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U.S. Launch of Music & Literature No. 8 with Éric Chevillard and Mark Turner

Marking the U.S. launch of its eighth volume, the international arts publication Music & Literature proudly presents an evening celebrating the careers of French author Éric Chevillard and American jazz saxophonist Mark Turner. Performances and presentations by these artists headline a program of live music, readings, and conversation. Hosted by the editors of Music & Literature, the evening will also include appearances by several of the volume's contributing artists as well as other special guests. 

More than two years in the making, Music & Literature no. 8 showcases the work of three artists who have renewed their inherited traditions—modern literature, classical music, and jazz—and brought innovation to their disciplines. Éric ChevillardUnsuk Chin, and Mark Turner have been expanding the possibilities of their forms for decades, and the fruits of their unwavering efforts are on full display in the most extensive M&L to date.

Beloved for his playful and sharply intelligent fiction, Éric Chevillard is a voice worthy of a global readership. His portfolio includes never-before-translated shorts, novel and journal excerpts, as well as works for children that cheekily subvert the conventions of French literature. His collaborations with visual artists, including fellow “outsider” Gaston Chaissac, receive special attention, as do his astute and often hilariously caustic reviews. Ushered into English by a host of brilliant translators, this portfolio is rounded out with exclusive interviews with Chevillard and appreciations from his peers.

Korean composer Unsuk Chin has made her home in Germany for over twenty years and gained a devoted international following for her eclectic and challenging body of work. Drawing on everything from folk music and street art to Kafka and Lewis Carroll, Unsuk Chin’s radical imagination shares a spiritual kinship with Stravinsky and Debussy, even as it claims new territories for classical music. Revolving around her own writings on her compositional process, literary inspirations, and mentor, György Ligeti, Chin’s profile also features two newly translated interviews and previously unreleased materials from the composer’s archives.

Finally, in a first for Music & Literature—one proving that the M&L aesthetic is as at home in jazz as in classical music—we are excited to offer a portfolio exploring the career of American saxophonist Mark Turner, one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Here, an extensive conversation with Ben Ratliff is complemented by a series of reflections on Turner’s life, work, and utterly unique sound by longtime collaborators, students, and friends. Transcriptions and facsimiles of his musical notebooks offer further insight into an artist of exceptional depth and creative vision.

The event is co-sponsored by the French Books Department of the French Embassy in New York and is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Program.


Music & Literature, Inc., is a nonprofit charitable organization devoted to publishing and promoting the work of underrepresented artists from around the world. Each print edition of Music & Literature assembles an international cast of writers and critics in celebration of three featured artists whose work has yet to reach its deserved audience in the English-speaking world. Music & Literature, Inc., is a nonprofit charitable organization devoted to publishing and promoting the work of underrepresented artists from around the world. Each print edition of Music & Literature assembles an international cast of writers and critics in celebration of three featured artists whose work has yet to reach its deserved audience in the English-speaking world.


Eric Chevillard will also be at Yale University on November 2nd, 2017.  More info

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