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Jazz and Poetry for Valentine’s Day

Jazz and Poetry for Valentine’s Day

Paris Lit Up in collaboration with Atelier Sainte Marthe warmly invites you and your significant other(s) to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2014 with Jazz and Poetry on Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 20h.

Back for another year, the Italian jazz quintet Omit Five are coming to create improvised sonorous collaborations between jazz and poetry without any previous rehearsal. Come experience the magic of creative spontaneity between words and sound as the Parisian poets Rufo Quintavalle, Annie Brechin, Dareka Daremo and Winona Linn perform for the first time ever with these formidable musicians.

Entrance is free although donations to help support the travel costs will be gladly accepted. Alcoholic refreshments will be available and we will probably pester you to buy Omit Five’s most recent album, Speak Random (SLAM Records).


About the band

OMIT-FIVEOmit Five started in 2010 at the Venezze Conservatory in Rovigo (Italy) as an independent laboratory for jazz improvisation. All five members have different musical, cultural and geographic backgrounds. Their repertoire is almost entirely made up of a wide range of original compositions as the group attempts to unite jazz and improvisation with the post-bop tradition, playing entirely acoustically with a contemporary sound. They have participated in various national and international competitions and was voted  Best of Show in the Barga Jazz Contest in 2011 and awarded the MIUR National Award for Arts – Jazz in 2011. They have played in many festivals including Umbria Jazz ’12, the Torrione Jazz Club of Ferrara, Milestone Piacenza Jazz Club, Bergamo Jazz Club, Fara Music Jazz Live 2011 and toured extensively throughout Europe (Italy, France, Germany, Belgium). Their first disc was released in September 2012 with Caligola Records.

Omit Five is: Filippo Vignato – trombone, Mattia Dalla Pozza – sax, Joseph Circelli – guitar, Rosa Brunello – upright bass, Simone Sferruzza – drums

About the Poets

Rufo Quintavalle is the author of four books of poetry, Make Nothing Happen (2009), Liquiddity(2011), Dog, cock, ape and viper (2011) and moral hazard and the chemical sweats (2013).  He was formerly the poetry editor for the online journal, nthposition, and served on the editorial board for the Paris-based literary magazine, Upstairs at Duroc.  His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the Michael Marks award.  From 2011 until 2013 he ran the reading series, Poets Live.

Annie Brechin has been published in The Wolf, Stand, Magma, Rising, The Liberal and various other places. In 2003 while still at university she was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Young Poets Apprenticeship. For four years she lived and performed in London and then in Prague, where she was one half of the partnership who recently took over the long-running English language performance series Alchemy.

Dareka Daremo has performed poetry since 2005 in France, then in USA and everywhere his feet can land on. He is now traveling through France and Europe to satisfy his thirst for poetry. His poems are metamorphic animals, and he’s a zoo keeper in hell. They are trees and buildings, little skeletons dancing under the moonlight, lonely kids lost in urban mazes, sewing needles stuck in his frail stupid little heart. They are maelström of rhymes, soda drinks in a night bar, for a drunken public. They are you, they are him, they are life and death kissing in a blink, but it does not really matter.

Winona Linn is a Canadian poet, performer, teacher and spoken word artist. Linn was the 2011 poet laureate of the Federal Green Party of Canada, and wrote and performed poems on a variety of issues for the duration of the 2011 federal election. In the spring of 2013, a collection of Linn’s poems was published by Paisley Press out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This collection, entitled “Stand Tall,” was a collaboration with visual artist Sidney Robichaud and are available for sale across Canada. Currently, Winona Linn lives in Paris, France where she teaches English-language poetry to children. See her perform here.

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