Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Poetry and Music @ the Library


The chamber jazz duo PoetryMusic will bring their unique talents to the Newport Public Library on Sunday, April 10, at 2:00 p.m. Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien perform poems that have been set to music, music that has been set to poems, and music by some well known writers who were also accomplished composers.

Lee plays the vibraphone, box drum and frame drum, while O’Brien plays the cello, and sings with a deep resonant voice perfect for jazz-style vocals. Their lyrics are poems, everything from Maya Angelou to Robert Frost to Li Po to Shakespeare. Their multi-media performance includes a slide presentation of the poems being sung, and photographs. 

Here is a sample of one of their songs, I Think of Dean Moriarty by Jack Kerouac.

Lee and O’Brien met in 1980, and have been together since. They have led their own band, produced five recordings, and continue to actively pursue their musical vision with their duo Primal Mates and their evolving Poetry Project.

Sponsored by the Newport Library Foundation, this program is free and open to the public.

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