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by Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Blistering and sensual, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke's poetry vocals coupled with improvisational sound art by the masterful Kelvyn Bell (guitars, sound arts, sound engineering) and Laura Ortman (violins, sound art). A furiously intelligent avant-fusion.
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1. Streaming, Pt. 1
Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
11:38 $1.19
2. Streaming, Pt. 2
Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
10:35 $1.19
3. Summer Fruit
Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
6:31 $1.19
4. Last House Creeley Left
Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
4:35 $1.19
5. Reduction
Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
2:02 $1.19
6. Breathing (Prelude): Burn, Pt. 1
Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
9:34 $1.19
7. Burn, Pt. 2
Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
5:47 $1.19
8. Burn, Pt. 3
Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
6:41 $1.19
9. Burn, Pt. 4
Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
8:20 $1.19
10. Harp Strings (Coda)
Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
2:01 $1.19
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Album Notes
Two influential composers create a blistering sound, disturbing, remarkably sensual and deeply honed, streaming over a poetic that visits forces beyond the fuse. This album release coincides with Allison Adelle Hedge Coke's latest book, by the same title, Streaming, from Coffee House Press. Allison Adelle Hedge Coke and Kelvyn Bell have been developing innovative sound art with poetry vocalizations in an avant-garde improvisational fusion of music to mystify. Laura Ortman dropped in her scintillating and tremendous touch and this album and Rd Klā was instantly formed. All three contributors have wide-ranging music and performance backgrounds and together generate an experience that is unexpected and undeniably new.

Streaming is a book of transmissions: the thrum of harmony and discord in the tornado’s pull, and the force that pins us to the ground. Inspired by crisis, climate and cultural change, mound sites, mountain music, field blues, the physics of flight and the movement of dance, eco-ethos and the ecology of place, these poems are a furious incantation and an act of resistance. Rich in image and song, Streaming conjures up the world with a specificity and electricity that blister.
Coffee House Press on the book

"Allison Hedge Coke is a skilled, spirited, young poet who is transforming and honing her social and personal experience and reflection to speak with the voice of a whole people. This is a very formidable task, but it is, finally, the work we've chosen. She's up to it"– Amiri Baraka.

When a book of poems contains the pleasure and adventure of a fine soundtrack it should be loudly celebrated. There are many ways to listen to Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s fine collection Streaming. The thing of it is, whether dry on the page, or with an undercurrent of musicians and voice, the lyrics ring true. The poem always wins.
Cornelius Eady
Miller Family Chair
The University of Missouri

“We should be grateful to Allison Hedge Coke for compiling, with her poetry, notes about a world that will be unfamiliar to a generation living one hundred years from now. By that time, the nature that she describes will have all but vanished. It's as though the earth itself was dictating its biography to her.”—Ishmael Reed

"Allison Adelle Hedge Coke's fierce new poetry collection, Streaming, takes her always brave and startling sonics into new narrative spaces. These poems are full of needful improvisation and piano runs. Hedge Coke makes music from tornados and glyphs, from cranes spiraling overhead, and from the grumbling stomachs of hungry children. She sings these stories because she has to and because we need her to. And when the speaker in “Sudden Where” says “maybe we’d find something magnificent, give it up to make somebody happy,” it is clear that in these urgent poems, and in this necessary book, we've found both the magnificent and the unforgettable."—Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke

If the history of the Americas is a body of stories, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s Streaming is most definitely its life-blood. This glorious book journeys through the bittersweet relationships between personhood and nation, nationhood and nature, and nature and culture, bearing witness to each entity’s determined struggle, each entity’s hard-won triumph: “colonization,/ construction, that morning, this day,/ every beam in balance despite horror /in the world.” Streaming’s elegant verse will “sing you home into yourself and back to reason.” Rigoberto Gonzalez

On Hedge Coke's previous poetry "These are songs of righteous anger and utter beauty." “This fine collection makes a ladder of songs. What is presented in this evocative poetry is not a ‘struggle for dignity,’ but a dignity for struggle.” Joy Harjo

One who creates art using sound, guitarist/composer Kelvyn Bell (originally from St. Louis, MO) has created a 35-year legacy as one of New York’s most diverse creative artists.

“(Kelvyn Bell) a tireless innovator in the hard-driving music of New York’s jazz-rock-funk scene.”
- Rickey Vincent / FUNK: The MUSIC, the PEOPLE, and the RHYTHM of THE ONE

“Kelvyn was one of the people who had gotten me seriously into music.”
- Anthony Kiedis, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers/Scar Tissue

Fresh in from touring Senegal and serving as curriculum director for The Gloster Project (Margaret Porter Troupe Arts Projects) and busy playing nightly in New York, the truly amazing Kelvyn Bell is a phenomenal band leader, producer, composer, educator, and one of the greatest innovative musicians and performers in the contemporary field. Kelvyn's guitar sings a spell on-stage, demanding full throttle focus, nothing like his sound – driving–

Kelvyn Bell is a guitarist, composer and educator whose talents are frequently requested in New York’s theater, film, music and poetry worlds. He also served as Musical Director for The Harlem School of the Arts mentoring a host of young talent for over 12 years. Music Director for “Freedom,” the motion picture featuring Cuba Gooding Jr., Mr. Bell has also contributed music to the film, “Black Nativity,” starring Forrest Whitaker and Angela Bassett. Winner of the 2008 Audelco Award for “Outstanding Musical Direction” of Archbishop Supreme Tartuff, featuring Andre DeShields, Mr. Bell served as Composer-in-Residence for The Classical Theatre of Harlem from 2002 to 2009. Having performed as a guitarist in various collaborations with poets, Sekou Sundiata, Amiri Baraka, Quincy Troupe, and Allison Hedge Coke, Bell has also recorded and performed extensively throughout Europe, Japan, and the USA with musical greats, Arthur Blythe, Lester Bowie, James Carter, Defunkt and his own avant-funk jazz band, Kelvynator.

It wasn’t long after Bell moved to New York from St. Louis in the late 1970s that he began attracting attention. Touring and recording for Sony Records with one of jazz saxophonist Arthur Blythe’s most provocative ensembles, he was soon recognized as a true innovator — successfully expressing himself in a style that embodies funk, jazz, blues, energy, improvisation and rhythm. During this same time period he collaborated, recorded and toured with trombonist/vocalist Joseph Bowie to form the jazz-funk band Defunkt, legends of the punk-funk scene in downtown New York and Europe in the1980s. Opening for Prince, The Cure, Talkin’ Heads, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, and many others, Defunkt also sparked the careers of rock bassist Melvin Gibbs and guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour.

By the mid 1980s, Mr. Bell was a contributing collaborator to the development of m-BASE (Macro – Basic Array of Structured Extemporizations), spearheaded by saxophonist and 2014 MacArthur Fellow Steve Coleman and his band “The Five Elements”. Other collaborators included pianist Geri Allen, drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith and vocalist Cassandra Wilson. During this same time, Bell joined forces with Reid, Gibbs and Bowie to form The Black Rock Coalition (BRC), a united front of musically and politically progressive Black artists and supporters. This organization helped to open the door for Black rock artists to perform in rock clubs in New York and across America. In 2015, the BRC will celebrate its 30th Anniversary.

Kelvyn released “Funk 4 Wha Cha Know” in January 2013, from his hardcore Avant-Funk/Jazz ensemble Kelvynator. This new recording features some bass work by the incredible Jamaaladeen Tacuma as well as a track with the esteemed brass master Graham Haynes. His band has toured extensively through Europe, USA and parts of Asia. In 1984, New York Times critic Jon Pareles hailed Kelvynator’s debut performance as “explosive” and credited Bell for putting together “a funk band to play dance music…that isn’t over simplified.”

New York City’s LAURA ORTMAN (White Mountain Apache) was a member of the genre-bending THE DUST DIVE, FAMILY DYNAMICS and STARS LIKE FLEAS, has written and recorded two solo albums (recorded by Martin Bisi) playing violin, Apache violin, amplified piano, electric guitar, field recordings/samples, megaphone, tree branches and organ. Ortman has toured Europe, Canada and the US. She has performed at MoMA, Centre Pompidou, The Beacon Theater, Tribeca Film Festival, PS1 Center for Contemporary Arts, the UN, The Kitchen, CBGB’s, SXSW and imagineNative, amongst many other venues. She continually collaborates with artists, filmmakers, musicians and choreographers, including Jock Soto, Nanobah Becker, Raven Chacon, Skawennati, Blackhorse Lowe and Brooke Swaney.

In Fall 2014 she’s been awarded a Robert Rauschenberg residency in Captiva, Florida where she will finalize preparations to record her third solo album when she returns back to Brooklyn where she has lived since 1997.
She is also a licensed hair stylist at Fringe Salon in Manhattan where she loves to sculpt and create new, fresh and sharp haircuts and color!

She received the FIRST NATIONS COMPOSERS INITIATIVE Common Ground Award Grant for founding The Coast Orchestra, the all-Native American orchestra in 2008.

Award: "Best Music Video" Imaginenative Film + Media Arts Festival 2011
For =I Lost My Shadow= (Directed By Nanobah Becker, Starring Jock Soto)

Laura Ortman Has Collaborated With:

The Coast Orchestra**** Stars Like Fleas****Family Dynamics**** Corpse Of Discovery**** The Dust Dive**** Martha Colburn, Ryan Sawyer, Grey Gersten, G. Lucas Crane, Michael Evans, Haleh Abghari, John Deterich, Jad Fair**** Ryan Sawyer, Drew St. Ivany, Alex Drewchin, Ryan Smith****Jock Soto (Navajo/Puerto Rican)****Nanobah Becker (Navajo)**** Alan Michelson (Mohawk)**** Lorenzo Clayton (Navajo)**** Raven Chacon (Navajo)**** Kilt**** Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo)**** Leo Kuelbs**** Okkyung Lee**** Ches Smith**** Nicole Antebi**** Michael Garofalo**** Smokey Nelson**** Pauline Oliveros**** Daniel Eduvijes Carrera**** Corin Hewitt**** Jason Loewenstein**** Aran Tharp**** Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet, Flathead, Salish)**** Pegi Vail, Melvin Estrella****Greg Saunier**** Tom Carter**** Thollem Mcdonas**** Ego Sensation**** Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O'odham)**** Chris Eyre**** Daniel Carter**** Daniel Higgs**** Steve Gunn**** American Indian Community House Gallery**** Christine Bard, Jim Pugliese**** Bee + Flower**** Patrick Mc Carthy (Aka Enochkane)**** Toby Dammit**** Irene Bedard (Inupiat/Metis)**** Mv Carbon**** Uzi And Ari**** Silver Summit**** Amy Tallchief (Osage)****Wovenhand**** Raquel Chapa (Lipan Apache/Yaqui/Cherokee)**** National Braid**** Alex Drewchin****Digging Roots ****Tony Conrad ****Skawennati ****Anna Tsouhlarakis ****Maria Hupfield**** Lainee Frizzo ****Pat Noecker ****Peter O'leary **** Borts Minorts**** Annabel Wong (Salt River Pima)**** A Million Billion**** Latitude/Longitude**** John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvossier, Lance Grabmiller, Jon Natchez, Shayna Dulburger, Shannon Fields**** Matt Lavelle, Catherine Sikora, Dan Levin, Jason Kwang, Shelley Burgon****Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek) & Ryan Redcorn (Osage)**** Tim Keiper**** Samantha Crain**** Zach Layton**** Tianna Kennedy + Hannah Marcus**** Shawn Bosler + Jude Webre**** Greg Fox**** Alex Waterman**** Yonatan Gat**** Elisa Da Prato**** Malia Jensen**** Jennifer Rose**** This Frontier Needs Heroes**** Luxton Lake**** Matou**** The Sopranos****Out Like Lambs****Matt Lavelle**** Jennifer Chin**** Tim Hays (Ho Chunk)****

And Has Performed At:
Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Moma, P.S. 1 Center For Contemporary Art, U.N. Plaza, Dia, Scope Art Fair, Performa Performance Art Biennial, Centre Pompidou, Museum Of The Moving Image, The Kitchen, Anthology Film Archives, Nyu, Imaginenative Film + Media Arts Festival, Cbgb's, The Beacon Theater, Music Hall Of Williamsburg, The Stone, The Knockdown Center, Tonic, Mercury Lounge, The Bell House, American Museum Of Natural History, The National Gallery Of Art, The Mta Headquarters, The National Museum Of The American Indian, Olana, Sxsw, Free103point9 Wave Farm, Campfire Sounds, Electric Eclectics, Palace Of Fine Arts, San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art (Sfmoma), Issue Project Room, Roosevelt Island, Ende Tymes Festival Of Noise, Video Art And Experimental Liberation, Recyclart, Mains D'ouevre, Schokoladen, Native Cinema Showcase, American Indian Community House, Museum Of Art And Design, Tacheles, La Sala Rossa, The Doug Fir, Bottom Of The Hill, Febio Fest, Hotel Congress, The Knitting Factory, 285 Kent, Silent Barn, Spectrum, Brookdale Lodge, The Alaska House, Zebulon, 92 St. Y-Tribeca, Death By Audio, Monkeytown, Cmj Music Festival, Hopscotch Music Festival And Union Pool

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke's publications include (poetry) The Year of the Rat, Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Blood Run, and Streaming, a play, Icicles, a memoir, Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, and over thirty pieces of fiction, including her latest in Konch, edited by Ishmael Reed.

She is the editor of the anthologies Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Effigies and Effigies II, has held two endowed chairs, and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in 2014. Hedge Coke came of age working fields, factories, and waters and is currently at work on a film, she is directing, Red Dust: the dirty thirties, chronicling mixed-blood and Native life with cinematographer Shane Brown.

She has been awarded an American Book Award, a Mayor’s Award, a King*Chavez*Parks Award, several awards for teaching excellence, a national Mentor of the Year Award, two Editor of the Year Awards, two Writer of the Year Awards from Wordcraft Circle, and fellowship residencies, including Lannan Foundation, McDowell Colony of Artists, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Weymouth Center for the Arts, H J Andrews Experimental Forest, and is a Center for the Great Plains Fellow. She has served as a delegate for the United Nations Women's Peacemaking Conference, as a panel representative on Indigenous literatures at the IIPF United Nations, as a 7th District Court official with Indian youth advocacy, CASA, and has served ICWA in South Dakota where her work with and testimony for Blood Run led to the creation of a state park to preserve and protect the site (renamed Good Earth).

Allison is a contributing editor to NYU's Black Renaissance Noire (edited by Quincy Troupe). She directs the annual Honoring the Sandhill Crane Retreat and Festival, is the Host DJ for Craft & Compilation Radio Hour, is an honorary chair for Writers Garret's homeless project and special programs outreach, founded and formerly organized the AWP Indigenous/ Aboriginal American Writers Caucus, is a former director of the Reynolds Series, founded and directed a Y Writer's Voice, founded and directed the Literary Arts Mentorship for Incarcerated Youth program in South Dakota, CPITS for migrant and reservation youth was an administrator of the American Indian Registry for the Performing Arts and has served as full-time faculty for Indian Ed, Sioux Falls School District, and several state arts and literary programs across the country. Allison also directs stage and film and her performance background includes music, film, theater, performance art, and literary readings. She collaborated recently with Sherwin Bitsui and Kelvyn Bell (New York and Tucson), and with John Carlos Perea and Jimmy Biala on the west coast at SFSU. Allison dedicates much of her time to teaching in university, K-12, and alternative settings, with a long-term devotion to adjudicated youth, cancer care, domestic violence and homeless shelters, and patients in mental hospitals, and is available for educational workshops and residencies and well as performances.

Allison has been an invitational performer at international festivals in the Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Jordan, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, and Visiting Expert in Poetry in Weihai, China. Her stateside performances include the Poetry Center in San Francisco, City Lights, The Poetry Center in Tucson, the Center for Contemporary Arts, the Scarab Club in Detroit, Poets House, the Poetry Project at St. Marks, The Bowery Poetry Club, Lincoln Center, Writers Garret, a host of festivals, including Split This Rock and LaborFest, and many major conferences, venues, and alternative spaces.

Rd Klā, features Kelvyn Bell (guitars/sound art), Laura Ortman (violins/sound art), and Allison Adelle Hedge Coke (poetry/vocals) and will also be available free with purchase of Streaming (book), from Coffee House Press, in late 2014.

To bring Rd Klā to your town, contact Allison Adelle Hedge Coke.
Streaming (album) was published by Long Person (yvwi gnahita) Records ASCAP
and recorded in Dreamco, Tucson, and Kelvynator Studios, Harlem
Mastered by Sean Haney, Reptile Rock Music
Jacket cover photo by Melissa Groo melissagroo.com
CD photo by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
CD and Book Design by Linda Koutsky @ Coffee House Press

All lyrics copyright ©2014 Allison Adelle Hedge Coke ©2014 Rd Klā
All music copyright ©2014 Rd Klā as composed by Kelvyn Bell and Laura Ortman

Streaming (book, with free download to this accompaniment album) is published by Coffee House Press, Minneapolis



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