April is Earth Month and cellist Madeleine Shapiro and poet Jonathan Skinner will kick off the celebrations by presenting the second annual Earth Day at the Cafe. The performance will take place on the Schizoid series curated by Frank Oteri.
Music in the first set will draw from Madeleine's ongoing Nature Project featuring wind, snow and birds in works by Judith Shatin, Matthew Burtner and Salvatore Sciarrino.The evening will also highlight the world premiere of Avalon Shorelinesby Gayle Young (www.gayleyoung.net), the well-known Canadian composer, sound artist and instrument builder. Avalon Shorelines, combines live cello with pre-recorded sounds of waves and rocks rolling in the receding water of stony beaches along the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland. The works will be intertwined with readings of original poetry by award winning eco-poet Jonathan Skinner.
The second set, Travelogue, includes music by Zhou Long, Luciano Berio, and the hauntingly beautiful Cuaderno di Viaje by the Mexican composer Mario Lavista, again, intertwined with poems by Jonathan Skinner.