar Daddy.” Klose, who’s been compared to everyone from Paul McCartney to Elliott Smith, is touring in support of his latest album, “Mosaic,” which contains a cover of “Siren” as well as several originals. Meanwhile, Beckett has published a new book called “Beat Poetry,” which examines the famed literary movement.

Jann Klose, Jim Fielder, Jack McMahon, Larry Beckett, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. All ages

© 2013 Cullivan/Portland Tribune

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