Blizzard of Odds (And Ends)

dear shovelers and shiverers,

greetings from snow-smothered boston! as we wearily dig out from each weekly wave of snow that invades and settles on every surface, we try to carry on with the work of civilization… job, home life, and play… whether it be sledding, sports parades, or arts performances. in my case i have arts-related news (as you might have guessed) in the form of performances to stave off cabin fever, or a book delivered to your door in case you just can't muster the will to leave the house and fight the elements any longer. 

in the immediate future i'm excited to be singing as part of a choir at New England Conservatory for a performance of a re-interpretion of Hildegard von Bingen's
Order of the Virtues. NEC's Contemporary Improvisation department presents this 12th century liturgical drama drawing on the original score and text, as well as works by Duke Ellington, the Carter family, and from Sufi zikr and folk traditions from around the world. 

i'm honored to sing as a part of a chorus in NEC student Burçu Gülec's performance piece in this concert. Burçu has recognized kindred messages in the words of Christian mystic and abbess Hildegard as well as in the poetry of a Turkish Sufi mystic, and will be singing Hildegard's words which she has translated into her native Turkish language. Percussion, flute, and a chorus chanting a traditional Sufi zikr will accompany her voice, which is one of the most astounding voices you may hear in your lifetime.  the concert is this tuesday, and it's FREE!

as for works that i've penned, i can now point you in the direction of the latest edition of
Constellations literary journal, where THREE of my poems appear in print! 

in addition, there are exciting performances with jaggery approaching in early and later spring. read on for details! 

brumally yours,


Hildegard: Order of the Virtues
tuesday, february 17th, 2015, 8pm
new england conservatory • jordan hall • 30 gainsborough street • 02115
boston, ma
FREE admission • all ages
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Constellations volume 4: Distractions
in which three of my poems are published!
click here to find out how to get a copy of your own
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jaggery + the wrong shapes + mary zoo with axemunkee duo
thursday, march 5th, 2015, 8pm
club passim • 47 palmer street • 02138
cambridge, ma
tickets $13/$15 • all ages
7pm • doors
8pm • mary zoo (france) (cd release) with axemunkee duo
9pm • the wrong shapes
10pm • jaggery 
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jaggery presents: the beautiful & the grotesque - inspired by leonardo davinci
friday, may 1st, 2015, 7:30pm
museum of fine arts • harry & mildred remis auditorium (auditorium 161)
465 huntington avenue • 02115
boston, ma
MFA members $20, non-MFA members $25 • all ages
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