That Tiny Playful God

Mon, 18 November 2013 // 09:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

"Poetry, Music and Art from the Basque country."

THAT TINY PLAYFUL GOD is a new multimedia show that combines the poetry of the writer Kirmen Uribe, the music by Mikel Urdangarin, Rafa Rueda and Bingen Mendizabal and the drawings by the visual artist Mikel Valverde.

“Kirmen Uribe’s work is a beacon of light and memory”, said Los Angeles Times Book Review.

$10 at the door.

The group first came together in 2003 when premiered at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York their first CD-Book called Zaharregia txikiegia agian (Too old, too small maybe). Bob Holman and Margaret Snyder chose it as one of the best poetry audios published in 2004. They performed in Spain, France, Ireland, Germany and USA. In the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival Arkaitz Basterra filmmaker released a documentary based on the experience of the group titled Agian, Maybe.

Now, after ten years, they publish a new CD-book (in Basque, Spanish and English) and premiere in New York City. Live, the group combines songs, poetry reading with musical bases and projections. On stage, the three musicians and the writer interpret the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle with seven strings, keyboards and percussion as well as vocals and recitations.

Kirmen Uribe’s ( first novel Bilbao-New York-Bilbao recently won the National Literature Prize in Spain. He published a selection of his poetry in English titled Meanwhile take my hand (Graywolf) translated by Elizabeth Macklin. He has published poem at the New Yorker and Little Star magazines, among others. His books have been translated into thirteen languages.

Mikel Urdangarin is one of the most important values of current Basque music. Songwriter combining folk, pop and jazz, he has released ten solo albums, the latest being entitled Azula (Blue).

Rafa Rueda comes from the world of alternative rock. Excellent guitarist, he has worked also as a producer. He has two solo albums and five with his rock band PILT. Bingen Mendizabal is a composer. He has composed the soundtracks of movies by filmmakers as Montxo Armendáriz (including the Academy Award Wining Secrets of the Heart), Enrique Urbizu, Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Francisco Lombardi or Marcelo Piña.

Mikel Valverde is a plastic artist and writer of children's literature. His most famous character is called Rita, an adventurous, funny and smart girl.