Thursday [4.3.14] on ArtFM: Pablo Miguel Martinez and the music of Misha Feigin

Pablo Miguel Martínez’s collection of poems, Brazos, Carry Me (Kórima Press), received the 2013 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry. His poems have appeared in Americas ReviewBorderlands: Texas Poetry ReviewComstock ReviewHarpur PalateGay and Lesbian ReviewInkwellNew Millennium WritingsNorth American Review,Pilgrimage and the San Antonio Express-News, among other publications. His poetry has been anthologized in This Assignment Is So Gay, Best Gay Poetry 2008Poetic Voices without Borders 2, and Queer Codex: Chile Love. He has been a recipient of the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence, the Oscar Wilde Award, and the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize. His literary work has received support from the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. In addition to being a Co-Founder of CantoMundo, a national retreat-workshop for Latina/o poets, he has participated in Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Writers’ Workshop. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University.  He currently teaches and University of Louisville and will be the featured writer for April’s Subterranean Phrases along with poet and experimental classical guitarist, Misha Feigin. 

 

Check out this fantastic Flash fiction piece by Pablo M. Martinez found on San Antonino Current 

http://blogs.sacurrent.com/streetview/where-theres-smoke-by-pablo-miguel-martinez/

 

“Where There’s Smoke” by Pablo Miguel Martínez 

I once dated a handsome Irish guy named Frank. He was a fireman. One night, over dinner at a cramped restaurant on West Sixteenth, Frank shared this: most heart attacks occur in the bathroom. More specifically, he said, on the toilet or in the shower. “I’ve found many victims that way.” Frank smiled then chewed his meatloaf sandwich. He never dipped into the natural gravy, ordered on the side.

This consumed me: we sure risk a lot when we strain to expel or cleanse. Later that night, as we waited for the subway, Frank explained something else. He had to move on. A shower of confettied information burst in my head. It created an embarrassing mess. A monotone voice crackled on the platform speakers. It announced that the uptown No. 3 was running late.

 

Tune in Thursday to artxfm.com at 1pm to hear live readings from Pablo as we discuss his debut collection out by Korima Press: “Brazos Carry Me”  http://korimapress.com/brazos-carry-me/4572996838 

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Misha Feigin was born and raised in Moscow and is known as one of Russia’s premiere guitarists.  When he immigrated to the US in 1990, he left behind an established position in the Moscow arts scene highlighted by his four albums on the Melodia label, features on major radio and television shows, and national and international tours.  He began recording free improvised music in 1986 in Moscow with Auction’s Dimitry Matkovsky.  He also performed with the Russian pop-folk star Janna Bichevskaya.

He began recording free improvised music in 1986 in Moscow with Auction’s Dimitry Matkovsky.  He also performed with the Russian pop-folk star Janna Bichevskaya.

Misha perfromed free improvised music at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, at the Birmigham Improv. Festival, and in New York at the Knitting Factory and Tonic, where he also played with Elliot Sharp, Eugene Chadbourne and Ami Denio.  Other performances have included John Russell, LaDonna Smith, Davey Williams, Craig Hultgren, Toshi Makihara, Peter Kowalt, Leonid Soybelman, Sergei Letov.

Misha played in concerts in 47 US States, Canada, Israel, England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
Russian and English are heard throughout Misha’s dynamic performances, which incorporate original poetry and spontaneous storytelling.  He plays classical and acoustic guitars, balalaika, keyboards, harmonica.  Misha’s music is a blend of various ethnic idioms and musical styles.  His five US releases are “Only One Road”, “Only Once”, and “Dreams” with original folk music in Russian and English on Dreaming People Records, and “Spontaneous Folks’ Music” and “June in Moscow” with free improvised music on Spontaneous Folks’ Records.  [bio from his website: http://www.mishafeigin.com/lang_sel.html]

Misha is also releasing his fourth book of poems “Cloud Letters” and will read and opening set at Subterranean Phrases on April 9th before improvising with Pablo M. Martinez.  

 

 

It’s a GONZO week!  Our ‘Readings in the Wild’ segment will be pulled from one of the spoken word performances from gonzofest.  

 

Summary of Events [3.12-3.15]

Tonight: Wednesday [3.12.14]  Subterranean Phrases, Live collaboration of writers and musician, featuring Sonya DeVries, words, Jon Silpayamanant, cello, Jackie Royce, Bassoon. Host, Rachel Short. Location: Decca [812 e. Market] 8pm, FREE

Thursday [3.13.14] Keep Louisville Literary on artxfm.com, 1pm EST. Featuring Gonzoville poet, Ron Whitehead. 

                Also on air: 

Tune in to Spectrum this Thursday at 7pm est. William S Tribell will be talking with Kentucky poet, photographer and filmmaker- Sheri Wright about her latest film project down in New Orleans; “Tracking Fire”. Join us on FM WLMU 91.3 The Gap or listen online at http://www.913thegap.com/

 

Friday [3.14.14] InKY, Louisville’s longest running reading series featuring: 

Knopf poet Sarah Arvio reads in Lexington and Louisville. Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 at the Carnegie Center in Lexington with Bianca Spriggs. And Friday, March 14 at 7:00 as part of the InKY Reading Series at the Bardstown in Louisville with Mary Hamilton and Dave Harrity.

Sarah Arvio works as a translator for the United Nations in New York and Switzerland, and has recently also taught poetry at Princeton. Her poems are widely published, in such journals as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Boston Review, The Kenyon Review and elsewhere. Her first book, Visits from the Seventh (2002), won the Rome Prize and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. Poems in that volume were awarded The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize and Poetry?s Frederick Bock Prize. She is also the author of the poetry collections, Sono (2007) and night thoughts (2013).

Host, Adam Day. Location: The Bardstown, [1801 Bardstown Rd.] 7p, Free

 

Saturday [3.15.14] Mothership Ensemble including the world premiere of composer, Chris Kincaid’s piece ‘Full Sunlight’, poem by Conyer Clayton. IU Southeast, Ogle Center, New Albany Indiana, 7p, free 

Press Release: 

Second concert of the Mothership Ensemble 2013-2014 season!

Featuring Terry Riley’s “in C”

Mothership Ensemble Presents Minimalist Classic In C and World Premieres by Local Composers
February 19, 2014, Louisville, KY… 

Contemporary/avant-garde music collective
Mothership Ensemble continues to bring innovative and experimental modern classical music to the Louisville area with a free concert on March 15, 2014 at Indiana University-Southeast’s Paul W. Ogle Cultural Center. The program will feature both newly-composed works and 20th century classics performed by some of the most versatile and enthusiastic musicians in Kentuckiana. 

The program will feature Terry Riley’s classic minimalist composition In C (1964), in honor of its 50th birthday this year. The piece consists of a series of 53 musical phrases which can be played by any musician, in any order, and for any length of time, resulting in a thrillingly hypnotic experience. The work is considered one of first compositions of minimalist music, originally written as a reaction against the highly structured, ultracomplex
music of the era.

Another masterpiece that Mothership will reprise is Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union (1975), which the ensemble first performed on its season kickoff concert in 2013. The piece is a raucous, rhythmically charged workout written or “any loud-sounding group of instruments.” Andriessen has described the work as a politically symbolic, displaying “a combination of individual freedom and severe discipline… it is difficult to play in an ensemble and to remain in step, sort of like organizing and carrying on political action.” 

In addition to performing these twentieth century classics, Mothership prides itself on promoting the music of composers from Louisville and Southern Indiana. This concert will feature the world premiere of Chris Kincaid’s Full Sunlight, written for bass flute, viola, cello, and electronic sounds. The work is inspired by the poem “Full Sunlight” written by Louisville-born poet Conyer Clayton, and explores music that, according to
Kincaid, “is not exactly frozen in time, but instead takes place in time that slowed almost to a standstill.”

Mothership is also excited to perform Sympathetic Vibrations, for tuba and piano, by the ensemble’s co-director and hornist Rachel Short. For much of the piece, the pianist does not play on the keyboard itself, but rather depresses the pedal and allows the
strings to resonate in subtle harmonies with the tuba. In this way, the two instruments dissolve their individual identities, becoming extensions and reflections of each other.

Ensemble director and cellist Jon Silpayamanant will perform in almost every work on the program, including Recursive Iteration No. 1, a new composition by Silpayamanant for cello, bassoon, and electronic sounds. 

Video artist Roxell Karr, who collaborates with Silpayamanant in their duo Camera Lucida, will provide projections for many of the
works on the concert to provide an immersive audiovisual experience.

The Mothership Ensemble is a new music collective based in the Louisville area, founded by Rachel Short and Jon Silpayamanant in 2012. They seek to increase the performance and awareness of contemporary music in Louisville through unique programming in unconventional venues. The group constantly seeks and commissions new music from young and local composers while continuing to present essential, yet underrepresented works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Mothership maintains an “open” membership, welcoming anyone in the community that interested in performing contemporary music to join them.

For more information about the event, call 502-553-8631, or visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/699264106769208.

Mothership Ensemble: https://www.facebook.com/MothershipEnsemble
Jon Silpayamanant: http://www.silpayamanant.com/

Nu Mu Lu: http://www.numulu.org/

See you there, Rachel 

This week: Subterranean Phrases [3.12] and Ron Whitehead on KLL [3.13]

This past weekend was a very musical one and now it’s time to get back to Literary business. As some of you know, I like to keep one foot firmly planted in the music world and one in the Literary world. It’s quite the dance. The reading series I host, Subterranean Phrases, which is coming up on two years of consecutive monthly events, brings together two beautifully related arts: musical and verbal phrases. When I was asked to start a poetry night for the Decca Restaurant cellar lounge, I had been hosting an open mic for some time. I wanted, however, to add some structure to the event and I wanted to provide a reading series that wasn’t already happening. Something that combined my two passions in a way that welded them together. I met with my friend and mentor, Michael Jackman, for coffee. We talked about the readings that used to happen at the Jazz Factory. Jazz and spoken word. That fit’s the bill, exactly. However, with budget in mind and the fact that my musical connections rely more heavily on orchestral, experimental, and players of the popular genre, we decided to blow the whole musical experience open, and pair writers with music of any genre, any stretch of the imagination (my imagination,) that could connect the two.  

I know I’ve lost some writers since the open mic days.  Open mic’s are very welcoming and I only offer 8 open mic slots (5mins each.) But my goal is to get the words OFF of the page. Kill the poet voice. That’s right, I said it: kill the poet voice. Give your words breath, space, music. Let them dance off the page.  Read more slowly and you’ll hear the music in your words. It’s there, trust me.

This Wednesday at Subterranean Phrases will feature Sonja DeVries: poet, journalist, film maker, activist and host of Crescent Hill Radio’s “Ignite the Ink” with music provided by Mothership Ensemble: Jon Silpayamanant, cello, and Jackie Royce, Bassoon.  

Come out and share you work. I will provide musical accompaniment to the first 3 open mic participants. Wednesday [3.12] doors at 8p, 3 open mic slots at 830p, Featured set, and then closing with 5 open mic opportunities. 

Also this WEEK

Thursday on Keep Louisville Literary on artxfm.com 1pm, We’ll be talking with outlaw poet, and organizer of so many poetic and musical amalgamations, Ron Whitehead. Gonzofest starts March 31st and is a full 6days! Ron has put so much heart and dedication into honoring Hunter S. Thompson in this city, the hometown that they shared and love.  We’ll have readings from Ron and talk about the week of events.  

 

Local writing contests

Most of us write for the process; to learn about ourselves and the world around us.  With that mentality in mind, the process is enough. However, a thrilling bonus is to have your writing out in the big bright world for others to experience and hopefully learn something as well. A collective process can certainly shed more light than a scattered array of island writers.  Here are some local opportunities to get your work out there so we can all commune with words.  

 Two of Cups Press: editor, Lee Anne Hornfeldt

               hosting their Inaugural chapbook contest. The reading period is from March 1- May 1                 2014. One winning manuscript announced July 1st (2014).  Details at  http://twoofcupspress.wordpress.com/chapbookcontest/

   A Narrow Fellow: editors, Molly McCormick & Mark Lee Webb

              Fall Poetry and Art Issue. Reading January 2 – April 1 (2014)  guidelines:       http://www.anarrowfellow.com/submit.html

  Gonzofest: committee head, Nick Garing 

               Literary submissions due March 20th. email NPGARING@mac.com

These are current and upcoming deadlines. I will try to keep up to date with these as they arise.

The Louisville Review takes submissions anytime

http://www.louisvillereview.org 

Happy writing, 

Rachel