Poetry Performances: The Percussionist and The Poet

 

Picture:  Van Putten and Percussionist Thomas Lowery performing at Temple University (2011)

The Percussionist and The Poet performing at Temple University (2011)

Performing together for two decades, Thomas Lowery and Melodye Micëre Van Putten began working together while teaching African American children in Van Putten’s character education program, Black History Workshops for Children (known in Bermuda as Ashay: Rites of Passage). What began as a captivating way to introduce the best of global African culture and history has grown into extraordinary poetic and rhythmic performance artistry that raises consciousness, educates, inspires, motivates and entertains.

 

The Percussionist and The Poet at Chewstick, Bermuda

The Percussionist and The Poet performing at Chewstick Neo-Grio Lounge, Bermuda (2012)

According to The Royal Gazette’s performance reviewer Vejay Steede, “…Mrs. Van Putten delighted a packed house at Chewstick… delivering a splendidly paced performance of her original poetry with style, flair, and attitude to spare… The poetry on offer was thought-provoking, entertaining, emotional, powerful, and inspiring all at once… Childhood friend, Thomas Lowery, dazzled with his beats, employing a wide array of percussive tools, including the billabong, djembe, Congo drum, and traditional bass, snare, and cymbal drum set.”

Chewstick Poetry Performance

Chewstick Poetry Performance Poster

Their performance credits include:
  • An Evening of Poetic Reflections: Poetry, Rhythm & Consciousness Personified!  FreshVisions Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, July, 2013
  • Ashay: Poetry for Empowerment!  Chewstick: Neo-Griot Lounge, Bermuda, August 2012
  • Poetry for Love - Delta Sorority Freedom Theater Fundraiser, Freedom Theater, Philadelphia, PA, July 2012
  • Poetry & Jazz Brunch - The Classics’ Annual Scholarship Event, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, May 2010
  • Black History Workshops for Children 20th Anniversary Celebration, Zanzibar Blue, Philadelphia, PA, 2006
  • Class of 1973: Germantown HS 30-Year Class Reunion Libation, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA,2001
  • Kwanzaa: A Celebration of History, Culture and Values, Zanibar Blue, Philadelphia, PA, 1992, 1993
  • Kujichagulia Ministry’s Kwanzaa Celebration, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Pennlyn, PA, 1990, 1991
CD credits:
  • Poetic Selections from Obamatyme and Soul Poems (October 2009)
  • Ashay: Music for Empowerment (August, 2006)
Film credits:
  • Healing History: The Documentary - A MiddleWay Film by Kristin Alexander (2015)
For bookings and fees, contact Melodye Micëre Van Putten.
Filming for Healing History: The Documentary (A Kristin Alexander Film)

Filming for Healing History: The Documentary, Studio Session (Kristin Alexander, Thomas Lowery)

The Percussionist and The Poet - Thomas Lowery and Melodye Micëre Van Putten

The Percussionist and The Poet – Thomas Lowery and Melodye Micëre Van Putten