Existential Hymns

Works by Tyler Burba

ADam Lakes

Since 1999, Tyler Burba and Adam Lakes have collaborated in song-writing, album-making, and live performance. Adam Lakes Band performs in and around the New York city area and has a forth-coming album.  Along with Lakes and Burba, the band features Jim Despas on Bass and Bill Wolf on drums.

Reed Bye

Reed Bye and Tyler Burba began collaborating in 2000 and have completed two studio albums of Reed's songs as well as performed live in Colorado venues.

Reed Bye is a poet and professor, teaching at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Akilah Oliver

The late great poet Akilah Oliver was a force in the poetry world, causing it to open up its boundaries around issues of gender, race, grieving, and performance.

Akilah and Tyler began collaborating in 2004 after the unjust death of her son Oluchi McDonald, creating "Hold The Space: An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet," a performace, recording and chapbook.

They continued bridging poetry and music in performance for the next seven years until Akilah's untimely passing in 2011. 



Since 2015, Christian Hänggi and Tyler Burba have collaborated on a series of public lectures and performances about the works of Thomas Pynchon. Hänggi is a Pychon scholar and the lectures have focused on musical references and song lyrics found in the novels. Tyler Burba has provided musical settings of the lyrics. This collaboration has resulted in the production of an album entitled “Now Everybody” which is due out Spring 2019.

The lectures and performances can be found here: http://www.haenggi.com/pynchon-songs/


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Long time musical and poetic collaborators, Adam DeGraff and Tyler Burba brought their sense of what poetry performance should be when they began the Kith & Kin Reading series. The series seeks to fill a lacuna in the New York poetry scene, focusing on poets and writers from Queens, as well as bringing poets to the outer borough.

At the readings two to three poets are invited to read with an introduction performed by DeGraff and Burba.

The reading archive is available here: http://www.nykithkin.com/archive/