Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mehliana exorcism

Georgia poet (and now novelist) H. Holt introduces us to Mehliana, the absolutely contemporary duo of Brad Mehldau and Mark Giuliana, who blend jazz with today's electronic music.  

“Mehliana exorcism”
the soul hungers for
synthesized spirits
from a Leo legend-in-transit
as swaying chords
weep in jazz
undertones ,
a Jersey boy’s
beat, beat, beat
stresses, depresses,
undresses the ears
sycophantic outcast
without a rock to roll,
ghosts himself
into an audience
left to devour
the crystalline timbres
of Mehliana exorcism

H. Holt's poem was inspired by their recordings such as "Hungry Ghost":

For more about Mehliana, see their website:

Or listen to this YouTube video:

This appears to be just one of Brad Mehldau's projects:
Here is an article about his partner in Mehliana, Mark Guiliana:
Guiliana is also part of the Avishai Cohen Trio:

H. Holt mentions that before finding out about Mehliana she only listened to older jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, and Miles Davis.  

I will close with her bio:

Since August of 2013, H. Holt has been published by Fjords Review, Literary Orphans, Literary Hatchet, and Ishaan Literary Review. She has work published by Of/With, which will be online in September. Under the name H. R. Holt, she has been published by The Literati Quarterly. She lives in the luscious mountains of North Georgia, where she spends her time helping students achieve their dreams of higher education.

Enjoy H. Holt's poem!  I hope that it inspires you to listen to contemporary jazz -- and perhaps write a poem for The Song Is.

If you would like to contribute to this blog's series of poems inspired by young and not-so-young jazz musicians, here is the original call for poems:

Felino A. Soriano responds to Takuya Kuroda and Kris Bowers' splendid musicianship in his two poems:

You may also like Avis D. Matthews' "Metaphorical":

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