Saul Williams and Mivos Quartet: No One Ever Does
World premieres by Ted Hearne and Jace Clayton in celebration of National Poetry Month           
Copresented with the Givens Foundation for African American Literature* 

James J. Hill Reference Library, Saint Paul
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:30pm (SOLD OUT)

“Hip hop’s poet laureate.” – CNN on Saul Williams

"The vital [Mivos Quartet] embraces toothy modernism with punk-rock verve." – The New York Times

The adventurous Mivos Quartet, hailed as "one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles" (The Chicago Reader), joins legendary poet and performer Saul Williams for a memorable night of new music. Williams, known for his distinctive marriage of “firebrand politics with metaphysical word play” (AV Club), presents the Minnesota premiere of NGH WHT, a collaboration with composer Thomas Kessler. NGH WHT integrates the sounds of a string quartet with Williams’ singular voice to create an organic and provocative interaction between hip hop and contemporary classical styles. The program will also feature world premieres by composers Jace Clayton (DJ/rupture) and Ted Hearne, co-commissioned by Liquid Music and the Givens Foundation, and Moonblood by Mario Diaz de Leon.

Tickets: $15 ($10)

* About the Givens Foundation
For more than 40 years, the Givens Foundation for African American Literature has been the only organization in the Twin Cities exclusively dedicated to advancing and celebrating black literature and writers. Its literary arts residencies, African American Author Series, and programs for writers illuminate the cultural resources and creative imagination found within African American literature to enrich cultural understanding for diverse audiences of all ages.