8pm showtime


hosted by Chris Koza





Twelve composer/performer teams from across the country will be competing for cash prizes. The Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM is a unique opportunity for emerging classical music composer/performer teams to premiere new art songs and compete for cash prizes. Teams will present a new song of no more than 5 minutes for voice and piano in any language for the voting audience, who in the poetry slam tradition will then vote on their favorites and award up up to $1,000 in prize money. Teams are encouraged to bring their friends, as all prizes will be awarded by audience vote!




Chris Koza:


Chris Koza is a musician, composer and performer living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Koza's storytelling and observations are thoughtfully navigated by melodies that both migrate through the seasons and burrow through the earth.  Koza has headlined the legendary First Avenue Mainroom. But he’s rocked all of Minneapolis’ famous venues—including the Varsity Theatre, The Fitzgerald, the Fine Line, the Cedar Cultural Center. Although he has six solo albums and a film score under his belt, Koza does plenty of writing and performing with Rogue Valley. A Minnesota State Arts Board Arts on Tour recipient, Koza regularly plays and guest lectures at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul and at the Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) in Minneapolis.