Pickathon Presents: Arc Iris W/ Anis Mojgani

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Pickathon Presents: Arc Iris W/ Anis Mojgani
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Pickathon Presents:
Arc Iris - Whimsical, Rhythmic, Dream-Folk from Providence, RI.
Anis Mojgani - Poet + Artist from Portland, OR

Bunk Bar | 1028 SE Water Ave | Portland, OR
Saturday, December 10th
9:00 PM
$12 Advance | $12 DOS - http://bit.ly/Arc_IrisPDX
21+

Arc Iris -

Arc Iris broke musical ground with the release of their acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014. The Providence, Rhode Island-based band quickly won over audiences in the US and Europe, supporting artists such as St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The group performed at the London Palladium and festivals including Bonnaroo, End of the Road and the Rolling Stone Weekender.

Released on Bella Union in Europe and ANTI Records in the US, Arc Iris drew admiration for its innovative style and distinctive sound. “It’s hypnotic,” said the Boston Globe. The New York Times wrote of “songs that seesawed between the elfin delicacy of Joanna Newsom and some brassy raucousness.” The Guardian talked of “a shape-shifting treat” while new music site The Line of Best Fit proclaimed, “Arc Iris is traditional music thrillingly positioned at the nexus of the old and new."

Arc Iris has attracted numerous fans around the world as the group’s stage performances become storied events themselves. Space domes reveal giant golden wings in flight while montages light up the backdrop with evocative images. Above all, the group’s love of music is a shared passion that comes alive with each song. As diverse as their musical interests and influences have been, the band members find avenues for producing a blend of soul-satisfying sounds that are truly their own.

Anis Mojgani

Anis Mojgani is the author of four poetry collections. A two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, the Willamette Week has said of Anis that “he’s probably the best poetry slammer alive.”A TEDx Speaker and former resident of the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program, Mojgani has performed for audiences as varied as the Getty Museum, Pickathon, and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in such journals as RATTLE, Thrush, Bat City Review, and The Berkeley Review.

Pulling inspiration from his Black and Iranian heritage, his childhood memories, his worldview, love, and existence, Anis takes seemingly commonplace subject matter and sculpts inspiration from them. Weaving dream-like tales that dip into imaginative imagery, Anis’ poems make the ordinary almost surreal and, through jolts of wide-eyed writing and striking honesty, make that which is fantastical remarkably relatable. Or as Pank magazine has written: “His poetry sings just as beautifully on the page as it does on the stage.”

Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Portland, OR.
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