Music & Literature

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

“A high-class tour guide to out-of-the-way places on the cultural map.” —The Times Literary Supplement

“A consistently exquisite journal, inside and out.” —Shakespeare & Company Bookstore, Paris

“Each issue is a gem.” —NPR (National Public Radio)

Please join us for the Houston debut of Music & Literature, the international magazine dedicated to publishing and celebrating outstanding artists from around the world whose work unjustly remains on the outskirts of Anglophone culture. The evening’s program spotlights work from several of the artists featured in Music & Literature, including Argentinian poet Alejandra Pizarnik, Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, and others, performed and presented by harpist Stephanie Gustafson and musicians from the Shepherd School of Music as well as Rodrigo Hasbún, Roberto Tejada, Philip Boehm, and other local artists. The program will be emceed by M&L’s founding publisher (and new Houston resident) Taylor Davis-Van Atta.

Special thanks to Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs for providing equipment and technical support for this event.

Philip Boehm has translated more than thirty novels and plays by German and Polish writers, including Herta Müller, Christoph Hein, Bertolt Brecht, and Stefan Chwin, among others. For these translations he has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the NEA and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He also works as a playwright and theater director, and is the founding Artistic Director of Upstream Theater in St. Louis.

Stephanie Gustafson is an active performer, educator, and writer. An experienced orchestral musician, she has been Principal Harpist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra since August 2015 and is a regular guest of the Houston Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. In 2013, she worked with Maestro Kurt Nagano and the National Orchestra of Sweden before spending the 2013-2014 season as Acting Principal Harpist of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago, performing numerous symphonies, ballets, and operas at the historic Teatro Municipal de Chile and other venues throughout Santiago.

Rodrigo Hasbún is a Bolivian novelist living and working in Houston. In 2010 he was named one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists. He is the author of two novels and a collection of short stories, two of which have been made into films. His novel Affections received an English PEN Award and has been published in twelve languages.

Roberto Tejada is author of the poetry collections Full Foreground (Arizona, 2012), Exposition Park (Wesleyan, 2010), and Mirrors for Gold (Krupskaya, 2006). A translator, editor, essayist, photography historian, and critic, his multifaceted cultural studies and creative activities have been recognized with numerous fellowships and grants including awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, Creative Capital Warhol Foundation, Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (São Paulo, Brazil), as well as The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Williams College.