Adrienne Torf & Voices of the Revolution in Flint

$15.00$30.00

Performing Torf & June Jordan’s Collaboration

Saturday, April 20th
7:30pm

Location:
Flint Unitarian Universalist Church
2474 S.Ballenger Hwy
Flint, MI  48507

This performance will bring together the moving poetry of the late activist June Jordan, the piano and compositional artistry of Adrienne Torf, and the powerful spoken word of the Michigan based Voices of the Revolution. Special guests Flint Poet Laureate Semaj Brown and Natasha Elle Thomas will also be part of the show.  Two recent additions to VOTR, Rose Jangmi Cooper and Shelia Burks, will add vocal alchemy to the performance. The shows from this collaboration were/are the first time that a selection of Jordan and Torf’s collaborative works are being performed in this format — a program honoring June Jordan’s legacy, including performances of the collaborative works along with poems by Jordan and other poets.

Tracks from Jordan and Torf’s Collaboration: Selected Works 1988-2000 written and recorded by Jordan and Torf and released in 2003 will be featured. The poetry performed is for an adult audience. The content includes images of misogyny, racism, violence, and other intersections of oppression.

Preview the original Collaboration album HERE.

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Description

Adrienne Torf is a composer and pianist. Her piano and synthesizer work appear on three solos albums, one in collaboration with her artistic collaborator, the great African American poet, essayist, and activist June Jordan, and more than a dozen commercial releases by other artists. Recent projects include the Theater Alliance / IN Series Washington DC, production of “Poetry for the People: The June Jordan Experience” which was awarded the 2023 Helen Hayes Theater Award for “Outstanding New Play or Musical Adaptation,” and the September 2022 Sedona, AZ production of Torf’s original ensemble piece for instruments and spoken word, “The Awesome Difficult Work of Love.”

Voices of the Revolution is an eclectic collective of feminist voices telling truth through spoken word. Based in Lansing, Michigan, they perform in libraries, community centers, art galleries, or wherever they’re invited. Their work features their own poetry as well as poets such as Pat Parker and June Jordan. Formed in 2018, their collaboration is based on love and respect that goes back decades. The group includes Kim Griffin, Susan Harris, Laurie Hollinger, Tari Muñiz, Lisa Sarno, and Ruelaine Stokes. This performance also features singers Rose Jangmi Cooper and Shelia Burks.

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