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Spring 2016: Cavani Quartet in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College  wins Cuyahoga Arts and Culture  Grant for support of exciting residency with COLLAGE : Music & Poetry


COLLAGE : Music & Poetry Residency JANUARY -APRIL 2016
Supported by TRI-C Presents Performing Arts and CAC Residency Partnership Grant


Annie Fullard, violin
Mari Sato, violin
Kirsten Docter, viola
Merry Peckham, cello.


Cavani String Quartet with Mwatabu Okantah, poet

COLLAGE: Music & Poetry is a multi discipline performance experience which takes the audience on an electrifying journey through spoken poetry wovMwatabuen in and around music. The Cavani Quartet has performed with poet Mwatabu Okantah at universities, schools, and on cultural arts series throughout the United States. COLLAGE has received acclaim as the intensely powerful convergence of two art forms which take their roots from both African and European cultures. Originally conceived to introduce young audiences to the mediums of chamber music and poetry, the program was recently featured at the American Music Festival Creative Writing Workshop in Wilmington North Carolina, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, West Virginia University and also at The Chamber Music America National Conference in New York. A recent Cavani / Okantah performance received this accolade from a high school teacher: The Cavani Quartet with poet Mwatabu Okantah, a modern day griot, will move the entire room with its beautiful and sorrowful mélange of cultures and history. Audience members will leave wanting to be better human beings.” The program is particularly meaningful and exciting for people from all walks of life who like to think outside the boxand see limitless possibilities for self-expression through music and the spoken word.

The members of the Cavani Quartet in collaboration with poet Mwatabu Okantah act as teaching artists to inspire student and adult audiences to deepen their understanding and appreciation of both music and the spoken word while representing living history from the Enlightenment through the 21st The amalgamation of art forms, the fusion of chamber music and poetry, creates a new and larger experience, and serves to reach all audiences, on both a cognitive and emotional level.

RESIDENCY GOALS : To perform for communities throughout Cleveland, in a variety of spaces outside the concert hall where audience and performers are able to interact, respond and inspire each other.

To encourage TRi C and Lake Erie Ink students to write poetry in response to interactive sessions and inspired by selected music.

To feature poetry selections by Tri C students and Lake Erie Ink students participating in the writers workshops on the culminating program at Tri C on April 1.


JANUARY 25 4:00 pm The Cleveland Institute of Music Mixon Hall
Event : The Art of Engagement Seminar
11021 East Blvd Cleveland, Ohio 44106

JANUARY 28 7:00 pm Shaker Heights Public Library
Event: Performance
16500 Van Aken Blvd Shaker Heights, OH 44120

FEBRUARY 17 12:15 -1:00 Amistad Chapel United Church of Christ
Event: Lunchtime Performance
700 Prospect Avenue Cleveland OH 44115

FEBRUARY 17 7:00-8:30 pm Lake Erie Ink
Event: Teen Writers Workshop
2843 Washington Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

FEBRUARY 20 2:00 pm Cleveland Public Library Langston Hughes Branch
Event: Performance
10200 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

FEBRUARY 21 7:00 pm Rocky River Public Library at The Rocky River Senior Center
Event : Performance
21014 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, OH 44116

FEBRUARY 24 7:00-8:30 pm Lake Erie Ink
Event; Teen Writers Workshop

FEBRUARY 25 7:00 pm Cuyahoga Community Coll Metro Campus
Event: Open Mic : Poetry Slam
2900 Community College Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

MARCH 29 6:00 pm Cleveland Public Library Martin Luther King Branch
Event: Performance
1962 Stokes Blvd, Cleveland Ohio 44106

MARCH week of 28 TBD
Tri C East Campus Writing And Literature Classes
4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills, OH 44122

APRIL 1 7:30pm Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus TRI C ARTS SERIES
Event: Performance
4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills, OH 44122


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