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Aug 15, 2011

Michael Horovitz: from orthodox to heterodox in just 75 years

Michael Horovitz will be performing in support of the Museum of Immigration at 19 Princelet Street on Sunday 11 September at 7pm.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

All places for this event are now taken.

Personal and collective histories are narrated - and performed - through
seminal moments.

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a day that is often invoked as having
changed the world around us, Michael will bring to life some of the seminal moments of his rich 75 year journey from Orthodox Jewish boy in 1930s Frankfurt to torchbearer of the Poetry Olympics festivals, frontman of the William Blake Klezmatrix band, and pioneer of beat, jazz and avant-garde world poetry.

His American counterpart Allen Ginsberg characterised him as a “Popular, experienced, experimental, Jazz Generation, New Jerusalem, Sensitive Bard” – they were photographed (above) by Peter Whitehead chanting Hebraic/Sanskrit mantras together at the ICA in June 1965, with Ginsberg’s Tibetan bell accompaniment.

Narrated in his energising poetical performance style, punctuated by impromptu bursts on his Shofarlike ‘anglo-saxophone’, Michael’s lyrical story is its own testament to poetry as music and protest, a legacy that remains resonant in a post 9/11 world.


There will be a glass of wine/juice and an opportunity to explore the magical building at 19 Princelet Street and our acclaimed exhibitions Suitcases and Sanctuary, and Leave to Remain.

Seating at 19 Princelet Street is limited, so please be prepared to stand, floor-sit or kindly give up your seat to someone who needs it more than you.

Michael Horovitz's talk will finish around 8pm with an opportunity to engage Michael in conversation, and 19 Princelet street will close at 8:30pm.

For directions and a useful map: http://www.19princeletstreet.org.uk/find.html