schedule for poetry & music series

monk work @ 55 Mercer Gallery
55 Mercer Street, 3rd Floor
NY, NY 10013

January 2006, Fridays 7pm
very limited chairs - mostly standing/floorsitting
$10 suggested donation

January 6th: poets Steve Dalachinsky & Yuko Otomo with musician Rashied Ali

January 13th: poet Fred Schmalz with musician Oscar Noriega

January 20th: poets Genine Lentine & Frances Richard with musician Okkyung Lee

January 27th: poet Jane LeCroy with musician Tom Abbs (TRANSMITTING)


artist bios

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Steve Dalachinsky

steve dalachinsky was born after the last Big War & has managed to survive lots of little wars. His poems have appeared extensively in journals on & off line including, Big Bridge, Milk, Unlikely Stories, Xpressed, Evergreen Review, Long Shot, Alpha Beat Soup, Xtant, Blue Beat Jacket, Unbearable Assemblage Magazines, NY Arts Magazine, 88, Lost and Found Times, plus such anthologies as Beat Indeed, The Haiku Moment and the esteemed Outlaw Bible of American Poetry.

He has written liner notes for the CDs of many artists including Anthony Braxton, James "Blood" Ulmer, Rashied Ali, Roy Campbell, Matthew Shipp, Roscoe Mitchell & many others. His 1999 CD, Incomplete Direction (Knitting Factory Records), a collection of his poetry read in collaboration with various musicians, such as William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Susie Ibarra, Thurston Moore (SonicYouth), Vernon Reid (Living Colour) has garnered much praise.

His most recent chapbooks include Trial and Error in Paris (Loudmouth Collective - 2003), Lautreamont's Laments (Furniture Press - 2005), In Glorious Black and White (Ugly Duckling Presse - 2005), St. Lucie (King of Mice Press - 2005 ) Are We Not MEN & Fake Book (2 books of collage - 8 Page Press - 2005). Dream Book (Avantcular Press - 2005). His books include A Superintendent's Eyes (Hozomeen Press, 2000) and The Final Nite (complete notes from a Charles Gayle Notebook - Ugly Duckling Presse - 2005). His latest cd is Phenomena of Interference, a collaboration with pianist Matthew Shipp (Hopscotch Records, 2005)
He has read his work extensively in the N.Y. area and throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Yuko Otomo

Born & raised in Japan. Moved to NYC to continue her study in art. She draws/paints, writes poetry & haiku. She also does art criticism & essay writing. She has read in various venues such as Bowery Poetry Club, Tonic, Knitting Factory, Back Fence, Ave. B Garden. Her publications include "Cornell Box Poems", "Genesis", "A Rose is A Rose" (by Sysphus Press) & most recently "Small Poems"(Ugly Duckling Presse).

Rashied Ali

Drummer Rashied Ali studied at Philadelphia's Granoff School of Music. He gained early experience with local jazz and R&B bands around Philadelphia. In 1963, he toured Japan with Sonny Rollins, before moving to New York, where he became involved in the free jazz scene there. Associations with Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler, Bill Dixon, and Sunny Murray preceded his tenure with Coltrane, which began in 1965 and lasted until the latter's death in 1967. For a time, Ali continued playing with pianist Alice Coltrane, before going off on his own as a bandleader and musical organizer. In 1972, he helped coordinate the New York Musicians Festival. The next year, he formed his own record label, Survival, and opened his own performance venue, Ali's Alley, a New York City loft space that presented free jazz performances until the summer of 1979. In the '80s and '90s, his presence on the scene was sporadic; he performed on occasion with saxophonist Makanda Ken McIntyre, and recorded with multi-instrumentalist Zusaan Kali Fasteau and tenor saxophonist David Murray. In 1987 he recorded as a member of the group Phalanx, with guitarist James "Blood" Ulmer, tenor saxophonist George Adams, and bassist Sirone. In 1991, he made the critically acclaimed album Touchin' on Trane with bassist William Parker and tenor saxophonist Charles Gayle. The '90s found Ali at the helm of the band Prima Materia (initially co-led with Parker), an ensemble dedicated to interpreting the late works of Coltrane and Albert Ayler. - by Chris Kelsey


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Fred Schmalz

Fred Schmalz is a poet and publisher of the literature and art journal swerve. Schmalz's chapbook Ticket was published by Fuori Editions in 2002. A nine poem broadsheet, Playback Box, appeared in the Forklift Ohio Poempaganda series in 2001. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Divide, Conduit, ACM, Mangrove, Spout and other magazines. His music writing appears in The Fader. He has read at the Art Institute of Chicago, Walker Art Center and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. Schmalz has written text for Shapiro and Smith Dance ("The Gist," 2001) and has collaborated with choreographers (Emily Johnson, Lillian Stillwell), musicians (Tom Abbs, Daniel Carter, Kenny Horst) and painters (M.P. Landis, Stephen Rue). He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the dancer Lillian Stillwell.

Oscar Noriega

An Arizona native of Mexican origin, Oscar Noriega began playing the saxophone at the age of ten. His first professional experience was performing in a ranchera group with his four brothers. Performing with this group, Hermanos Jovel, led Oscar to realize that music was his true calling.

After several years of musical studies at the University of Arizona and Arizona State, Oscar moved to Los Angeles, and then to Boston in 1990, where he worked with the Duke Ellington Repertory Orchestra (conducted by Gunther Schuller), the Either/Orchestra, and the Jazz Composers Alliance. He also found himself at home in the fertile improvising communities surrounding Berklee and the New England Conservatory, contributing to sessions and recitals at both schools. Gradually, however, Oscar moved down the coast in what he now views
as an inevitable drift toward New York, and the countless opportunities it affords young, driven musicians.

Oscar has lived in Brooklyn since 1992, where he is constantly active in New York's downtown jazz world. He plays regularly in a wide range of contexts, at such clubs as the Knitting Factory, Tonic, Birdland, and Visiones. Groups that Oscar leads include Play Party, featuring Cuong Vu, Brad Shepik, and Tom Rainey, and the Oscar Noriega Quartet.

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Genine Lentine

Genine Lentine is currently shaping her manuscript of poems, Mr. Worthington's Beautiful Experiments on Splashes, as well as a book of meditations on velocity and viscosity spiraling around the topic of snails and a collection of prose poems called Poses: Poems Drawn from the Model.

She received her M.F.A. in poetry from NYU and an M.S. in Theoretical Linguistics from Georgetown University. Before moving to New York in 2000, she taught English and linguistics, and co-founded an organic farm coalition in Virginia. For the past five years she has worked as literary assistant to Stanley Kunitz. Their collaboration, along with photographer Marnie Crawford Samuelson The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden was published this spring by W.W. Norton. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.

Frances Richard

Frances Richard's book of poems, See Through, was published by Four Way Books in 2003. She is a member of the editorial group at the art and culture magazine Cabinet, and a founding editor of the literary journal Fence. Her critical prose and reviews have appeared in Artforum, Bomb, Cabinet, and Parkett, and she has contributed essays for catalogues produced by institutions including the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She teaches at Barnard College, and the Rhode Island School of Design, and lives in Brooklyn.

Okkyung Lee

a native of korea, okkyung lee has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition. using her solid classical training as a springboard, she incorporates jazz, sounds, korean traditional music, noise with extended techniques and create her unique blend of music.

since moving to new york in 2000, she has performed and recorded with numerous artists such as derek bailey, carla bozulich, jaap blonk, nels cline, anthony coleman, mark dresser, shelley hirsch, susie ibarra, vijay iyer, eyvind kang, alonzo king, andrew lampert, christian marclay, raz mesinai, min xiao-fen, thurston moore, ikue mori, lawrence D. "butch" morris, jim o'rourke, zeena parkins, marc ribot, marina rosenfeld, elliot sharp, saadet türköz and john zorn to name a few.

in addition to frequent solo performances and leading her own ensembles, she is a member of TOT Trio with percussionist tim barnes and turntablist toshio kajiwara; an improvisational duo NoNo Twins with dancer/choreographer heather kravas; vijay iyer and mike ladd’s In What Language? and upcoming Still Life with Commentator projects; greg tate's Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber among many other groups.

okkyung’s debut album, Nihm (TZA 7715), a compilation of her compositions on john zorn's Tzadik label has generated critical acclaims in the states and Europe. with array of the most adventurous improvisors from new york, the album was met with enthusiastic reviews from Wire Magazine (UK), Baltimore City Paper, TimeOut New York and All About Jazz US. the first track on the CD “On a Windy Day” was featured on Art of The States Radio Program on WGBH to be broadcasted in over 50 countries.

okkyung holds dual bachelor's degrees in film scoring/contemporary writing & production from Berklee College of Music, and master's degree in contemporary improvisation from New England Conservatory of Music.


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Jane LeCroy (voice & poetry)

Jane LeCroy started singing her poetry a capella in 1993. She was part of the emo-core punk band Vitapup, was the front-woman of the rock band Spook Engine, ('95-'98) and the multi-media-electronica band Somnaut (‘96-2000). In 1999 and 2000 Jane LeCroy was part of the famous women poets, Sister Spit. Currently she performs solo and with TRANSMITTING. Jane LeCroy is a versatile performer and has crossed all kinds of music boundaries, collaborating with artists that range from punk, alternative rock, hip-hop and avant-garde Jazz, even a circus! Some artist she's collaborated with are Bonfire Madigan, Bitch & Animal, John S. Hall, Bradford Reed, Andy Bemky, Erik Lawrence, Napoleon Maddox, Taylor Mcferrin, Kid Lucky and Baba Israel.

Jane LeCroy has performed at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, has featured at the St. Marks Poetry Project, LaMaMa performance art series, Charlie Anders Writers With Drinks series, and in Voices Around The Square in Union Square. She held performance residencies at the Liberty Science Center, and currently at The Bowery Poetry Club in NYC. Jane LeCroy teaches poetry at Eugene Lang College and to elementary students in NYC public schools. She's published many books of poetry, and records. Her work is part of the Smithsonian and archived in the Yale collection and the Brooklyn Museum. Jane LeCroy has performed in almost every state of the USA.

Tom Abbs
(bass, cello, dijeridoo, percussion)

Multi-instrumentalist Tom Abbs has been performing and recording in a variety of contexts (classical, rock, jazz, and improvised musics) for the past 20 years. A Seattle native, Tom relocated to New York in 1991 where he studied with such masters as Reggie Workman, Buster Williams, Joe Chambers, Junior Mance, Chico Hamilton and Arthur Taylor. In the past decade Tom has developed a driving percussive style on the bass that encompasses the deep emotion and grit of Charles Mingus and Jimmy Garrison while showing the dexterity and inventiveness of Scott La Faro. His fluid tuba style has shed many of the instrument's sluggish connotations and transformed it into a soaring solo and sharply percussive groove machine. Equally comfortable in "free" and "inside" settings, Abbs' versatility and depth as a player has kept him busy backing up the likes of Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Charles Gayle, Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell Jr., Sabir Mateen, Jemeel Moondoc, Assif Tahar, Borah Bergman, Billy Bang, Andrew Lamb, Warren Smith and many others.

Tom is currently a member of The Andrew Lamb Trio (CIMP, Freedom Arts), Geoff Mann’s Eternal Buzz Brass Band, the collective experimental trio, Triptych Myth with Cooper-Moore and Chad Taylor (Hopscotch Records, AUM Fidelity) and is leading his own group, Frequency Response (CIMP Records, 482 Music). Tom tours with his solo multi-media project Multifarious annually and has released one DVD “Prehension Suite” in  collaboration with NY painter M.P. Landis (Jump Arts) and will release another this spring.