- May 8, 2020
The TSL Book Space presents:
Reading and Recital: Poet Katherine Swett and Cellists Nicholas Swett & Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 7:00pm – Free Admission
Katherine Swett to Read from debut book Voice Message (Autumn House Press, March 2020). Voice Message explores through villanelles, sonnets, quatrains, and even free verse the consolation and devastation that art and poetry offers. Swett engages the art of Vermeer to guide and contextualize personal pain, exploring how can art offer motivation, comfort, and release. In these poems, there is tenderness for our vulnerable earth as well as for our fragile human bodies. Swett’s debut book is a poignant and measured collection that reminds us of art’s ability to heal. More info at Autumn House Press. Copies of Katherine Swett’s works to be available for sale at the TSL Book Space
Nicholas Swett & Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir to perform works for cello by Bach, Ruth Crawford, and Philippe Hersant. Bach’s solo cello suites are favorites of the classical repertoire. Two cellists go back and forth, performing selections from different suites and exploring the unique character of triumphant preludes, stately allemandes, mournful sarabandes, and spritely gigues. Listeners will also have the chance to hear examples of how these 18th-century dance types have been re-imagined in 20th- and 21st-century compositions written and arranged for two cellos.
Katherine Barrett Swett is a high school English teacher living in New York City. She received a PhD in American Literature from Columbia University. Her poems have been published in various journals including, The Lyric, Rattle, Mezzo Cammin, The Raintown Review, and The Orchards Poetry Journal. Her sonnets were finalists for the Nemerov Contest in 2016 and 2017. Her chapbook, Twenty-one was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.
Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir is an Icelandic-American cellist. She was born in 1994 and made her debut with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2013. She is a graduate of the Reykjavík College of Music and Northwestern University and is pursuing a master’s degree at The Juilliard School. A passionate chamber musician, Geirþrúður has received several accolades for her ensemble playing and has performed across the United States and Iceland. As a member of Quartet Amí she garnered several prizes, served as quartet-in-residence at the inaugural Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival, and saw several performances broadcast on WFMT. She is also a co-founder of the Elja Ensemble, an Icelandic chamber collective dedicated to innovative programming and performance.
Nicky Swett is a cellist, teaching artist, music researcher, and arts administrator. He holds music and comparative literature degrees from Northwestern University and an MA in Music Psychology from The University of Sheffield. He has worked as a community engagement fellow and principal cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Nicky has given solo cello concerts at Chicago’s Symphony Center and has run workshops and educational concerts throughout the Chicagoland area. His research and artistic practice is focused on the relationships between musical styles and how those connections can be explored and enhanced in live performance. He currently serves as the content creator for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s innovative New Milestones series.