Peter J. Harris, Artyom Manukyan and Jesse Gilbert
Peter J. Harris, poet
Artyom Manukyan, composer and cellist
Jesse Gilbert, video artist
Song Again is an introspective journey through integrated layers of original poetry, music and video imagery. Rooted in our current reality of isolation, Song Again is a hopeful refrain that aches for a return to the daily patterns that connect us; interaction and the melodies of life. The creative process—filled with the delights of collaboration and surprise—provided a virtual salve for the loss of intimate connection with friends, family and our community-at-large. Through the making of Song Again, we celebrate the vibrancy, culture and creativity within us, and within our beloved city.
Peter J. Harris
Peter J. Harris is a writer and cultural worker. Since the 1970s, Harris has published his work in a wide variety of publications including Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, edited by Suzanne Lummis; Altadena Poetry Anthologies for 2018 and 2019; and Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts in Los Angeles, edited by Neelanjana Banerjee, Daniel A. Olivas, and Ruben J. Rodriguez. Since 1992, Harris has been a member of the Anansi Writers Workshop at the World Stage in L.A.'s Leimert Park.
Harris is a 2018 Los Angeles COLA fellow in literary arts, fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at USC, and award-winning poet, the author of Bless the Ashes, poetry (Tia Chucha Press), winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and The Black Man of Happiness: In Pursuit of My 'Unalienable Right', a book of personal essays, winner of a 2015 American Book Award. He is founding director of The Black Man of Happiness Project, a creative, intellectual and artistic exploration of Black men and joy.
His 2018 TEDx Pasadena Talk with Adenike A. Harris at The Huntington Library, “Healing vs. Retaliation: Surviving Trauma and Sexual Abuse,” described and celebrated 15 years of working with his daughter after convicting and jailing her predator ex-stepfather. Harris and his daughter are also contributors to Love WITH Accountability: Digging up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse, edited by Aishah Shahidah Simmons (2019).
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2010 from Yerevan, Armenia, cellist Artyom Manukyan has been in demand as a session musician and soundtrack composer.
After the success of his debut solo album, “Citizen,” Manukyan released two albums in 2018: a collaborative album with French electro jazz producer, Dawatile Kiledjian, titled “HILA,” and a solo album titled “Alone.” In his free time, Artyom teaches private lessons and has been an invited guest teacher at the world-renowned Tumo Center for Creative Technologies.
Recent credits include Hannibal season 2, Dear White People season 2, Cartel Land, Zipper, Central Intelligence, Geostorm, Birth of a Dragon and Luke Cage. He has performed live with a number of eclectic musical luminaries including Everlast, Kamasi Washington, Melody Gardot, Daedalus, Flying Lotus, Peter Erskine, Hadrien Feraud, Charles Altura, MdCL, Tigran Hamasyan, Herb Alpert, Capital Cities, Vahagni, VOCE, Gretchen Parlato, Virgil Donati and many more.
Jesse Gilbert is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of visual art, sound and software design, creating flexible frameworks that are activated in live performance, via network interaction or in installation settings.
Since 2010, he has primarily developed and performed with his software SpectralGL, an interactive listening instrument that generates real-time visual landscapes in response to sound. Building on his work as a composer, sound designer and lifelong technologist, Gilbert’s creative output probes the phenomenological nature of listening itself through a practice centering on improvisation and collaborative dialogue.
Gilbert co-founded Dark Matter Media, LLC in 2007, through which he consults on a variety of projects in the art and entertainment industries. From 2011-2017, he was the founding chair of the media technology department at Woodbury University and has taught interactive software design at both CalArts and U.C. San Diego.