A Bloomsday performance happened during the What You Will Festival of Improvised Music. This happened during a wonderful day teeming with concerts by trios, quartets & larger ensembles from the Midwest and New York -- on a sculpture-filled farm in Sunbury, Ohio. There was also scrumptious gumbo simmering on a fire, but that's another story... 

Leo Daedalus, Joe Vajarsky, Veronica Tonkin, Dale Johnson, Gerard Cox, Josephine Craven and Nathalia Hudina read passages from Ulysses, and James Cornish (baritone horn), Hasan Abdur-Razzaq (percussion), Anthony Poretti (drums) and Albert Wildeman (upright bass) accompanied the readers with improvised music. Dan Godston curated this performance. 
photo credit: Dan Godston
This is a reading of the sirens episode, number 11, in James Joyce's Ulysses.  There are three layers to the piece. Foremost is the text itself. The second one is a through-composed piece entitled "Butes." 

The mythological character that most ardently gave into the song of the sirens serves as a kind of background soundscape. 

The third layer is the free improvisation on guitar, which is heard in its entirety twice, as a loop, but also one time through, altered, as a stretched slower companion piece. The human voice has been altered purposefully in order to make it faster and more artificial.

-- Jaime Rodriguez Matos

I. Je suis une femme de lettres et je gagne ma vie.

All ways a feather: bed your bugs as they bud
Welling roses these sweltering days
Rose roaches blooming by books, near pillows
Blooming by Bloomsday, busting out by June
Busting on Broadway, busting the busts…
            Hey, this is…my bra!
            (Like swallowing feathers, you know,
            dirty feathers.)
            And this is December and over there, Christmas
            We call April Easter cause she makes them march.

Welling roses in Wellington Rolls
Rose roaches blooming by books, near pillows
Rolls with butter, rolls with jam
Roll her over, let’s go hot damn!
Sweltering days as rose roaches bloom
Swilling slaves in rose roaches’ room

Bloom, concrete blossoms!
Bloom, Broadway bottoms!
Bloom! Picks his nose
Bloom! As he grows. . . .

Bed your bugs as they bud, as they breed─what a breed!
Ill-bred, no bread
Dirty cunt’s puking
Just giving me head. . . .

All ways are fettered
Fellated and fucked
For ever and all
But mostly for us

II. Foret sans oiseaux

All ways are feathered.
For rest a bed, 
For the rest, a bed . . . .
Hey, this is. . . .I know; I’ve had them for years.
I’ve had it. Have you? Been had?
Have you a forest? Have you a bed?
Have you a haven?
(Forests of feathers: naked birds shrieking
Bony birds swooping
Burning birds screaming
Descending like hell)

Blooming rose roaches all buds destroyed
Bony birds bleeding, beating, breaking, bled. . .
For rest, a bed, for rest. . .
Fine-feathered slaughter by books, near pillows
Rose roaches breed,
Bleed swiftly and die.

III. On commence par tre dupe, on finit par tre fripon.
                                                                       George Sand

Always the feathers: hi, I’m Molly Bloom;
Blow by my bathroom . . . .
By the window a frozen bird, frozen for weeks,
A weak bird, a dead duck, a gone goose,
A pigeon petered out. . . .

But I’m Molly Bloom, you’ve had me, you know:
Birds are just chirping snakes. 
But I’m Molly Bloom, I’m a mammal,
I have mammaries, see: This is a bust!
I don’t touch dead birds.

This is December, and over there’s Christmas
And Easter will rise to any occasion
For ever and all
For Peter and Paul. . . .
But I’m Molly Bloom, I’m a pagan, you fuck!
(A man? Where?)

A feather bed for me, a haven for rest,
Pillows for the head, and books for the rest
I need the rest: this is short, where’s the rest?

All ways are fetid
Fellated and fucked
No bird’s no damn good
Until it’s been plucked.
A man? Amen. This is Easter:
Rest that piece.

"Bloom" -- Larissa Shmailo (voice) & Bobby Perfect (composition, guitar, drums)
From Shmailo's CD Exorcism