Olympia, (Wash.) – In his only publicized West Coast performance this season, poet, writer, activist, musician and actor Saul Williams will perform at The Evergreen State College on April 29, in the Costantino Recreation Center at 7:30pm. Opening performers include Hip-Hop artist and poet C.A.U.T.I.O.N., and Evergreen poet and alumna Rachel Greene.
Williams’ new album, “Martyr Loser King,” released January 26, explores the connection between the first and third worlds. It tells the story of a fictional character, a Burundian miner-turned-hacker who calls himself by that name and starts a revolution from a computer made from scrap parts found in an e-waste dump.
Williams has released six studio albums, all of which have received critical acclaim. Williams has been on the music scene for twenty years and has performed with such artists as Nas, The Fugees, Erykah Badu and Nine Inch Nails.
After graduating from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of Arts with an MFA in Drama, Williams began performing poetry in New York City cafes. He began to gain attention for his unique style and social perspectives. In 1996, He won the Nuyorican Poets Cafe's ‘Grand Slam Championship’.
Williams has also worked in acting, his most prominent and well-known role being the lead in the 1998 film “Slam,” a film that focuses on a young African-American man who struggles to be recognized for his poetry.
His music and style is heavily influenced by his political and social activism. Williams’ lyrics often challenge social institutions and constructs such as gender and racial identity. His music draws inspiration from almost every music genre, from funk to dance music. His eclectic sound brings together his experiences and travels around the world.
The Evergreen event, sponsored by S & A Productions. Admission is $5 in advance (Bookstore, Tacoma Campus, Rainy Day Records), $10 at the door for students with Evergreen ID; $15 in advance and $20 at the door for the general public. Parking is $2.