Jazz Poetry Month: Tim Berne & Matt Mitchell plus Featured Poets

Sunday, October 1, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
Free RSVP 2017-10-01 7 p.m. 2017-10-01 America/New_York Jazz Poetry Month: Tim Berne & Matt Mitchell plus Featured Poets 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Join us for an evening of jazz with solo performances from Tim Berne & Matt Mitchell! Between sets, the musicians will also collaborate with poets Natalie Diaz and Lynn Emanuel for a jazz and poetry interlude.  

Featured Musicians:

957F3FF0-F5F4-4521-A970-D4E3F350355EThe compositions of iconic saxophonist/bandleader Tim Berne have earned renown for their intensely kinetic, dizzyingly intricate quality as performed around the world by his various groups over the past four decades. With the album førage – available digitally and on CD from Screwgun – listeners have the chance to experience Berne’s music as never before, in versions for solo piano. Virtuoso pianist Matt Mitchell, a member of Berne’s hit band Snakeoil, has explored the full range of the composer’s songbook. In fact, Berne says: “No one knows my music better than Matt.” On førage, Mitchell devises mash-ups of multiple compositions, improvises new angles off the music, and often slows it down to reveal heretofore hidden beauties – limpid harmonies and ruminative melodies, like dark pearls unspooled. Studio maestro David Torn – a longtime sonic co-conspirator with Berne, as well as producer of Mitchell’s past two albums – helmed the recording of førage. The cover artwork and distinctive CD package is by Steven Byram, who has worked hand in glove with Berne for decades (including the recent Screwgun publication of their joint art book, Spare).


Featured Poet:

natalieNatalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. After playing professional basketball for four years in Europe and Asia, Diaz returned to the states to complete her MFA at Old Dominion University. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press.  She is a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellow and a 2012 Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. In 2014, she was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, as well as the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University, and a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Residency MFA program and lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working with the last remaining Mojave speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language.

Lynn Emanuel is the author of five books of poetry, Hotel FiestaThe Dig, Then, Suddenly–Noose and Hook, and, most recently, The Nerve Of It : Poems New and Selected. Her work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Poetry numerous times and is included in The Oxford Book of American Poetry and the Norton anthology of hybrid American poetry.  Her work has been published most recently in The New York TimesPOETRY, and Best American Poetry, 2016.  She has been a judge for the National Book Awards and has taught at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Warren Wilson Program in Creative Writing, and the Bennington College Low Residency MFA program. Among the awards she has received are two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Poetry Series Award, the Lenore Marshall and Eric Matthieu King Awards from The Academy of American Poets and, fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.


Event Details

October 1, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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