ANNE WALDMAN & AMBROSE BYE
“Fast Speaking Music”
Poetry & music & song
With special guests Akilah Oliver & Tyler Burba
at LOCAL 269
269 East Houston Street (Suffolk & Houston)
Monday, May 10th
Anne Waldman: poet, performer, professor, editor and cultural activist-- is the author of over forty books of poetry, including the recent book-length hybrid poem Manatee/Humanity published by Penguin Poets in 2009, and the editor and co-editor of numerous anthologies, including Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action, and Beats at Naropa (2009), both published by Coffee House Press. Her celebrated books include the classic Fast Speaking Woman published by City Lights, and now in editions in French, Italian and Czech, First Baby Poems, Marriage: A Sentence, and the 800 page epic Iovis, among many others. She is the co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the renowned Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she is Chair and Artistic Director of The Summer Writing program. Waldman is known for her riveting performances and has performed on stages across the globe, from Mumbai to Beijing, from Berlin to the Prague, from Madrid to Nicaragua. She has recorded 3 CDs with her son- musician and composer- Ambrose Bye: In The Room of Never Grieve, Eye of The Falcon and Matching Half (with Akilah Oliver, produced by Farfalla, MacMillan & Parrish, 2008).
Ambrose Bye: musician (piano/keyboard, guitar, voice) and composer, grew up in the environment of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. He graduated from The University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in music/sociology and was certified at the music /production program at the Pyramind Institute in San Francisco. He has performed on stage a number of times, accompanying poets and performers at New York’s Issue Project Room, The Poetry Project, The Bowery Poetry Club, KGB Bar, at The Boulder Theatre’s “Music and Poetry for Progressives” headlined by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Naropa University, The New School, White Columns Gallery, and San Francisco’s Meridian Gallery. He is in production with his next CD,. His music accompanies the video “The Wake- Up Call of a Poet” , produced by the Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation, the Netherlands and was broadcast over Dutch TV in December, 2009 See “Fast Speaking Music” on My Space.
Akilah Oliver: poet, performer, professor, is the author of the she said dialogues: flesh memory, a book of experimental prose-poetry. Her chapbooks include a (August), The Putterer’s Notebook, and An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet which was published by Farfalla 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 was also on the faculty of the Creative Writing department at Long Island University and was curator of the Monday Night series at the Poetry Project in NYC. She is a former member of The Sacred Naked Nature Girls, which performed out of LA in the 1990s. She currently makes her home in Brooklyn, NY. Her most recent book is A TOAST IN THE HOUSE OF FRIENDS, is from Coffee House Press, 2009. She has performed recently in Paris, Prague and Berlin and at the AWP conference in Denver.
Tyler Burba: poet, songwriter, composer, guitarist, is one of the geniuses behind ”VISIT” and “SNOWBOOTS”. He is an active performer and mysterious presence in the psychedelic folk genre. He is a graduate of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics., and has performed extensively with Anne Waldman & Akilah Oliver.