Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Merge Opens for Robert Pinsky @ Hill-Stead Museum

Sunken Garden Poetry & Music Festival - Opening Night

"Joining Pinsky will be Merge, a collaboration between the 'intimate and innovative' poetry of Cassandra Cleghorn and the 'brilliant supportive music' of Erik Lawrence and his band Hipmotism."

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Map to Cornelia Street CaféMerge Plays Cornelia Street cafÉ

Time TBA. Stay tuned.

29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY
(212) 989-9319
Cover: $15


Thursday, December 13th 2007


Merge at Knitting Factory

Thursday, 13 December 2007
Knitting Factory | Tap Bar
74 Leonard Street, NY, NY

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MERGE: Mystery LoveS Company

Since the release of their self-titled CD in October of 2006, poetry music collaboration MERGE has been singled out by critics, poets, musicians as a sublime collaboration between gifted listeners and improvisors. Poet CASSANDRA CLEGHORN listens and responds rhythmically to the music as intently as Saxophonist/Flutist Composer ERIK LAWRENCE, drummer ALLISON MILLER and bassist RENE HART are tuned in to her words and how she delivers them.

Eric Mingus
Eric Mingus

This series of performances, entitled MYSTERY LOVES COMPANY, welcomes the remarkable talents of DAVID AMRAM, ERIC MINGUS, DONALD LEV, SATOSHI TAKEISHI and ALLEN WON to the palette of Merge. David Amram
David Amram
Simultaneously celebrating the spontaneous nature of interaction and marking the historic celebration of the 50th anniversary of Kerouac/Amram performing in NYC, Kerouac's first publishing of On The Road, the West Coast poetry/jazz of Kenneth Patchen, Ferlinghetti, Rexroth, the  publishing of Ginsberg's Howl and the evolution of modern jazz by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus (at times with Patchen)bringing us to the world as we know it.  Merge forges ahead to the world as we wish it to be. MYSTERY LOVES COMPANY will be the second CD by Merge, to be recorded in mid-June 2007.

Cassandra Cleghorn, Erik Lawrence, Satoshi Takeishi

Sunday, May 13th 2007 - SOJP Broadcast

Merge, Cassandra Cleghorn and Erik Lawrence's Hipmotism will be featured on "Spotlight on Jazz & Poetry" (SOJP), a webcast radio show that can be found at: Bios of artists will be posted at

Monday, May 14th 2007 – 8-10 pm

Bowery Poetry Club

Bowery Poetry Club (
Monday May 14th and Monday June 11th
$8 cover charge
308 Bowery @ Bleecker, right across from CBGB's
Directions: F train to Second Ave | 6 train to Bleecker
Phone: 212-614-0505
Drinks at the Bar; the cafe is a separate business.

Preceding this show, poet John Sinclair will read from his Guitar Army @ 7:30pm.

Thursday May 17th 2007 – 6-8 PM

Cornelia Street CafÉ

Map to Cornelia Street CaféMerge Quartet

29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY
(212) 989-9319
Cover: $15

Join us after our set for the music of friend Anat Fort, pianist/composer: 17 May @ 8:30 pm, ANAT FORT TRIO with Gary Wang, bass and Roland Schneider, drums. More information at:

Monday June 11th 2007 – 8-10 pm

Bowery Poetry Club

Merge and very special guests (in conjunction with recording for second CD, Mystery Loves Company)
308 Bowery @ Bleeker
(212) 614-0505

Sunday July 1st 2007 – 8 pm

The Kerouac Festival, Naropa University

Merge joins David Amram, Anne Waldman, Steven Taylor, other poets and Denver area musicians for the Gala concert of The Kerouac Festival, organized by Naropa University.
Boulder Theatre
2032 14th Street
Boulder CO
(303) 786-7030