Live at Busboys & Poets

On Monday, May 2nd, Martin Graff (The Face Zone / Trips for Piano) will be the feature performer at Busboys & Poets, following an open mic of a diverse chorus of local rookie and professional voices. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, and expect the unexpected. Hosted by KaNikki Jakarta, First African American Poet Laureate of Alexandria, Virginia and author of Alabama Girl, Virginia Woman (2019).


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Live at The Athenaeum

It’s been a long winter… Let’s brighten things up.

On Thursday, March 24th, join Martin Graff (The Face Zone / Trips for Piano) and Dwayne Lawson-Brown (Twenty:21 / One Color Kaleidoscope) for a luminescent experience of spoken word, art, and piano to move your soul and light your imagination…

The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Doors open at 6:30. Show starts at 7:00. Admission is free. The artists’ books and music will be on sale before and after the show.

Please submit your attendance intention through this RSVP link:

SEATS ARE LIMITED, so please respond early and with commitment. Hope to see you there. It is going to be a trip.

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Trips for Piano Makes the Finals!

Thanks to everyone who voted to get me into the finalists round for Best Classical Artist in the DC Wammie Awards—I am honored and excited! Now it is up to a panel of music-industry judges to see if I am the best in my category. The other two classical finalists are putting up albums of traditional recitals; that is, they performed works by composers of old (Bach, for example). I, on the other hand, am putting up an album of entirely original material written and played by me. That will either positively separate me from this pack, or knock me out hard if the judges are more conservative and of a “museum philosophy” regarding classical music. A cliffhanger!

Live on BlogTalk Radio

*MONDAY, JANUARY 24 at 8pm EST* I’ll be returning as the featured guest on Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio! Host Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram and I will discuss my thoughts on writing and the creative process. I’ll read material from my latest book from The Face Zone series and share music from my recently released Trips for Piano. Follow this link to stream the episode: The call-in number for questions is: (646)-787-1631.