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Liminal Space with Genny Lim, Marshall Trammell, Black Spirituals, Mo Sati/Claude Parker
SAFEhouse Arts
San Francisco, CA, CA
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Liminal Space with Genny Lim, Marshall Trammell, Black Spirituals, Mo Sati/Claude Parker
NOTE: early showtime of 7:30 pm. One Grove Street is directly above CIVIC CENTER BART at Hyde/Market in SF. More info at www.ftloose.org.

Footloose Presents one night only Genny Lim who brings her latest poetry performance collaboration with percussionist Marshall Trammell. Mo Sati, a Palestinian poet is joined by musician, Claude Parker on oud. Plus Black Spirituals (Sige Records) round out the program with the healing power of their electro-acoustic music.

Liminal Space: Genny Lim and Marshall Trammell, poet and percussionist will map the space utilizing drums, poetry and voice. Lim's sung poetry melds jazz and blues with lyric poetry, ancient healing mantras and melodies. Lim will expand her repertoire of poetry as a catalyst for social resistance, giving voice to the voiceless and victims of violence and oppression by invoking the full range of her vocal powers to awaken and inspire courage and self-determination.

Lim & Trammell have worked together off and on in the Bay Area Creative Music scene in collaboration with Lewis Jordan and most recently at the Black Arts Movement Conference held in Merced, CA in March 2014. Liminal Space is a work-in-progress and will premiere at the SF International Arts Festival, May 21-22, 2016.

Inciting Sites of Opposition in a politicized space for performance presented by Black Spirituals. Zachary James Watkins and Marshall Trammell make up this Oakland-based, interdisciplinary, electro-acoustic music duo which can be described as "heavy mellow," though the experience of them live is one of intensity and reverence. They draw upon technologies fundamentally and universally embedded in Spirituals, while maintaining an untethered trajectory to the Soul. They will tour the Northwest to the Southwest starting in mid-February, 2016. blackspirituals.com

Mo Sati was born in Palestine, grew up in a refugee camp in Jordan and now lives in the Bay Area. Mo is a poet, calligrapher, photographer, and percussionist. He participates in cultural events by sharing his artwork and poetry.

Claude Parker is a long-time Bay Area musician with a background in poetry, theater, and dance. His collaborations include many Near-Eastern & jazz musicians including ROVA, Don Cherry, and Achi Ben-Shalom. He concentrates on oud & percussion, composes, lectures and performs frequently. Working with Mo Sati is a relatively recent development in an old friendship.

Genny Lim has performed poetry/music collaborations with Max Roach, Herbie Lewis, Francis Wong, John Santos and Jon Jang and at World Poetry Festivals in Venezuela, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Italy. Her poetry and music collaboration, !945: A Day of Infamy with Anthony Brown and his Asian American Orchestra premiered in 2015 at Japantown Peace Plaza, marking the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb, and at the Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Music Day at Herbst Theater. Lim's play Paper Angels was performed in San Francisco Chinatown's Portsmouth Square to packed audiences in 2010 and won a SF Fringe Festival Award for Best Site Specific Work. Her solos include Where is Tibet? at CounterPULSE, AfroSolo Arts Festival and Women on the Way Festival; and Falling Flags presented by Footloose at Shotwell Studios. She is author of two poetry collections, Winter Place, Child of War and co-author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island. Photo by Lenore Chinn.

Zachary James Watkins is a sound artist who has presented in festivals across the U.S., Mexico and Europe. He releases music on the labels Important Records, Cassauna, Touch, The Tapeworm, Confront, Land & Sea and Sige. With degrees in composition from The Cornish School and Mills College, Zachary's 2006 composition Suite for String Quartet was awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition and has been performed at the 2nd Annual New Music Marathon in Seattle, the Lab's 25th Anniversary and the Labor Sonor Seriesat Kule in Berlin. He has received numerous grants, commissions and enjoyed residencies at the Espy Foundation, Djerassi and Headlands Center for the Arts. www.zacharyjameswatkins.com

Marshall Trammell is a percussionist and interdisciplinary cultural producer devoted to social issues. His unique training includes apprenticeships with Improvising and Folkloric masters, 20 plus years as a Creative Music professional in the Bay Area, and MFA studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Integrated Electronic Arts. Marshall sits on the Executive Committee of the Merced County Arts Council and spearheads an independent music festival. www.mrtrammell.wix.com/researchstrategies

Recent review of Black Spirituals in New York Times:

"The guitarist Zachary James Watkins and the drummer Marshall Trammell work as an improvising duo called Black Spirituals: a name good enough that maybe it's best to just let it resound and say nothing about it.

But, sorry - their music, like their name, points both toward specific bodies of songs and toward ideas greater than any number of songs. Both musicians come from academic experimental-music backgrounds, and they've been working together in Oakland since 2013...you might have heard the influence of the polyrhythmic free-jazz drummer Milford Graves; the slow, distorted, guitar-riff repetitions in a band like Earth, with whom the duo recently toured; and improvising electronic musicians like Toshimaru Nakamura, who like Mr. Watkins uses a mixing console and digital pedals as sound-generating devices in and of themselves, without instruments plugged into them. That alone, the mixture of those different paradigms - even on paper - is fairly exciting." September 23, 2015 by Ben Ratliff


SAFEhouse Arts (View)
One Grove Street
San Francisco, CA, CA 94102
United States


Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Music > Experimental
Other > Political

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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