Imagine my delight when I opened my work e-mail today and found a flyer about a concert and collaboration that poet and writer Deena Metzger will present in Los Angeles with cellist, composer and singer Jami Sieber on Sunday, January 14. If you live in Los Angeles and you are a fan of Deena like I am, it would be a shame to miss this.
When: Sunday, January 14, 2007
Time: 2 p.m.
Where: The Ruskin Art Club
800 S. Plymouth Blvd., Los Angeles
The flyer says that "Voices of the Animal World: A Concert and Collaboration of Words and Music with Writer/Poet Deena Metzger and Cellist/Composer/Singer Jami Sieber" brings together two acclaimed artists in a performance at The Ruskin Art Club. The event is part of the series Poetry at the Ruskin, which is a collaboration between Red Hen Press and the Ruskin Art Club.
Deena Metzger will be reading from a new poetry manuscript, The Fifth Life of the Baobab Tree. Deena is a novelist, poet, essayist, storyteller and healer seeking to map the imaginal realms. She is an explorer of the deeper meanings and manifestations of story and is devoted to the restoration of creation. She is the author of many works and her latest book, From Grief Into Vision: A Council, is posted on her website and will be published by Hand to Hand in 2007. Among her other books are Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing; and the novels Doors: A Fiction for Jazz Horn, The Other Hand, both published by Red Hen Press, and What Dinah Thought. She is also the co-editor of Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals. Her most recent books of poetry are Looking for the Faces of God and A Sabbath Among The Ruins.
Jami Sieber has played and composed with the Thai Elephant Orchestra. The recording of that work is her latest CD The Hidden Sky. Deena’s poem Mandlovu became the words for Mandlovu Mind, one of the tracks on the CD. Mandlovu is an African word for female elephant. Jami is an electric and acoustic cellist, vocalist and composer. She is a celebrated pioneer of her instrument, recognized internationally, and received the Northwest Area Music Association Award for Best Rock Instrumentalist, no easy feat for a cellist. As a musician she speaks to the spirit by way of her instrument, reaching inside the soul with compositions that are contemporary, timeless, lush and powerfully evocative. She will also appear in concert at Sacred Space in Ojai, CA, on Saturday, January 12.
Kate Gale, Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, and Elena Karina Byrne, past Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America and Poetry Moderator and Consultant for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, are the hosts for the January 14 event at the Ruskin. The 2 p.m. performance by Deena and Jami will be followed by a reception with complementary refreshments. The Ruskin Art Club was founded in 1888 and is the city's oldest cultural association. The association's 1922 clubhouse was declared a Los Angeles Historical Monument, in 1997.
The Ruskin Art Club at 800 S. Plymouth Blvd., Los Angeles, is in the Hancock Park area, just south and west of the intersection of Wilshire and Crenshaw Boulevards. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Seating is limited and on a first come basis. Contact: The Ruskin at 323-755-3530.