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Wednesday, 7:00 pm October 16, 2019
Curated and hosted by Kathleen Supové, the Notes on Fiction series features some of the best performers and composers in new music, creating work inspired by favorite pieces of fiction. Kathleen Supové is one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is, in today’s world.
This installment chronicles a decade-long collaboration between author Nick Flynn and composer Guy Barash. Featured musicians: Seth Gilman, baritone; and Kathleen Supové, piano.
Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults. His most recent book is My Feelings (Graywolf, 2015), a collection of poems. In 2019, two new books will appear, Stay (Ze Books), a collection of collaborations and writings, as well as I Will Destroy You (Graywolf), a collection of poems. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.
Composer Guy Barash abandons the confines of genre, inventing a sound world that is uniquely his own. His series of compositions for solo instruments and real-time digital signal processing, Talkback, was hailed as being “at once divine, serene and haunting,” and has been performed internationally. His debut album, Facts About Water, which chronicles a five-year collaboration with Flynn, was released on Innova Recordings in 2014.
Killdeer, the bird (charadrius vociferous), pretends to be hurt (the “broken wing act”), to lure predators away from its nest. Killdeer, the band (charadrius mutarous), manifests in various incarnations—each with its own sound, from punk / folk to ambient noise. In this duo incarnation, Guy Barash paints a sonorous picture of electronic sounds interwoven with Nick Flynn’s reading of poetry from his forthcoming book I Will Destroy You.
I Will Destroy You
By Nick Flynn
Beginning with a poem called “Confessional” and ending with a poem titled “Saint Augustine,” I Will Destroy You interrogates the potential of art to be redemptive, to remake and reform. But first the maker of art must claim responsibility for his past, his actions, his propensity to destroy others and himself. “Begin by descending,” Augustine says, and the poems delve into the deepest, most defeating parts of the self: addiction, temptation, infidelity, and repressed memory. These are poems of profound self-scrutiny and lyric intensity, jagged and probing. I Will Destroy You is an honest accounting of all that love must transcend and what we must risk for its truth.
“To read these poems is to reach in and touch the scar, the feigned wound, put trust in what may, at any moment, show its teeth, bite, transmogrify into dissolution, deception, destruction and, yes, love.’”—Nuar Alsadir
“Nick Flynn, that charismatic horse thief, is up to it again. Standing this close. Whatever you have or had to lose (to win), he’s already stolen and sold it. And yet you still (and so badly) want to hear from him, have him tell you how we (can) live.”—Olena Kalytiak Davis
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