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April 7th MAPP at Red Poppy Art House

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Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 7:30pm event
Admission: Free
Curator: Todd T Brown

Launched in 2003, the MAPP Mission Arts Performance Project is a homegrown bi-monthly, multidisciplinary, intercultural happening that takes place in the Mission District of San Francisco. On the first Saturday of every even month of the year, the MAPP transforms ordinary spaces, such as private garages, gardens, living rooms, studios, street corners, and small businesses into pop-up performance and exhibition sites for a day/night of intimate-scale artistic and cultural exchange among a kaleidoscope of individuals and communities.

7:00 – "¡Aquí no hay moscas!"
A visual exhibition by Santiago Insignares

7:30-7:55 – Bass and Guitar Duo
Justin Seagrave (guitar) & Schuyler Karr (bass)

8:01-8:43 – "In a Theater of Songs"
Tom Sway (guitar, vocals) w/ Colm O’Riain (violin) & Aaron Kierbel (drums)

8:47-9:03 – "Insect"
Experimental dance by Kristi Williamson & Adrian Arias

9:14-9:29 – "Limon"
A performatic experience of ceviche w/ Adrian Arias (performance), Todd T Brown (bass), Prasant Radhakrishnan (saxophone), Lisa Fico (keys, vocals), Aaron Kierbel (drums), Mara Hernandez (dance)

9:31-10:00 – "A Moment’s Happening of a Past and Present"
Michael Warr (poetry), Todd T Brown (bass), Prasant Radhakrishnan (saxophone), Lisa Fico (vocals), Aaron Kierbel (drums)

Schuyler Karr is a bassist, composer, and arts administrator based in San Francisco. Specializing in the classical and jazz traditions, he has performed with Brad Mehldau; Joshua Redman; the California, Santa Cruz, and Modesto Symphonies; is a member of the One Found Sound chamber orchestra; and has performed chamber music with the Musical Art Quintet, Amaranth Quartet, and the Real Vocal String Quartet. Karr has also spent years performing with several Balkan, Turkish, and klezmer folk groups and recorded with the Tumbleweed Wanderers. As an arts administrator, he served for a year as the Director of Performance Programming at the Red Poppy Art House. He currently directs the Diablo Jazz Company in public and private events.

Aaron Kierbel has proudly been a part of the MAPP for the past 15 years, touring internationally with Rupa and the April Fishes, as well as locally with Jazz Mafia, San Francisco Mime Troupe, and many others.

Colm O’Riain, hailed as a “genius fiddler” by Mike Scott of The Waterboys, is an Irish-born violinist, composer, and an accomplished improviser in multiple genres. In the USA, where he currently calls home, he has enthralled audiences on stages as diverse as CBGB’s in New York, to Fillmore West and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. He has performed at festivals and venues throughout the world, from Alaska to Argentina and Sweden to Vietnam. While deeply rooted in the traditions of his native Ireland, O’Riain’s music constantly looks for connection with other forms. The Irish Herald notes that “O’Riain’s fireworks display of virtuosity easily spans the diverse genres of gypsy, tango, jazz, blues and Irish music, all with his characteristic intelligence and pizazz.”

Kristi Williamson is a multimedia performer born and raised in Maine and now residing in the Bay Area. Her performance work approaches art and healing through movement, ritual theater, myth, and archetype. She currently dances with Anna Halprin’s performance lab and has extensively created, directed, and performed original dance theater works on the East Coast. Williamson teaches kundalini yoga throughout the country and is dedicated to bridging performance and the healing arts.

Adrian Arias is a Peruvian international award-winning visual-poet who has been enlivening the local art scene for the last 18 years. His art often includes visual and performance aspects of an accessible lyrical, emotional, surreal, and whimsical nature. Arias is also an acclaimed visual and installation artist, as well as a cultural promoter.

Prasant Radhakrishnan is a versatile saxophonist steeped in both South Indian classical (Carnatic) and jazz disciplines. The distinct vocal texture of his sound on saxophone, noted for its expressive complexity and rhythmic ingenuity, reflects his’s continued study of tradition, constant innovation, and vast concert experience over the past 15 years. The foremost disciple of Carnatic saxophone pioneer “Padmashri” Dr. Kadri Gopalnath, Radhakrishnan began developing his music over the course of nearly a decade of intensive musical training under his guru, much of which took place in the traditional gurukulam format of complete immersion. The rigor of this training, followed by the privilege of accompanying his teacher on stage in hundreds of concerts in subsequent years, fostered a deep understanding of Carnatic music.

Michael Warr is the poetry editor for Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin (W.W. Norton & Company, 2016). He received a Creative Work Fund Award for his multimedia project Tracing Poetic Memory in Bayview Hunters Point. His poems are being translated into Mandarin by poet Chun Yu in their collaboration Two Languages / One Community. In 2017, Warr was named a San Francisco Library Laureate. Other awards include a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, Black Caucus of the American Library Association Award, Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Illinois Poets Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, and more. Often working with musicians, visual and performing artists, Warr’s poems have been dramatized for theater, depicted on canvas, and set to original musical composition. For more, visit here.

Todd Thomas Brown is a multidisciplinary artist and cultural connector immersed equally in his artistic practice as with his organizational work in developing hybrid models of merging small-scale arts-presenting with social networking and community building. He is the founder of San Francisco’s Red Poppy Art House and the Mission Arts & Performance Project (MAPP). With a painting practice in mixed-media, Brown has participated in artist residencies with the de Young Museum in San Francisco and Residencia el Otro Lado in Chiapas, Mexico, and was one of three artists selected to initiate the de Young Museum’s year-long Artist Fellowship Program in 2011, funded by the James Irvine Foundation. As a performing artist, he has been awarded grants in disciplines of music and theater from the San Francisco Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Brown was recently named to the YBCA 100, an annual compilation of the creative minds, makers, and pioneers that are asking the questions and making the provocations that are propelling new culture-making across the nation. He is presently Project Director and Music Curator for Flying Under the Radar Biennial Festival of the Arts, an interdisciplinary lab/festival that facilitates collaborative work between artists of the San Francisco Bay Area and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by: Robbie Sweeny)