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Fusion: Choral Song Meets Slam Poetry
Friday, April 26, 8 pm
Saturday, April 27, 7 pm and 9:30 pm (two performances)
The North Door, 501 Brushy Street at East Fifth, Austin
General admission $20 Cash bar and refreshments available
Tickets at 474-5664 or Conspirare.org
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Conspirare artistic director Craig Hella Johnson and seven Conspirare singers team up with local slam poets Kevin Burke, Lacey Roop, and Danny Strack to redefine performance art. Fusion: Choral Song Meets Slam Poetry combines sounds spoken and sung, by soloists and ensembles, to create a whole new art form. Add in one of Austin’s hottest new central venues, and watch the artistic sparks fly.
By definition, a poetry slam is competition between poets who read or recite original work. Poets may use nothing but their voices in competition, and performances are judged by members of the audience using a numeric scale. Fusion throws that rule out. Presented in workshop format, the singers and poets will collaborate to riff, improvise, and create, making every performance unique.
Participating poet Danny Strack says of the collaboration, “I’ve been a fan of Conspirare for several years now, and am consistently intrigued by how vocal ensembles also work using only their voices, but create such radically different work from mine. There are a lot of natural synergies between our art forms, and I am incredibly excited to see the end result.” Poet Lacey Roop adds, “Be prepared to have your mind blown! Nothing compares to how compelling, motivating, passionate and dynamic this type of poetry performance is.”
Conspirare singer Cameron Beauchamp says, “I am really looking forward to digging into some slam poetry. The whole idea of mixing musical and poetic voices is so compelling. Experimentation, improvisation, and collaboration are my favorite ways to make music, and having absolutely no idea what to expect is always a thrill for me.” Singer Kathlene Ritch counters, “As a classically trained singer, it will be a challenge to perform ‘outside the box.’ This is so different from anything Conspirare has done before, and I’m terrified but excited.” Other participating Conspirare singers are Matt Alber, Estelí Gomez, Carr Hornbuckle, Laura Mercado-Wright, and Stefanie Moore. Craig Hella Johnson will also sing, play keyboard, and coordinate the performances.
Because The North Door is a small venue and Conspirare performances in larger halls often sell out, advance reservations are highly recommended. More concert detail, including performer bios and photos, at https://conspirare.org/now-singing/fusion/.