A night of sound and text featuring Oa (Matt Davignon/Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Dora Malech, and Nudie Suits (Ruby Fulton and Ali Clendaniel)

Oa is a collaboration between writer Hugh Behm-Steinberg and experimental musician Matt Davignon. Using CDs, tapes and samples from a growing pool of speakers, Oa breaks spoken language down to abstract sound elements, which are then improvised into musical textures and passages. https://edgetonerecords.bandcamp.com/album/oa

With a reading by local poet and visual artist Dora Malech and a set by the Nudie Suits – Ruby Fulton and Ali Clendaniel on voice violin and electronics.

About the artists:
Matt Davignon’s music is “fragile and gorgeous and stubbornly weird,” according to the SF Bay Guardian. He’s best known for combining drum machine and/or pre-recorded voices with a variety of electronic processing devices to create shifting layers of organic and expressive sounds. His music is inspired by field recordings, natural sound phenomena, irregular and imperfect rhythms, and psychedelic, drone and space music.

Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the author of two books of poetry. His libretto, “The Clever Wife” was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera for its Opera to Go program, where it was performed in Houston area elementary schools. He teaches at California College of the Arts, where he edits the journal Eleven Eleven.

Dora Malech is a poet, professor, and visual artist. She is the author of two books of poetry, Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009). Her poems appear in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Poetry London, The Yale Review, Tin House, The New Census (Rescue Press, 2013), and The Best American Poetry 2015 (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She has been the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Writers’ Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center, and she has served as Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is a co-founder and former director of the arts outreach organization the Iowa Youth Writing Project. She lives in Baltimore, where she joined the faculty of The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University as an Assistant Professor of Poetry in 2014.

Nudie Suits, gal power Baltimore duo, Ali Clendaniel (voice and electronics) and Ruby Fulton (violin and electronics), have been dream-looping together since Ruby interviewed Ali to work with Rhymes With Opera in 2013. The two are influenced by Twin Peaks, repetition, art rock, and nonchalance. To hear more, visit www.facebook.com/nudiesuitsbaltimore.

Event location:

425 E. 31st Street Baltimore, MD 21218

The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.