Tracey Schmidt and friends perform meditative poetry and music, Oct. 5

Press release from White Horse Black Mountain:

Surrounded by the world’s constant clamor for time and attention, poet Tracey Schmidt and her musical collaborators offer a calming respite on Friday, October 5,  8:00 p.m. at the White Horse Black Mountain. Tracey will perform from memory poetry by Rumi, Hafiz, Yeats, and Mary Oliver as well as her own work. The verse will be accompanied by special musical guests cellist Isabel Castellvi and tabla player Cliff Hackford.

Tracey Schmidt is an award-winning poet and performer whose work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She’s performed poetry around the country, at TED-X, and currently teaches creativity, poetry, and photography in such facilities as the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Julia Cameron’s Creativity Camp, the JC Campbell Folk School, and in her hometown of Asheville, NC. She’s facilitated poetry writing around the country in schools, prisons, and with those on a healing journey.

Tracey’s book of poetry, I Have Fallen in Love with the World, was published in 2011 to rave reviews, and she’s recorded a CD, Returning Home, with Mariam Matossian and members of Asheville’s acclaimed Free Planet Radio that includes works she ‘ll be performing .

Cellist Isabel Castellvi is fluent in classical and folk styles. She’s performed, recorded and taught throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. After many years living in New York City she now makes Asheville her home, where she plays with the Asheville Symphony and many smaller local groups. She’s earned Bachelor and Masters degrees in classical music, and has studied extensively with masters of Hindustani Indian music.

Tabla player Cliff Halford is equally eclectic. He’s studied with legendary jazz drummer Elvin Jones and tabla master Samir Chatterjee, and his performing credits range from Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (remember “Woolly Bully”?) to The Drifters, trumpeter Clark Terry, bluesman Matt “Guitar” Murphy. He’s an in-demand producer and session player, and owns and operates his own recording studios North Myrtle Beach.

Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 advance/$15 door.

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