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WhiteBoxLab>>SoundLounge : Binibon by Elliott Sharp

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WhiteBoxLab >> SoundLounge presents

Binibon

October 11 – 16, 2016

Composed and Directed by Elliott Sharp

Text by Jack Womack

Projection design by Janene Higgins
Featuring Jedadiah Schultz, Ryan Quinn, Julie Brown, Jack Womack

Open rehearsals | October 11th – 13rd | 11am-6pm

Theatric performance | October 14th & 15th | 8pm

Matinee performance & Panel | October 16th | 3pm

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New York City – WhiteBox is pleased to present the work of composer and opera creator Elliott Sharp and writer Jack Womack as part of WhiteBoxLab>>SoundLounge. For one week, WhiteBox’s main exhibition space will act as a laboratory hosting the work of Elliott Sharp, culminating in three theatrical performances of Binibon, an Opera portraying an off-beat, milestone tale transpiring in a distinctly Downtown New York City cultural moment. Binibon premiered at the iconic venue The Kitchen in May 2009.

WhiteBox and Elliott Sharp are jointly responding to and coloring a pervasive, dual changing landscape in NYC, namely the opera scene—stagnant— and real estate gentrification—enlarging. Staging this work in an untraditional, street-bound, enduring alternative art venue allows for the hosting of an intricate, essential panel discussion on the affinities and aspects of divergence between what the multifarious Bohemian East Village neighborhood art-scene represented culturally, and what today’s acutely ‘professionalized’ art district Lower East Side stands for. Discussions will be open to the general art audiences as well as to the local, variegated LES/Chinatown communities.

As a laboratory, WhiteBoxLab>>SoundLounge is delighted to open all musical and staging rehearsals free and open to the public, from October 9 th to the 13 th , preceding the final performances on October 14 th and 15 th at 7pm, and Matinee Sunday, October 16 th at 3pm. A talk with Elliott Sharp and special guests, moderated by Juan Puntes will be held after the performance on the 16 th .

Binibon is a work of both, musical theater, literature and alternative history based on the 1981 murder of Richard Adan by author Jack Henry Abbott. Richard was a waiter and the night manager at the Binibon, a cafe and 24-hour hangout on 2 nd Avenue at East 5th Street in the East Village, a nexus for artists, musicians, neighborhood characters and bohemians true and faux. Abbott was a talented writer, as well as an imprisoned killer who became the protégé of famed author Norman Mailer (Mailer sponsored his release into a halfway house on 3rd Street.) The killing was an important cusp-point in the history of the neighborhood, its culture, its daily life, its real estate, and its future. Elliot Sharp’s music draws upon his own compositional and performance innovations that he developed during the time of these events with ties to punk, No Wave, noise, dance, industrial and exotic sounds. Jack Womack is famed for his “Dryco Series” of novels portraying a post-Apocalypse NYC.

Elliott Sharp A central figure in the avant-garde music scene in New York City for over thirty years, Elliott Sharp leads the projects Orchestra Carbon, SysOrk, Tectonics and Terraplane, and has pioneered the application of fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition. Winner of the 2015 Berlin Prize in Music and a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, Sharp has has been featured in the Darmstadt and Donaueschingen festivals, New Music Stockholm, Au Printemps-Paris, Hessischer Rundfunk Klangbiennale, and the Venice Biennale. His Storm of the Eye, composed for Hilary Hahn, appeared on her Grammy-winning album In 27 Pieces. His opera Port Bou premiered in NYC in 2014 and in Berlin in 2015. Sharp’s range of collaborators have included Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Ensemble Modern; Debbie Harry; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; RadioSinfonie Frankfurt; jazz greats Jack Dejohnette and Sonny Sharrock; JACK Quartet; turntable innovator Christian Marclay; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jahjouka, Morocco. His work is the subject of the documentary Doing The Don’t and he has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Installation include Foliage, Fluvial, Chromatine, and Tag. His Cryptid Fragments was included in the Bitstreams show at the Whitney Museum.

Jack Womack is an American playwright and author of fiction and speculative fiction. He moved to New York City in 1977 where he lives with his wife and daughter. His oeuvre consists of Random Acts of Senseless Violence (1993), Heathern (1990), Ambient (1987), Terraplane (1988), Elvissey (1993, Going, Going, Gone (2000), Let’s Put the Future Behind Us (1996), Lying to Children (2004) “Womack’s fiction may be determinedly non-cyber, but, with its commitment to using Science Fiction as a vehicle for social critique, it definitely has a punky edge.” – William Gibson

 The programs of WhiteBox  are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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CLOSING PARTY – SOUNDS OF THE GHETTO CONCERT

“Electro-acoustic improvisations, compositions and manipulations creating sonic landscapes confronting the ideas of open and limited space.” Thursday, April 21. 2016, 7pm Guy Barash– laptop & electronics Frank London – trumpet & electronics Eyal Maoz – guitar & electronics images from… Continue reading

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CLOSING PARTY OF 585,000M2 – SOUNDS OF THE GHETTO

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WhiteBox Presents
In association with The Balassi Institute- Hungarian Cultural Center

585,000 m2
History of the Jewish Quarter of Budapest
A Mixed Media Exhibition

CLOSING – Thursday, April 21 | 7pm

“Electro-acoustic improvisations, compositions and manipulations creating sonic landscapes confronting the ideas of open and limited space.”

Guy Barash- laptop & electronics
Frank London – trumpet & electronics
Eyal Maoz – guitar & electronics

The Hungarian Cultural Center is presenting Sounds of the Ghetto, a special avantgarde musical endeavor as the finissage of the exhibition at WhiteBox. Grammy Award winner Frank London teams up with Guy Barash and Eyal Maoz to present a special musical program inspired by urban spaces that used to be Ghettos at a certain point of history. The improvisational program will reflect on the theme and also on the exhibits, created by young Hungarian Artists.

Trumpeter Frank London is a Grammy award winner, founding member of the Klezmatics, and leader of the Glass House Orchestra, presenting performances world wide. Guitarist Eyal Maoz is known internationally for his work in improvised and new Jewish music, with the group Abraxas and many cds on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Composer/performer Guy Barash just released his first recording of chamber music. His first opera will be premiered this year.

Klaus Lutz – Film Screening 

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Presented by Zürich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity

in partnership with the Estate of Kaus Lutz, Rotwand Gallery Zürich, and Whitebox Art Center

Klaus Lutz Film Screening

Sunday May 18th 2014 | 4-5:30pm

Swiss-born artist and filmmaker Klaus Lutz, who died in New York in 2009, left a remarkable body of work, characterized by a unique cinematic vision. Shot in 16mm and using animation and multiple exposures, his films are reminiscent of those of Georges Méliès and the 1920s avant-garde, yet they create a universe of their own. Enjoy a selection of his most iconic films, spectacularly projected on a large balloon.

Free admission

RSVP: ZHNY.eventbrite.com 

Reception to follow

Zürich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity, May 16-23, 2014, highlights the contemporary relevance of visionary movements and ideas born in Zurich and their impact on American culture. Building on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Dada movement and Zurich’s role as a 21st-century hub for artistic and scientific innovation, the festival features 25 events at venues across the city, and is presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, the City of Zurich, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich (UZH).

Link to Klaus Lutz Film Screening

Caption : “Klaus Lutz In the Universe”, Museum Haus Konstruktiv (installation view), 2012 . Photo: Stefan Altenburger

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