Open Mic: Saul Williams x Mivos Quartet March 19, 2014 15:00

Saul Williams is a true treasure and gift to the arts. His contributions in poetry, music, performance/film are vast and varied yet they all share the common thread of encouraging us to explore our deeper humanity. Although he defies classification, I'd say Mr. Williams is an old soul with a young heart. Plus, he's a Pisces which explains a lot.

Recently, Mr. Williams and the Mivos Quartet performed poetry and chamber music as part of the
Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City. The one hour set included inspiring orchestral arrangements by German composer Thomas Kessler and the Mivos Quartet plus a riveting body of poetry from Saul Williams. Poetry lovers will be happy to hear his booming performance of "Said the Shotgun to the Head" as well as the U.S. premiere of "NGH WHT " featuring poetry from his acclaimed book "The Dead Emcee Scrolls."

The collaboration was a huge success and I wanted to share the moment in a special edition of Open Mic. Please listen here and visit saulwilliams.com, mivosquartet.com and kessler-thomas.com for more about the artists.

Blog written by Ayana Tomeka.