Jerome Kitzke will be giving a pre-concert talk at 7:30 PM - Free with purchase of event ticket.
Jerome Kitzke and The Mad Coyote, with special guests ETHEL, actor Jennifer Kathryn Marshall, pianist Sarah Cahill, percussionist Barbara Merjan and accordionist Guy Klucevsek, will perform five works of Mr. Kitzke, including the world premiere of Winter Count, with Jennifer Kathryn Marshall, ETHEL, and Barbara Merjan. Other pieces include Breath and Bone performed by Mr. Klucevsek and the composer, There Is a Field performed by Ms. Cahill, The Green Automobile performed by the composer, and The Paha Sapa Give-Back performed by The Mad Coyote: Peggy Kampmeier - piano, and the percussionists, Barbara Merjan, Jay Johnson, Jude Traxler and Mike Perdue.
Jerome Kitzke was born in Milwaukee in 1955 and has lived in New York City since 1984. His music arises from the North American landscape and celebrates vitality in its purest forms, thriving on the spirit of driving jazz, Plains Indian song, and Beat Generation poetry, where freedom and ritual converge. It is direct, dramatic, and visceral, always with an ear to the sacred ground. Often political and always topical, his music aims at revealing the heart of what it means to be an American early in the Twenty First Century, especially as it relates to how we live on this land and the way we came to live on it.
This event is generously supported by New Music USA’s MetLife Creative Connections.
Percussionist Tom Kolor, clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt, and pianist Anthony de Mare in Kitzke's anti-war pice The Earth Only Endures with texts by Allen Ginsberg, Walt Whiteman, the Tew, and the Lakota; the composer's new meditation on loss, She Left in the Crow-Black Night; and a ferocious and tender setting of Ginsberg's Sunflower Sutra.
Jerome Kitzke's The Mad Coyote performs with special guests, pianist Anthony de Mare and percussionist Tom Kolor, including a performance of his WNYC commission, Sunflower Sutra. Kitzke will perform The Animist Child on toy piano from his CD, The Character of American Sunlight. The Mad Coyote will also perform The Redness of Blood and deliver poems by Hazard, Firer, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg and others.
Band of Coyotes will play an evening of Kitzke's compositions and composer directed improvisations. Included will be excerpts from the compelling spectacle The Paha Sapa Give Back. Special guests include accordionist extraordinaire Guy Klucevsek playing Breath and Bone, Lisa Karrer acting out Keening Wish and Katheleen Supove romping through The Animist Child.