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).
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…
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!
*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: http://tobtr.com/12052947. The call-in number for questions is: (646)-787-1631.
I hope this update finds everybody well. I am posting to announce the release of my third book from my companion project, The Face Zone: Surreal Daydreams to Trip Your Imagination, now available on Amazon.com:
The writing and artwork have evolved so much since the last installment—guaranteed to move your soul, light your imagination, and take you on an intellectually and emotionally exhilarating trip.
For those in the vicinity of Frederick, Maryland, I am performing a live set of the new Face Zone spoken-word material with projected artwork and music from Trips for Piano at The Delaplaine Arts Center on Monday, September 13th starting at 6 p.m. Entry is $5. Here is the link to the event on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/19Kb2zKpA
On August 11, 2021, I was the featured guest on Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio. Host Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram interviewed me about my multimedia spoken-word project The Face Zone. We discussed my thoughts on the purpose and power of poetry as well as my creative process. I read material from my new book and performed music from Trips for Piano. Follow this link to hear the episode: https://youtu.be/JMvBJmruIw4.
Are you ready for a trip? Starting July 1st, you can soar through these eight gorgeously resonant piano compositions made to move your soul and light your imagination. Available for streaming, download, and CD purchase. Track listings: