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Chamber Jazz – Now THERE’S a new musical genre!

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CHAMBER JAZZ DUO TO PERFORM AT NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

In recognition of National Poetry Month, the Newport Public Library is hosting musicians Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien of PoetryMusic on Sunday, April 10, at 2:00 p.m.

PoetryMusic is a chamber jazz duo from Portland. Lee plays the vibraphone, box drum and frame drum, while O’Brien plays the cello, and sings with a deep resonant voice perfect for jazz-style vocals. Their lyrics are poems, everything from Maya Angelou to Robert Frost to Kerouac to Shakespeare. Their multi-media performance includes a slide presentation of the poems being sung, and photographs.

Lee and O’Brien met in 1980, and have been together since. They have led their own band, produced five recordings, and continue to actively pursue their musical vision with their duo Primal Mates and their evolving Poetry Project.

Following the presentation, they will open the floor up to questions, comments and discussion.

Sponsored by the Newport Library Foundation, this program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 541-265-2153 or go to www.newportlibrary.org

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