December 14, 2019
Julie Ezelle Patton and Janice Lowe 'Rock Paper Sisters'
(with guest Paul Van Curen)
Extemporanea: Space Shift Sound Shape Key Borderless Addres
Julie Ezelle Patton's “in-the-moment” acts foment musical and literary worlds in other-worldly compo[em]sitions. Instrumentalists Nasheet Waits, Eddie Bobe, Brad Jones, Clark Coolidge, Drew Gardner; filmmakers Euphrosyne Bloom and Henry Hills; choreographers Daria Fain, and Sally Silvers; activist-performance artists Abou Farman, Vinie Burroughs, Reverend Billy; and poets Anne Waldman, Will Alexander, Cecilia Vicuna, Lee Ann Brown, various house cats, and even a mocking bird, have accompanied her on her high-flying genre-defying journeys... At venues such as the Jazz Standard, DIA, Poetry Project, and elsewhere around the town of NYC, Mother Earth and hopefully beyond. This is Julie's first collaboration with pianist Janice Lowe. Julie, a recipient of an Acker, Giorno Poetry Systems,Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists and other gifts, is the founder of Let It Be Ark Hives. Her noted Womb Room Tomb installation honoring artist Virgie Ezelle Patton (1928-2015) was singled out as a must-see installation in The Front International Triennial 2018. She performs with improvising guitarist Paul Van Curen as part of the duo Cloud Flower.
More info here: https://www.poetryproject.org/people/julie-ezelle-patton/
Janice A. Lowe is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and poet who creates solo and collaborative music-text hybrids. She is the author and composer of LEAVING CLE poems of nomadic dispersal. Lowe is composer-librettist of the chamber opera Dusky Alice. Her compositions for musical theater include Lil Budda; she composed and arranged the music of Montague Ring for Tracie Morris' solo show Impossible Man, and music for plays including 12th & Clairmount by Jenni Lamb, Chiron’s Homegurl Healer Howls by Liza Jessie Peterson and Door of No Return by Nehassaiu DeGannes. Lowe tours and records with her band Janice Lowe & NAMAROON. She composed and co-wrote the multi-media piece Desegregation Remix: Three Women Sing the Borders, a collaboration with Lee Ann Brown. Lowe was commissioned to compose Millie and Christine McCoy's Syncopated Sonnets in Song, a song cycle setting of poems from Tyehimba Jess' Pulitzer Prize-awarded winning collection, OLIO. Lowe is a co-founder of The Dark Room Collective.
More info here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/janice-lowe
Haitian born Val Jeanty is a Brooklyn based Afro-Electronic (VodouElectro) music composer, drummer and trubtablist. Her installations have been showcased at The Whitney Museum, The Moma, The Lincoln Center in New York City and internationally at Jazz a la Vilette (France), The Biennale (Venice), and SaalFelden Jazzfest (Austria). 2019 NYSCA fellowship recipient Val Jeanty has worked with a diverse array of artists including Anthony Braxton, Andrew Cyrille, and the a late great Geri Allen. Other highlights include "Fascinating Her Resilence" a Wesleyan Univeristy commissioned multimedia performance collaboration with professor Gina Ulysse and Afro-Cuban bassist Yosvany Terry on his Grammy nominated ablum "New Throned King."
Yoshiko Chuma & Company
(with Miriam Parker, Emily Marie Pope, Emily Bartsch, Zaybra)
Yoshiko Chuma ( conceptual artist , choreographer/ Artistic director of The School of Hard knocks ), a firebrand in the post-modern dance scene of New York City since 1980s, has been consistently producing thought-provoking work that is neither dance nor theatre nor film nor any other predetermined category. She is an artist on her own Journey. The school of Hard knocks , more fully titled was in 1983 . She was inspired and interested by that name in American idioms during her early days in the United States.
More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshiko_Chuma