Event Announcement: Words and Music Once Again, Sunday, April 3rd, 4PM

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Words and Music Once Again

And the Dreaded Return of Mik and Gilles

Sunday, April 3rd at 4:00 p.m.

The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens

Join the Sunday Best Reading Series on April 3rd at 4PM for a program of poetry and music.  The afternoon’s performers include two unique musical duos: the stand-up poetry and guitar team of Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine, and Duo Fortuna, a  classical-experimental group featuring  Charles Ramsey on guitar and Leslie Purcell Upchurch on piano.  The program will also include a tribute to the poet Phil Miller who died in February 2011.  Duo Fortuna will provide musical accompaniment as Phil’s friends and fellow poets Patricia Brody and Nicholas Johnson read selections of his work.

As always, this event will take place in The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 116 Pinehurst Avenue (at West 183rd Street) in Washington Heights.   A suggested contribution of $7 will cover admission to the event, attendance at the after-reception to meet the performers, and drinks and snacks.

Mikhail Horowitz + Gilles Malkine

Mik and Gilles

Stand-up poet Mikhail Horowitz and unapologetically French guitarist Gilles Malkine have been performing together since 1989. They perpetrate increasingly unlawful acts of political satire and recycle literary classics, adapting them to rap, blues, bop, hip-hop, high-tech hillbilly, and other even scruffier musical idioms. They also spoof or pay backhanded homage to various subgenres of American roots music.  To see Mik and Gilles in action, check out this YouTube video.

“Horowitz does with the English language what Jim Carrey does with his face. His rap versions of the classics, his language games, and the irresponsible relationship between him and his guitar-totin’ accomplice, Gilles Malkine, are a full-fledged delight. . . .” — Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach)

Mikhail Horowitz

Mikhail Horowitz is the author of Big League Poets (City Lights, 1978) and two collections of poetry, The Opus of Everything in Nothing Flat (Outloud/Red Hill, 1993) and Rafting Into the Afterlife (Codhill Press, 2007). His CD of jazz fables, The Blues of the Birth, is available from Sundazed Records. He and Malkine have two CDs: Live, Jive, and Over 45 and Poor, On Tour, and Over 54. They are available at cdbaby.

Gilles Malkine

Gilles Malkine performed at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969 as a member of Tim Hardin’s band. He has recorded with Hardin, Billy Faier, John Sebastian, and his mother, Sonia Malkine, the world’s preeminent collector and interpreter of traditional Breton folksongs. He plays guitar, bass, and fiddle, and several of his compositions have been performed in recital by the classical pianist Justin Kolb.

Duo Fortuna: Charles Ramsey + Leslie Upchurch

Duo Fortuna

Duo Fortuna‘s approach to music can best be summed up as “planned improvisations.”  Their music makes conscious use of modern classical idioms (such as those of Bartok, Schoenberg, Debussy), as well as jazz and other world musics, and makes some explorations in the electronic realm.  You can hear some of DuoFortuna’s music on their MySpace page.

“Like electric Debussy….” — Blaise Siwula, curator of C.O.M.A. at ABC No-Rio

Charles Ramsey

Charles Ramsey holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. He has given solo recitals in New York as well as in the Midwest and Japan. In addition to Duo Fortuna, his current projects include playing with Australian singer/songwriter Sadhak Hearst in the band Kuki. He is also a member of the classical guitar-flute ensemble Duo Nanashi with flutist Yuuki Koike. In addition, Ramsey maintains his own fusion ensemble, the New York City Pop Band.  Occasionally he scores music for very short films.

Leslie Upchurch

Leslie Purcell Upchurch is a classically trained musician with a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has worked with freestyle improvisation since her undergraduate training at Carnegie-Mellon University. Upchurch is a a Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher and has appeared as a guest artist with the Open Music Ensemble, as well as for various theater productions.

Tribute to Phil Miller

“Sometimes, reading the poetry of Philip Miller is like viewing the etchings of M.C. Escher. You can’t just look, or read; you’re drawn in.” —Martin Mitchell

Phil Miller

Philip Miller taught at Kansas City (KS) Community College and directed the Riverfront Reading Series in Kansas City. He more recently had lived in Mount Union, PA, where he edited The Same and co-directed the Aughwick Poet and Writers Reading Series. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Coal City Review, Cottonwood, Gargoyle, Home Planet News, the I-70 Review, Kansas Quarterly, Literary Magazine Review, Mid-American Review, New Letters, Poetry, Poetry Wales, Rattapallax, and Thorny Locust. His sixth book of poems, The Casablanca Fan, was published in 2008 by Spartan Press. He co-edited the ghost-poem anthology Chance of a Ghost, from Helicon Nine Editions. His forthcoming collection, The Ghost of Everyday and Other Poems, will be published by Spartan Press, Kansas City, MO, this spring.

Patricia Brody

Patricia Brody s first poetry collection, American Desire, was selected  by Finishing Line Books for a 2009 New Women’s Voices Award. Her second collection, Dangerous to Know, is due out from Salmon Poetry (Ireland) in 2012. Her work has appeared in Big City Lit, Western Humanities Review,  Barrow Street, The Paris Review, on Poetry Daily, and in the anthology (co edited by Philip Miller) Chance of a Ghost. Brody teaches Seeking Your Voice: a Poetry Workshop,  at Barnard College Center for Women. She has received two Pushcart nominations and two Academy of American Poets prizes.

Nicholas Johnson

Nicholas Johnson is co-founder and editor of  BigCityLit.com, an online literary magazine.  He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of The Lyric Recovery Festival Award 2000 at Carnegie Hall.  He has taught creative writing for many years at the Payne Whitney Clinic and The Lighthouse in New York City. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Pivot, Rattapallax, The Journal, The Same, and the anthology Chance of a Ghost. His chapbook, Degrees of Freedom, is available from Bright Hill Press.

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