Brooklyn composer and drummer Chase Elodia presents the world debut of his interdisciplinary project Walking in the City, which illustrates Brooklyn in words and music.

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June 10, 2023
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Brooklyn composer and drummer Chase Elodia presents the world debut of his interdisciplinary project Walking in the City, which illustrates Brooklyn in words and music. To create the piece, Elodia invited 12 intergenerational, multiracial, and transcultural writers from across Brooklyn to submit a text inspired by the experience of walking down a street in their neighborhood. The finished work sets their poetry to music, surrounding their words about life in the borough with sampled texts, field recordings, and drum harmonies. At the performance, each poet will read their work as Elodia plays live-triggered melodies and rhythms. National Sawdust is proud to produce the first live, interactive realization of this bold and imaginative new work that celebrates the diverse set of voices that make up this borough. This program is supported in part by National Sawdust co-founder Kevin Dolan.

About Chase Elodia

Chase Elodia is a composer and drummer based in Brooklyn, New York. His music takes cues from media theorists, singer-songwriters, jazz composers, and poets to ask questions about how we relate to both ourselves and one another in our increasingly digitized, secularized cultural moment. In 2021, he was announced as a recipient of ASCAP’s Young Jazz Composers Award for his song “The World Is Now Your Own,” composed in honor of the birth of pianist Glenn Zaleski and violinist Tomoko Omura’s child. He has presented his work in clubs and festivals across the world. In the past decade, he has performed in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Netherlands, Switzerland, and across the United States in venues such as Bimhuis, Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Tabuleiro Jazz Festival, and the Vienna Jazz Festival. His writing about music has been published in Music & Literature, Drum! Magazine, and the Percussive Arts Society. In 2020, he was awarded a grant by the Boulder County Arts Association to record Portrait Imperfect – his album featuring Claire Dickson, Morgan Guerin, Theo Walentinty, and Tyrone Allen – which was released on Biophilia Records in May 2022 and hailed as “ambitious” and “artful” by Downbeat Magazine. He is currently at work on a new project, Walking in the City, in which he sets and spontaneously reconfigures the texts of 12 Brooklyn Poets to a world of rhythm and music. He was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship in Spring 2022 to work on the project.

Participating Poets:

Marissa Davis, Bushwick:

Marissa Davis is a writer, translator, and educator from Paducah, Kentucky. Following years in Nashville, Tennessee and Paris, France, she now resides in Brooklyn, New York. She is an MFA candidate in poetry and Rona Jaffe Fellow at NYU. Her chapbook, My Name & Other Languages I am Learning How to Speak*, was published in April 2020 by Miami-based Jai-Alai Books.

Bernard Ferguson, Flatbush:

Bernard Ferguson is a Bahamian poet, essayist, and MFA candidate at New York University. He is currently working on a book of nonfiction, The Climate Sirens (Graywolf, 2023), about Hurricane Dorian and the effects of climate change on Small-Island Developing States across the world. These days he is thinking mostly about wonder, climate trauma, migrations of all kinds, and Bahamian history.

Celina Su, Prospect Heights;

Celina Su is the Chair in Urban Studies and a Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York. Her publications include Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx, and pieces in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, n+1, and elsewhere. 

Felice Belle, Prospect Lefferts Gardens:

Felice Belle consumes and creates stories to make sense of the world and her place in it. As a poet and playwright, she has performed at the Apollo Theater, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, TEDWomen, and TEDCity 2.0. She received a BKLYN Incubator grant to develop the documentary-style theater performance We Hold These Truths and her young audiences play, Game On!  premiered at the Kennedy Center, as part of the One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide festival. Her writing has been published in several journals and anthologies including Oral Tradition, Bum Rush the Page, and UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship. Her poetry collection, Viscera, is forthcoming from Etruscan Press (Spring 2023).

Dennis Nurske, Kensington:

D. Nurkse is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including The Rules of Paradise (2001), The Fall (2003), The Border Kingdom (2008), and Love in the Last Days (2017). Nurkse splits his time between New York and Vermont and has been named poet laureate of Brooklyn.

Anthony Thomas Lombardi, Gravesend:

Anthony Thomas Lombardi is a Pushcart-nominated poet, organizer, activist, and educator. He is the founder, host, and curator of Word Is Bond, a community-centered reading series that raises funds for transnational relief efforts and mutual aid organizations, and currently serves as a poetry editor for Sundog Lit. A recipient of the Poetry Project’s Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship, his work has appeared or will appear soon in Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Journal, Colorado Review, North American Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat, Dilla

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Chase Elodia: Walking in the City

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