Monday, August 3, 2015

Let's Welcome C.C. Arshagra to the Middletown Music Festival Emcee Crew!

The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival, August 8-9 @ Middlesex Community College

C.C. Arshagra 

  • Poet of the Year, Boston/Cambridge Poetry Awards (Voted top 3 in State of MA Open Mike Ballot System)-nomination 2001
  • Best Poetry Publication, Boston/Cambridge Poetry Awards 2001  “What Manner of Character” Book 3 of “The Open Mike Poems’ chapbook series
  • Marcel Kopp Award, Boston Poetry Awards 2000 (A one of a kind award) Created and presented to C.C. Arshagra by famed satirist Jimmy Tingle for “Poet Who Participates Most in the Open Mikes” 
  • Producer’s Award, Cambridge Community TV, 1998-00 
  • Skilled poet/jazz collaborator:
    • With’ Zen Bastards’ Approx. 2001-03
    • With ‘ Ken Field’s Jazz Jam Ensemble” 2000-05
    • A 3 time “Featured Poet” with Jeff Robinson Trio’s Poetry Jazz Jam - Approx. 1999-2004
  • Recording artist:
    • With recording artist Kemp Harris, “Freedom of Speech” Little Dog Records, MA
    • With recording artists Brian Haley, Keiffer Infantino, Dennis Sullivan, “The Jew Christian Muslim Song”, Plan 9, MA - Band: “C.C. Arshagra and the Say”
    • With Recording Artists Alvin B. Carter Jr., Orice Jenkins, Mel Hsu, Monique Jarvis, “With You”, Riverway Studio, CT Ira Sakolsky, Grammy nominated composer/arranger
  • Director/producer: local access TV shows: 
    • “XY Eli Dance Party”, HCT, Hartford CT Early 1980s
    • “The Worlds On”, SCAT, Somerville, MA Late 1980s
    • “Stone Soup Poet”, CCTV, Cambridge, MA 1998-00
  • Radio show producer, “The Divide & Conquer News Report” 20014-15 Season 1
  • Radio show producer/host/spoken mind poet, “The I Do Not Know Show” 2012 – (Current)
    • WESU 88.1 FM Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
  • Author:
    • Poems 1996 and Emotional Geography 1996
    • 3 part “The Open Mike Poems” chapbook series: 1. Scared Sacred, 2.  Death of an Ego, 3. What Manner of Character
    • 4 CD experiment set of Spoken Mind Poetry “The ID (Inkless Dialogue) Poems” Vol. 1
  • Producer/founder: TheHumanRoom & TheOpenVoice
    • a two tiered organic arts, free speech, and activist venue concept
  • Founder: CulturalCommunicationArts
  • Veteran Open Mike featured poet, reader, performer; and collaborator
  • Publisher: press22publishing
  • Professional lyric writer
  • Appeared in a documentary ”Who Owns Jack Kerouac” by Jack Shea 
  • Trained Contact Improvisation (CI) movement artist
  • Owner/designer/decorator: South Main Upholstering Co., New Britain CT (Pre-Artist life)
  • New Britain, CT native, and returned current resident after traversing the world in search of art


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  2. I've been to every larger venue in the town and this is one of the best. Their menu is small but at least they seem to do what they have on it well. The event space Chicago has a variety of salads and sandwiches, and a fresh daily soup.