Jazz Poetry: Stride Piano with Claudio Cojaniz & Poet Daniel Borzutzky

Saturday, September 22, 2018 @ 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free RSVP Watch Online 2018-09-22 7 p.m. 2018-09-22 9 p.m. America/New_York Jazz Poetry: Stride Piano with Claudio Cojaniz & Poet Daniel Borzutzky 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Join us for an evening of free jazz with internationally known pianist, Claudio Cojaniz. Between jazz sets, he will also collaborate with Daniel Borzutzky as well as poets from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa for a jazz and poetry interlude.  

Featured Musician:

Born in 1952, after his academic studies, Claudio Cojaniz worked extensively as a composer: he also obtained the “Irino Prize” in Japan in 1990, 1st prize composition with Spheres for the great Tokyo national symphony orchestra. He writes music for film and for TV (he collaborates with Mixer-Rai 2 and others) music collected in Ypnosisetnomuzik – Fonit Cetra 1992. He formed the trio with G.Maier on double bass and U.T.Gandhi on drums (CD Hasta Siempre – Cmc 1993). In 1995 he added G. Schiaffini to the trombone (Alea – Splasch reco rds), with whom he recorded in 2005 War Orphans – Caligola rcds, dedicated to the music of Ornette Coleman. Since 1996 he has been a pianist in the New DK Blues Band quartet.

He founded N.I.O.N. (Eu- ritmica production in Udine). Orchestra (Not In Our Name): F.Bearzatti on sax and clarinet, Cuong Vu on trumpet, G.Schiaffini on trombone, R.Todesco ai c.basso e fisa, D.Gallo al c.basso, Z.De Rossi batt., L.Grizzo alle per perc., Maria Vicentini to the violin. (CD HOWL – Caligula rcds 2010) and Alexander Balanescu on the violin. He recorded the CD The Heart of the Universe in Trio, with A.Turchet (CB) and L.Colussi (BATT) and Shadows of colors, composition in 9 parts, for Organ, in the Basilica dei Frari of Venice, June 15, 2010. (CD Caligula rc ds). He recorded the SONGS FOR AFRICA CD (Caligula 2017) on behalf of the association Time For Africa, with the quartet taken from Coj & Second Time: A.Turchet (CB) L.Colussi (batt) and Luca Grizzo (perc and voice).


Featured Writers: 

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection The Performance of Becoming Human, Daniel Borzutzky is a Chilean-American writer and translator living in Chicago. His other poetry books are In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy, The Book of Interfering Bodies, The Ecstasy of Capitulation, and the chapbook Failure in the Imagination. Lake Michigan is forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press in 2018. He has published one collection of fiction, Arbitrary Tales. His books of translation include Song for his Disappeared Love by Raul Zurita and Port Trakl by Jaime Luis Huenun.


Roberto Echeto (poet, fiction writer, graphic artist, essayist; Venezuela) has published three short story anthologies, one novel, and two books of essays. He is a founding member of the Institute of Creativity and Communication in Caracas where he teaches writing and literature. He works as a writer and editor for many journals and is a script writer and producer for radio projects. Echeto won the 2015 Concurso Transgenérico (Mixed-Media Contest) from Cultura Urbana for his piece Maniobras Elementales [Elementary Maneuvers]. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department. His participation is made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department.

Salah Badis صلاح باديس (poet, translator, journalist; Algeria) is a founding member of Nafha magazine, a journalist and music editor, and a musical and cultural researcher for print and radio. Salah’s first poetry volume, ضجرالبواخر Ship Weariness, was published in 2016. His poems and essays have been translated into English, French, and Turkish. His participation is made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department.


CAI Tianxin  蔡天新  (poet, essayist; China) is a professor of mathematics at Zhejiang University and the author of some 30 books of poetry, essays, and mathematics texts in China and abroad, including Every Cloud Has Its Own Name (2017) and Antologia Poetica (2014). A translator and editor of several poetry anthologies, he is the winner of the 2013 Naji Naaman Poetry Award (Beirut) and the 2017 National Award of Science and Technology (Beijing)  for his book of essays Mathematical Legends. His participation is made possible by the Paul and Hualing Engle Fund.

Event Details

September 22, 2018 @ 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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