Thursday, May 13, 2010

Joy Harjo at the Outpost

Performance Friday, May 14 & Sat. May 15, 7:30pm at the Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE. Don't miss Joy Harjo's Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light with Larry Mitchell. 

Joy Harjo (Mvskoke-Creek Nation) is a musician, poet, and playwright. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, she currently lives in Honolulu performing internationally as a soloist and with her band, Joy Harjo and the Arrow Dynamics Band, in which she sings and plays saxophone. Her poetry has garnered many awards including a Lila Wallace-Reader' s Digest Award and the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. She has released three award-winning CDs of original music and received the Eagle Spirit Achievement Award for overall contributions in the arts from the American Indian Film Festival. 

Joy's most recent project, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light, is a unique, genre-bending one-woman play featuring her own original music. The score has been pushed and molded by Grammy award-winning record producer Larry Mitchell, who performs in the show with her. The piece is a journey of struggle, displacement, self-discovery, and healing in which Harjo has combined character-driven narrative with tales inspired by the traditions of her native people. It has been workshopped and performed in NYC at the Public Theater's 2007 Native Theater Festival, as well as with Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles.

Artistic Director, Randy Reinholz, described the piece as "the heart of theater-a heightened ceremony, a broad intersection of art forms, an intimate act that celebrates the beauty and investigates the inherent paradoxes of the human condition. Joy is fearless, bringing all of her many talents to bear in this tour-de-force performance." 

The Outpost Performance Space, (505) 268-0044, http://ampconcerts. org

Originally posted by Hakim Bellamy to NM Slam; links and images added by Poets & Writers Picnic

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