Jazz Poetry Month: Hubert Zemler & Krzysztof Dys (Poland) plus Sandra Cisneros and Featured PoetsSunday, September 24, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
Join us for an evening of international jazz with Hubert Zemler & Krzysztof Dys (Poland). Between solo sets, these musicians will also collaborate with National Medal of the Arts winner Sandra Cisneros, Vladimir Martinovski (Macedonia) and Leon Ford for a jazz and poetry interlude.
Hubert Zemler is a drummer, composer and improviser with classical education. He uses a variety of rhythmic forms with an unusual feel, perfectly at ease in various musical genres. Zemler uses his extensive instrumentation, including metalophone, balafon (african marimba), gongs and many other percussive instruments from different parts of the world. He is a member of many important Warsaw bands, including Piętnastka with Piotr Kurek, Slalom with Bartosz Weber and Bartłomiej Tyciński, or Shy Albatross — a joint project by Raphael Rogiński and Natalia Przybysz. He cooperates with Kwadrofonik, Paweł Szamburski, Patryk Zakrocki, Evan Ziporin, Felix Kubin, Natalia Przybysz, Agusti Fernandez, dance theater Dada von Bzdulow. In 2009 he won a bronze medal at the Artist Olympics in Korea, in the solo drum category. He has performed in Europe, the United States, Turkey, the Middle East, Korea and Japan.
Krzysztof Dys is a classically trained pianist and improviser. Thanks to his exceptional approach to colors and rhythmic patterns, he has been able to create his unique language of improvised music, inspired by the likes of Alexander Skriabin and Sergei Prokofiev. He co-created the Soundcheck jazz quartet, and a trio with Andrzej Święs and Krzysztof Szmańda, as a leader. He has cooperated with Maciej Kociński, Maciej Fortun, Jerzy Milian, Mikołaj Trzaska, Lee Konitz, Evan Ziporyn, Theo Jörgensmann, and others. He is a Professor at the Poznań Academy of Music.
Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and book awards nationally and internationally, and most recently Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. The House on Mango Street has sold over five million copies, been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Founder of awards and foundations that serve writers and a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, Sandra Cisneros earns her living by her pen.
Vladimir Martinovski Владимир Мартиновски (fiction writer, poet, critic, translator; Macedonia) teaches comparative poetics at Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, and is the secretary of the Macedonian PEN Center. The author of ten poetry collections and many volumes of literary criticism and theory, he has received awards for poetry (at the International Struga Poetry Evenings) and for literary criticism. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Leon Ford is a survivor of police brutality, using his tragic story as a tool to positively impact society. Some would call him an activist, however, he would consider himself a dedicated individual who has turned his story of tragedy into a story of triumph. By using the principles of love, compassion, and understanding, he connects with people all over the world regardless of race, gender, age, political or religious backgrounds. As a symbol of hope, his story brings enlightenment to even the most courageous of conversations, including police-community relations, politics, socio-economic disparities, and racism. Unlike the many individuals gunned down by police officers, he survived to tell his story. He is the voice of the voiceless, and his story is the story that often goes untold.