Zimbabwe Nkenya

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.

Ethnic Muzik for Non-Existent Countries
Sunday, May 20, 2012 – 8 pm
Kerr Foundation
21 O’Fallon St
Admission: $10 / $7 students, artists

HEARding Cats Collective, St. Louis’ adventurous arts producer is excited to present the improvising ensemble Ethnic Muzik for Non-Existent Countries.  The group consists of veteran musical improvisers Rich O’Donnell,

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tory z starbuck, Zimbabwe Nkenya, and Deb Summers conversing on a wide range of acoustic and electronic instruments.  Poet K. Curtis Lyle will join the group to add his powerful articulation to the evening.

Folk music takes on many forms and is reflective of the history and culture of the region from which the musicians come.  In the case of Ethnic Muzik from Non-Existent Countries, the tradition and mindset is an ever-evolving search for new expression.  Composed of veteran St. Louis artists, the group’s individuals have created a musical and spoken languages that are unique to each person, derived from a lifetime of experimentation and interaction with their instruments and words.  The ensemble will play a set of spontaneous music on traditional and futuristic instruments.  Ideas are exchanged, manipulated, and tossed musically from one member to the

tory z starbuck plays amplified koto

other in a dance of notes that will last 90 minutes.  Their work is temporal – the soundscape the group creates on May 20 has never been before – and will never be quite the same again.  Such is the beauty of improvised expression.

Saturday, Apr. 16 – “These Cats Can Speak” – poetry and multimedia word-warping! (w0w!)

These Cats Can Speak Featuring the poetry of Brett Underwood, Anna Lum, Treasure Williams, and Stef Russell Musical accompaniment by Zimbabwe Nkenya and Rich O’Donnell Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011 – 8 pm Floating Labs 4528 Ohio Admission: $5 Stranger things may have happened – but we guarantee nothing more wonderful than this arts smorgasbord of […]

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Sunday, June 27 – HEARding Cats Gelatin Orchestra saves souls (from the banal cycle of everyday life) at U-City Library

HEARding Cats Gelatin Orchestra Sunday, June 27, 2010 – 2 pm University City Library 6701 Delmar Blvd Free and open to the public HCC invites adventurous souls to come worship with us at the U-City library on Sunday, June 27 for the STRANGE and WONDERFUL sounds of HEARding Cats Gelatin Orchestra.  Featuring the sometimes-erratic, often […]

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Thursday, Jun. 10 – An Impromptu Gathering of Cats in Strauss Park

An Impromptu Gathering of Cats Featuring Rich O’Donnell, Doc. Mabuse, Tory Z Starbuck, and Zimbabwe Nkenya Thursday, Jun. 10, 2010 – 6 pm Strauss Park (corner of Grand and Washington Blvd.) Admission: Free and open to the public   Join HEARding Cats Collective artists Rich O’Donnell, Doc Mabuse, Tory Z Starbuck, and Zimbabwe Nkenya this Thursday, […]

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