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Jazz Poetry Concert 2015

September 12, 2015 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm


City of Asylum Pittsburgh presents its 11th Annual Jazz Poetry Concert on September 12th, 2015 from 7:45 – 9:45 p.m. The concert will be held in West Park, near the National Aviary, to accommodate its ever-expanding audience. It will take place under a tent, rain or shine. As always, it is free to the public.

This year’s performers include…

Vijay Iyer & Vijay Iyer Trio (Vijay Iyer, Stephan Crump, and Marcus Gilmore)

Jazz Poetry Collaborations

Vijay Iyer
Oliver Lake


Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box (Penguin 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn (Penguin 2015) is his most recent collection of poems.

mchugh_300x335-300x335Heather McHugh is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including Eyeshot, which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, and Hinge and Sign, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and her work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2006, and is currently the Millman Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle.

harrisHarris Khalique,based in Islamabad,Pakistan, is a critically acclaimed and internationally recognized poet in Urdu and English. He has eight collections of verseand a book of creative non-fiction behind him. Some of his Urdu and English poems with German translation are available on the prestigious poetry website www.lyrikline.com hosted in Berlin. He has also composed a few poems in Punjabi. His collections of poetry, Ishq Ki Taqveem Mein (Urdu) and Between You and Your Love (English) were particularly well received. He also won the ‘UBL Literary Excellence Award 2013’ in the category of Urdu poetry for his collection of verse Melay Mein (Urdu). The view from his window was sketched by celebrated Italian artist and architect, Matteo Pericoli, and included with Khalique’s corresponding write-up in a publication from Penguin US in November 2014.

Graphic Novelist

Shamisa Debroey graduated in 2011 from the infamous Sint Lukas Brussels under the supervision of Johan Stuyck, head of publishing house Oogachtend, publishing house of Brecht Evens’s ‘The Making of’. She received an MA in Comics and finished top of her class. Mentored by Randall C., she worked on her first graphic novel ‘Verdwaald’, merging the autobiographical with her lively imagination. ‘Verdwaald’ is published by Oog&Blik/De Bezige Bij in October 2013 in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Musician Bios:
Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer (pronounced “VID-jay EYE-yer”) was described by Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today,” by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star,” and by Minnesota Public Radio as “an American treasure.” He was named DownBeat Magazine‘s 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University.

The New York Times observes, “There’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer.” Iyer has released twenty albums covering remarkably diverse terrain, most recently for the ECM label. The latest include Break Stuff (2015), with a coveted five-star rating in DownBeat Magazine, featuring the Vijay Iyer Trio, hailed by PopMatters as “the best band in jazz”; Mutations (2014), featuring Iyer’s music for piano, string quartet and electronics, which “extends and deepens his range… showing a delicate, shimmering, translucent side of his playing” (Chicago Tribune); and Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (2014), “his most challenging and impressive work, the scintillating score to a compelling film by Prashant Bhargava” (DownBeat), performed by International Contemporary Ensemble and released on DVD and BluRay.

OLIVER LAKE (Saxophone) is the musical curator of Jazz Poetry and has appeared in each concert since 2005, with different accompanying musicians– including the World Saxophone Quartet, his own Jazz Quintet, and Flux Chamber Quartet. Composer, musician, poet, painter and performance artist, Lake is a featured artist on more than 50 recordings. He is an explosively unpredictable soloist, known for his piercing, bluesy saxophone trademark. He has created chamber pieces for the Arditti and Flux String Quartets, arranged music for Bjork, Lou Reed and A Tribe Called Quest, collaborated with poets Amiri Baraka and Ntozake Shange, choreographers Ron Brown and Marlies Yearby and actress/author Anna Devere Smith. He is co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet and Trio 3 and leads his Organ Quartet and Big Band.

Grammy-nominated, Memphis-bred bassist/composer Stephan Crump is a rising light on the New York music scene. As collaborator with mainstream jazz luminaries, downtown explorers, singer/songwriters and others, he has become known for the elegance and purposeful groove of his acoustic and electric bass playing, and for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity with magnetic pull on audiences. As a composer, he is emerging as a singular voice.

Shunning barriers of musical genre, Stephan has performed and recorded in the US and across the globe with a diverse list of musicians- from Motown legends Ashford and Simpson to Portishead’s Dave McDonald, The Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano, Jim Campilongo, Patti Austin, Jorma Kaukonen, Lucy Kaplansky, Mahavishnu Project, Big Ass Truck, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Sonny Fortune, Bobby Previte, and late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland.

Currently, Stephan can be heard as a long-standing member of Vijay Iyer Trio, Jen Chapin Trio, Ches Smith Trio, Secret Keeper, and his own Rosetta Trio.

MARCUS GILMORE: This young jazz drummer is used to being part of a famous drumming family as it was his grandfather, jazz legend and fellow Zildjian artist, Roy Haynes who gave Marcus his first drumset at age ten. Now, at just 21 years old, Marcus has the resume one would expect to see of a drummer decades older. He has performed with Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, John Clayton, Chick Corea, Ray Barretto, Branford Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon, Roy Hargrove, Christian Scott, and Ravi Coltrane, among many others.



September 12, 2015
7:45 pm - 9:45 pm


Karen Simpson


West Park, Near the National Aviary
Pittsburgh, 15212 United States + Google Map
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