SHIFT: An Evening of Spoken Word
For $15 you can attend both Shift: An Evening of Spoken Word AND Artists and Social Change: When Creativity is the Revolution! For more details go here: http://www.cdforum.org/season/4768
Seattle, WA The Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas (CD Forum) presents an evening of poetry and music that examine the complexity of social issues. This event will feature special guest artist Carl Hancock Rux and performances by CD Forum's CREATION Project artists Amber Flame, Amontaine Aurore, Chad Goller-Sojourner, Cristina Orbé, okanomodé (aka SoulChilde), and Storme Webber with musical guest Kane Mathis. The evening will be directed by Tikka Sears.
About Carl Hancock Rux
Rux crosses the disciplines of poetry, theater, music, and literary fiction in order to achieve what one critic describes as a "dizzying oral artistry...unleashing a torrent of paper bag poetry and post modern Hip-Bop music; the ritualistic blues of self awakening." A published poet, playwright, novelist and essayist, Rux will be joining us from Brown University where he is currently a visiting lecturer.
Carl Hancock Rux was one the poets such as Paul Beatty and Saul Williams to emerge from the Nuyorican Poets Café, most of whom were included in the poetry anthology Aloud, Voices From the Nuyorican Poets Café, winner of the 1994 American Book Award. His first book of poetry, Pagan Operetta received the Village Voice literary prize. Rux was the former Head of the MFA Writing for Performance Program at the California Institute of the Arts (200609) and has taught or been in residence at University of CaliforniaSan Diego, Stanford University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hollins University, University of Iowa and Brown University. He has performed onstage with Macy Gray, Erykah Badu and the Roots.
About Amber Flame
Flame is a word artist whose source of inspiration is rooted in the blues. Whether exploring rhythmic and harmonic structures as a framework for spoken word or blending voice in song, she tests genre and medium boundaries. Through a grant from the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, Amber debuted her album/one-woman show, Binary, in spring of 2008. She is the brain behind A Flame Production, a visionary, collective project, as well as a member of Sankofa, an African-American women's choir. She has performed with Seattle Slam, Bent: A Writing Institute, PONCHO, and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. She teaches music and poetry to young people with Arts Corps and Seattle Symphony, among others.
About Amontaine Aurore
A Seattle-based writer and performer who has written and performed in her own original solo plays, including Waiting for Billie Holiday, and My Name is Trazar. In 2008, she toured with her solo performance, Queen Rita's Blues Alley in New York and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. As a recipient of CD Forum's CREATION Project grant, she debuted her solo piece, The Year The Revolution Came to White High School High.
About Chad Goller-Sojourner
Chad is an award winning Seattle based solo performer, who spent fifteen years seeking temporal relief and better reflections in restroom stalls. His work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and featured on National Public Radio and continues to explore how the narrow categories we assign ourselves and others inevitably fail to represent our whole selves.
About Cristina Orbé
Orbé is a blues pop rock songwriter with a velvet alto, and has been playing since 2001. She has toured through the United States and Canada. Her voice is arresting and her melodies will run through your mind. She has shared the stage with Saul Williams, Bill Frissel, and Michael Franti. She has performed at Bumbershoot, the Vancouver Hip Hop Film Festival, Club Passim, Nuyorican, and The Knitting Factory, to name a few.
About okanomodé aka Soulchilde
okanomodé is a Diva that spends much of his time accompanying other artists like Cristina Orbé, Big World Breaks and Toni Hill, often at Nectar in Fremont. When he does take the lead, his soft, sensual vocals are akin to those of male neo-soul singers like Rahsaan Paterson and Kenny Lattimore and live somewhere between romantic and spiritual, dirty and divine.
About Storme Webber
Webber is s spoken word, vocal, and visual artist with extensive experience in multimedia arts production, her work spans film, stage, TV, radio and cultural production/arts activism, and has focused on marginalized communities. Storme has been a Writer in Residence at Richard Hugo House and is also the Founder/Artistic Director of Voices Rising: LGBTQ of Color Arts & Culture. She has led workshops and organized many art events in various countries over the last 25 years, including the UK, USA, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany & Brazil. She has been a City Artist with the Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture; a Jack Straw Writer's Program Fellow; and a member of Artist Trust's Literary EDGE program. Storme is now a Writer in Residence for Seattle Arts & Lectures, and a CD Forum CREATION Project artist alum.
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