This exciting performance combines voice and drum, two of
the oldest instruments of human expression, in new and provocative
ways. Poetry & Percussion attempts to combine words
and sounds to touch the heart, conjure images in the mind's
eye, and stir feeling in the soul.
of the listener's imagination is not only encouraged, but
necessary to fully appreciate the performance. In this way,
a meditative mood is created in which all participants embark
on a collective journey inward.
approach is very different from the style of presentation
so prevalent in the music and art of today's popular culture.
The only thing required is an open mind.
An advocate for creative writing and
community service, Joanne Leva is the founder and coordinator
of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program, which she
has produced for the past fourteen years. The competition,
its related readings, and poetry event (featuring a celebrity
poet with a national reputation), comes to it's successful
fruition in April, National Poetry Month. Joanne served
at the Philadelphia Writer's Conference as a 2008 Writing
Awards Judge. As an active poet herself, Joanne has been
writing and performing her original poetry since 1991. She
has also organized poetry readings at Headhouse Square for
Earth Day, the Seven Arts Fest on South Street, the Theater
of Living Arts (TLA), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Joanne received her BFA from Arcadia University (formerly
Beaver College) and is currently working on a Marketing
Writing Certificate in Biomedical Writing from The University
of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
Mosemann graduated from the Philadelphia College of the
Performing Arts in 1984 with a Bachelor of Music degree.
Upon graduating he began performing and teaching in Philadelphia.
From 1987-1991 he performed in the casinos of Atlantic City
and Las Vegas. From 1992-2002 John performed with the Mark
Kramer Trio. This group performed extensively as a trio
and also worked as a rhythm section with such jazz luminaries
as George Coleman, Urbie Green, Lee Konitz, Lew Tabackin,
Johnny Coles, Richie Cole, Arnie Lawrence, Jeremy Steig,
Ralph Bowen, John Swana and Larry McKenna. During this time
John also performed with legendary jazz musicians Eddie
Gomez and Marian McPartland. In 2003 John joined the Steve
Giordano Spacetet with whom he is currently performing.
He has performed all over the United States.
World Cafe - Philadelphia
Mannyunk Art Center - Philadelphia
Gwynedd Mercy College - Upper Gwynedd
Ursinus College - Collegeville
Barnes & Noble - Jenkintown & Montgomeryville
Montgomery Theater - Souderton
The Writer's Room - Doylestown