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THE BEAT LEGACY IN FILM, WORDS & MUSIC: Ruth Du, Marc Thorman & Bob Holman
Theatre 80 ST. MARKS
New York City, NY
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THE BEAT LEGACY IN FILM, WORDS & MUSIC: Ruth Du, Marc Thorman & Bob Holman
ALLEN GINSBERG, WILLIAM BURROUGHS and JOHN CAGE… their groundbreaking and experimental work in the Post War years still resonates and has influenced many of the current generation of artists living and working now in the East Village/Lower East Side. Tonight's program celebrates that and features RUTH DU's short film 'SIX '55', an historical interpretation of the first night Allen Ginsberg recited 'Howl' in San Francisco, at the Six Gallery in 1955... 2 PIECES BY MARC THORMAN -- 'Writing through Howl (1986) For Allen Ginsberg on his Sixtieth Birthday' by John Cage, an example of Cage's 'writing through' process, which searches the poem 'Howl' sequentially for words that share letters with Allen Ginsberg's name resulting in what Cage called 'mesostic' poetry, his term derived from the word 'acrostic' and 'I Am Right, You Are Wrong,' music by Marc Thorman, text by William S. Burroughs featuring the recorded voice of Allen Ginsberg reading the text to two live improvised instrumental trios. With Marc Thorman: piano, Gregory Post: keyboards, Eric Cooper: cello, Sean Ormiston: string bass, and Patrick O'Reilly & Cory Bracken on percussion. Marc Thorman is a composer, pianist, author and teacher in New York City. His compositions include works for computer, live electronics, solo piano, voice, orchestra, and chamber ensembles, as well as mixed-media works that combine sounds, spoken word, and visual images. Marc earned a doctoral degree in music composition from the City University of New York in 2002 and has taught music theory and history in CUNY colleges citywide. In the 1990s He edited the legendary 'zine 'High Heel News'... So far as we know, BOB HOLMAN and his porkpie are the sole purveyors of the Lower East Side Poetry Hat Trick: he ran readings and was Project Coordinator at the St Mark's Poetry Project from1974-84, helped reopen and was the Original Slammaster of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe 1988-96, and founded and has been Artistic Director of the Bowery Poetry Club since 2002. For good measure, he was on the Board of A Gathering of the Tribes from 1994-2000. He teaches at Columbia and NYU, and recently helped found the Endangered Language Alliance, using poetry to illuminate the plight of vanishing languages and cultures. In his spare time he writes the poems; tonight he reads them to us. Door proceeds to benefit The Actors Fund for HOWL! HELP.



Theatre 80 ST. MARKS
80 Saint Marks Place
New York City, NY 10003
United States

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