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Jazz Poetry: The The Whitewashed Conundrums Trio

January 29 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

$10 Admission/$5 with Current Student ID
Doors open 15 minutes before music

The Whitewashed Conundrums Trio, Sean Egan (clarinet, piano), D.J. Haliday (poet) & Greg Stern (percussion) will musically animate and explore excerpts from Haliday’s beat-influenced audiobook Conundrums of Indignant Bliss.  With special guest Renée Copeland.

The Whitewashed Conundrums Trio was born out of the collaboration between D. J. Haliday and Sean Egan for the audiobook/concept album Conundrums of Indignant Bliss (Poetry Attic Press, 2019).  While Mr. Egan plays nearly all instruments on the recording, a live reenactment required the addition of percussionist Greg Stern for a performance to inaugurate the audiobook launch.  One performance led to two, as the chemistry between Egan, Haliday and Stern continued to gel. The artists, as well as audiences, recognized that this collaboration was evolving quickly into a life of its own, and is heading towards something new beyond its original purpose. The performance at Jazz Central will be the third performance, the first at which the audiobook will no longer be the central focus, but the launching pad from which to explore new musical/poetry frontiers.

Joining us for this event will be poet and musician Renée Copeland, who will perform a few of her own solo pieces, as well as improvisational collaboration with the Trio.

Sean Egan is a composer and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Northwest Indiana during the time of vinyl. He received his B.M. in composition from DePaul University shortly after the introduction of the compact disc. His primary focus is clarinet improvisation.He is currently a member of the poetry/music group the Sonoglyph Collective, the heavy metal/jazz fusion band Aaron Kerr’s Dissonant Creatures, and Variations of Sounds Traveling between a Barrel and a Heart, an interdisciplinary collaboration with sculptor Pedram Baldari which uses musical instruments made from rifle barrels. Other recent performances include guest appearances with the free improv groups Le Voyage, Krissy Bergmark’s CO-LAB, and the Maja Radovanlija Ensemble.

D.J. Haliday is a Minneapolis-based poet heavily influenced by the jazz/beat poets of the 1950’s. His work, according to Kirkus Reviews, “Recalls works by such writers as Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso. Like them, Haliday employs long, loose lines; unexpected phrasing; wordplay; and musical rhythms. And like them, he defies the conventional and mainstream.”  His latest collection of poems and accompanying audiobook, Conundrums of Indignant Bliss, was released by Poetry Attic Press in June 2019.

Greg Stern has been drumming since the age of 10.  Classically trained with special training in Haitian and Ghanaian drumming, he has performed extensively throughout the Twin Cities Area including with Marc Anderson, Peter Ostroushko, Dean Magraw and Barb Cohen.

Renée Copeland has performed with Ananya Dance Theatre since 2010 and in 2019 expanded beyond her role as a principal dancer in the company to compose the epic, multi-instrumental score for the company’s feature length work Sutrajāl: Revelations of Gossamer.  She is co-founder of the dance/performance-art duo Hiponymous, a collaborator in the hip-hop-based dance collective BRKFST, and is a poet, musician, and singer-songwriter. She holds enduring gratitude for the Twin Cities’ immense community of artists, family and friends, who inspire so much of her work, connecting her to the world.


January 29
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Jazz Central Studios
407 Central Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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