A Night of Poetry and Remembrance - TRACEY SCHMIDT, KRISHNA KANT SHUKLU, ISABEL CASTELLVI Appearing Thu May 17th 2018 at 7:30pm

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This evenings program will include the contemporary poetry of 
Tracey Schmidt 
along with ancient poetry of Kabir, Rumi, and Hafiz.   
Tracey is a long-term friend of and previous performer at White Horse Black Mountain and it's always a special evening when she takes to the White Horse stage.
 We are deeply honored to have  distinguished musician, spiritual teacher  and scholar, 
Dr.  Krishna Kant Shukla 
of Varanasi India participating in tonight's program along with 
acclaimed cellist
Isabel Castellvi.   

Krishna has spent years in the Himalayas collecting songs and poetry and wisdom from the people and the forests and the mountains.   Isabel  is a musician/performer, composer, songwriter, sound healer, music educator and yoga teacher. As a versatile musician and multi-instrumentalist she performs and composes a broad range of music from western classical, folk, indie rock, Indian classical music, Middle Eastern, electro-acoustic, modern jazz, music for dance, experimental performance art and free improvisation.




About Tracey Schmidt

Tracey Schmidt is an award-winning poet and performer whose work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She has performed poetry around the country, at TED-X, and currently teaches creativity, poetry, and photography in such facilities as the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Julia Cameron’s Creativity Camp, the JC Campbell Folk School, and in her hometown of Asheville, NC. Her book of poetry, I Have Fallen in Love with the World, Turtle Dove Press, 2011, was published to rave reviews, as well as a CD of the work of Rumi, Hafiz, and her own poetry. 

She has facilitated poetry writing around the country: in schools, prisons, to adults, and those on a healing journey. 

Her award-winning touring museum exhibit, The Awakening of Turtle Island: Portraits of Native Americans opened for the Olympics in 1996, won the Regional Designation Award in the Humanities, and has toured over 18 museums and cultural centers in the Southeast. She attended the prestigious Portfolio Center in Atlanta, where she won numerous awards for her work.

She has fallen in love with the world. She is still not sure how it happened.






About Dr Krishna Kant Sukla

While teaching Physics and Astronomy as an assistant professor in upstate New York, Krishna Kant Shukla decided to quit academics and follow his heart and soul deep into the fathomless waters of Indian Classical Music. Having studied with great maestros like Srimati Laxmi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and Dr. Tapan Bhattacharya, he returned to India in 1994 to explore the roots of Indian Classical Music in the folk traditions.

His musical search led him into remote villages in the Himalayan foothills, as well as far flung and difficult to reach dwellings in the central plains. He has been particularly influenced by the songs of Kabir, Gorakhnath, and other poet-saints as sung by his Guru, Pandit Kumar Gandharva. These songs belong to living spiritual traditions, some of which are over fourteen hundred years old.

More About Krishna:
Musician, scientist, writer, poet, philosopher.Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla is a multidimensional being. Having studied in some of the best schools and colleges in India and U.K, he went on to obtain an M.S. and PhD. at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Solid State Physics. While teaching Physics and Astronomy as an assistant professor in upstate New York, he decided to quit the family trade of academics and follow his heart and soul deep into the fathomless waters of Indian Classical Music.
 Having studied with great maestros like Srimati Laxmi Shankar, Ustaad Ali Akbar Khan, Dr. Tapan Bhattacharya, he returned to India in 1994 to explore the roots of Indian Classical Music in the great living oral folk traditions. His musical search has led him into remote villages in the Himalayan foothills, as well as far flung and difficult to reach dwellings in the central plains. He has been particularly influenced by the songs of Kabir, Gorakhnath and other nirguna bhakti poet-saints, songs that have been sung as part of a living oral tradition that is over six hundred years old. Dr. Shukla’s repertoire includes compositions of Tyagaraja, Tulsidas, Surdas, Meera, Tukaram, Purandardas and other poet-saints of India, as well as the musical compositions of Sufi saints.
He has also been researching, recording and performing the folk songs of rural northern India, which, according to him, is an art form of unparalleled beauty which is fast becoming extinct.
Dr. Shukla’s chief guiding light, inspiration, and guru is the legendary (late) Pandit Kumar Gandharva. Dr. Shukla has given several acclaimed performances in India and abroad, and is an empanelled artist with the ICCR (Indian Council of Cultural Relations). Recently, he toured the U.S. and gave 39 memorable concerts spanning 13 states. Several of these concerts included lecture demonstrations and classroom visits at leading American Universities. Dr. Shukla plays several musical instruments, including western classical guitar. His performances have been aired on national T.V. in India. Among his other endeavors,





  
About Isa el Castellvi

Isabel Castellvi is a musician/performer, composer, songwriter, sound healer, music educator and yoga teacher. As a versatile musician and multi-instrumentalist she performs and composes a broad range of music from western classical, folk, indie rock, Indian classical music, Middle Eastern, electro-acoustic, modern jazz, music for dance, experimental performance art and free improvisation. Isabel share’s music with audiences all over the world and has performed, recorded and taught throughout North America, Europe, India, Asia, South and Central America and the Middle East. Inspired and informed by her travels and the chance to connect with beings around the globe through music Isabel aspires to share this oneness through art, creativity and healing practices.

She performs as a solo cellist, guitarist and singer/songwriter, however collaborative creation remains an integral part of her work. This has led to various projects with musicians, composers, choreographers, theater, visual and performance artists. Much of her collaborations and career has been based in New York City. After many years of living there she is happy to be building roots and starting new projects in the beautiful mountains in Asheville, NC.

Current ensembles, guest appearances and collaborations include Asheville Symphony, Free Planet Radio, Life Like Water, Asheville Lyric Opera, Sean Gaskill (Kora), Shantavaani, among others. Previous collaborations include Alula, The Bell Cycle, Diane Cluck, Chants Libre Opera (Montreal), Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon), Rima Fand, Shamash Ensemble, Falu, Deep Singh, and Sonya Kitchell. In the past few years she has been increasingly involved with dance and theater productions including NC Stage Theater Co., Playmakers Theater Co, and Williams College Theater. She has composed music to choreography by Parul Shah (NYC), Shaleigh Comerford (NC), and Labyrinth Dance Co (NYC).


With gratitude Isabel has toured domestically and internationally with various artists including Diane Cluck, CocoRosie, Arijit Singh, Alula, The Bell Cycle, Manu Delago, Mivos Quartet, J.G. Thirlwell, Rima Fand, Ned Rothenberg, Sasha Siem, Tori Ensemble, CelloVox, Copal, Mark Kozelek, Timucin Sahin, Katie Mullins, Marc Farre, Labyrinth Dance, Parul Shah Dance, Beth Nielsen Chapman, ThingNY and more. She was a founding member of the Mivos Quartet, an acclaimed contemporary string quartet, with whom she spent four years performing, touring and teaching internationally. In the genre of contemporary classical music she has collaborated with many composers developing and performing new works and premiering hundreds of compositions.