johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,

This Thursday


I'm excited about this:

Robert Creeley will be reading his poetry and Steve Lacy will be playing his saxophone this Thursday at MIT, 7:30 PM Killian Hall (14W-111).

Robert Creeley is an amazing poet, with a relatively minimalist, sparse style. He pays more attention than most to sound. Maybe I'll put up an example later. I've seen him read a number of times, as he came by Naropa frequently while I was there.

Steve Lacy is a jazz saxophone player who has played alongside many of the greats, including Thelonius Monk. He's been a close friend to the Beat and avant-garde poetry communities, collaborating on many works. He's known for his work on "jazz art songs", which take the words of written texts and set them to music. He's done works by Ginsberg, Buckminster Fuller, and plenty of others. I was lucky enough to have a workshop with him during one of Naropa's summer programs. I also saw him perform here last year at the Regattabar. I'm curious what he'll focus on, if it will be the jazz art songs or his "normal" jazz. I have a vague memory of him and Creeley having collaborated in the past, but I can't remember the specifics.

So if you like poetry or jazz, or like them together, you might want to check this out. Now don't everyone get there before me and fill up all the seats. It's funny to me, the idea of going to MIT to see some jazz. I sure hope we don't wake up the nanotech.

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