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Dreame Wagner, Michaels, Ng, Venman at Unnameable Books

Aug 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


An afternoon of improvised composition presented by The Boog City Reader. Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Derrick Michaels, Warren Ng, and Killian Venman will perform pictorial scores composed by Dreame Wagner as part of composer Bobby Previte’s improvisation workshop. The scores for saxophone, synthesizer, guitar, and percussion create conduits for a synthesis of poetic, visual, and sonic forms. Taking shape as illustrations, poems, graphics and word clouds, Dreame Wagner’s scores are synaesthetic instruction manuals for and against domestic spaces.

The Portable Boog Reader 12: New York City Poetry & Music Festival
Sunday, August 11, 2019 @ 1-3pm
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238

About the composer and performers:

Jasmine Dreame Wagner is a writer and musician. She is the author of On a Clear Day (Ahsahta Press), a collection of lyric essays and poems deemed “a capacious book of traveller’s observations, cultural criticism, and quarter-life-crisis notes” by Stephanie Burt at The New Yorker and “a radical cultural anthropology of the wild time we’re living in” by Iris Cushing at Hyperallergic. Wagner is also the author of Rings (Kelsey Street Press) and six chapbooks. Her work appears in American Letters and Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, BOMB Magazine, Colorado Review, Fence, and Guernica. The recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, an Emergency Grant from Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and residencies from Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Marble House Project, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Villa Barr and Michigan Legacy Art Park, Wagner lives and works in New York.

Derrick Michaels is a Baltimore-based tenor saxophonist | composer | educator, and an inexorable force in the creative music community. Boasting a rich, expressive tone and a propensity for dynamic performance, Michaels harnesses the primordial impulse to create – bringing a kaleidoscopic process of melodic architecture to a myriad of improvisational ensembles. Michaels communicates with vitality, romanticism, and reckless abandon – enveloping listeners into the process of his music as it unfolds into the present moment. His deeply personal approach favors expressive nuance over idiomatic reverence, invoking the rich expressive history of the tenor saxophone while refracting it through his own prism of creative purpose. Each performance both demonstrates and defies his strong roots in jazz by plunging unapologetically into the unknown. Over the years, Michaels has developed many important musical relationships with the likes of Ellery Eskelin, Susan Alcorn, Michael Formanek, Dave Ballou, John Dierker, Eric Kennedy, Mike Kuhl, Jon Seligman, Zach Swanson, Theljon Allen, Alex Weber, Jeff Reed, Phil Cunneff, Ben Frock, Chris Pumphrey, Sarah Hughes, Jarrett Gilgore, and more.

Warren Ng has performed and released numerous recordings under the names Somnambulists and collaboratively as This Invitation, all linked by an interest in minimalism, string drone, and the hidden internal hum of the electric guitar. He recently released a new recording of solo instrumental works on the label Zum called From the Field to the Factory.

Killian Venman holds a Bachelor’s of Music Arts Degree from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire where he was the drummer and manager of the jazz band The Aristocats and the punk band Trout God. He is presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Jazz Percussion at New York University, while gigging professionally in and around New York and writing a book about experimental music (titled “in studying outside the beat”). Killian has played drums since the age of 9 in a wide range of styles including: rock, punk, classical, jazz, polka, oompah, folk, blues, pop, metal, free jazz and bossa nova. Most recently, he has worked as a percussionist for The Brooklyn Ballet and studied under his mentor Bobby Previte. For recordings and videos, information on upcoming projects, please visit:


Aug 11, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Avenue
Brooklyn, 11238
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