The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

SCDT presents HUT IX

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents HUT IX
An evening of contemporary music, movement and poetry

Saturday, April 1, 8 PM
SCDT Studios, 25 Main Street 4th floor, Northampton MA (across from Strong Avenue)
$10 general admission, $5 students/seniors | Reservations 413 570 4491

SCDT’s director Jennifer Polins collaborates with local sound artist Jake Meginsky and local poet Laura Warman, to curate a new performance series that combines local and international artists of different genres in a performance event. 3 artists, 3 genres, 3 short sets. This month HUT IX features choreographer Jaamil Olowale Kosoko, a JFK fellowship recipient and based in Philadelphia, V Manuscript-a providence based poet, and Buffalo based improviser and saxophonist Steve Baczkowski.

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, a 2011 Fellowship recipient at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a certificate candidate at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University, has been published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, and Silo, among other publications. He has been a guest artist at various universities and high schools throughout the United States. In 2009, Kosoko published Animal in Cyberspace (Old City Publishing). Kosoko’s work in theater and dance has received support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Performance Venues include: The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Dance Theater Workshop, Bennington College, Danspace at St. Mark's Church, the CEC Meeting House Theater, Painted Bride Arts Center, among others. Performer credits include featured roles in work of Kate Watson-Wallace/anonymous bodies, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, and Headlong Dance Theater.

V Manuscript is poet / pervert / blasphemme. The texts of V Manuscript are constructed using a combination of writing and quarreling with grammar machines—algorithmically assisted text regeneration methods are mis/used, then cut-up, edited, re-poeticized and re-inserted back into a master narrative. The intimacy necessary for the project hinges on blood-stamped self-published chapbooks and intense live performances combining text and music which underscore ornate corporeal and poetically virulent practices of endurance, tension and concentration. A variety of ritual objects and occult materials – rope, needles, knives – are employed and often amplified in performance. The many V Manuscripts focus on the absence of absolutes and the marginalia of masochism, eroticism and the fluidity of gender. V Manuscript runs the small press VILE_TYPE, the reading series The Empty Room, and collaborates w Maralie in the performance duo HUMANBEAST

Steve Baczkowski is an improviser, saxophonist, and multi-wind instrumentalist. Baczkowski began playing alto saxophone at age eight and switched to baritone by the time he was twelve. He studied music in high school at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and went on to studies in music, saxophone performance, literature, and ethnomusicology at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1994 to 1999. In 1999, Baczkowski became the music director of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, N.Y, where he has since produced and presented hundreds of concerts of contemporary music as well as numerous community-based artist residencies.

In addition to organizing multiple ensembles, such as the Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra, and the Buffalo Suicide Prevention Unit, Baczkowski also performs with the 12/8 Path Band, Genkin Philharmonic, Ubudis Quartet, Rey Scott’s Unusually Different, in duos with percussionists Ravi Padmanabha and John Bacon and guitarists Bill Nace, Omar Tamez, and Bill Sack and in numerous other ensembles as well as solo. He has collaborated with many renowned musicians and has appeared at festivals in North America, Mexico, and Europe.

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