Jazzmouth is looking for Teen Poets

The Seacoast Poetry and Jazz Festival
“Young Writer’s Beat Night Festival”

Time: Sat April 25th, 11AM-Noon
Location: River Run Books, 20 Congress St. Portsmouth, NH

This event is part of the 5th Annual Jazzmouth Poetry & Jazz Festival, which will take place from April 23-26 at various locations throughout Portsmouth.

"Beat Night" is a series that has been running for 10 years at The Press Room, in Portsmouth. Writers read their work to the accompaniment of live music. As part of the Jazzmouth Festival, there is going to be a “Young Writers Beat Night”. This event is not just a reading but an opportunity for young writers to read their work accompanied by live music. The music will be provided by the Larry Simon ensemble with special guest David Amram. Kids will have the chance to read with world famous musician and composer David Amram. Amram is the person who first started the music and poetry collaborations of the Beat era working with writers, such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlingetti and others.

Here are a few things to share with the kids:
The kids should be aware of the format, meaning that they will be working with musicians and they should think in advance of what sort of mood or style, or instrumentation they want (expressed briefly in non -technical terms, e.g. "Can you play something that sounds like Bette Davis in 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane'?", or " I just want some slow dark bass playing", etc.). We’re planning on having flute, bass, guitar, drums, sax, keyboard and David Amram on assorted world music wind instruments and percussion.

Each writer can read up to 3 minutes (possibly longer depending on how many readers we have).

For more info and to sign up, please email the festival’s artistic director Larry Simon at: groovebacteria@comcast.net. Please put “Jazzmouth Young writers event” in the subject line.

If you forget to sign up in advance, it’s ok, just come down to River Run on 4/25

For up to date info on all Jazzmouth events go to: jazzmouth.org

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