Michael McClure & Ray Manzarek
Michael McClure

MICHAEL McCLURE: FREE VERSE

IF YOU'RE IN MINNEAPOLIS ON MAY DAY, JOIN US AT THE WALKER ART CENTER!

Michael McClure
photo by Garrett Caples

May 1, 2014, 7pm

Walker Art Center
Walker Cinema

Free tickets available
at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk from 6 pm

Join us for a May Day extravaganza as poet Michael McClure unleashes a mighty roar! A central figure of the Beat Generation, he has enchanted audiences through his poetry, plays, and performances for nearly six decades and has collaborated with artists such as Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, and Ray Manzarek. McClure’s poetry is heavily infused with an awareness of nature, especially the animal consciousness that lies dormant in mankind. Don’t miss this special event with a living legend. Free Verse is co-presented by Rain Taxi Review of Books.

MICHAEL McCLURE & RAY MANZAREK

THE PIANO POEMS: LIVE FROM SAN FRANCISCO

A collaboration between Ray Manzarek and Michael McClure, this live performance, recorded at an old church, features both new and older poems, with McClure's words and Manzarek's jazz piano.

On a cold, foggy night in San Francisco after a great Japanese meal, Manzarek and I stepped onto the stage and there were sparks of consciousness - the stage was on fire with poems and piano Improvisations. The symbiosis and the synergy made lights. Then Larry Kassin stepped up to join us with his jazz flute and Lou Judson was recording.

This is a live album with its heart still beating - no tricks, gimmicks, or second takes. We are bringing together my poetry and Ray's improvisations that shape my word-sounds into richer meanings: Piano Poems.

There's no way to be without a politics or an antipolitics, no way to be without art, without anger and generosity, without laughter and kindness.

That's the edge we're whetting on this album.

— Michael McClure

The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco was released on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. It's available both as a CD and as an MP3 download. See below for a link to listen to tracks.

The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco - CD (at Oglio Records)

The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco - Listen to tracks / Buy MP3 or CD (Amazon)

Piano Poems: Live from San Francisco - MP3 (on iTunes)

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