2/18/17 Imani Uzuri In Transit: Love Story – Songs of Laughter, Loss, and Resilience

Joe’s Pub

Advance Price: $15
Door Price: $20

Doors at 6PM
Show at 7:30PM

Joe’s Pub at The Public and The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit present Imani Uzuri’s Love Story: Songs of Laughter, Loss and Resilience, a concert of the composer’s original music, both her own independent material and work composed for the latter program’s fall 2016 production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Mobile Unit continues The Public’s commitment to bring free Shakespeare to communities with limited or no access to the arts by taking plays on tour to correctional facilities, homeless shelters, social service organizations and more. Part of the Mobile Unit and Joe’s Pub’s collaborative series, In Transit, Uzuri’s show will tour, Monday-Friday, February 6-10, to community venues, and culminate with a show at Joe’s Pub on Saturday, February 18 at 7:30PM.

Recently praised in The New York Times for her “stirring” music and her “gorgeously chesty ruminations,” Uzuri is a composer, musician and vocalist known for her multi-faceted, earthy and enveloping compositions. For the Mobile Unit’s production of Hamlet, director Patricia McGregor worked with Uzuri to use music to give texture and depth to the characters and scenes in the play. This collaboration was particularly poignant to Uzuri, who was a Park Avenue Armory Artist-in-Residence in 2015-2016, and maintains a close relationship with Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a women’s mental health shelter located at the Armory.

Imani Uzuri is a vocalist, composer and cultural worker who has been called “a post modernist Bessie Smith” by The Village Voice. She composes music that celebrate her rural North Carolina roots where she grew up singing Spirituals and line-singing hymns with her grandmother and extended family. Time Out New York said, “[Imani Uzuri] never fails to mesmerize audiences with her narcotic blend of…ethereal sounds.”

Called “stunning” by New York Magazine, her compositions for bands, choral ensembles, chamber orchestra, musical theater, theater and solo voice include influences from her travels around the world. Uzuri’s most recent album, The Gypsy Diaries, draws on her roots as well as influences ranging from Sufi devotionals to Romany laments. The Village Voice said, “With a voice that would sound equally at home on an opera stage or a disco 12-inch, Imani Uzuri is a constant surprise…seamlessly combining jazz, classical, country and blues motifs into highly personalized compositions.”

Uzuri composed and co-wrote lyrics for her new musical GIRL Shakes Loose, which was selected for the 2016 O’Neill National Music Theater Conference. She was a Park Avenue Armory Artist-In-Residence in 2015-2016 and was recently awarded a Map Fund to begin composing her contemporary opera Hush Arbor. In 2016, Uzuri made her Lincoln Center American Songbook debut as well as being a featured performer on BET for Black Girls Rock. Recently, she was composer for two Public Theater productions: Public Works’s Troy and the Mobile Unit’s Hamlet. She is currently a 2016-17 Jerome Foundation Composer/Sound Artist Fellow.

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Poetry Event featuring Alumnus Tongo Eisen-Martin

Poetry2016-4-20

 4/20/16 6 PM – 7:55 PM

Over the Eight

594 Union Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

The Ecstasy & The Ecstasy is excited to present:
Tongo Eisen-Martin
erica lewis
Morgan Parker
Jason Kirk

Please join us in celebrating these amazing poets!

3 out of town & one local reader feature:

Born in San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker, educator, and poet who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He is the author of “someone’s dead already” 2015. He has educated in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California’s San Quentin State Prison. His work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He was also adjunct faculty at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York. Subscribing to the Freirian model of education, he designed curricula for oppressed people’s education projects from San Francisco to South Africa. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. He uses his craft to create liberated territory wherever he performs and teaches. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS.

erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist and curates the john oates house reading series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various anthologies and journals. Books include the precipice of jupiter, camera obscura (both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein) and murmur in the inventory. daryl hall is my boyfriend, book one in the box set trilogy, is just out from Barrelhouse; mary wants to be a superwoman, book two, is forthcoming from Third Man Books in 2017. Recent chapbooks include publications from Ypolita Press and Lame House Press; chapbooks are forthcoming in 2016 from Belladonna, Lark Press, and After Hours/The Song Cave. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, forthcoming from Tin House Books in 2017. Morgan is Cave Canem graduate fellow, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and poetry editor for The Offing. She also co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. www.morgan-parker.com

Jason Kirk is an award-winning poet and editor, and the author of A Fabulous Hag in Purple on the Moor, The Other Whites in South Africa, and Reverb, as well as the composer of The Mirror of Simple Souls, an opera collaboration with librettist and poet Anne Carson. His most recent publication is a narrative poem about a wheelchair-bound mermaid who works in an adult-video store in Southern California, which appears in the story anthology Phantasma. He lives in Seattle.

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