Naked Romance: A Fusion of Poetry, Music and Video
With Davida Singer (poetry), John Rangel (music/keyboard), Nicole Schmölzer (video), Andy Zadrozny (bass), and Douglas Cardwell (drums).
In this multimedia event, New York poet/performance artist and former Helene Wurlizter fellow, Davida Singer, reads from her latest collection, naked romance and then some (Aldrich Press), with a jazz and classical-inflected score composed by award-winning Santa Fe pianist John Rangel, and performed by a live band. Swiss painter Nicole Schmölzer adds a vibrant landscape of color and shapes in constant motion, projected on a large onstage screen. The three art forms interact to explore the yearning for connection in an increasingly disquieted and desensitized world.
Poet/ Performance artist Davida Singer is the author of three collections of poetry including shelter island (Canio's Editions), port of call, (finalist for the Audre Lorde Poetry Award), and her current collection, naked romance and then some. She has done numerous readings and performances combining spoken word with jazz and klezmer at venues including The Kitchen and Zinc Bar (NYC), and Gig Performance Space (Santa Fe), among others. She teaches at Hunter College and School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. (www.davidasinger.com)
New York City native, John Rangel is a pianist, composer and producer. He move to Los Angeles in the early 90’s where he performed and recorded with numerous Jazz legends, and immersed himself in LA’s center of African-American Arts, Leimert Park. Santa Fe-based since 2005, Rangel has composed Solar Concerto for Chamber Orchestra, recorded Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Books 1 & 2, composed music for film and audio books, and produced numerous audio CDs. The recipient of 15 New Mexico Music Awards for music production, Rangel formed The Tribute Trio to focus on the works of legendary Jazz Piano Icons. (www.johnrangel.com)
Swiss artist Nicole Schmölzer lives and works in Basel and New York City. She studied Art History and Painting at University of Basel, Geneva and at the art school, Martenot in Paris. Since 1995 her work has been regularly shown at different galleries and exhibition spaces in Europe and the United States. She has received grants for artist residencies from the Art OMI Foundation NY, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico, the Valparaiso Foundation in Spain, the Virginia Center for the Arts, the Montalvo Arts Center in California and the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation in Maine. In addition to her practice of painting, she is also creating site-specific art projects. (www.nicole-schmoelzer.ch)
Presented by SOMOS at The Harwood Museum.
General Admission: $12.00
Members of SOMOS or The Harwood : $10.00
Students 18 and younger: Free admission.
Program is general seating.