Kirpal Gordon is a freelance spoken word performer with four decades of experience on stage and in collaboration. A member of Poets & Writers, Inc. and Convergence Arts, a non-profit 501(3) (C) dedicated to arts performance and education, he has performed his texts for spoken word accompanied by musicians, dancers, visual artists and actors in venues as varied as international jazz festivals, radio and television shows, recitals, libraries, night clubs, art openings, prisons, theatres, universities, schools, bars, cafes, restaurants, galleries, halfway houses, churches, museums, rehab centers and for special interest groups. In addition, as a guest speaker he has also given a variety of presentations on subjects as diverse as world religion, philosophy, yoga, meditation, art, writing and culture.
Lotsa people go at it, but it's Kirpal G who IS itthe Real Deal, the Chilly Willy, the Absolute Rootin' Tootin'est Poet Qua Nonlike the rain out of the blue. When my life is through and the angels ask me to recall the thrill of them all, I will tell them I remember Kirpal!
Bob Holman, proprietor, Bowery Poetry Club
Having graced our stage many times with his spoken word collaborations, we call Kirpal Gordon our poet laureate at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
Todd Barkin, proprietor, Dizzy's, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Kirpal Gordon's work swings with around-the-corner wit, but also with real gravitas, with a ludicrous tragic craziness that's at once wild and frighteningly familiar. He's on target again and again. And the sound is remarkable: a charged, riffing rhetoric that can also be sweetly melodious.
Bill Seaton, director, Poetry on the Loose
Hearing Gordon's poetry with his jazz band at Sweet Rhythm is like seeing Salvador Dali's paintings: he's a shape shifter of the first order.
Lara Pellegrinelli, National Public Radio
If you think the notion of mixing jazz and poetry is hopelessly old-fashioned, let his swinging scansion and vivid imagery relieve you of that perception. Gordon swings.
Steve Smith, Time Out New York
Kirpal Gordon is one of my very favorite spoken word performers, not just in New York City but anywhere. His work is wise and jazzy and poised and fun, and whether alone or accompanied, he never fails to bring it on stage in a manner that few can even approach.
George Wallace, editor, Poetry Bay
Among Gordon's gifts as a public speaker, none is as powerful or gripping as his ability to engage an audience. He can make Asian concepts of spirituality, for example, sensible to Americans in a very personal way. He doesn't lecture; rather, he compels your participation.
Reverend H. Edwin Smith, Foundation for Feedback Learning