Date(s) - 04/08/2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Joe Henderson Lab, SFJAZZ Center
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Curated by SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Genny Lim, this year’s festival will again feature the greatest poets of the Bay Area and beyond, centered on the concept of “wordology.”
A noted jazz poet, Lim has performed at jazz festivals and venues from coast to coast.
Genny Lim is a native San Francisco poet, playwright and performer. She has previously published three poetry collections, Paper Gods and Rebels, Child of War, and Winter Place; a children’s book, Wings for Lai Ho; and is co-author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, which received the American Book Award. Her award-winning play, Paper Angels, a prison drama about Chinese immigrants held on Angel Island, was the first Asian American play featured on PBS’s American Playhouse in 1985, and has been produced throughout the U.S. and in Canada. Reprised in 2010 at the San Francisco Fringe Festival in Chinatown Portsmouth Square, it received Best Site Specific Award and is being presented at the Seattle Fringe Festival this year. A noted jazz poet whose collaborators have included the late Max Roach, bassist, Herbie Lewis, Jon Jang, Francis Wong, Anthony Brown and Hafez Modirzadeh, Lim has performed at jazz festivals and venues from coast to coast, including SF Jazz Poetry Festival at SF Jazz and World Poetry Festivals in Caracas, Venezuela and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her poetry and vocals can be heard on Asian ImprovArts recordings with Francis Wong, Devotee and Child of Peace; and on Jon Jang’s Immigrant Suite. Lim is the subject of a feature documentary, The Voice, which aired on PBS in 2002; and was featured in the five-part PBS series, The United States of Poetry and San Francisco Chinatown. She served as SF Arts Commissioner under Mayors Art Agnos and Frank Jordan.
Featuring Ishmael Reed, Genny Lim, Equipto with Marshall Trammell, and Francis Wong
Ishmael Reed received the Alberto Dubito Award for international poetry from Ca’Foscari University of Venice in 2016. His new novel, “Conjugating Hindi” will be published in April.
Ilyich “Equipto” Sato is a scholar of the microphone, who knows the history of the instrument and can bring it to life at any moment he chooses. This enables him to make all kinds of hip hop co-exist simultaneously. The Frisco legend first broke musical ground in the Golden Era of the 1990s with the equally legendary crew Bored Stiff, using his vocal instrument, to ride a beat in such a way that he became part of the music. Their 90s releases encapsulated the classic SF sound and propelled them to underground fame and tours around the world helping to establish the Frisco rap gospel. His solo works and collaborative records include the Bay’s finest: Andre Nickatina, Opio of Hieroglyphics, and Berner. 2018 will see his release of a solo album, a collaborative project with The Architect, and the debut of The Watershed, a multi-generational Frisco crew consisting of Equipto, Brycon, Monk HTS & Old Soul Kollective.
Marshall R. Trammell believes that, given this historical moment, artist need to be making an impact. Mr. Trammell is a mid-career multidisciplinary, visionary artist keenly focused on deploying indigenist and contemporary technologies in Improvisation, Conduction, and autonomous, alternative infrastructural design. He founded Music Research Strategies as a culturally-situated arts platform built upon phenomenological & empirical, decolonizing & emancipatory methodologies positioned for critical engagement. Mr. Trammell is a spirited, idiosyncratic percussionist performing a political education vernacular that spills out beyond the limit of the stage.
Few musicians are as accomplished as Francis Wong, considered one of “the great saxophonists of his generation” by the late jazz critic Phil Elwood. A prolific recording artist, Wong is featured on more than forty titles as a leader and sideman. For over two decades he has performed his innovative brand of jazz and creative music for audiences in North America, Asia, and Europe with such with such luminaries as Jon Jang, Tatsu Aoki, Genny Lim,William Roper, Bobby Bradford, John Tchicai, James Newton, Joseph Jarman, Don Moye and the late Glenn Horiuchi. Key vehicles for his work are Asian Improv aRts, the company he co-founded with Jon Jang. He has is on faculty at San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Det.