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Nathaniel Mackey

Nathaniel Mackey
Photo: © Chris Funkhouser/EPC

Appearing on Close Listening with Charles Bernstein, Kelly Writers House, February 1, 2011

Program One: Reading
  1. introduction (2:13): MP3

  2. from Nod House

  3. Sound and Subsequence (5:30): MP3
  4. Day after Day of the Dead (3:59): MP3
  5. Lullaby in Lagos (5:15): MP3
  6. Ghost of a Trance (4:38): MP3

  7. from a new untitled manuscript

  8. A Night in Jaipur (3:41): MP3
  9. Stick City Bjajan (2:23): MP3
  • complete reading (27:41): MP3

Program Two: Conversation
  1. Introduction (0:55): MP3
  2. On Discrepant Engagement (1:20): MP3
  3. On Paracritical Hinge (2:35): MP3
  4. On rhythm (3:06): MP3
  5. On being graceful (3:11): MP3
  6. On duende (3:31): MP3
  7. On syncopation (2:00): MP3
  8. On discourses (5:57): MP3
  9. On other knowledges (2:18): MP3
  10. On improvisation (4:43): MP3
  • complete conversation (29:39): MP3

Reading for Heatstrings, at Alan Golding's Home, Louisville, KY, February 20, 2016

  • Song of the Andoumboulou 136 (3:13): MP3

Reading for Heatstrings at WHAT I SAY Roundtable, Louisville, KY, February 19, 2016

Mackey's Segment (15:39): Complete Recording

  1. Preface to "Blue Fasa" (3:57): MP3
  2. Song of the Andoumboulou Part 188 & 1/4 (3:47): MP3
  3. Song of the Andoumboulou Part 188 & 1/2 (2:45): MP3
  4. Song of the Andoumboulou Part 188 & 3/4 (2:15): MP3
  5. Sister Sea's Hideaway (2:53): MP3

Reading for Heatstrings at the Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY, February 16, 2016

complete reading (45:53): MP3

  1. Introduction (4:15): MP3
  2. Enuncio's Last Love Song (6:08): MP3
  3. The Long Andumbulu Song (15:08): MP3
  4. Anbumbulu 166 and a Half (5:00): MP3
  5. Black Snake Lightning (11:01): MP3

St. Mark's Talks, April 24, 1985

"Sound and Sentiment, Sound and Symbol"

  1. On Sound and Sentiment (6:22): MP3
  2. On Sound and Symbol (4:43): MP3
  3. On phantom limbs (5:15): MP3
  4. On Legba (3:02): MP3
  5. On Jean Toomer (9:13): MP3
  6. On William Carlos Williams (20:11): MP3
  7. On the Caribbean and Legba (14:49): MP3
  8. On Williams and stumbling (4:54): MP3
  9. On Ellison (9:22): MP3
  • talk by Nathaniel Mackey (1:18:24): MP3
  1. On limping (2:06): MP3
  2. On Sonny Rollins (6:35): MP3
  3. On music and writing (4:38): MP3
  4. On "Cane" (7:45): MP3
  5. On wholeness (9:24): MP3
  6. On partiality (14:47): MP3
  • discussion (45:28): MP3

Reading at San Francisco State University 1987

  • Mackey Reads from Dear Angel of Dust (27:02): MP3 , RealAudio

Segue Series Reading at The Ear Inn, New York, March 24, 1989

  1. epigraphs from "Outlantish" (2:03): MP3
  2. Melin (1:31): MP3
  3. Irritable Mystic (2:01): MP3 [TEXT]
  4. Knotted Highness (3:05): MP3
  5. Degree Four (3:11): MP3
  6. Sweet Mystic Beast (3:42): MP3
  7. Amma Seru's Hammer's Heated Fall (4:50): MP3
  8. Alphabet of Ahtt (3:32): MP3
  9. Our Island (4:50): MP3
  10. Djbot Baghostus's Run (18:29): MP3
Complete Reading (47:37): MP3

Reading at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, June 24, 1991

courtesy of A.L. Nielsen's Incognito Lounge

  • complete reading (49:37): MP3
  1. Introduction (0:29): MP3
  2. Irritable Mystic (3:05): MP3
  3. Knotted Highness (4:23): MP3
  4. Sweet Mystic Beast (5:33): MP3
  5. Alphabet of Ought (2:10): MP3
  6. Miscellaneous Poem (2:07): MP3
  7. Ought Island (5:50): MP3
  8. Wizard of Ought (7:07): MP3
  9. Tonu Soy (7:37): MP3
  10. Angel of Oust (4:08): MP3
  11. Slipped Quadrant (3:12): MP3
  12. Collateral Death (3:07): MP3

Reading at the Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, July 11, 1991 with Charles Bernstein and Susan Howe

  1. introduction by Andrew Schelling (1:28): MP3
  2. Tonu Soy (6:34) MP3
  3. Aspect Surmise (6:55): MP3
  4. Slipped Quadrant (2:59): MP3 [published in Best American Poetry, 1990]
  5. Collateral Death (2:18): MP3

  6. complete reading (18:49): MP3, RealAudio

Interview with A.L. Nielsen, Santa Cruz, July 18, 1991

courtesy of A.L. Nielsen's Incognito Lounge

  1. Introduction (1:08): MP3
  2. On Hambone (10:20): MP3
  3. On programming (8:06): MP3
  4. On jazz (10:24): MP3
  5. On Black writers (10:56): MP3
  6. On othering (9:07): MP3
  7. On broken form (5:08): MP3
  8. On extended works (4:44): MP3
  • complete interview (1:00:25): MP3

Reading at Zar, Santa Cruz, April 13 1992 recorded by Chris Funkhouser

  1. Wizard of Ought (5:44) MP3
  2. Tonu Soy (8:32) MP3
  3. Aspic Surmise (7:38) MP3
  4. Far Over (6:11) MP3
  5. Slipped Quadrant (3:11) MP3

  6. complete reading (36:31): MP3

Appearing at New Freedoms, April 9, 1993

  1. Song of the Andoumboulou 19 (3:40): MP3
  2. Song of the Andoumboulou 23 (4:06): MP3
  3. Song of the Andoumboulou 24 (3:56): MP3
  • Mackey reading (11:45): MP3
  • complete recording of event (1:57:29): MP3

Reading at the Woodstock Guild, NY, November 19, 1993.

Recording courtesy of Chris Funkhouser

Complete Recording (1:08:44): MP3

Writers Institute Reading, Albany, April 7 1994 recorded by Chris Funkhouser

complete reading (57:54): MP3

  1. Introduction (8:39): MP3
  2. "Dear Angel of Dust" Letter 1 (7:16): MP3
  3. "Dear Angel of Dust" Letter 2 (26:36): MP3
  4. "Dear Angel of Dust" Letter 3 (2:59): MP3
  5. "Dear Angel of Dust" Letter 4 (4:49): MP3
  6. Q&A Session (6:47): MP3

STRICK: Song of the Andoumboulou 16-25, June 13, 1994

Nathaniel Mackey with Royal Hartigan and Hafez Modirzadeh

  1. Song of the Andoumboulou: 16 (5:57): MP3
  2. Royal Hartigan: drum set and Chinese opera percussion instruments: ban (clapper and wood block), tan pi ku (drum), nao bo (cymbols), xiao luo (small gong), and da luo (large gong).
    Hafez Modirzadeh: tenor saxophone.
  3. Song of the Andoumboulou: 17 (4:57): MP3
  4. Royal Hartigan: kulintang (Philippine gong chime).
    Hafez Modirzadeh: tenor saxophone and zorna.
  5. Song of the Andoumboulou: 18 (7:44): MP3
  6. Royal Hartigan: donno (West African string tension, double headed, hourglass shaped drum).
    Hafez Modirzadeh: suling, zorna.
  7. Song of the Andoumboulou: 19 (3:40): MP3
  8. Royal Hartigan: bendir (Turkish frame drum).
    Hafez Modirzadeh: Arab nay.
  9. Song of the Andoumboulou: 20 (12:40): MP3
  10. Royal Hartigan: drum set.
    Hafez Modirzadeh: tenor saxophone.
  11. Song of the Andoumboulou: 21 (2:53): MP3
  12. Royal Hartigan: drum set.
    Hafez Modirzadeh: flute.
  13. Song of the Andoumboulou: 22 (8:30): MP3
  14. Royal Hartigan: bendir.
    Hafez Modirzadeh: Persian nay.
  15. Song of the Andoumboulou: 23 (5:30): MP3
  16. Royal Hartigan: drum set.
    Hafez Modirzadeh: tenor saxophone.
  17. Song of the Andoumboulou: 24 (5:24): MP3
  18. Royal Hartigan: drum set, bendir, and zirbaghali (goblet drum).
    Hafez Modirzadeh: punji and tenor saxophone.
  19. Song of the Andoumboulou: 25 (3:47): MP3
  20. Royal Hartigan: drum set and donno.
    Hafez Modirzadeh: zorna.

Executive production: Lindsay Hill
Literary production: Paul Naylor
Musical production: Billy Panda
Design: Greg Heartman
Photography: Susan Berthiaume
Cover Art: Irving Petlin

© 1995 Spoken Engine Co.

Reading at SUNY Buffalo, April 18, 1996.

Recording courtesy of Chris Funkhouser

Complete Recording (39:36): MP3

Seminar at SUNY at an unknown date.

Recording courtesy of Chris Funkhouser

Complete Recording (1:09:58): MP3

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, November 13, 1997

  1. Introduction by Mike McGee (1:57): MP3
  2. Introduction by Nathaniel Mackey (6:34): Mp3
  3. Song of the Andoumboulou: 18 (5:28): MP3
  4. Song of the Andoumboulou: 19 (3:11): MP3
  5. Song of the Andoumboulou: 20 (6:18): MP3
  6. Song of the Andoumboulou: 25 (5:04): MP3
  7. Song of the Andoumboulou: 28 (4:29): MP3
  8. Song of the Andoumboulou: 31 (3:50): MP3
  9. Song of the Andoumboulou: 33 (8:19): MP3
  10. Song of the Andoumboulou: 33 and a Half (1:23): MP3

Expanding the Repertoire: Continuity and Change in African-American Writing, Participating in Panel Discussions at Small Press Traffic, April 2000

  • Panel 1 (2:14:40): MP3
  • Panel 2 (1:36:39): MP3
  • Panel 3 (1:54:33): MP3
Recordings courtesy of David Buuck, who has dedicated an issue of his journal Tripwire to the conference.

Reading at Cornell University, November 29, 2001

  • Introduction by Barry Maxwell (7:45): MP3
    1. Introduction to "Alphabet of Ahtt" (3:00): MP3
    2. Alphabet of Ahtt (3:28): MP3
    3. Far Over (3:34): MP3
    4. Mu 14th Part (3:24): MP3
    5. Song of the Andoumboulou 19 (5:28): MP3
    6. Song of the Andoumboulou 32: low quadrant (2:41): MP3
    7. From "Bedouin Handbook" (28 August 1980) (4:16): MP3
    8. From "Bedouin Handbook" (30 August 1980) (13:15): MP3
    9. From "Djbot Baghostus's Run" (22 January 1982) (7:28): MP3
    10. Eye on the Scarecrow (4:10): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    11. Song of the Andoumboulou 42 (7:41): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    12. Glen on Monk's Mountain (4:21): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    13. On Antiphon Island (2:54): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
  • Complete Reading (1:06:03): MP3 , RealAudio
  • Conversations with Poets, MLA, New York. December 28, 2002

    from Kenning, Vol. 4 No. 3 Autumn/Winter 2002-2003, Issue #12

    Nathaniel Mackey recorded by Chris Funkhouser, 7 April 1994, Albany, New York (University at Albany). This letter appears in ATET A.D. (San Francisco: City Lights, 2001).

    from from ATET A.D. (2:50): MP3

    Reading at Wednesdays @ 4 Plus, SUNY-Buffalo, February 12, 2003

    1. Introduction (4:31): MP3
    2. Mackey's Introduction (4:58): MP3
    3. Song of the Andoumboulou 20 (5:19): MP3
    4. Song of the Andoumboulou 25: zar nth part (3:47): MP3
    5. From "Paracritical Hinge" (17 July 1982) (6:27): MP3
    6. From "Paracritical Hinge" (26 July 1982) (5:16): MP3
    7. Song of the Andoumboulou 42 (8:13): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    8. Song of the Andoumboulou 48 (7:58): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    9. Song of the Andoumboulou 55: Orphic Fragment (2:28): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    10. Song of the Andoumboulou 58 (8:03): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]

    complete reading (57:19): MP3

    Reading at Mills College, September 9, 2003

    1. Introduction to Four for Glenn (1:31): MP3
    2. Four for Glenn II (Go Left Out of Shantiville) (1:59): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    3. Introduction to Four for Glenn IV (1:24): MP3
    4. Four for Glenn IV (Glenn on Monk's Mountain) (2:15): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    5. Introduction to On Antiphon Island (1:00)MP3
    6. On Antiphon Island (2:05): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    7. Introduction to Sound and Semblance (2:58): MP3
    8. Sound and Semblance (2:36): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    9. Sound and Sentience (3:00): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]

    Reading at Cue Art Foundation, NYC, March 12, 2004

    Recorded by Chris Funkhouser.

    1. Introduction (3:47): MP3
    2. Mackey's Introduction (2:35): MP3
    3. From "Song of the Andoumboulou 20" (0:48): MP3
    4. Song of the Andoumboulou: 29 (7:36): MP3
    5. Song of the Andoumboulou: 30 (6:37): MP3
    6. Song of the Andoumboulou: 34 (8:15): MP3
    7. Sound and Semblance ("mu" twenty-sixth part) (2:55): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    8. Song of the Andoumboulou: 55: Orphic Fragment (2:19): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    9. Double Staccato ("mu" forty-third part) (2:53): MP3
    • Complete Reading (38:21): MP3

    Cork Poetry Festival, Summer 2004, film by Adam Wyeth with Nathaniel Mackey, Randolph Healey, and Charles Bernstein.

    Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics, Episode #113: Splay Anthem, October 1, 2006

    1. On Splay Anthem structure (2:38): MP3
    2. On mu (6:38): MP3
    3. mu sixteenth part (2:51): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    4. On movement (4:54): MP3
    5. On ska (2:45): MP3
    6. On Andoumboulou (9:04): MP3
    7. Song of the Andoumboulou 50: Ring of the Well (8:29): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    8. On pronouns (6:22): MP3
    9. On Nub (2:21): MP3
    10. From Song of the Andoumboulou 60 (1:09): MP3 [From Splay Anthem]
    11. On new work (7:27): MP3
    • complete recording (56:03): MP3

    Reading at the Kelly Writers House, February 1, 2011

    • complete reading (49:15): MP3

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    1. Introduction (1:02): MP3
    2. Double Stacatto (4:27): MP3
    3. Song of the Andoumboulou Part 79 (6:27): MP3
    4. "Dear Angel of Dust" Letter 1 (5:21): MP3
    5. Paragraph on "Dear Angel of Dust" Letter 1 (2:16): MP3
    6. "Dear Angel of Dust" Letter 2 (14:59): MP3
    7. Moment's Gnosis (6:03): MP3
    8. Anabatic Jukebox (7:59): MP3

    Group Reading at Alan Golding's Home for Heatstrings, Louisville, KY, February 20, 2016

    complete reading (57:00): MP3

    Song of the Andoumboulou: 136 (3:13): MP3

    WHAT I SAY Roundtable for Heatstrings, Louisville, KY, February 19, 2016

    complete reading (1:11:10): MP3

    1. From Preface to Blue Fasa (3:54): MP3
    2. Song of the Andoumboulou 188 and 1/4: School of Udhra (3:48): MP3
    3. Song of the Andoumboulou 188 and 1/2: School of Oud (2:43): MP3
    4. Song of the Andoumboulou 188 and 3/4: School of Oud (2:15): MP3
    5. Sister Sea's Hideaway, Mu, 169th part (2:57): MP3

    Mackey's complete section (15:47): MP3

    Reading for Lute & Drum, Louisville, KY, February 19, 2016


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    Nathaniel Mackey reads for the Lute & Drum Series, February 19, 2015

    1. Introduction (4:14): MP3
    2. Anuncio's Fourth Last Love Song (9:40): MP3
    3. Song of the Andoumboulou 140 (15:57): MP3
    4. Song of the Andoumboulou 166 1/2 (5:01): MP3
    5. Black Snake Lightning (mu, 176th part) (10:56): MP3

    complete reading (45:53): MP3



    See Also: Mackey at University of Chicago (Poem Present)

    Of Special Interest:
    Chant des Andoumboulou"("Song of the Andoumboulou")
    Dogon Song, from the album Le Rituel Funeraire (Songs Of The Living - The Funeral Rites) (5:29): MP3
    1956 Disques Ocora
    Liner notes by Francois Di Dio:

    "The Song of the Andoumboulou is addressed to the spirits. For this reason the initiates, crouching in a circle, sing it in a whisper in the deserted village, and only the howling of the dogs and the wind disturb the silence of the night" -- Di Dio quoted by Mackey in Eroding Witness (p. 31) [Note: Mackey refers to an album titled Les Dogon where the same cut, titled, "Chant des Andoumboulou" appears.]

    Also of Interest:

    Nathaniel Mackey on WUSP's "Talk of the Bary" (March, 2007)
    includes excerpts from the Dogon chant, Don Cherry and Glenn Spearman

    Nathaniel Mackey on PennSound Daily

    Kelly Writers House Fellows Program, March 21-22, 2017

    Complete recording (75:14): MP3

    Complete recording (69:05): MP3

    These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. Close Listening programs © 2016 Charles Bernstein and Nathaniel Mackey. All other rights to this recorded material belong to the author. © 2016 Nathaniel Mackey. Used with permission of Nathaniel Mackey. Distributed by PennSound.