Saturday, August 2, 2008

Farfalla Press & Fast Speaking Music present: Matching Half with Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye and Akilah Oliver

Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, Akilah Oliver

Internationally celebrated Beat performance artist and poet Anne Waldman, and poet-performer Akilah Oliver join musician/composer Ambrose Bye in an exciting new album, mixing poetry and experimental music. These original compositions & soundscapes bring a new dynamic to ‘spoken word’. 10 fat tracks.

Anne Waldman is a poet, performer, editor, Beat-archivist, magpie scholar, professor and cultural activist. She has read and performed all over the world - from Berlin to Mumbai, from Tokyo to Beijing, from Rome to Prague, from Caracas to Bali, Indonesia. She is the co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the legendary Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado where she is the Artistic Director of it’s Summer Writing Program. Waldman traveled with Allen Ginsberg during his lifetime to many international festivals and was also poet in-residence - with Ginsberg - in Bob Dylan’s historic Rolling Thunder Revue. Her poem “Fast Speaking Woman” is on the soundtrack of Dylan’s movie, “Renaldo & Clara”. Ginsberg referred to Waldman as his “spiritual wife”. She is the author of over 40 books of poetry and her work has been published in Rolling Stone, Bomb, The Nation, The Beat Scene (London) and has been translated into French, Italian, Czech, Spanish, and Chinese.

“She’s the fastest, wisest woman to run with the wolves in some time” – Ken Tucker, The New York Times.

Ambrose Bye, musician (keyboard, guitar, voice) and composer, son of poets Anne Waldman and Reed Bye, grew up in the environment of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, counting Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs as “poetic” godfathers. He graduated from The University of California, Santa Cruz and currently studies in the music/production program at the Pyramind Institute in San Francisco. Bye has performed on stage with Anne Waldman and Bob Holman in New York’s Issue Project Room, a program that included Steve Buscemi reading from the work of William Burroughs. He accompanied Anne Waldman at The Boulder Theatre’s “Music and Poetry for Progressives” headlined by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, and Jello Biafra. His previous composing/ production credits include “In The Room of Never Grieve” and “The Eye of the Falcon” with poetry by Waldman. He is currently working on a new project which includes the poet Amiri Baraka.

Poetry CD's 2007 Top Ten.

Akilah Oliver, is the author of the she said dialogues: flesh memory, a book of experimental prose-poetry. Her chapbooks include a (August), The Putter’s Notebook, and An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet which was published by Farfalla Press in a text-and performance CD edition. She is on the guest faculty at The Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University, where she has taught classes on the Black Arts Movement. She has been a visiting faculty member of the MFA department at Long Island University and was curator of the Monday Night reading series at the Poetry Project in NYC. She is a former member of The Sacred Naked Nature Girls, which performed out of Los Angeles in the 1990s. She currently makes her home in Brooklyn , NY.  Oliver has a new book A TOAST IN THE HOUSE OF FRIENDS, forthcoming from Coffee House Press.

Pick up a copy of the CD at The St. Marks Bookstore and soon at SPD.

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