Past Events

Musetry Meld

by Wobbuffet

Friday, 8 September – 7:30pm
The Chapel at the Link Galleries, 5000 Washington Place
$10 General Admission, $5 Students and Artists

Kicking off Hearding Cats’ 9th season, Musetry Meld features three acclaimed St. Louis poets, Michael CastroTravis Mossotti, and Brett Lars Underwood, and percussionist Glen “Papa” Wright.  Works will be read individually and in tandem, strung together over the music of Papa Wright.

Michael Castro is Saint Louis’ first Poet Laureate and the founding editor of the literary magazine River Styx. His poetry, activist, and educational work focus on multiculturalism, injustice, and racial divides.
     Travis Mossotti’s latest collection, Narcissus Americana (University of Arkansas Press, 2018), was selected by series editor Billy Collins as the winner of the 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize. Mossotti teaches at Webster University and works in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research for Washington University.
Brett Lars Underwood writes near a confused Ficus plant in St. Louis. His influence and meter vary. Think of free jazz, the sex calls from early-morning birds or jackhammers outside the bedroom window. His verse and riddles have been published by THE BICYCLE REVIEW,  52nd City,  THE SUBTERRANEAN, BAD SHOE, Ucityreview.com and included in FLOOD STAGE: An Anthology of Saint Louis Poets.  He unleashed SUNLIT INSULT, his first chapbook, in 2011 and ITS BUSH LENT SUBTLE HINTS hit the streets in October, 2013. His next book will be published by Spartan Press in 2018.
       Glen “Papa” Wright is a percussionist who has been teaching and performing for over 40 years.  “Papa” has accompanied local poets such as Shirley Leflore, Eugene Redmond, and Michael Castro.  He recently recorded an avant-garde CD entitled “KUVUKA”, featuring Greg Mills on piano and “Papa” on drum set.  His new group, Wind Spirit, features “Papa” playing twin kalimba.  Currently, “Papa” travels and performs puppet shows and does storytelling with percussion with his wife, Jackie.  He has also been with Springboard, as a teaching artist, for 25 years.

Friday, 7 April – 7:30pm
.ZACK, 3224 Locust Street
$20 General Admission, $15 Students and Artists
Tickets are available at MetroTix as well as at the door on the night of the show.

HEARding Cats Collective is honoured to present Dr. Carla Scaletti, co-founder of KYMA music computer systems, the system of choice by sound designers and scientists worldwide. The quintessential link between technology and art, MU-PSI, like sci-fi, starts with a hypothetical premise and imagines a universe in which that premise is true. Inspired by ideas like double-well potentials, friction, Huygen’s pendulum clocks, CERN, and the emergence of life from inorganic matter, the sounds are visceral, passionate, and playful.

Mu-Psi is science fiction that you experience with your entire body through total immersion in the vibrational field we call sound. It poses questions that generate more questions, and you are invited to stick around at the end to discuss the sounds and ideas with the composer and with each other.

Carla Scaletti has invited HEARding Cats co-founders Rich O’Donnell, abstract drummer, and Anna Lum, poet, to improvise with her for part of the performance. Mu-Psi is an evening of live experimental quadraphonic electronic music where the audience is invited to listen, to ponder, to question and, at times, to help generate some of the sounds.

Among her many awards, she is winner of the 2017 SEAMUS Award for important contributions to the field of electroacoustic music, she has been invited to present keynote addresses at the International Conference on Auditory Displays (ICAD 2017) and the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2015), was an invited participant in GVA Sessions 2015 a workshop involving choreographers, filmmakers, and particle physicists from CERN — and was a regular lecturer at Centre de Crèation Musical Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) when it was still in Paris. Each year, she co-organizes the Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS, which will take place in Oslo in 2017).

Anthropologies Imaginaire

Saturday, March 4 – 7:30pm The Kranzberg Arts Center Studio, 501 N Grand Boulevard $20 General Admission, $15 Students and Artists Tickets are available at MetroTix as well as at the door on the night of the show.   HEARding Cats is excited to present Gabriel Dharmoo in his Anthropologies Imaginaire, a solo vocal performance […]

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Between What Is & What Could Be

Sunday, 26 February – 7:30pm The Sheldon Ballroom, 3648 Washington General Admission $20, Student and Artist $15 Please RSVP to alumrod@gmail.com! HEARding Cats Collective is celebrating the 80th birthday of our co-founder and artistic director, Rich O’Donnell, with a concert that spans 47 years. From O’Donnell’s 1970 MikroTimbre I solo for amplified TamTam, to free […]

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Analog Revenge

Saturday, 13 May – 7:30pm The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee Street General Admission $15, Student and Artist $10 HEARding Cats Collective knows that our culture is drowning in digital technology, so we are proud to present ANALOG REVENGE and show the world that analog survives and thrives.  ANALOG REVENGE presents three masters of analog synthesis with […]

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Serious Warping of Space, Time, and Your Mind, A Sci-Fi Fantasy

Sunday, 20 Novemer – 7:30 PM The Kerr Foundation, 21 O’Fallon Street General Admission $20, Student and Artist $15 As part of our 8th season of keeping Saint Louis Strange and Wonderful, Hearding Cats is mystified to present a 5 act collaboration with 19 artists inviting you to move through space and time on 3 […]

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Nov 20 2016 – Watch this Site for Developments

In the Druid calendar, Samhain is the time of year when the barrier between the worlds is thinnest. According to documents that have come into our possession an unprecedented breach is on the horizon! The barrier will be as thin as the slightest veil on November 20 at the Kerr Foundation on the Riverfront. Watch this […]

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Out of the Blue

A unique experience cultivated by merging  poetry with abstract music and video  October  22, 7 :30 p.m. The Luminary , 2701 Cherokee Street $10  general admission, $5 students and artists Poets Stefene Russell, Anna Lum, Katherine Mitchell and Treasure Shields Redmond will read selections from their works. This event features creations from digital artist Thomas Sutter […]

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Ned Rothenberg

    Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on 5 continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi – an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a […]

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Ned Rothenberg recap

Thanks to everyone who came out to see Ned Rothenberg perform on October 1. We had a great turnout!   We look forward to seeing you on October 22 at our next event, Out of the Blue at The Luminary Arts, featuring poets Stefene Russell, Anna Lum, Katherine Mitchell, and Treasure Shields Redmond!

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