Edmund White has written over twenty books. He is perhaps best known for his biography of Frenchwriter Jean Genet, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Heis also the author of a trilogy of autobiographical novels: A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony. His most recentnovel is Jack Holmes and His Friend.A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he teaches writing at Princeton and lives in New York City.
Susanna Moore's earliest three novels make up a Hawaiian trilogy --- the first book, My Old Sweetheart, published in 1983,won the PEN Hemingway Citation and the Prize for First Fiction from theAmerican Academy of Arts and Letters. She has written a memoir of her childhoodin Hawaii; a commonplace book about the sea; a novel, In the Cut, about a murder in NewYork; and a novel set in 19th-century India. Her last novel, The Big Girls, takes place in awomen's prison and is currently being adapted into a film for HBO. Ms. Moorewas awarded a prize for Literary Achievement by the American Academy of Artsand Letters in 1999. She has been teaching Creative Writing since 1988.
David McConnell is the author of the acclaimed novel, The Silver Hearted, 2010. Edmund White called it “a perfect work of art.” PatrickMcGrath hailed him as “the most intriguing, original and exotic writer I’vecome across in years.” His short fiction and journalism have appeared widely inmagazines and anthologies, including The Literary Review (UK), Granta and Prospect Magazine (UK). His novel The Firebrat came out in 2003. Hisnewest book (Akashic, March, 2013) will be ground-breaking non-fiction, a reappraisal and narratives of hate crimes to be called American Honor Killings, ecstasies of violence and crazed sexual dignity among young men. He’s also co-chair ofthe Lambda Literary Foundation. He lives in New York City.
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As a member of the Microscopic Septet in the 1980s and early 1990s, Shapiro was part of a small but vibrant community of jazz musicians who refused to submit to the narrow, neoconservative ethos of the day, and chose instead to celebrate the entire tradition, from early swing to the avant-garde. You can hear that joyous open-mindedness in all of Shapiro's subsequent work, including his two previous albums for John Zorn's Tzadik label, Midnight Minyan and It's in the Twilight, which subject traditional synagogue melodies to a variety of treatments, from rhythm and blues to modal jazz.
Lorette Velvette : vocals, guitar
Charlie Burnham : vocals, violin
Dave Soldier : banjo & violin
Dog (Mark Deffenbaugh) : guitar
Alex Greene : bass drum
Jonathan Kane : snare drum
with possible guests Bob Neuwirth and Ron Franklin from Memphis
"In 1994, inspired by the fife-and-drum blues of northern Mississippi and the bluegrass inventor Bill Monroe, the iconoclastic downtown composer and scientist Dave Soldier (he's a professor of neurology at Columbia) formed the Kropotkins, named after the Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin. While the group is conventional by the standards of some of Soldier's other projects (he once created enormous instruments for a group of Thai elephants to play), it can nonetheless seamlessly weave a Charles Ives cover into a set of soulful, if sometimes angular, country- or blues-tinged originals."
---- The New Yorker
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4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.
This month, The Liar Show welcomes Peter Aguero (BTK Band; Moth Grandslam Champion), Giulia Rossi (Stripped Stories), Steven Berkowitz (Writer; The Moth), and Erin Barker (Producer, The Story Collider).
Hosted by Andy Christie (NY Times; The Moth Radio Hour)
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In the early 1970’s, John Adams began to write music that combined his interest in American popular music, the classics, and electronics. Inspired by the waveform transformation that occurs in a modulating circuit, Adams set out to write music “as if the piano was a generator of waveforms,” by using loops, phasing, and algorithmic devices. Pianist Jeff Lankov will perform Adams’ first exploration into minimalism, the revolutionary Phrygian Gates; as well as his “manic, bipolar scherzo,”American Berserk.
Waves are at the heart of what Ken Perlin does. Ken, who directs the NYU Games for Learning Institute, is an Academy Award winning computer scientist at NYU’s Media Research Laboratory who has created a goodly number of the techniques used in today's cinema. His interests include animation with personality, realistic textures, and educational computer games. For this event, he will be creating original graphically animated work inspired by Jeff's interpretation of John Adams' music.
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In 2011 he recorded “Shapes”, his first album as a bandleader with his quintet, featuring saxophonist Adam Larson, Fabian Almazan, Luques Curtis and his brother Bastian Weinhold on drums.
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Amy Holman is the author of the poetry collections, Wrens Fly Through This Opened Window and Wait For Me, I'm Gone. Recent publications include Zocalo Public Square, The Same, and the anthology, Token Entry: Poems Celebrating the NYC Subway. She works as a literary consultant, and lives in Brooklyn.
Mervyn Taylor is a Trinidad-born poet who divides his time between Brooklyn, NY, and his island home. He has taught at Bronx Community College, The New School, and in the New York City public school system. He is the author of four volumes of poetry: An Island of His Own, The Goat, and Gone Away, all from Junction Press, and a recent collection, No Back Door (Shearsman Books, 2010).
Jay Chollick has had extensive feature readings in NYC and environs—out-of-state as well. Appears frequently on TV and Radio; has been extensively published in prominent literary journals and is a recipient of many awards
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"bona fide bach star" - TimeOut New York
Evan Shinners is becoming known as the voice of Bach for today's generation. Unconcerned with preconceptions of how bach should be played, or with conventions of what a finished recording should sound like, this wildly talented pianist and 2010 Juilliard graduate released @bach (december 2011 on new cull records), a compilation of two live, unedited performances recorded at Juilliard and Rockefeller University. The Huffington Post hailed @bach as "essential, one of the brattiest Bach recordings to come along since Glenn Gould himself."
Shinners currently performs 'all-bach' recitals throughout the United States, has made three tours of Taiwan, and has played in Europe and Canada over the last two summers. In January 2011, Shinners was seen and heard by over 10,000 Museum of Modern Art attendees during his residency at MoMA's "stop, repair, prepare: variations on ode to joy for prepared piano." Shinners was interviewed by CBS "eye on new york" and a review of the cover of The New York Times arts section declared, "Evan Shinners attacked the score with a bravura that might have pleased Liszt."
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Shinners began playing piano at age 9 and gave his orchestral debut at age 12. He holds undergrad and Masters degrees from Juilliard where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. When he is not playing bach, Shinners can be found writing poetry and a novel, or playing rock in Brooklyn warehouses with his Julliard colleagues.
Now residing in Manhattan, San Francisco native Anne Rainwater is a multi-talented artist
known for her compelling interpretations of music from Bach to Zorn. An active freelancer and
teacher, Anne has appeared at The Kennedy Center, Le Poisson Rouge, the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, and the Galapagos Art Space, amongst others. In April 2010, she presented Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotique with the TACTUS ensemble. Other recent varied appearances include a trio performance at Mass MOCA, a concerto premiere at UC San Diego, a live radio appearance on
KZYX’s “The Mind of the Composer,” a residency at Louisiana State University, and recital
appearances at the Mendocino Music Festival and with the Nevada County Composers
Cooperative. She was also profiled in the inaugural issue of Siren: Rock’s First Magazine for
Women. Anne holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in Contemporary Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She has taught at the University of Miami and Marin Academy High School in California and is currently on faculty at Music Wise and the Riverdale Music Studio. Anne has recorded for Oberlin Conservatory’s Aural Capacity Series, as well as for Cat Crisis and Bourbon Thomas Records. When not at the piano, she can be found training for her next marathon, playing with her cat Ernie, reading fiction, or experimenting in the kitchen.
Slash Coleman is a professional storyteller best known for his award winning PBS special and off-Broadway production, “The Neon Man and Me.” He was recently featured at The International Storytelling Center, The National Storytelling Festival, and Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival. He is personal perspectives blogger for Psychology Today (His column is called “The Bohemian Love Diaries”) and a regular contributor to Storytelling Magazine.
Kurt Gerstmann had what the Chinese call an "interesting" life. A refugee at the age of one (Nazi Germany) he was smuggled out of Germany by nuns and spent time as a young boy in the Israeli Underground and Army. He ended up in Switzerland in a Medical school. A professional lifetime in Pathology (he's retired but volunteers time in NYU and Bellevue) provides the background to his stories some of which he told previously at the Cornelia Street Cafe.
Dave Lester is a Brooklyn-based kick-ass comedian and storyteller
Sherryl Marshall is a New York singer who has worn many musical hats in her career. She has recorded or performed live with everyone from Gloria Gaynor, Leslie Gore, Darlene Love, Chubby Checker to Peter Wolf, Southside Johnny, Johnny Rivers, Lou Gramm of Foreigner to Black 47, RuPaul, Al Kooper, Albert Collins to Joni Mitchell, Jane Siberry, Valerie Simpson, Ashford & Simpson, The Klezmatics and a host of others. She was a regular member of the Buster Poindexter show for ten years. She has sung her original compositions with many different New York bands over the years and her show "The Life and Times of Sherita Marshone the Argentine Bombshelter" was performed at the famous Bottom Line and the fabulous BAM cafe.
Susan Neuffer’s sordid past includes late nights singing and playing bass at CBGB’s with original rock bands, and graduate school at Harvard. She will be appearing as sweet Auntie Julia in Hedda Gabler later this month. She has appeared in independent films, web projects, musicals, and plays. Susan's also presented many solo cabaret shows. She made a respectable showing on Jeopardy! in 2010. Films include Work it Out, Red Tape, No Direction, and 8:46.
Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Town, The Westside Spirit, and A Prairie Home Companion. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on public radio’s “This American Life,” and has columns in NearSay.com & AskaNewYorker.com. He was featured in Public TV Ch 13’s “Baseball: A New York Love Story.”
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Lynn Emanuel's latest book, NOOSE AND HOOK, is published by the University of Pittsburgh Press Poetry Series.
Chard deNiord's last two books, Night Mowin (2005) and The Double Truth (2011) were published by U of Pittsburgh Press. He is a professor of English at Providence College and the co- founder of the New England College MFA program in poetry.
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