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“Sampling” & Poetry: a Poetry Workshop for Grades 6-12

“Sampling” & Poetry

Saturday, April 1, 2017 2:30-4:30  p.m.

at Hamline Midway Library

Want to expand your writing techniques? Join performer and poet Becca Barniskis who will lead a poetry workshop on using “found text” like hip hop beatmakers use samples. We’ll select text from books, newspapers, magazines, song lyrics, video games, etc. and arrange the fragments in different patterns. We’ll look for the collision of unexpected elements through this “sampling,” and expand our notion of what poetry is and what it can do. Feel free to bring your phone or laptop or tablet if you want to make some recordings—or just yourself!

Upcoming Music/Poetry Performances

Saturday, February 25, 2017 Downrange Telemetrics performs as part of the Punk-Ass Classical series.

7:30 pm  *  1322 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105-2607

“This time around we gather in Saint Paul for music that plays with voice and language. At this performance we welcome Downrange Telemetrics, a far ranging experimental duo featuring vocalist Becca Barniskis and guitarist Nick Jaffe. In addition Singer/composer Bethany Battafarano brings “Oda a la paz”, a new collaboration with a group of singers and instrumentalists Nicolas Muñoz and Vladimir Garrido that was recently premiered at the Cedar Cultural Center. “Oda a la paz,” fuses western classical and Latin American musics, made of poems from contemporary Peru and Ecuadorian folklore.

We ask for a $5-$10 donation to help pay our performers and composers and to make Punk-Ass Classical a stable and reliable source of live music in the Twin Cities.

Punk-Ass Classical fosters a lively, diverse, and inclusive contemporary classical and experimental music community in basements, attics, and living rooms throughout the Twin Cities.”

(Poster by Katharine Linnea)


Saturday, March 4, 2017 Pancake7 performs at the Hook & Ladder 

6-8 pm to celebrate Paula Cisewski’s Double Book Launch!

A multimedia poetry party with reading, music, live art making, diversions, refreshments, raffle prizes, and extra special guests, hypermodernsupafunkrocksouldisco band Pancake7

FREEEE and everyone is welcome.

Silent auction proceeds and 20% of book sales will be donated to the ACLU.

Celebrating the release of Cisewski’s third and fourth full-length poetry collections:

The Threatened Everything, Burnside Review Press
Quitter, co-winner of the Diode Editions Book Prize


Upcoming Teaching Workshops


Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Hamline Midway Library in St Paul, Becca is leading a FREE poetry-writing workshop for families and people of all ages from 5-6 pm.

Poetry Lab

Great poems can come from anywhere! This workshop, led by poet and performer Becca Barniskis, offers families a friendly environment in which they can experiment with the words all around us to create poems that they can share, recite, or even illustrate with each other.

More details here.


Becca is teaching a 2-session “Poetry Boot Camp” Saturday, Feb 4 & also Feb. 11 from 9 am – 12 noon at the Loft! Details on the class and how to register here.

Bell Museum Resident Artist Research Project Portfolio – Downrange Telemetrics

Selected Videos and Performances:

Downrange Telemetrics Mobile Unit in Action:

Musical demonstration of Molecular Electronics-Based Guitar Pedal:

Poetry and Music Samples

click image below to read three poems by Becca from her Wilderness Machine series









click image below to listen to  music by Nick: “Katyusha” from the album Sputnik I


Downrange Telemetrics debuts new piece at New Ruckus Composer Night Oct 11!

Join Downrange Telemetrics (Nick and Becca) on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 along with 3 other super-dope composers/groups. DT will be premiering a new piece and soliciting feedback from YOU–if you’re there. And you should be. Our piece, entitled “Cervello Spazio Cosmico #2” is a translation of the drawing of the same name by artist Star Wallowing Bull (the photo below is the work-courtesy of Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis). 7 pm FREE as part of New Ruckus Composers Night.

Studio Z

275 4th St E, Ste 200, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101

August Shows!

Downrange Telemetrics with the Halley Devestern Band at Bedlam   Thursday, August 25, 2016 – 9 pm


Pancake 7 & Downrange Telemetrics with X Slave and the Halley Devestern Band at    Amsterdam Bar   Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – 9 pm


Linesmasher #2 at Reverie   Sunday, August 21, 2016 – 9 pm

Don’t Stay in Your Lane

Linesmasher#2, an evening of music and poetry that defies description. 1, 5 or 10 dollardonation (pay what you can) Hosted by futurefunk adventurists Pancake7. Featuring performances by MC Katana Da Don, poet Sharon Chmielarz, and wearable art by Tamiko French of Soulspeak Expressions. Open mic for all singers, MC’s, poets and musicians. A collection will be taken up for the Justice for Philando Castile Fund.

July 29 Pancake7, X Slave, Katana Da Don, Clint Niosi all take the stage at Acadia

Benefit show for the Justice for Philando Castile Fund at Acadia Cafe   Friday, July 29, 2016

featuring Pancake7, X Slave, Katana Da Don, and Clint Niosi

music starts at 9 pm

An eclectic bill of funkrock, hip hop, rock and heavy folk, united to raise funds for the Justice for Philando Castile Fund started by Philando’s family. $5 suggested donation–all proceeds to be donated to the fund.
Parking validation for lot behind the venue. Acadia: 329 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454

Start June off correctly!

Monday, June 6, 2016  Becca Barniskis at First Mondays@Troubadour

with Julie Strand and Nick Jaffe

We’ll be performing singly and together in collaboration with Nick Jaffe. Open mic. Hosted by David Bayliss.   Troubadour Wine Bar in Minneapolis

Friday, June 10, 2016    New Sh!t Show Minneapolis

Downrange Telemetrics performs


all new work!

Featuring also:
Bernard Ferguson
Robert Martin
Thadra Sheridan

and open mic participants (it could be you!)

Hosted by New Sh!t Show Minneapolis producer Lewis Mundt
Doors and sign-up at 7:30
Show at 8:00
$5-$10 sliding fee scale