Artist Archive

2013-2014 Season

  • Featured musicians, poets and writers;
  • Free and open to the public;
  • Sponsored by the MCC Foundation Annual Fund Campaign;
  • Hosted by Stephen Campiglio.

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September 18, 2014


New England Guitar Quartet
New England Guitar Quartet
featuring Jeremy Milligan, Nick Cutroneo, Daniel Hartington, Christopher Ladd
7:00 PM

The New England Guitar Quartet, featuring classical guitarists Jeremy Milligan, Nick Cutroneo, Daniel Hartington, and Christopher Ladd (left to right in photo), has been stunning audiences since their debut performance at The Hartford Women Composers Festival in 2012 with their dynamic virtuosity, inventive programming, and artistic interpretations. The Quartet delivers an eclectic mixture of fiery Latin American rhythms, exotic modalities, and complex Baroque counterpoint to their performances. Their concert programs bring to life both historically significant repertoire, as well as newly composed works for the guitar. For more information, please visit the respective web sites: www.jeremymilligan.com, www.nickcutroneo.com, and www.christopherladd.com.



Vivian Shipley
Vivian Shipley
Featured poet
8:00 PM

 

Vivian Shipley has published five chapbooks and nine books of poetry, most recently, All of Your Messages Have Been Erased (Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2010). She is a two-time recipient of the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, and two of her books—Gleanings: Old Poems, New Poems and When There Is No Shore—were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Additional honors include the Library of Congress’s Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Literary Community, the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Prize, the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California, the Marble Faun Poetry Prize from the William Faulkner Society, the Daniel Varoujan Prize from the New England Poetry Club, the Hart Crane Prize from Kent State, the Connecticut Press Club Prize for Best Creative Writing, and the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. Editor of the award-winning Connecticut Review, she is Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, where she was named Faculty Scholar in 2000, 2005 and 2008. She has a PhD from Vanderbilt University and is a member of the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame for Distinguished Alumni. Vivian lives in North Haven, Connecticut with her husband, Ed Harris. For more information, please visti: www.vivianshipley.com.

 



Patricia Mottola
Patricia Mottola
Featured poet

Pat Mottola earned her M.S. in Art Education, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, from Southern Connecticut State University, where she currently teaches creative writing. An award-winning poet, her work has been published in numerous journals, including War, Literature & the Arts, Connecticut Review, Main Street Rag, Caduceus, Welter Literary Journal, San Pedro River Review, Adanna Literary Journal, VietNow Magazine, and Paterson Literary Review.She is the winner of the Leo Connellan Poetry Prize, the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize, and the John Holmes Award. Most recently, she received honorable mention in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest. In addition to SCSU, she teaches art and poetry to senior citizens and practices art therapy with homebound individuals. For the past 25 years, she has been a passionate teacher of students from ages 5 to 95. She also does private tutoring. Pat has served as keynote speaker for the IMPAC-Young Writers Awards, and is a frequent judge for Connecticut High School Poetry Out Loud Competitions. She serves on the board of directors of the CT Poetry Society, and is editor of Connecticut River Review. She is most proud of her latest endeavor, mentoring Afghan women with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. http://awwproject.org.


May 15, 2014


Charles Fort
Charles Fort
Featured poet
7:00 PM

Charles Fort’s books include We Did Not Fear the Father: New and Selected Poems, (Red Hen Press, 2012); Mrs. Belladonna’s Supper Club Waltz: New and Selected Prose Poems (Backwaters Press, 2013); The Town Clock Burning (Carnegie Mellon University Press); and Frankenstein Was A Negro (Loganhouse Press). Fort’s poems have appeared in journals, periodicals, and anthologies such as The Best American Poetry 2003, The Best American Poetry 2000, Best of Prose Poem International, The Georgia Review, and The American Poetry Review. Born in working class New Britain, Connecticut, he is the founder of the Wendy Fort Foundation Theater of Fine Arts. A MacDowell fellow, Fort is currently at work on Sorrow Road, One Hundred Villanelles, and a novel: The Last Black Hippie in Connecticut. For more information, please visit his web site: www.charlesfortpoet.com.



Asylum Quartet
Asylum Quartet
Featured musicians
8:00 PM

Asylum Quartet features (from left to right in photo): Andrew Barnhart, baritone saxophone; Joseph Abad, soprano saxophone; Tony Speranza, alto saxophone; and Max Schwimmer, tenor saxophone.

Lauded for “nonstop virtuoso skills” (Times Herald-Record, New York), the Asylum Quartet plays everything from lush classical works, minimalism, and modernism to indie rock, world music, and klezmer. The four classically-trained saxophonists met as graduate students at the The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut in 2011.  The quartet received the Grand Prize in the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, Massachusetts, becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor. 

With a mission of engaging and captivating diverse audiences, the Asylum Quartet performs in New York City subway stations under the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Music Under New York program, and in Hartford Public Schools as Arts Providers for Hartford Performs. Beginning in Fall of 2014, the quartet will serve as Ensemble-in-Residence at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford, presenting a season of free concerts to the Hartford community. 

For more information on the Quartet, please visit: www.asylumquartet.com.



Asylum Quartet
Asylum Quartet
Featured musicians

Asylum Quartet features (from left to right in photo): Andrew Barnhart, baritone saxophone; Joseph Abad, soprano saxophone; Tony Speranza, alto saxophone; and Max Schwimmer, tenor saxophone.

Lauded for “nonstop virtuoso skills” (Times Herald-Record, New York), the Asylum Quartet plays everything from lush classical works, minimalism, and modernism to indie rock, world music, and klezmer. The four classically-trained saxophonists met as graduate students at the The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut in 2011.  The quartet received the Grand Prize in the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, Massachusetts, becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor. 

With a mission of engaging and captivating diverse audiences, the Asylum Quartet performs in New York City subway stations under the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Music Under New York program, and in Hartford Public Schools as Arts Providers for Hartford Performs. Beginning in Fall of 2014, the quartet will serve as Ensemble-in-Residence at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford, presenting a season of free concerts to the Hartford community. 

For more information on the Quartet, please visit: www.asylumquartet.com.


April 17, 2014


Mike Casey
Mike Casey
Saxophone

Jazz saxophonist Mike Casey, originally from Storrs, is currently a Jazz Studies student at the acclaimed Hartt School/Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (University of Hartford) as well as a graduate of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. He has been fortunate to study with some of the world's top jazz musicians, including saxophonist Abraham Burton, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves. Mike has performed at local venues across CT, such as Black Eyed Sally's, The Russian Lady, Wadsworth Atheneum, Firebox Restaurant, Shish Lounge, J. Rene Coffee, Hard Rock Cafe (Boston), and Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), as well as festivals, including The Boston Greenfest, Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest (CT), and the New England Autumn Fest (CT). Mike's current trio project, formed in 2013, is known for impressing audiences young and old alike and performs a unique blend of original music and exciting, fresh arrangements of jazz standards. To learn more about Mike and to hear some of his recordings, please visit www.mikecaseyjazz.com.



Matt Dwonszyk
Matt Dwonszyk
Acoustic bass

Matt Dwonszyk is an up-and-coming acoustic bass player from the Hartford area. He attended the Academy of Performing Arts in Hartford where he began studying jazz with teachers such as Jimmy Greene, Kris Allen, Paul Brown, and Doug Maher. Through friends at the Academy, Matt started attending the Artist Collective founded by the great Jackie McLean. He soon began gigging around the Hartford area and was fortunate to perform in Russia through the Academy of the Arts. Afterward, he started performing with Ed Fast & Conga Bop when he was exposed to Latin music. He continues to perform with Ed Fast, and is now attending the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music, where he is studying with professors Nat Reeves and Steve Davis. Matt has performed with such luminaries as Harold Maybern, Larry Willis, Steve Nelson, Dr. Eddie Henderson, John Farnsworth, Steve Davis, Arron Goldberg and many other musicians from the CT area. He has also started his own group, called the New Unity Band, which features his original compositions and arrangements. He has plans to move to New York soon.



Corey Garcia
Corey Garcia
Drums

Born and raised in Queens, New York, percussionist/composer Corey Garcia has been immersed in the New York jazz scene from a very young age.  As a result, he has had the privilege of meeting and studying under some of jazz's most potent educators and performers.  While his first musical experience came as a choral singer, Garcia soon thereafter realized a natural attraction to the drums, attending LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, and majoring in instrumental music. While at LaGuardia, Garcia studied jazz percussion (as well as various traditional classical instruments) and also began to develop a unique voice as a composer. He now continues his percussive studies and compositional endeavors as a student at the Jackie McLean Institute at the University of Hartford.



V. Penelope Pelizzon
V. Penelope Pelizzon
Featured poet
8:00 PM

IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

V. Penelope Pelizzon
’s second poetry collection, Whose Flesh is Flame, Whose Bone Is Time, is forthcoming in 2014 from Waywiser Press. Her first book, Nostos (Ohio University Press, 2000), won the Hollis Summers Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. She is also the co-author of Tabloid, Inc: Crimes, Newspapers, Narratives (Ohio State University Press, 2010) a study of the relations among American sensation journalism, photography, and film from 1927-1958. Her poetry, essays, criticism, and reviews have appeared in journals, including Poetry, FIELD, The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, Fourth Genre, The Yale Journal of Criticism and The British Journal of Aesthetics, while her recent translations appear in The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry and Poetry. Pelizzon’s writing has received several awards, including a 2012 Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, the 2012 Center for Book Arts chapbook award, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, and the "Discovery"/ The Nation Award. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut.



Danielle Chapman
Danielle Chapman
Featured poet

Danielle Chapman’s poems have appeared in magazines and journals, such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Nation.  Her first book of poetry, Delinquent Palaces, will be published by Northwestern University Press.  She is a critic as well as a poet, and has written reviews for Poetry and the New York Times.  She lives in New Haven and teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at Yale University.


March 20, 2014


016 New Music Ensemble
016 New Music Ensemble
Featured musicians
7:00 pm

016 New Music Ensemble, based in Hartford, is dedicated to performing the works of contemporary composers in the classical music tradition, and especially the works of Connecticut composers. 016 has performed at Capital Community College, The Hartford New Music Festival at Billings Forge, The Women's Composers Festival of Hartford, The Hartt School, and previouis Mishi-maya-gat events. For the March 20 performance, the ensemble will present a quartet from their usual sextet or septet line-up: Sheri Brown, saxophone; Jordan Jacobson, trombone; Janet Jacobson, violin; and Han-Wei Lu, cello.

[In photo: left to right - Jordan Jacobson, Janet Jacobson, Sheri Brown, Han-Wei Lu]

An active teacher and musician, saxophonist Sheri Brown holds a Master of Music in saxophone from the Hartt School and a Bachelor of Music Education from Michigan State University. In addition to her work as a proponent of new music in the Hartford area, Ms. Brown has been recognized as a finalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference classical competition (2007), winner of the Hartt Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition (2006), and has performed at the World Saxophone Congress, the Adolphe Sax International Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Trombonist Jordan Jacobson recently completed coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the College Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Cincinnati. He is also a graduate of the Longy School of Music and Brigham Young University. A versatile musician, he has performed with the Orchestra at Temple Square, including frequent travel with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Hartford Symphony, Utah Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Kentucky Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, and the Dayton Philharmonic, as well as the Queen City Brass Quintet and the Dayton Philharmonic Brass Quintet. He was also a member of the Salt Lake City area salsa band, Son del Callao, and has performed with the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, the Salt Lake Alternative Jazz Orchestra, and with small jazz groups under his own direction.

Janet Jacobson, violin, is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Violin Performance at the Hartt School as a student of Katie Lansdale, and is a member of the Performance 20/20 chamber music program. She holds a Master's degree from the Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Irina Muresanu. She has performed solo recitals at the Longfellow House in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as part of the Elderhostel Lecture-Recital Series in Boston, as well as chamber music appearances at the Killington Music Festival and at West Virginia University.

Taiwanese-born cellist Han-Wei Lu has performed in recitals and at music festivals in North and South America, Austria, and Taiwan. Ms. Lu has collaborated with such renowned musicians as Katy Lansdale, Marcy Rosen, and Bright Sheng. A founding member of the Sylvanus Ensemble and the 016 New Music Ensemble, Ms. Lu received her Master’s degree and Artist Diploma at The Hartt School, University of Hartford.

 



Contributors from Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs
Contributors from Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs
Featuring Bessy Reyna, Steve Starger, Pit Pinegar, and Barbara LaFlesh
8:00 pm

A special reading of contributors from Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs (Three O'Clock Press, 2013: Toronto, Ontario), introduced by Patti Parlette.

Bessy Reyna
is a poet and former Hartford Courant opinion columnist. Her work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and Latin America. Her bilingual poetry collection Memoirs of the Unfaithful Lover, was published by tunAstral press, Mexico, in 2010. She has participated in International Poetry Festivals in Cuba and El Salvador. Among her numerous honors and awards are “Latina Citizen of the Year” by the State of Connecticut’s Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission; “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Connecticut Center for the Book,” and recognition by the CT Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and has M.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Connecticut.  She is the arts editor for Identidad Latina, a Connecticut-based Spanish language newspaper, and is a member of the CT Critics’ Circle. For more information on Bessy, please visit her website: http://www.bessyreyna.com.

 

Steve Starger is a journalist, columnist, playwright, author, and musician, and in particular wrote music articles and reviews for the Hartford Advocate. Before his retirement in 2010, he taught and worked for Credit-Free Programs in Manchester Community College’s Division of Continuing Education, and has recently emerged from retirement to resume teaching Credit-Free courses. His book, Wally's World: The Brilliant Life and Tragic Death of Wally Wood, the World's Second Best Comic-Book Artist—co-written with J. David Spurlock—was a finalist for the Will Eisner Industry Award for Best Comics-Related Book of the Year in 2006.  

 

Pit Pinegar is the author of three books of poetry, The Possibilities of Empty SpaceandNine Years Between Two Poems (Andrew Mountain Press) and The Physics of Transmigration (Antrim House Books). She has been nominated six times for a Pushcart Prize. Two collections of her short fiction were finalists in the 2010 Iron Horse Review's Single Author Competition, and her collection, MESS: Stories about Women with Messy Lives (Selwa Press) was published as an e-book in the Fall 2011. Her work has appeared recently in The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival’s 20th Anniversary Anthology (Wesleyan University Press), Visions, Voices and Verses, ekphrastic poetry from the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art (Exiles Press), and Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s Songs (Three O’Clock Press). Pinegar has received a grant from the CT Commission on the Arts (1992), was a Surdna Foundation fellow (2005), a writing resident at Footpaths to Creativity in the Azores (2006), a fellow at the Helene V. Wurlitzer Foundation in 2009, and a recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Advocate of the Arts Award (CT). She teaches at The Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University and directs the Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival's Urban Outreach Program. A photographer, as well as a writer, her portfolio includes a number of literary luminaries, including Lucille Clifton, Stanley Kunitz, James Merrill, Mark Doty, Marilyn Nelson, and Li Young Lee.

 

Barbara Martin LaFlesh is a poet living in Hartford. She graduated from the  University of Connecticut, where she had the good fortune to major in English and study poetry with accomplished poets.  She took creative writing courses at MCC years later, and renewed an interest in writing. Her poetry won the Poetry Award and the Gustavson Humor Award at MCC in 2005. She is a member of Thread City Poets in Windham, and has been published in Elysian Fields Quarterly. She was pleased to be published in Gathered Light, having been a fan of Joni Mitchell since the 1960's. 

 

Patricia (Patti) Parlette is a peace activist and student of languages. Aside from two magical years in California and France, she is a lifelong resident of CT. Friends and coworkers in the University of Connecticut’s Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages have suggested, only half-jokingly, that Patti, who fluently weaves Joni’s lyrics into daily conversation, pursue a doctorate in Joni-ology.

 


February 20, 2014


Christine Casson
Christine Casson
Featured poet
8:30 PM

Christine Casson is the author of a book of poems, After the First World (Star Cloud Press, 2008), and was named "Poet of the Month" at PoetryNet.org. Her work has appeared in Agenda (England), Stand (England), The Dalhousie Review, DoubleTake, Natural Bridge, and Alabama Literary Review, among others, and in the anthologies Fashioned Pleasures (Parallel Press, 2005), Never Before (Four Way Books, 2005), and Conversation Pieces (Everyman's Library, 2007). She has also published critical essays on the work of Leslie Marmon Silko and the poetry of Linda Hogan and Robert Penn Warren.  Ms. Casson is currently writing a book of non-fiction that explores the relationship between trauma and memory, as well as a study of the poetic sequence, entitled Sequence and Time Signature: A Study in Poetic Orchestration. She is Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Please visit on the college's website: www.emerson.edu for more information on their writing, publishing and literature program.

 



Daniel Tobin
Daniel Tobin
Faetured poet

Daniel Tobin is the author of seven books of poems, Where the World is Made (University Press of New England, 1999), Double Life (Louisiana State University Press, 2004), and the following titles from Four Way Books: The Narrows (2005), Second Things ( 2008), Belated Heavens (2010), The Net (2014) and From Nothing (forthcoming, 2016). He is also author of the critical studies Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney (University Press of Kentucky, 1999) and Awake in America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011). In addition, Tobin has edited The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007), Light in the Hand: The Selected Poems Lola Ridge (Quale Press, 2007), and (with Pimone Triplett) Poet's Work, Poet's Play: Essays on the Practice and the Art (University of Michigan Press, 2007). Among his awards are the "The Discovery/The Nation Award," The Robert Penn Warren Award, The Greensboro Review Prize, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award, and fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His work has been anthologized in Hammer and Blaze, The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets, Poetry Daily Essentials 2007, Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, The Norton Introduction to Poetry, and many other collections.



Jocelyn Pleasant
Jocelyn Pleasant
Drums
Jocelyn Pleasant Quartet - 7:30 PM

Jocelyn Pleasant is a percussionist and educator from Bloomfield, CT. She received her first formal training from the Hartt School Community Division in classical percussion at age 10. In addition, she studied African percussion and jazz drum set the Artists Collective---Jackie and Dollie McLean's community arts center in Hartford. Jocelyn now resides in Middletown, CT and teaches and plays in a variety of genres and settings. She is currently on staff at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts (mallet percussion), the Artists Collective (drum set and African percussion), and Green Street Arts Center (drums and African percussion). She has performed with such figures as Jay Hoggard, Steve Davis, Warren Byrd, Phil Bowler, Kim Clarke, Paul Brown, Nat Reeves, Shawnn Monteiro, Sumi Tonooka, and Sankofa Kuumba.





David Uhl
David Uhl
Bass

David Uhl is one of Connecticut’s most sought after professional bassists. He has experience in extensive styles, including everything from Classical to Latin and from Folk to Big Band Jazz, and can be seen playing these styles in a variety of venues around the state almost every weekend. He teaches a Master Bass Class for Credit-Free Programs at MCC>



Taber Gable
Taber Gable
Piano

Originally from Tennessee, Taber Gable is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after pianists in Connecticut. He is a senior at The Hartt School, where he has studied with some of the most prolific and talented jazz musicians in the world, including Steve Davis and Nat Reeves. 



Corey Hutchins
Corey Hutchins
Tap dancing

Corey Hutchins has been tap dancing for nearly 25 years. He traveled the world as a featured dancer with the Broadway hit, Riverdance, the Show.  In 2010, he was a special performing guest at The White House for the First Lady and guests.


January 16, 2014


Joseph Torra
Joseph Torra
Featured poet/writer

Joseph Torra is the author of numerous novels and books of poetry. His fiction titles include Gas Station, Tony Luongo, and My Ground (these three books now collected into the My Ground Trilogy); two novels published by Pressed Wafer in Boston, Call Me Waiter and What's So Funny; The Bystander's Scrapbook, and They Say (Quale Press, www.quale.com). His poetry titles include After the Chinese (also published by Pressed Wafer); Duck Tour The Movie (Cy Gist Press; http://cygistpress.blogspot.com); and two more titles published by Quale Press, Watteau Sky (prose poetry) and the 2013 title, Time Being. Joe published lift magazine in the early 1990s, and presently serves as editor of Let the Bucket Down, a magazine of Boston Area writing. He lives in Somerville, MA with his family. For more information on the author, please visit his website www.joetorra.com.



Barbara Henning
Barbara Henning
Featured poet/writer

Barbara Henning has published three novels, seven books of poetry, and several limited art/poetry pamphlets. Her most recent books are two collections of poetry and prose, A Swift Passage (Quale Press; see website above) and Cities & Memory (Chax Press); a novel, Thirty Miles from Rosebud; and a chapbook, A Slow Curve (Monkey Puzzle).  She is also the author/editor of a book of interviews, Looking Up Harryette Mullen (Belladonna), and The Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins (Blazevox). In the 1990's, Barbara edited Long News in the Short Century: A Journal of Writing and Art. Born in Detroit in 1948, Barbara Henning has lived mostly in New York City since 1983. As a long-time yoga practitioner, she brings this knowledge and discipline to her writing and her teaching at Naropa University, http://www.writers.com, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, where she is Professor Emerita.  



Gaslight Arkestra
Gaslight Arkestra
Featured band

The members of the jazz improv ensemble, Gaslight Arkestra are (left to right in photo): Dave Parsons, guitar; Dennis Martinez, bass; Trek Perry-Culbreath, saxophone; Jay Wood, drums; and Matthew Bister, keyboards. The band cites as musical influences the “Bitches Brew” era of Miles Davis, the more avant-garde years of John Coltrane, the funk jams of Medeski, Martin & Wood, the experimentation of John Zorn, and, by virtue of using the name, “Arkestra,” the explorations of Sun Ra. For more information, please visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/GasLight/204994234693.

 


November 21, 2013


VERA SCHWARCZ
VERA SCHWARCZ
Featured poet
7:00 PM

Born in Romania, Vera Schwarcz is an historian on China and a poet.  She earned her B.A. from Vassar College, M.A. from Yale University, and Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is the author of eight books on Chinese and Jewish history, including the prize-winning Bridge Across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory; The Chinese Enlightenment: Intellectuals and the Legacy of the May Fourth Movement of 1919; Time for Telling Truth is Running Out: Conversations with Zhang Shenfu; Place and Memory in Singing Crane Garden  and the forthcoming volume: Colors of Veracity: A Quest for Truth in China, and Beyond  (Hawaii University Press, 2014). She has also written five books of poetry, among them: In the Garden of Memory (with paper art by Holocaust survivor Chava Pressburger), Brief Rest in the Garden of Flourishing Grace; Chisel of Remembrance. Her most recent collection of poems is entitled Ancestral Intelligence: Renditions and Poems (Antrim House Books, 2013.) Schwarcz holds the Freeman Chair in East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University in CT. Her work won a Guggenheim Fellowship and is featured on the http://www.between2walls.com.



ALEXANDRINA SERGIO
ALEXANDRINA SERGIO
Featured poet

Alexandrina Sergio is the author of two poetry collections, My Daughter Is Drummer in the Rock ‘n Roll Band  and That’s How The Light Gets In (Antrim House Books). Her work has recently appeared in Caduceus and Connecticut River Review, as well as the anthologies, Shifting Balance Sheets and Complex Allegiances (Wising Up Press) and Visions, Voices and Verses (Exiles Press). Her poems have received national and state awards and have been given multiple performances by a professional stage company. Sandy frequently performs her poetry, often accompanied by her husband, pianist David Sergio. For more information on the poet and her books, please visit: www.antrimhousebooks.com.

Photo credit: Rebecca Earl



FRANK WALLACE
FRANK WALLACE
Featured musician
8:00 PM

Frank Wallace, composer, guitarist and baritone, has been called a "contemporary musical emancipation" by NewMusicBox.org. With echoes of blues, medieval, jazz, Latin, and classical music from Bach to avant-garde, Wallace’s works showcase the classical guitar in solo, duo, and large ensemble works, as well as in chamber works with voice, flute, violin, cello, English horn, mandolin, or piano. On stage, Wallace is known for his “elegant virtuosity” (Classics Today) on the solo guitar, as well as mastering the self-accompanied song.  He tours nationally and internationally as soloist and with mezzo-soprano Nancy Knowles as Duo LiveOak. In Boston, he founded the new music Festival 21 in 2007, and in New York City he founded and co-directed the Second Sundays Classical Guitar Series. Wallace is a two-time winner of the NH Individual Fellowship Award (2001 and 2006). He has a BM from San Francisco Conservatory and has been on the faculty of New England Conservatory, Plymouth State College, Emmanuel College, Concord (NH) Community Music School and Franklin Pierce University as well as many international festivals. He has written works for ChromaDuo, Edel Muñoz, Jugend Zupf Orchestra of Germany, Mare Duo, Olson/De Cari Duo, Providence Mandolin Orchestra and others. His Mishi-maya-gat show will feature a solo performance.  Wallace’s complete works and recordings are available at www.gyremusic.com.

 

 


October 17, 2013


HORIZON BLUE
HORIZON BLUE
Acoustic Americana and Roots
7:00 PM

Horizon Blue, featuring (left to right in photo) Mark Annulli, bass, Peter Hill, guitar, and Monique Hill, vocals---plus other instrumentation---has two CDs to their credit, Shades of Blue and Once Upon a Song. Mark Annulli has been making music with a variety of rock, pop, folk, and blues bands for many years, and also plays in the band, Drop City. Peter Hill studied at the Hartford Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music and engineers the recordings of Horizon Blue and other groups. Monique Hill is a singer/songwriter who studied voice and music at the Hartford Conservatory and the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, CA, and is the principal songwriter for the band. Horizon Blue has gigged widely through the state, including Town of Middletown Concerts on the Green, Town of Cromwell Concerts on the Green, Windsor Shad Derby, The Big E, Connecticut Audubon Eagle Festival, Town of Wethersfield Corn Festival, Town of Windsor Locks Anniversary Celebration, Coventry Acoustic April, and Town of Newington Waterfall Festival, and at cultural venues such as the Wadsworth Atheneum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Connecticut Historical Society, Hicks Stern Museum, Willimantic Northeast Railroad Museum, Hartford Hospital, Avon Public Library, and New London Art Center. The band can now add Mishi-maya-gat to this impressive list! For more information on Horizon Blue, please visit: www.horizonblue.us.



JAMES TATE
JAMES TATE
Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning poet
8:00 PM

James Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1943. His father was an American pilot killed in the Second World War in 1944, when Tate was five months old, and which precipitated his first collection of poems, The Lost Pilot (1967), selected by Dudley Fitts for the Yale Series of Younger Poets while Tate was still a student at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Tate has published prolifically ever since, including The Oblivion Ha-Ha (1970); Absences (1972); Viper Jazz (1976); Distance from Loved Ones (1990); Selected Poems (1991), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award; and Worshipful Company of Fletchers (1994), which won the National Book Award. More recently, he has published Memoir of the Hawk (2001); Return to the City of White Donkeys (2004); and The Ghost Soldiers (2008). Tate has also published various works of prose, including a micro-tale collection, Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee (Wave Books, 2001), a collection of critical prose, The Route as Briefed (University of Michigan Press, 1999), and a collaborative novel (with poet Bill Knott), Lucky Darryl (Release Press, 1977). In 2012, Ecco Press published the collection, The Eternal Ones of the Dream: Selected Poems 1990–2010. Tate's honors include a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Poetry, the Wallace Stevens Award, and a 1995 Tanning Prize, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2001, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He teaches in the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.



DARA WIER
DARA WIER
Guggenheim and NEA award winning poet

Dara Wier was born in Louisiana in 1949 and received her MFA in 1974 from Bowling Green State University. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including the most recent, You Good Thing (Wave Books, 2013). She has also published Selected Poems (2009); Remnants of Hannah (2006); Reverse Rapture (2005), which received the 2006 San Francisco State University Poetry Center Book Award; Hat On a Pond (2002); Voyages in English (2001); Our Master Plan (1998), which received the Phi Beta Kappa Award; Blue for the Plough (1992); The Book of Knowledge (1988); All You Have in Common (1984); The 8-Step Grapevine (1980); and Blood, Hook & Eye (1977). Her work has been included in recent volumes of Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize Anthology and has been supported by fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the American Poetry Review. She teaches in and directs the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.


September 19, 2013


Oboe Duo Agosto
Oboe Duo Agosto
Featuring Charles Huang and Ling-Fei Kang
7:00 pm

Oboe Duo Agosto, created in 2009 by oboists Ling-Fei Kang and Charles Huang, aims to promote the instrument’s popularity through original duos, arrangements, and newly commissioned works.

Audiences across the USA, Canada, Brazil, and Asia have enjoyed their concerts, which include popular music, folk songs, and contemporary and theatrical pieces. The Duo performed at the 2013 International Double Reed Society Conference in Redlands, California, and will be featured as the ensemble in residence at the Hartford Women Composer Festival in March 2014.

Dr. Charles Huang, oboe recitalist and founding member of Oboe Duo Agosto and the Sylvanus Ensemble, is active in commissioning new works and advancing the repertoire for the oboe and English horn. Currently he serves as Chair of Chamber Music at The Hartt School, and in the summer Huang teaches at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil. Huang has been a Fulbright Scholar, semi-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, scholarship recipient to the Music Academy of the West and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and a winner of the Miami String Quartet Competition.

A native of Taiwan, oboist Ling-Fei Kang is an avid chamber musician and founding member of Oboe Duo Agosto and the Sylvanus Ensemble. She has concertized in festivals and venues in North America, Brazil, Taiwan, and Thailand. She is a grant-recipient of Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Taiwanese National Culture and Arts Foundation. Ms. Kang graduated with the Prix avec grande distinction from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and earned an Artist Diploma from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Her principal teachers include Humbert Lucarelli and Bernard Jean.

For more information on the Duo, please visit: http://oboeduoagosto.wordpress.com/



Betsy Wheeler
Betsy Wheeler
Featured poet
8:00 pm

Originally from the Upper Mississippi River Valley, Betsy Wheeler studied poetry and book arts at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, where she was a Maple House Fellow for Sutton Hoo Press. After a brief stint working in the publishing industry in Minnesota’s Twin Cities (as an intern at Graywolf Press, and as an events coordinator at Consortium), she went on to receive her M.F.A. in poetry from The Ohio State University. From 2005-2007, she held the Stadler Fellowship residency at Bucknell University. She now works as Managing Director for the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at UMass, Amherst, and is editor and publisher of Pilot Books—a poetry micro-press. She is the author of the collection of poems, Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room (National Poetry Review Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in notnostrums, Bat City Review, The Journal, Forklift Ohio, Octopus, and elsewhere. She lives with her fiancé, Meghan, in Northampton, MA.



Seth Landman
Seth Landman
Featured poet

Seth Landman lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Agnes Fox Press collective. His first book of poems is Sign You Were Mistaken (Factory Hollow Press, 2013). Recent poems have appeared in jubilatJellyfishHorse Less Review, and Ghost Town, as well as the chapbook, A Note on the Text (above/ground, 2012). He works as an Academic Advisor at UMass, Amherst, and writes about fantasy basketball on ESPN.com. With the poet Seth Parker, he collaborates on Tyoyeu (@tyoyeu & tyoyeu.blogspot.com). 


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