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Q&A with Daniel Godston: Musician and Poet

Living in Chicago since 2000, Daniel Godston professes that his family moved around a lot. He earned a BA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, taught English as a Second Language in South Korea for several years, and then returned to the US to earn an MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College, in Oakland, CA. In Chicago, Godston teaches English Composition, Literature, and New Millennium Studies courses at Columbia College. He also teaches poetry to young people who are hospitalized, through Snow City Arts Foundation, and he teaches creative writing to high school students, through the Center for Community Arts Partnerships. When he's not teaching or publishing poems, he plays the trumpet with his trio, Ways & Means. Their recent CD, Fire of Dream, features poetry and experimental ritual music that is influenced by jazz and world music.


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Q&A with Marvin Tate: Artist, Poet, Musician

I met Marvin Tate while doing an artist residency at Ragdale in Lake Forest, Illinois, last October. His name was familiar to me from NPR (National Public Radio), but I didn’t really know very much about him. He was the first of the residents to do a reading, which he scheduled at 3 p.m. midweek. All the residents showed up, many preoccupied with their own work. I know I was dragging with very low energy. He began reading some of his poetry and within moments, the room was charged — his work is truly amazing.

Marvin Tate
Performing on stage. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Jane Fulton Alt.

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DePaul University’s Concert Hall: A Taste of Georgia

It is not a secret that one can go to DePaul University's Concert Hall on an ordinary day and enjoy the high-quality “entertainment” there. On a fairly cold Friday night when music was the one to warm my heart, I witnessed a very exotic night with a very nice flavor: A Taste of Georgia.

AmerKlavier studio, with its artistic director and founder Eteri Andjaparidze, and DePaul A Cappella and its leader Clayton Parr were the hosts of the evening. Joining together, they presented vocal and instrumental music of Georgia.

Old Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia in 1671

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Interview with Karen Schulz-Harmon: Ossia Fine Arts Space

Karen Schulz Harmon
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Claude-Aline Nazaire

Karen Schulz-Harmon opened Ossia Fine Arts Space in the Fine Arts Building in December 2006. Located on the 5th floor, with nearly floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a balcony and courtyard, the space has been host to 6 shows by various artists, primarily Chicago based. As a professional cellist and music teacher, she uses the space as a combination art gallery and performance space for the Chicago community to showcase talented artists, musicians and performance artists. (All images are courtesy of Karen Schulz-Harmon, except where noted.)
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Interview with Reginald Robinson: Man Out of Time

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Reginald Robinson, Ragtime Musician and Composer.
Courtesy of the artist.

Ragtime pianist and composer Reginald Robinson spent the last 10 years working on his latest CD, Man Out of Time, which includes 20 new piano solos. At age 13, after hearing Scott Joplin's The Entertainer at a school concert, Robinson began teaching himself ragtime on a portable keyboard, and he was determined to compose his own songs. In 1992 with the help of school teachers and a fellow musician, he later went on to record his first demo and was immediately signed by Delmark Records. His recordings include The Strongman (1993), Sounds in Silhouette (1994), and Euphonic Sounds (1998). In September 2004, Robinson received the MacArthur Fellowship Grant (popularly known as the “genius grant”). Robinson has performed in Europe and across the U.S., including such venues as the Chicago Jazz Festival, Ravinia, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation Concert Series, and The American Perspectives Program, sponsored by the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony, and Poetry Foundation.

Lady of Honor Excerpt from Man Out of Time. Courtesy of Reginald Robinson.
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