Event Announcement: Where Words Meet Music, January 9, 2011 at 4PM


SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.

The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens


Barbara Blatner

Jerome Kitzke

Neil Rolnick

Join Sunday Best on Sunday, January 9 for an exploration of the intersections between literature, language, and music:

Composer/playwright/song writer/pianist Barbara Blatner will perform her one-act musical Betty and Mortie with singers Mary Liz McNamara and Anthony Moore. Blatner is a playwright, poet and composer. This fall, New York Quarterly Books published her verse memoir The Still Position and in 2011 will bring out a second full-length poetry collection, Living With You. Her play Years of Sky is being developed by Scripts Up!  Her verse play No Start Shines Sharper was published by Baker’s Plays and has aired repeatedly on National Public Radio stations.

Composer Neil Rolnick will perform “Making Light of It,” a song cycle based on poems by Philip Levine. Rolnick will perform on laptop computer and will be joined by baritone Robert Osborne. A pioneer in the use of computers in performance, Neil Rolnick’s music has been performed around the world and appears on 16 CDs. Whether working with electronic sounds, improvisation or multimedia, his music has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.”

Composer/pianist Jerome Kitzke will perform “The Green Automobile,” a setting for amplified speaking pianist of Allen Ginsberg’s 1953 poem from Reality Sandwiches. Kitzke will also perform settings of Ginsberg’s “Song” from Howl and Other Poems and “Hum Bom!” from The Fall of America. Jerome Kitzke was born in Milwaukee in 1955 and has lived in New York City since 1984. His music arises from the North American landscape and celebrates vitality in its purest forms, thriving on the spirit of driving jazz, Plains Indian song and Beat Generation poetry, where freedom and ritual converge. It is direct, dramatic and visceral, always with an ear to the sacred ground. Often political and always topical, his music aims at revealing the heart of what it means to be an American early in the twenty-first century, especially as it relates to how we live on this land and the way we came to live on it. His music has been played around the world and can be found on the Innova, Mode and New World record labels, as well as on iTunes. His current commission is “Buffalo Nation (Bison bison)” for Present Music. Kitzke’s music is published by Peer Music in New York City and Hamburg.


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