Sleep Song: Iraq, Art and War: A Three Part Conference
American poet, slammer, and musician Mike Ladd conducted interviews with 35 Iraq War veterans and used this material to create poetry and a musical performance, Sleep Song, working with Maurice Decaule, American Army veteran, and Ahmed Abdul Hussein, director of the House of Poetry in Baghdad. The trio worked with musicians Serge Teyssot-Gay, Ahmed Mukhtar, and Vijay Iyer to give voice to the nightmares haunting those who lived through the Iraq war. Sleep Song will have its American premiere at the Harlem Stage on December 2 and 3. Artists, academics, and cultural actors discuss this work and explore the theme of art and war in a series of panel discussions at the Maison Française.
Part I: Creating a Work
Mike Ladd, poet, performer, artistic direction; Ahmed Abdul Hussein, poet, performer; Maurice Decaul, poet, Iraq war veteran; Vijay Iyer, pianist, musical director of Sleep Song; Serge Teyssot-Gay, guitarist; Ahmed Mukhtar, oudist; Patricia Cruz, director, Harlem Stage, New York; Frédéric Deval, Royaumont Foundation, France; Annelies Fryberger and Marta Amico, PhD students, EHESS, Paris.
Sleep Song conference moderated by Denis Laborde, CNRS / EHESS, Paris. Co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française, Royaumont Foundation, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.