featuring poète chanteurs Richard Fammerée & Carrie Ingrisano
w/ Meg Lauterbach (cello, piano), Victor Sanders (electric guitar,
electronica) & Meg Thomas (world percussion)
will share new songs/poem-songs/contemporary (alt/emo) art songs
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
1920 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, Il 60613
The evening will also feature Quraysh Ali Lansana
in celebration of his new book
bloodsoil (sooner red)
Brazialian singer-songwriter Nicolau Santos
PONT DES ARTS ENSEMBLE
“A sensual banquet of poetry & music, passion & spirituality,” Pont des Arts Ensemble is the finest example of the global renaissance of the marriage of poetry and new performance media. Poetry married to music, theatre and dance is more ancient than recorded history and the freshest movement in contemporary performance worldwide.
Shakespeare meets Sigur Ros meets Piaf along the Mediterranean. . . .
- Sylvia Beach Whitman, Shakespeare & Co., Paris
A sensual banquet of poetry & music, passion & spirituality. Viva la evolution!
- George Whitman, Shakespeare & Co., Paris
Pont des Arts features passionate, compassionate, alternative/contemporary art songs of poète-chanteur Richard Fammerée. Singer-songwriter Carrie Ingisano offers a vulnerable elegance and decidedly neoclassical element. Further refined by the exquisite, compelling contributions of Meg Lauterbach (cello, piano and vocals), Victor Sanders (electric guitar and electronica) and percussionist Meg Thomas.
Guest international artists can include Zara Zaharieva, Bulgarian violinist and vocalist; Rachel Jamison Webster, poet; Francesco Levato, poet, new media artist (US/Italy); Li-Young Lee, poet; Steve Gibons, violin; Jeanette Aylward, ballerina, choreographer; Susan Aurinko, photographer; Paul Sihon, guitars, tabla drums; Melissa Dittmann, singer-songwriter, violin; Kimba Arems, dij, crystal bowl, bells, invented percussion & cosmica; Simon Rigot, keyboards, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (Belgium).
Though ancient oracles have often been lost or destroyed by competing mythologies, inspired wisdom continues. Each participating artist of Pont des Arts Ensemble confirms and celebrates the ability to intuit and distill primary knowledge.
Le Pont des Arts is a foot bridge which crosses the Seine, a “suspended garden” designed during the reign of Napoleon to lead into the Palais des Arts, the Louvre. An eighteen year old student of French poetry began his vocation here with an acoustic guitar. His pockets may have been occasionally empty but Fammerée (a director and founder of Pont des Arts Ensemble) was brimming as he meditated on the river, its hieroglyphic reflections and warm, sculpted banks where troubadours in previous centuries experimented and performed in the same forms.
Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of four poetry books, including They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, 2004); a children's book entitled The Big World (Addison-Wesley, 1998); and editor of seven anthologies, including Dream of A Word: The Tia Chucha Press Poetry Anthology (Tia Chucha Press, 2006). He is Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University, where he is also Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing. He is also a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Quraysh is the former Associate Editor-Poetry for Black Issues Book Review. Quraysh earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he was a Departmental Fellow. Forthcoming books include Poetry from the Masters: The Sixth Wave (Just Us Books, September 2009)--a young adult anthology, and bloodsoil (sooner red) (Center for the American Land, May 2009). He currently serves as a Contributing Editor for The Writer’s Chronicle of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and is a board member of Young Chicago Authors, Inc. Quraysh is a 2008 Pushcart Prize nominee.
Nicolau Santos arrived in Chicago as a young man, unannounced, with his guitar and dreams in his hand. He brings from his hometown of Rio de Janeiro the upbeat rhythms of Brazilian Jazz and contemporary music, and goes on to invent a new genre of romantic Latin/American ballads. Add to the mix an inviting tenor voice, ingenious guitar work and a warm smile. The effect is sensational. Nicolau has performed with Chicago Samba, Bossa Tres and many other groups and ensembles.