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The Dictionary Project Presents: Singer/Songwriter Edition

Saturday, October 25
7 p.m
$5 suggested donation (to benefit Casa Libre)

Please join us for the sixth edition of The Dictionary Project Presents! and our first ever singer/songwriter edition!!!!! The Dictionary Project Presents! is the live event version of the The Dictionary Project, an online literary project driven by love of language and constraint-based writing. For the event, the project’s creator and curator Lisa O’Neill uses bibliomancy—divination through books—to pick a word from the dictionary and the songwriters have three weeks to compose a song based on that word.

Music! Language! Synchronicity! Serendipity! Food! Friends!

Our songsmiths for the evening are:

Samantha Bounkeua, violin, graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a focus in contemporary violin performance. Samantha has performed in music festivals worldwide including the Britten-Pears Adelburgh, Tuscia Opera Festival, and the Billingham International Folk Festival. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and was the grand prize winner of the Santa Fe Pro Musica Competition in 2005. Samantha loves exploring cross-genre collaborations and is currently an active member in many local music groups including Tango Rosano, Two-Door Hatchback, Antler Room, the Awkward Moments and Tucson ChamberLab. Her current favorite word is: prophetic.

Vannessa Lundon has a crush on the desert, and she suspects it may be mutual. Hailing from places where polar vortexes occur, V Lundo spends her time here in the Old Pueblo slinging organic produce and writing nonsense unheard jingles. If you want to find out where she is playing next or be barraged by her odd photo gallery, check out www.vlundon.com. Please and thank you.  Her favorite word is cellar door because a certain movie said it was the most beautiful word in all of our language. 

Lisa O’Neill is a writer, teacher of writers, creative usher, songsmith, dancer, and maker. She was born and raised in New Orleans: a city that knows how to do joy and sorrow in equal measure, a city braised in the sounds of trumpets and sousaphones and bass drums. She lives in the desert, in Tucson, Arizona: home of bright red ocotillo blossoms, throngs of hummingbirds, and summer rains that everyone steps out onto their front porches to witness. She just saw The Carolina Chocolate Drops and if she can, at some point in her lifetime, play clawhammer at even half the speed of Hubby Jenkins, she’ll be thrilled. Her favorite word at the moment is trust.

Courtney Robbins is a difficult act to pigeonhole. From her percussive guitar style to the heartbreaking, mellow vocals of her ballads, the Tucson-based musician spans several genres. Robbins' music, with its folk rock and indie roots, has been compared to that of Erin McKeown, Ani DiFranco and Amy Ray. Courtney's muscular guitar playing and gritty vocals have earned her such accolades as "Powerful;[one] of Tucson's best singer-songwriters."-tucsonscene.com 


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