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Friday, Mar 3 - Saturday, Mar 4
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio, Roser ATLAS Center, University of Colorado Boulder

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Crop of abstract art

Arranged and performed by Leslee Smucker, this multimedia solo violin program features the music and poetry of Ezra Pound, whose little-known musical compositions are rarely performed.

Personae delves into the essence of human emotion—stated through ancient models of poetry, music, and art in a modern context.

Ezra Pound was connected to musicians, composers, and artists of the early 20th century, and Pound’s poetic voice was important in the development of poetry in the modernist movement. His musical realizations of poetic form, rhythm, and pacing permeate throughout his compositions, which exhibit a fascinating tension between the very nature of poetry as a linguistic art and the non-linguistic art of solo violin music. Often rejecting traditional musical forms, Pound replaced them with poetic forms.

Themes of the program have been modeled after the work of Ezra Pound, as well as the interaction between poetry and music. The combination of poetry and solo violin highlights both the differences and similarities between the arts, as it did for Pound. 

Collaborations include musical compositions by Egemen Kesikli and JP Merz, video by Jacob Landis-Eigsti, and poetry by Jesse Nathan.