Uncanny Valley: Poetry in Concert, Tuesday

A concert-length work for piano, spoken text and electronics, with music composed by John Gibson; Jon Woodward, poet; Oni Buchanan, pianist. 7:30 pm, Sage Hall

Oni Buchanan, Concert Pianist & Poet

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
7:30 pm Uncanny Valley: Pianist Oni buchanan & Poet Jon Woodward - Sage Hall

The event is sponsored by the Smith College Poetry Center and SmithArtsFest 2013 and is free and open to the public. See the Smith College news release for more information.

“Uncanny Valley,” a phrase coined by robotics designer Masahiro Mori in 1970 to describe the emotional and empathic chasm between humans and imperfect human simulacra, is the title of Woodwards’ third book, which won the 2011 Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition and serves as the text for this multimedia performance. Buchanan and Woodward, who are married and live in Boston, commissioned the music for “Uncanny Valley” from the internationally acclaimed electroacoustic composer John Gibson.

Oni Buchanan & Jon Woodward

Oni Buchanan is a poet and concert pianist currently living in Boston. She is the author of Must a Violence, selected by Mark Levine for publication in the Kuhl House Poets Series. Her previous book, Spring, was a Poetry Honors winner of the 2009 Massachusetts Book Awards. As a concert pianist, Oni Buchanan brings grace, agility, and intensity to an incredible range of piano literature. She specializes in music by women composers of the 21st century, with particular focus on the music of Cindy Cox, Mei-Fang Lin, Annie Gosfield, Missy Mazzoli, and Carolyn Yarnell, among many others.

Jon Woodward's books include Uncanny Valley (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), Rain (Wave Books), and Mister Goodbye Easter Island (Alice James Books). Other recent projects include a 40-foot-long Möbius strip poem, called "Mockingbird," which was typed on adding machine tape; a suite of time-dependent visual poems called "Poems to Stare At;" and an ongoing poem called "Copyleft," to which quatrains are added at the rate of one per day. He works at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, where he specializes in digital imaging and a variety of other curatorial activities.

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