(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Slam poetry meets new music when poet Roger Bonair-Agard joins forces with Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, composer/steel-pan player Andy Akiho, and composer/percussionist Sean Dixon, in “M Is Black Enough,” a work-in-progress program in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, March 26, at 8pm.
Jeffrey Zeigler is a versatile cellist known for his work within the classical and new music realms. The New York Times describes his playing, which is passionate, artful, and often improvisational, as “fiery…with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone.” His debut solo album, “Something of Life,” features premiere works by notable contemporary musicians including composers Philip Glass and Paola Prestini, and drummer Glenn Kotche of Wilco. MASS MoCA audiences will remember Zeigler from the 2015 Solid Sound Festival where he performed a duet with Kotche.
Andy Akiho is a steel pan master and composer of contemporary classical music whose body of work has been called “mold-breaking” by the New York Times. His commissioned works have premiered with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall’s prestigious Ensemble ACJW. His work has been featured at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA.
Roger Bonair-Agard is a renowned poet and spoken word performer from Trinidad and Tobago. He has published three books of poetry, is a two-time champion of the National Poetry Slam, a Cave Canem fellow, writer-in-residence with VisionIntoArt, and poet-in-residence with Young Chicago Authors. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the louderARTS Project and teaches poetry at the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Facility in Chicago. He leads workshops and performs spoken word internationally.
Sean Dixon is a composer, producer, percussionist, and bassist based in New York City. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and The New School before founding R&B-soul band The Chesterfields with Scott Sharrard. His work has been shaped significantly by Guinean master drummer M’Bemba Bangoura and Bahian musician Mestre Kiki da Bahia, whose colorful influences can be seen in Dixon’s jazz, blues, pop, and R&B-flavored sound. He has worked with MASS MoCA favorites including Zammuto, Gotye (Wally de Backer), and Elysian Fields. He is currently co-leader of experimental pop-rock-R&B duo SLV, a frequent NPR Music favorite.
Tickets are $8 for students, $12 in advance, $18 day of, and $22 preferred. Tickets for all events are available through the MASS MoCA box office located on Marshall Street in North Adams, open 11am to 5pm every day except Tuesdays through June 24, 2016. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 x1 during box office hours or purchased online at MASS MoCA. All events are held rain or shine.