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 

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Best Turkey or Tofurky Follow-up: Poetry, Music, and (perhaps) Whiskey!

Hey everyone! I’m a bit busy with holiday/family stuff right now (not to mention MFA applications), and I’m sure all of you are busy too. However, Sunday night (well after Thanksgiving is over) there’s another wonderful poetry event going down at The Bards Town (1801 Bardstown rd.):

The November edition of Stone Soup Poetry series features poets Ellen Birkett Morris, Tina Parker, and Mischa Feigin and includes musical entertainment from Mischa Feigin (who has played quite at Decca and other venues with John Gage and other well-known local pickers) and A Girl Named Earl.

Doors/Open-mic signups are at 5pm, event kicks off at 5:30pm sharp. The Bards Town has excellent food and libations (in case you have Friday off and overdo your celebrating, or just to enjoy for no particular reason!).

p.s. Mr. Feigin’s poetry is as well-honed as his picking.

p.p.s. Click on readers’ names to preview some of their work online!

Mary Ruefle + more in Louisville this week!

Louisville is fortunate to have multiple readings with award winning writers this week; events are free so don’t miss out!

Thursday 11/8 @Bingham Poetry room in UofL’s Erkstrom Library (next to Speed Museum) extraordinary poet and Guggenheim fellow Mary Ruefle will read at 7:30pm!

Friday 11/9 InKY has Lynn Pruett and Ellen Birkett Morris. Open mic sign ups at 6:30, event at 7pm @The Bards Town (1801 Bardstown rd)

Saturday 11/10 poets Makalani Bandele, Sonja de Vries, and Merle Bachman will read at 4pm @A Reader’s Corner (2044 Frankfort Ave. Louisville, KY 40206)

Keep an eye out for my interview with Makalani in the next day or two!