Read Ohio: Janice Lowe, author of Leaving CLE: Poems of nomadic dispersal
Mon. 7/24/17, 7-9pm Bop Stop at the Music Settlement, 2920 Detroit Ave, Cleve.
$: FREE; Donations accepted
2017's Cleveland Inkubator week kicks off with a musical performance, author talk and reading with Janice Lowe, author of Leaving CLE: Poems of Nomadic Dispersal. Lowe will be performing with a full band. In partnership with Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library.
Janice A. Lowe is a composer, poet and performer of music text hybrids. She is the author of LEAVING CLE poems of nomadic dispersal (Miami University Press,) and the chapbook SWAM, a short play (Belladonna Series.) Her poems have been published in Callaloo, Best American Experimental Writing 2016, The Poetry ProjectOnline, Pre) Conceivable Bridges, American Poetry Review, Resist Much/Obey Little, Radiant Re-Sisters, The Hat and on a digital album with Drew Gardner’s Poetics Orchestra. She participated in the Renga for Obama project, The Broadside Series at Center for Book Arts and as a writer-in residence with Melted Away’s American Dream installation at Transformer Station. Janice composed the opera Dusky Alice as well as the musical Lil Budda, (Text by Stephanie L. Jones,) which was presented at the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theater Conference and in the National Alliance for Musical Theater Festival of New Works. She is also the composer of the musicals Sit-In at the Five & Dime, (Words by Marjorie Duffield) and of the musicals Somewhere in Texas, and Langston & Zora (Book and Lyrics by Charles E. Drew, Jr.) She was commissioned to create musical settings of the Millie-Christine poems from the Pulitzer Prize winning collection Olio, by Tyehimba Jess. Janice has composed for and music directed plays including Liza Jessie Peterson’s Chiron’s Homgurl Healer Howls, 12th and Clairmont by Jenni Lamb and Door of No Return by Nehassaiu DeGannes. She is a co-founder of both The Dark Room Collective and absolute theater co. As a pianist-vocalist, she records and performs with several bands including w/o a net, HAGL and Digital Diaspora. She is currently recording an album with her trio, Janice Lowe & NAMAROON. Janice has taught Poetry and Performance at Purchase College and in the Jack Kerouac School’s Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. She holds an MFA in composition from New York University-Musical Theater Writing.
Yohann Potico grew up in a West Indian family in France. He brings a distinctive perspective to his bass playing, producing and composing by blending an eclectic mix of influences--ranging from soul and jazz to funk and trip hop—with a unique melodic approach. He performed and recorded with Brooklyn-based independent rock trio California King from 2007 to 2014. With California King, he recorded and co-wrote tracks on three albums--Adoration of theBoogie Bear, 2008, La Belle Epoque 2010, and Sankofa, 2015.
Maury A. Haymore, born in Cleveland, Ohio has been a musician all of his life. While he is also a talented singer, pianist and hand-drum player, his true passion places him squarely behind a drum set. He has played in New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C. as well as in the south of France. While his musical roots are in Jazz and Jazz/Rock fusion, Maury easily speaks many musical languages including, Latin, Funk, R&B, Rock, Blues, Soul and others. Maury enjoys a variety of musical challenges and “never lets music become a job.” To see and hear him perform proves that Maury has remained true to keeping music as source of joy and artistic creativity.
Janice Lowe & Namaroon “play” Leaving CLE
Leaving CLE poems of nomadic dispersal, which traces a Black family’s migration and reverse migration is performed as a song cycle with groove.
Leaving CLE has been performed in venues including:
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, The Center for Book Arts, Cleveland State University, Miami University, Xavier University, New York City Poetry Festival, Berl’s Poetry Book Shop, Mac’s Bac’s Books, Torn Page Poetry Parlor, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Free Library of Philadelphia, University of New Haven, Stillman College, and The Poetry Project.
Guest Musicians have included Meredith Wright-Voice, Gregory Cage-Guitar, Shawn Banks-Percussions, Howard Alper-Drums, Maury Haymore-Drums, Kevin Carnes-Drums, and Paul Van Curen-Guitar.