Jazz Poetry Month: Oliver Lake plus Featured PoetsSunday, September 17, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
Join us for an evening of jazz with Oliver Lake, Pheeroan akLaff, and Dwayne Dolphin! Between sets, these musicians will also collaborate with writers Jericho Brown, Dawn Lundy Martin and Román Antopolsky (Argentina) for a jazz and poetry interlude.
Saxophonist, poet and composer Oliver Lake‘s artistic vision remains daring, unique and uncompromising, helping him maintain his place as one of the preeminent saxophonists in the progressive jazz scene, a position he has long held during his long and storied career. Oliver continues to work with several brilliant and creative minds, such as his Organ Quartet and Big Band groups, the World Saxophone Quartet, Tarbaby and notable collaborators such as Flux String Quartet, Myra Melford, Roscoe Mitchell, Vijay Iyer, Geri Allen, Meshell Ndegeocello and many others.Oliver has curated and participated in the City Of Asylum’s Jazz Poetry concerts for more than ten years. Lake has been a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, has received commissions from the Library of Congress, and in 2006, was honored to receive the Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award at the Kennedy Center. Most notably, Oliver was recently selected to receive the prestigious 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award. As such, the coming years promise to be exciting and filled with bold new artistic endeavors.
American drum-set master, and dedicated teacher Pheeroan akLaff has an approach to music that is centered in ritual and imagination. As a band leader he has performed at international festivals, and is an avid workshop leader. As an author and contributor to a Jazz milieu of the mid-1970’s Avant Garde, he made numerous recordings with vanguard artists in New York and Internationally. Pheeroan has presented his music ensembles at the Willisau festival of Switzerland, the Sju festival of the Netherlands, the Montsalvat festival of Australia, the Moers, and the Nurnberg festivals of Germany. He also led the Double Duo ensemble with two saxophonists; Mixashawn and Ravi Coltrane, and with two drummers; akLaff and his mentor Rashied Ali.
Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory University.
Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual video artist. She is the author of four books of poems and three chapbooks, including most recently, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books 2015) and Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House Press 2017). She is currently at work on a memoir. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and other magazines.
Martin is also a co-founder of the Black Took Collective, an experimental performance art/poetry group of three, and a member of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, a global arts collective. She has been awarded the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and a 2016 Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. Martin is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and Co-director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.
Román Antopolsky (Argentina) is a poet, artist, and translator born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) living currently in Pittsburgh. He studied philosophy (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and fine arts (Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte) in his native city and is the author in Spanish of five books of poetry (ádelon, Cythna en red, Amor Islam, El ruido elegido, and CaNCaN), three books of short fiction/essays (MI TO MA NO, Breve fábrica, and Defixiones), as well as a novel, La orilla del día, forthcoming in 2017.