Friday, March 25, 2011

2011.2.8 @ Word Up!, Las Vegas, NV - PHOTOS

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Word UP!, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4550 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV

Friday, March 18, 2011

Ink People Center for the Arts celebrate National Poetry Month with a BENEFIT for The Steelhead Special - 2011.4.13

Ink People Center for the Arts celebrate National Poetry Month with a BENEFIT “Intermedia Spoken Word Performance” for The Steelhead Special – Working Class Cultural & Literary Review

Briefly returning to the United States from the United Arab Emirates, poet Nicholas Karavatos will be performing in spontaneous collaboration with bassist Shao Way Wu dialoging with electronica guitarist Jeff Kelley processing his pitched signals layering sound upon sounds all together in conversation with poet Nicholas Karavatos reciting his poems.

Admission by Donation 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 7:00pm
The Vance
525 Second Street
Old Town Eureka

Intermedia Spoken Word Performance:
Nicholas Karavatos – Poet
Jeff Kelley – Electronica Guitarist
Shao Way Wu – Bassist
American poet NICHOLAS KARAVATOS lives and works near Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Since 2006 he has been an Assistant Professor at the American University of Sharjah where he teaches literature and writing.
His recent book is titled No Asylum (Arcata: Amendment Nine, 2009). Beat legend David Meltzer writes on the back cover: “Nicholas Karavatos is a poet of great range and clarity. This book is an amazing collectanea of smart sharp political poetry in tandem with astute and tender love lyrics. All of it voiced with an impressive singularity.”
No Asylum was designed by Arcata musician and graphic artist Richard LaPreziosa and printed at Bug Press by Robert Arena for Amendment Nine.

JEFF KELLEY is a sharp-witted songwriter and guitarist known from such bands as Dreadful Grapes, The River Rocks, Primordial Stew, Deltron 9, Fred & Wilma, The Miracle Show, The Vanishing Pints and his innumerable solo acoustic appearances. From fireside folkie to electrified freak-out, JEFF KELLEY is an aural delight of eternal energy. 
As a songwriter who deconstructs the familiar, JEFF KELLEY delightfully transmits the commonplace into nonlinear expressions of everyday experiences. When listening to JEFF KELLEY for the first time, many people feel they know his songs from somewhere; they seem familiar, comfortable yet intriguing enough to listen to time and again. His songs grow with you, retain their intrinsic value and unfold and develop with the listener.
Tonight, though, JEFF KELLEY will be playing electronica guitar in spontaneous collaboration with NICHOLAS KARAVATOS, plugging into a Pod X3; in the effects loop of the X3 is Boss MT2; into Boss ME50; into DigiTech GNX 1; out of X3 into Akai HeadRush and a Line6 DM both used as phrase samplers each with a volume pedal. These intermedia spoken word performances are the latest phase in an aural collaboration that dates from 1983. 
SHAO WAY WU is a bassist – The Bassist – and performs locally with jazz groups Zu Zu's Petals and Inkling. He teaches music part time at his alma mater, Humboldt State University. In addition to working with other local poets such as Jerry Martien, SHAO WAY WU has collaborated with NICHOLAS KARAVATOS on several occasions over the years, most recently at the Arcata Theater Lounge for the December 2009 book launch of No Asylum with ART BROWN, JEFF KELLEY and MARK WESTON. 
      JOE SHERMIS is the editor and publisher of The Steelhead Special – Working Class Cultural & Literary Review, which has been a fixture on regional newsstands for decades. It is now published under the aegis of The Ink People who, as a celebration of National Poetry Month in the United States, are sponsoring this benefit “intermedia spoken word performance” by international poet Nicholas Karavatos and local musicians Jeff Kelley & Shao Way Wu to support it continued publication.