Jazz Poetry Month: Sara Serpa “Encounters & Collisions”

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Portuguese vocalist-composer Sara Serpa presents her new work "Encounters and Collisions," a commission from Chamber Music America. The project draws inspiration from Somali-Italian writer Igiaba Scego's book "My Home is Where I Am."
"Encounters & Collisions" combines music, text, images and media to reflect on ideas of identity and migration influenced by Scego’s writings on the post-colonial relationships between African and Europe.

Jazz Poetry Month: Lucian Ban “Ways of Disappearing”

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Lucian Ban is a pre-eminent improvising jazz pianist originally from Transylvania, Romania. He joins Jazz Poetry 2022 to perform his newly released album of solo piano music, Ways of Disappearing, his first unaccompanied solo album. 
Ban has become known for his amalgamations of Transylvanian folk with improvisation, for his combining of 20th Century European classical music with jazz, and for his pursuit of a modern chamber jazz ideal.
Featuring collaborations with poets Yuriy Tarnawsky (Ukraine), Dmitry Bykov (Russia), Jorge Olivera Castillo (Cuba), Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (Mexico)

Jazz Poetry Month: Mara Rosenbloom Bone Labyrinth Trio

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Pianist, composer, & bandleader Mara Rosenbloom has been called “a whole-hearted poet of the piano,” – she is a builder & a synthesist; a fiercely lyrical composer & improviser (All About Jazz). Mara Rosenbloom travels back to City of Asylum for her newest project of original work. 
Featuring collaborations with poets Patricia Jabbeh-Wesley (Liberia), and Airea D. Matthews (US)

Jazz Poetry Month: James Brandon Lewis Trio

James Brandon Lewis returns to City of Asylum following 2-crowd favorite evenings in Jazz Poetry 2021, including the performance of his album Jesop’s Wagon, named a NYTimes 2021 Best Album of the Year. The James Brandon Lewis trio was established with one goal in mind: to chase energy!  Their music is gritty, funky, and explosive and seeks to combine jazz with other genres from hip-hop to punk rock. 
Featuring collaborations with poet Tuhin Das (Bangladesh) and Aurielle Marie (US).

Steel City GrandSlam

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

The Steel City Slam is bringing the city’s top 13 poets together to battle it out at City Of Asylum. This is the poetry show we wait ALL year for! The top 4 scoring poets from this annual GRAND SLAM show will create a team to represent the Steel City in a regional tournament and the Steel City Team plans to bring BRING THE HEAT!  

A New Side of Dwayne Dolphin: Off Minor Jazz Series

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Pittsburgh-born bassist Dwayne Dolphin is a world-class acoustic and electric bassist, but in the late 1990s, Dwayne began playing the electric piccolo bass, an instrument rarely outside the R&B funk setting. This Off Minor concert features Dwayne playing his electric piccolo bass in a straight ahead, acoustic jazz setting, something he's never done before!

In-Dialogue series Presented by the #notwhite Collective

City of Asylum @ Home

The #notwhite collective in-Dialogue series features conversations with BIPOC, AALANA, indigenous and immigrant artists and arts administrators.
The series reimagines the past and present history of the arts sector by engaging and presenting the wealth of experience, strategies, and tactics of the global majority, notwhite descendants, inheritors of colonialism, indigenous and immigrants who navigate a predominantly white arts sector. 
June’s program features artists: Staycee Pearl and Kuldeep Singh

Jazz Harpists: The music of Dorothy Ashby

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Yoko Suzuki has created a brand new series of jazz concerts at City of Asylum that combine her saxophone skills with her expertise in ethnomusicology. This year Yoko explores the history of female jazz harpists / composers and the rarely heard contributions they made to the jazz scene. The first concert in a series of three spotlights the music of Dorothy Ashby. 

Illegal Crowns

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Join us for the US debut tour of Illegal Crowns, a collective quartet that brings together the long-time collaborative trio of guitarist Mary Halvorson, drummer Tomas Fujiwara, and cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum with the French pianist Benoît Delbecq. All four artists are critically recognized as leading figures in contemporary music, and have created multiple original compositions written specifically for this group. 

Cave Canem Faculty Readings

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Each June since 2010, City of Asylum has been home to Cave Canem's annual reading to coincide with the week-long Cave Canem Retreat, their long-standing flagship program.  This year we are thrilled to welcome Cave Canem back in person to read and celebrate, featuring an evening of poetry with 2022 retreat faculty. 

Actors Talk August Presented by August Wilson House: Brenden Peifer and Melessie Clark

City of Asylum @ Home

This is an unusual interview for Actors Talk August: a duo of young actors just finishing their first August Wilson play. Brenden Peifer and Melessie Clark are playing Sterling and Risa in “Two Trains Running,” directed by Justin Emeka at Pittsburgh Public Theater (through June 19). Their first encounter with August Wilson traditions, characters and an experienced cast feeds plenty of thought by two lively, smart, responsive professionals just starting their August Wilson journeys.

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