COMPOSTING UTOPIA: THE 2018 ZENDIK REUNION TOUR
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 @ 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Sometimes, groups of people get together to try to save the world. Every time, they fail. Usually, they both do great stuff and screw each other up. Thank goodness for art, the best tool ever for composting the stinky guck of utopia-gone-wrong into fertile soul-soil—the other black gold.
Join musicians Kyra Gordon and Gabriel Zacchai, and author Helen Zuman—all
veterans of Zendik Farm (1969-2013), a pseudo-revolutionary communal cult that aspired to use honesty, cooperation, and artistry to end lying, competition, and ecocide—for a book-flavored concert featuring lots of playing and singing, a spot of storytelling, and an invitation to celebrate the full breadth of what has made us who we are.
Copies of Helen’s Zendik memoir, Mating in Captivity, will be available for sale, along with CDs by Kyra and Gabriel; donations for the performance will be warmly welcomed.
About the performers:
Jazz and blues vocalist Kyra Gordon brings her soulful tone and searching spirit to both songwriting and stage. A native of Oakland, CA, she improvises with “The Freeze,” a playful Bay Area hip-hop collective that she helped found; plays keyboard and sings lead vocals for the original funk project “Captain Input”; and performs solo once a month at San Francisco’s Rite Spot. Her latest project, Loving Janis: The Music of Janis Ian and Janis Joplin, debuted at Ashkenaz in March 2018. In summer 2018, she’s extending her annual house concert tour to NYC.
Gabriel Zacchai’s mission as an artist is to lure you away from your screen via live music, theater, poetry, storytelling, and comedy. He’s been writing, recording, and performing original songs—ranging from catchy folk to soulful blues to hard-driving rock—longer than you’ve been alive (if you’re under thirty); recent albums include Corporate Cult and Great Escape. He also narrates and produces audiobooks, and spearheads two live storytelling/community-building projects: Mid-Coast Memory Theater and Forktale Maine. He lives in Camden with his wife, two sons, and a time machine.
Helen Zuman (Mating in Captivity: A Memoir, She Writes Press 2018) is a tree-hugging dirt worshipper devoted to turning waste into food, and the stinky guck of experience into fertile, fragrant prose. She holds a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and a Half-FA in memoir from Hunter College. Raised in Brooklyn, she lives with her husband in Beacon, NY and Black Mountain, NC.