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Poetry and live music combine in Huntington

Gerry Saulter of Serenade Duo performs guitar music

Gerry Saulter of Serenade Duo performs guitar music from Shakespeare's time for the Fourth Friday Studio Series on Jan. 28, 2011. Photo Credit: Mark Staudinger

Poetry and music are reunited and it feels so good!

At least that’s what published poet, author and adjunct professor Annabelle Moseley thinks. She happens to be the cultural curator at the Long Island Violin Shop in Huntington, which is the venue for the Fourth Friday Studio Series – an event that pairs lyrical poets with professional musicians usually on the last Friday of the month.

The first studio series event was held last month. This Friday flamenco is the theme.

Moseley – author of “Artifacts of Sound” and founder of online poetry and art journal String Poet – and Sandy McIntosh – publisher of Marsh Hawk Press and author of “Ernesta, in the Style of Flamenco” will read works influenced by flamenco. Gerry Saulter will play a Spanish guitar and an open mic will follow the featured performances.

So, why do poetry and music work together?

“There are all kinds of different styles of poetry,” Moseley says. “But what unites all forms of poetry is musicality. If it’s going to be a good poem, it’s going to sing.”

The musicians and poets also benefit from the symbiotic relationship.

“It’s very collaborative, because the musicians get more passionate when they hear the poetry and the poets are inspired by the music,” she says. “It’s bringing together more than one art in a creative space.”

And the setting, situated around fiddles and cellos, adds to the appeal. “It’s got intimacy and a sense of community, but it’s eclectic and dynamic,” says Moseley. “You’re not going to see this sort of thing everywhere.”

INFO: 7 p.m. Friday at The Long Island Violin Shop, 8 Elm St., Huntington, 631-427-3569 or stringpoet.com; $5

Photo: Gerry Saulter of Serenade Duo performs guitar music from Shakespeare's time for the Fourth Friday Studio Series on Jan. 28, 2011.

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