Fort Gondo

Missing Link
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 – 8 pm
Fort Gondo
3151 Cherokee
Free and open to the public

HEARding Cats Collective is excited to present a new poetry collaboration entitled Missing LinkThe event features several of St. Louis’ most active masters of the spoken word, including K. Curtis Lyle, Anna Lum, Brett Underwood, Stef Russell, and Treasure Shields Redmond.  The evening will feature new poetry works from each artist in solo and duo combinations along with musical accompaniment by Doc Mabuse and Zimbabwe Nkenya.

K. Curtis Lyle performs regularly in St. Louis as a solo artist and with various musical ensembles.  He has performed in North America’s major intellectual and cultural centers over the last 50 years, and as a founding member of the Watts Writers Workshop in Los Angeles in 1966, was an important part of the renaissance the group incited.  Lyle’s powerful delivery and crafting of language creates suspenseful tension of anticipation, while calming listeners gently in the next sentence.  His controlled oration roars across the stage, unsettling one’s gastric juices, yet a moment later, diminishes to a whisper with the careful articulation of a veteran artist.

Anna Lum began performing and publishing poetry in the 1970s in River Styx and Webster Review.  She has collaborated with numerous musicians and dancers over the years in live performance.  Her poetry combines personal experience with social commentary, and a keen eye for observing life’s “small things.”  In addition to her gifts as a performer, Lum has served selflessly on numerous arts boards in and around St. Louis over the years, including RAC’s advisory panel, MAC’s review panel, The Forum for Contemporary Arts, and many others.

Brett Lars Underwood is a bartender and a gadabout who writes, promotes and produces happenings and mishaps.  He’s quicker with the stink eye than verbal reprimands and favors the brushback pitch over preemptive warfare. Once upon a time, he co-published a ‘zine entitled Lick My Squaggle Noose, Clam Tick.  He penned Zen koans for The RFT and St. Louis Magazine, as well as many journals of suburbia.  His verse and riddles have been published by THE BICYCLE REVIEW, 52nd City and BAD SHOE and included in FLOOD STAGE: An Anthology of Saint Louis Poets and can also be found in his chapbook SUNLIT INSULT.

Stefene Russell is St. Louis Magazine’s Culture Editor, and is a member of Poetry Scores, an arts collective that translates poetry into other media. In 2007, Poetry Scores translated her poem Go South For Animal Index into music. The poem, with essays by Russell and Poetry Scores artistic director Chris King, was released as a letterpress book with a CD of the score, printed by Firecracker Press. Russell is also a former co-editor of 52nd City and Prinsesstarta literary magazines, and was featured as part of River Styx’s Hungry Young Poets Series, the Observable Poetry Series (including 2005’s “Three Stephanies,” reading), the Archive Reading Series, and the Pulitzer’s Sound Waves series.  Her work has appeared in Pif, Gadfly, The Lumberyard, Bad Shoe, and Otis Nebula.

A Mississippi native, Treasure Shields Redmond is a St. Louis-based poet, performer and educator. She has published poetry in such notable anthologies as Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Breaking Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cane Canem’s First Decade and in journals that include The Sou’wester and The African American Review.  She has received a fellowship to the FineArts Works Center, and her poem, “around the time of medgar” was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Treasure is a Cave Canem fellow and has received an MFA from the University of Memphis. Presently, she divides her time between being an assistant professor of English at Southwestern Illinois College and doctoral studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Harris
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2012 – 8 pm
Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts
3151 Cherokee St.
Free and open to the public

HEARding Cats is proud to present St. Louis artist Kevin Harris in a solo concert!  Harris is a longtime advocate and performer of synthesized music.  His career as a working artist has taken him on tours of the U.S. and Europe over the last two decades.  While he’s perhaps best known as the

Harris flies high

proprietor of the south city concert space, Floating Labs, his talent and abilities are not to be underestimated.  Harris is an accomplished synthesist using multiple formats ranging from self invented instruments to old analog units, and even computers for digital music creation.  For this concert, Harris will premier three new pieces which each take an entirely different approach to music creation: one for keyboard synthesizer, one for solo computer, and a last for modular synthesizer.

With piece names such as “D2Y9k301” and “A1Z3k302,” Harris’ aesthetic can on the surface appear robotic and emotionless.  However, a quick conversation reveals both light-hearted humor, and a deep seriousness in his approach to creation.  Harris cites “ice cream,” and “the inferiority of squares to circles,” as “food or ideas, which may be important to the music being presented.”  Yet he also considers “the disadvantages of rational thought,” and “interpersonal information selection and distribution (the process by which humans distribute information about their thoughts, ideas, and experiences to other humans,” as keys to his artistic process.  With such dichotomous influences, Harris is at once complex, sophisticated, and highly creative.  A truly strange and wonderful St. Louisan.