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  • The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation

    Collaborations: Jazz and Poetry

    Sunday, October 14, 2012
    3:00 PM

    The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation of NYPSI is pleased to present jazz pianist and composer Lewis Porter and poet Sean Singer in performance and discussion on the theme of Collaborations. They will explore the fusion of jazz poetry, questioning what is a jazz-related piece of writing and how do poems respond to jazz in all its musical and cultural overtones.

    In addition to Porter performing on his own, he and Singer will demonstrate the collaborative process with Porter improvising on the piano while Singer reads his poetry.

    Donations Accepted

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium

    Lewis Porter is a jazz pianist, composer, author, a Professor of Music at Rutgers University in Newark since 1986, and founder and director of the Master's Program in Jazz History and Research there since 1997. A leading scholar and historian of all eras of jazz, he has dedicated his career to raising the standards of jazz scholarship and mentoring young scholars worldwide.

    Porter is an author or coauthor of seven books and numerous articles on jazz and a consultant to record producers, publishers, and producers of jazz radio shows and films. From 2002-2010, he was editor for a series of books on jazz for the University of Michigan Press, and he completed a jazz encyclopedia published by He is editor of the comprehensive John Coltrane Reference book (Routledge, 2008). He is founder and formerly co-editor with Professor John Howland of the peer-reviewed journal, Jazz Perspectives, which began publication early in 2007 and quickly became one of the leading journals in the jazz field. His latest project is a blog at entitled "You Don't Know Jazz," where in each installment he presents previously unknown and groundbreaking research on every aspect of jazz from its African roots to the present day.

    Porter has appeared in concert with such masters as Dave Liebman, Ravi Coltrane, Judi Silvano, Joe Lovano, Jeff Coffin, Jane Ira Bloom, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Morris, Marc Ribot, George Garzone, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway, Don Friedman, Alan Dawson, Joe Cohn, Gregg Bendian, and many others. He is a regular member of the Indian-influenced group Dharma Jazz with Badal Roy, Freddie Bryant, and percussionist Karttikeya.

    Sean Singer is the author of Discography, which won the 2001 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize (selected by W.S. Merwin) and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poems have been published in various magazines, including Salmagundi, Tin House, and Pleiades.

    Singer has also published two chapbooks, Passport and Keep Right On Playing Through the Mirror Over the Water, and is the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently a doctoral student in American Studies at Rutgers University in Newark.

    Singer's process when writing poems involves months of listening to music, making lists of words and images, and trying to find imagistic and sonic connections among the things in the content of the poem. After these months of incubation, thinking, planning, mistakes, and visions, he likes to write the core of the poem in a single moment followed by months of line-by-line revision. This process brings a moment of discovery about language that the product doesn’t, but the energy of the product confirms whether or not the poem was close to the thing in his mind’s eye when he began.

    Singer was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and currently lives in New York City.

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