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Fake Worlds Dissolving Alibis w/Italian Surf Academy & Denver Butson

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  • Fri, May 10

Run Time: 150 min.

Doors – 7:30 PM
Showtime – 8:00 PM
Tickets – $15 advance/$20 day of show


an evening of music and poetry
Italian Surf Academy
Marco Cappelli, guitar
Damon Banks, bass
Dave Miller, drums
Poet Denver Butson 
An eclectic evening of music — ranging from surf, spaghetti western, exotica, free improvisation, and more from the repertoire of Italian Surf Academy’s original tunes and re-imaginings of cinema classics, sampling from their three records (American Dream” (Mode Records, 2011) and “Barbarella Reloaded” (Mode Records, 2017) and Fake Worlds (41st Parallel Records, 2021) — and poetry as Lancaster-born-and-raised poet Denver Butson reads from his latest award-winning book THE SCARECROW ALIBIS.
The evening culminates in a collision of words and music as the trio and the poet join together on an original suite of music and spoken word, Ennio Morricone is Dissolving, a moody and ethereal mix of the trio’s takes on Morricone’s cinematic soundscapes with Butson’s imagined explorations of the life and thoughts of Morricone himself.
The Italian Surf Academy is comprised of Italian Marco Cappelli Damon Banks, and Dave Miller. 
Marco Cappelli’s credits are vast and varied. A professor of classical guitar at the conservatory in Palermo, Sicily, Cappelli is also active on New York’s avant-garde music scene. The founder of 41st Parallel Records, a member of Italian Doc Redux, The Marco Cappelli Acoustic Trio, and a frequent collaborator with the likes of Adam Rudolph, Marc Ribot, comic writer Art Spiegleman and actor John Tuturro, as well as internationally acclaimed dance companies and theatre troupes, Cappelli is as versed in classical repertoire as he is in the language of free jazz, noise guitar, and collaboration.
Bassist Damon Banks has performed with and/or recorded with some of the music industry’s brightest stars and creative artists, including Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Peter Gabriel, Caetano Veloso, Chico Hamilton, Angelique Kidjo, Hassan Hakmoun, Arto Lindsay, The Neville Brothers, Loose Ends, Ronny Jordan, Eileen Ivers, Karsh Kale, KRS-ONE, and Brooklyn Raga Massive (to name a few)  A composer and teaching artist, he has conducted masterclasses and residencies at Bard College, Interlochen School of the Arts and Cal Arts. In 2014, he received the NYSCA / DCAC project grant for his multi-media piece entitled “Resistance: A Maroon Story”, and also released his first record as a leader entitled “Travelguides”, featuring some of New York City’s most innovative musicians. Damon was born and raised in the Bronx and currently lives in upstate New York.

Dave Miller is a drummer, improviser, educator and dance accompanist with work specializing in the avant-garde, free jazz, experimental and improvisational music.  Miller’s work is rooted in acoustic drum and percussion aesthetics, with predominantly improvisational performance ideology. Having spent over a decade based in New York City (with many long residencies in Japan), Miller collaborates with various musicians, who are immersed and involved in new musics. Since 2018, he has been working as a prolific dance accompanist in the prestigious dance department at Barnard College – with a specialty in Modern and Improvised Dance accompaniment. 


Denver Butson’s fifth book of poetry “The Scarecrow Alibis” won the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize and was published by Cloudbank Books in 2022.The Scarecrow Alibis, National Book Award Winning Novelist wrote ‘“These are wonderful poems — sharp, transgressive, funny, alluring and extraordinarily powerful.  They knock our comfortable balance all to hell,and then they help stitch our imaginations back together again.” In 2020, he won the William Matthews Poetry prize from The Asheville Poetry Review, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. Also in 2020, he wrote the afterword for Jim Harrison’s posthumous “Collected Ghazals” (Copper Canyon Press). Denver frequently works with musicians and visual artists, has published his own visual work with found photos, and has done voice overs for award-winning short films. In 2023, he wrote the “liner poems” for Mat Maneri Quartet’s CD “Ash”, and he has appeared with Maneri as a duo, as a trio with pianist Lucian Ban, and with Maneri’s quartet on a number of dates to celebrate the album’s release. He has also worked extensively with guitarist Marco Cappelli and his “Italian Surf Academy”. Denver’s poetry has been featured on National Public Radio, has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and is in the Library of Congress’s Poetry 180 program, curated by (then) US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, who says about Denver: “Here is a poet who is wild, frenzied, and refreshingly mad. His imagination unlocks for us the cells of reason and sets us loose in a world of dizzying possibilities.”  He lives in Brooklyn, New York

Denver Butson
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