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Feathers: A Poe Inspired Concert


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FEATHERS: A Musical Menagerie Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

Saturday, October 17th at 8:00pm

Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Library

1901 Vine Street, Phila., PA 19103


Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 at the door

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Featuring Baltimore-based multi-media artist, Joyce J. Scott


The Raven was not the only one. These “birds” leave their feathers at the scene of the crime. Join us for Feathers: A Musical Menagerie Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe.


It’s a pre-Halloween concert of new and re-imagined music inspired by 19th century Philadelphians, poet/writer Edgar Allan Poe and Black music master Francis Johnson.

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Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.


Francis "Frank" Johnson (June 16, 1792 – April 6, 1844) was an African American musician and prolific composer during the Antebellum period. African American composers were rare in the U.S. during this period, but Johnson was among the few who were successful. Johnson was the first African American composer to have his works published as sheet music. He also was the first African American to give public concerts and the first to participate in racially integrated concerts in the United States. He led the first American musical ensemble to present concerts abroad, and he introduced the promenade concert style to America.


JayThese two gentlemen shaped aspects of American culture right here in Philadelphia. This event honors their work, but also plays with the ideas behind their work as well. We’re talking about a crazy, pre-Ragtime, pre-Jazz trip to the carnival. Scary, tragic, joyous! 


Music director, pianist and educator, Jay Fluellen is joined by a superb team including trumpeter and educator, Marcell Bellinger; vocalists V. Shayne Frederick, Lizzy Filante and Dwayne Grannum as well as special guest, Baltimore-based sculptor, quilter, performance artist, installation artist, the one and only, Joyce J. Scott.


Remember.... to dress for the occasion....wear Black.



The Players:

Jay Fluellen - Piano

Nimrod Speaks - Bass

Darryl Jackson - Drums

Alexandr Kislitsyn  - Violin

Marcell Bellinger - Trumpet

Harold Watkins - Trombone

Connor A. Przybyszewski - Trombone

V. Shayne Frederick - Vocals

Lizzy Filantes - Vocals

Dwayne Grannum - Vocals

Joyce J. Scott - Vocals


Saturday, October 17th at 8:00pm

Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Library

1901 Vine Street, Phila., PA 19103

Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 at the door

Get Tickets Here!


This concert is a Pretzel Logic Series Event: A Philadelphia Jazz Project series in collaboration with local venues investigating what it means to be a Philadelphian from historical figures and fictional characters, to just plain ole folk. From magical moments to frightful urban legends, the Pretzel Logic series will unravel and explore the multi-faceted curves and intriguing twists and turns of the Philly state of mind.

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