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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.

Press Contact: press@whiteboxny.org

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In-Between program: Let the Bidding Begin & Sonic Sea

WhiteBox presents In-between program series Let the Bidding Begin & Sonic Sea   Tuesday, May 31 | 6 – 9pm Let the Bidding Begin   Giovanna Olmos | Johan Wahlstrom | Li Guangming Three act performance inspired from the current art… Continue reading

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WhiteBoxLab >> SoundLounge : Operatic Series : Mysterium Novum

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WhiteBoxLab >> SoundLounge : Operatic Series presents

in collaboration with The Nouveau Classical Project

Mysterium Novum

 

Live Performances (Click here for tickets; free for kids under 18):
June 25th at 8pm
June 26th at 6pm & 8pm

Open House Installation (free admission):
On June 26 from 12pm-5pm, the visual installation portion of Mysterium Novum will be free and open to the public and feature recorded music (no live musicians)

WhiteBox
329 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002

The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) presents Mysterium Novum, an immersive art installation and concert experience inspired by synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon where stimulation of one sense involuntarily triggers another.  Synesthetic artists often find their condition to be a natural source of inspiration in their work, such as composer Alexander Scriabin, who related colors to music and believed his synesthesia heightened his intake and creation of art.  Mysterium Novum is a new interpretation of Scriabin’s Mysterium, an unrealized production that was designed to simulate the synesthetic experience.

Mysterium Novum features a forest of lush ribbons by the synesthetic artist Anne Patterson (2013 Artist-in-Residence at Grace Cathedral) embedded with 10 instrumentalists performing a new piece with electronics by Paul Haas (“Visionary”-Time Out New York), scents and costumes by Atelier de Geste (Art and Olfaction Award nominee), and lighting by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (MET Museum, BAM, St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Kitchen).  Audience members can freely roam around this forest and touch reactive flowers created by Joel Mellin (Head of Technology at Sudden Industries).

Installation Anne Patterson
Music Paul Haas (World Premiere), performed by The Nouveau Classical Project
Scents and Costumes Atelier de Geste
Interactive Technology Joel Mellin
Lighting Design Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew

The Nouveau Classical Project
Marina Kifferstein, violin
Frederique Gnaman, violin
Hannah Levinson, viola
Jillian Bloom, cello
Shawn Lovato, bass
Laura Cocks, flute
Stuart Breczinski, oboe
Isabel Kim, clarinet
Mara Mayer, clarinet
Sugar Vendil, piano

ARTIST BIOS

The Nouveau Classical Project is a contemporary classical music ensemble and production hub where music intersects with fashion and art.  Led by Artistic Director and Pianist Sugar Vendil, we create compelling concerts through dynamic collaborations.  Our roots in working with fashion designers evolved into commissioning a variety of artists in our continual exploration of imaginative ways to present and experience new music.

NCP has performed at exciting venues such as (le) poisson rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Korea Gallery, Symphony Space, The Center for Fiction, and Issue Project Room as part of MATA’s Interval series.  Fashion collaborations include CFDA winner Pamela Love, Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones, Kempner Collection, Ecco Domani winner Novis, Tanya Taylor, and more.  Our projects are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and other generous foundations and individual donors. nouveauclassical.org

Anne Patterson, has created incredibly varied works; from technologically advanced performances such as Mercury Soul at New World Symphony, to productions of Cabaret at Arena Stage, to large scale installations. Her theatrical and symphonic partnerships have included major venues across the United States: Avery Fisher Hall, Arena Stage, The Wilma Theater, The Kennedy Center, Alliance Theater, and prestigious symphonies throughout the country (San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago). Anne’s music–inspired installation, Graced With Light, created as the 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco was extremely popular and featured nearly 20 miles of multi-colored  ribbons cascading from the church’s vaulted ceiling arches. She has exhibited her paintings and sculptures at Dillon Gallery, Denise Bibro, and Wallspace in New York City; The Shaw Room and Gallery 112 in Atlanta, GA; and the Cade Tompkins Projects in Providence, RI. BA Architecture, Yale University; MFA Set and Costume Design, Slade School of Art, London UK.

According to The New York TimesPaul Haas (www.paulhaas.com) “is surely on the brink of a noteworthy career.” Time Out New York calls him a “visionary.” The world premiere of his 80-minute concert event ARCO took place on the opening night of the Park Avenue Armory’s Tune-In Music Festival, ranked by New York’s WQXR as The Top New Music Event of 2011. Haas is the founder and Artistic Director of the critically-acclaimed Sympho, a groundbreaking ensemble that creates live orchestral experiences for the 21st century by placing classical music in new contexts (www.symphoconcerts.org). In October 2013, Haas was commissioned by San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral to create a 70-minute musical installation, which was presented in collaboration with artist Anne Patterson’s stunning visual textures. And after his first installation (2012) in the Oliver Ranch Foundation’s Tower (a monolithic eight-story, 80-foot tall sculpture and performance venue designed by Ann Hamilton in California’s wine country that has hosted concerts by such artistic luminaries as Meredith Monk and the Kronos Quartet), Haas has been singled out as the only artist ever to be re-commissioned by the ORF, creating yet another immersive, site-specific concert experience at the Tower in September 2014.

Beau Rhee (Atelier de Geste) is a Designer, Artist, and Choreographer. Her work stems from choreographic ideas that are expressed in gestural, colorist and geometric themes. Objects and garments, scents, and wearable art pieces are often created for her performances. These pieces are the origin for Atelier de Geste, her design studio & brand. Rhee’s first scent and design work was shown at her MFA thesis exhibition at the Haute école d’art et de design de Genève (University of Art & Design Geneva) in Foundation Kugler in 2012, and have since been exhibited as works of art alongside her performances at Hammer Museum LA, Baryshnikov Art Center, Musée d’art et d’histoire, and la Maison Blanche de le Corbusier among others. Her work has been featured in British Vogue, Coolhunting, Elle, and the Art & Olfaction Awards. Rhee completed her BA at Barnard College, Columbia University in Art History & Dance in 2007. She currently lives and works in NYC. www.atelierdegeste.com

Joel Mellin is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist whose exploratory career has taken him from NASA space science engineering to studying with the musicians in the remote villages of Bali, Indonesia.  He is a visual artist/composer/musician/sound artist/instrument builder. His work has been performed in the US at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), The Smithsonian Institute (DC), the Princeton Festival (NJ), the Chocolate Factory Theater, The Kitchen, Ronald Feldman Gallery, Hartwick College, Adelphi University, and the Gershwin Hotel (NY). Internationally, his work has been featured in the Dublin Fringe and Dance Festivals and with the indie-pop-friendly London-based music label Where It’s At Is Where You Are. In 2009, Oakland-based Kolourmeim Press published a limited edition book and companion CD entitled, Compositions For Computer: Volume 1. He is currently the Head of Technology at the NYC-based digital agency Sudden Industries (www.suddenindustries.com). Find out more information about Joel and his various projects at www.joelmellin.com.

Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew is a NYC based lighting designer in opera, theater, dance, and installation.  Her work was described as “…contains the vibrant richness of a Caravaggio painted in neon.” Her designs have been seen in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Rose Theater Jazz at Lincoln Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), HERE Arts Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse, La Mama ETC, The Kitchen, ArtsEmerson, Manhattan School of Music, Joyce SOHO, Bard Music Festival, REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, and internationally at Havana, Prague, Lima, Graz and Edinburgh. Recent: Tan Dun’s Water Passion and Lang Lang In Concert at MET Museum, Sam Falls’September Spring, Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande at the Waterfront Barge Museum, the premiere of Stephan Weisman’s Scarlet Ibis and Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint with Prototype, HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale with Alan Gilbert and Doug Fitch, Schubert’s Fierrabras with Leon Botstein, Gotham Opera’s Orientale, Jonathan Dawe’s Cosi Faran Tutti, Aaron Siegel’s Brother Brother, and Don Quijote de la Mancha: Romances y Musicias with Jordi Savall. Recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program. www.jeanetteyew.com

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Special Guest Performance – ISAAC ADEN – NIETZSCHE’S HORSE

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Special Guest Performance

ISAAC ADEN

NIETZSCHE’S HORSE

WITH ROB SHIPIRO AS FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

“On 3 January 1889, Nietzsche suffered a mental collapse. Two policemen approached him after he caused a public disturbance in the streets of Turin. What happened remains unknown, but an often-repeated tale from shortly after his death states that Nietzsche witnessed the flogging of a horse at the other end of the Piazza Carlo Alberto, ran to the horse, threw his arms up around its neck to protect it, and then collapsed to the ground.”[1]

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[1] Kaufmann 1974, p. 67.

GUEST PERFORMANCES – Isaac Aden & Jon Tsoi

Special Performance Event November 15th   5:30 ISAAC ADEN NIETZSCHE’S HORSE      WITH ROB SHIPIRO AS FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE “On 3 January 1889, Nietzsche suffered a mental collapse. Two policemen approached him after he caused a public disturbance in the streets… Continue reading

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R. B. Schlather: Opera: Alcina

Photograph by Matthu Placek

WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge
presents

R. B. SCHLATHER: OPERA: ALCINA George Frideric Handel, 1735

Open rehearsals | September 6-17th
Free and open to the public daily except for Thursdays | 11am-6pm

General Rehearsal | September 19th | 7pm
Performances | September 20th & 21st | 7pm
Talk back after performance on September 21st

SUGGESTED DONATION TICKETING FOR RESERVATIONS TO GENERAL REHEARSAL 9/19 AND FINAL PERFORMANCES 9/20-9/21

PRODUCTION TEAM

Music Director | Geoffrey McDonald
Stage Director | R. B. Schlather
Costume | Terese Wadden
Scenography | Paul Tate DePoo
Lighting Design | JAX Messenger
Hair and Makeup Design | Dave Bova
Titles | Steven Jude Tietjen
Stage Manager | Audrey Chait
Interactive Media Design | Igor Molochevski
Assistant Director | Emily Cuk

CAST
Alcina | Katharina Hagopian
Ruggiero | Jamie Van Eyck
Morgana | Anne- Carolyn Bird
Bradamante | Eve Gigliotti
Oronte | Samuel Levine
Melisso | David Adam Moore

ORCHESTRA
Harpsichord | Elliot Figg
Oboe | Ellen Hindson
Violin | Johanna Novom
Oboe | Kristin Olson
Cello | Katie Rietman
Viola | Elizabeth Weinfield
Bass | Wen Yang
Violin | Jude Ziliak

Press

New York Times, A Sorceress Stirs Up a Sense of Adventurousness by Zachary Woolfe

Huffington Post, The Rumors of Opera’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (Pt. 2) by Jennifer Rivera

Frankfurter Allfemeine Blog, Im weißen Zauberschuhkarton steckt die Zukunft der Oper by Patrick Bahners

Parterre Box, About Last Night by John Yohalem

IMBY (In My Backyard), Hudson’s Schlather Directs Handel’s “Alcina” in New York by John Issacs

IMBY (In My Backyard), Open house: Opera at Whitebox > SoundLounge by Whitebox Art Center

Press Release

New York City – Whitebox Art Center is pleased to present the work of opera director R. B. Schlather as part of WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge, a series of unconventional works. For two weeks, Whitebox’s main exhibition space will be a laboratory for the rehearsal and performance of an operatic score, culminating in two performances of George Frideric Handel’s Alcina, an 18th century baroque opera. This theatric installation uses the opera seria, or “serious opera”, Alcina (1735) as source material. The libretto, L’Isola d’Alcina (1728) is by Riccardo Broschi, based off of Ludovico Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando Furioso. Alcina is a story of love and illusion that premiered during Handel’s remarkable hit season at the Covent Garden Theatre in London in 1735, and is regarded as one of his most inventive and melodic musical scores.

WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge and R. B. Schlather respond to the changing landscape of operatic performance in New York City and around the world by staging this work in an untraditional opera venue. As a laboratory, WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge is delighted to open all musical and staging rehearsals, September 6 – 17, prior to the General Rehearsal on September 19th at 7pm and the final productions on September 20th and 21st at 7pm, with a Talkback after the performance on the 21st moderated by Joseph Cermatori. This program will be free and open to the public daily, except for Thursdays, from 11am to 6pm. For the final performances, the opera will be enacted live with an orchestra, in Italian, utilizing new technologies with projected English subtitles.

The opera is set on the island of the enchantress Alcina, and explores themes of identity, illusion, and transformation. This island exists as a beautiful landscape in the middle of the ocean, where Alcina culls her powers to create a paradise, only to lure and seduce the knights that wash up on her shore, one of whom is the heroic Ruggiero. Alcina’s magic causes Ruggiero to fall under her spell and, in doing so, he forsakes his duty as a knight and forgets his fiancée, Bradamante. The opera develops as Bradamante disguises herself as a male warrior her brother “Ricciardo” and sets out on a mission to recover her love.

Accompanied by Alcina’s guardian, Melisso, the two are shipwrecked on Alcina’s island by fate. Imminent danger awaits Ruggiero, as Alcina possesses the power to transform her foes and lovers of whom she tires into rocks, trees, and wild beasts. The already heavily dramatized plot is further complicated by the integration of different characters who all, in their own right, act on emotions of love and jealousy. In portraying Alcina’s thickened plot, Schlather’s production brings to life a story of enchantment, folding into it classic operatic moments of romance, betrayal, violence, unrequited love, and magic.

R. B. Schlather is an opera director based in Manhattan, NY. Schlather’s recent credits include Werther for Opera Company Brooklyn, Treemonisha for New York City Opera, and Some Call Refuge at Vaudeville Park. Additionally, Schlather has directed The Arianna Project for lauded early music group Musica Nuova, a concert with Nico Muhly and Gotham Chamber Opera at the multimedia art cabaret (le) Poisson Rouge . He is also accredited for I. Were., a pastiche created with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and dramaturge Joe Cermatori for the Salon/Sanctuary Concerts. He regularly assists Christopher Alden, most recently at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Lyric Opera, English National Opera salon and sanctuary concert, New York City Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company. He has assisted Kevin Newbury at Bard Summerscape and Central City Opera. In the near future, Schlather will be directing opera productions at Tanglewood Music Festival and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.

R. B. Schlather’s production is part of Whitebox’s new program, WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge, which aims to create sustained and in-depth exposure for artists working in temporal mediums such as performance, sound art, and literary arts, while providing a platform for audiences to experience artist practices.

Synopsis: The sorceress Alcina lives on an island in the ocean, and enchants the knights that arrive on her shores. When tired of her lovers she transforms them into rocks, trees and wild beasts. The heroic knight Ruggiero has fallen under her spell, and forgotten his fiancée, Bradamante. Bradamante, in male disguise as her brother “Ricciardo,” has set out with her guardian, Melisso, to recover Ruggiero, and the two are shipwrecked on Alcinaʼs island by fate. There they encounter Alcinaʼs flighty sorceress sister, Morgana, who instantly falls in love with “Ricciardo.” They discover Ruggiero in Alcinaʼs embrace, with no memory of his betrothal. He angrily rebukes “Ricciardo” as competing for Alcinaʼs affections. Alcinaʼs general, Oronte, in love with Morgana and stung by her sudden infatuation with “Riccairdo”, arrives to challenge “him” to a duel. This dramatic scenario of identities and transformations plays out until the source of Alcinaʼs magic power is broken, and all, including Alcinaʼs transfigured lovers, are returned to human shape and sanity.

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This opera is made possible by Felicia Blum, Allen R. & Judy Brick Freedman, Stephanie French and Charles Klein, Sherwin M. Goldman, Nancy Henriksson, Graham and Susan McDonald, Roy Niederhoffer, Nowick Taylor Trust, The Alfred & Jane Ross Foundation and Karen R. Schlather

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

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Dada on Tour

Presented by Zurich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity in partnership with with Dada 100 Zurich 2016, Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, and Whitebox Art Center Dada on Tour On view May 18th through 22nd 2014 Opening celebration Sunday May… Continue reading

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Either/Or

Either/Or at Whitebox Art Center

Co-Produced by Whitebox Art Center, Either/Or and Issue Project Room

Either/Or : Ninth Annual Spring Festival of Contemporary Music

June 26th and 27th 2014 | 8pm

Tickets: $10 cash at the door
Whitebox Art Center
329 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002
PH: 212-714-2347

Either/Or performs their Ninth Annual Spring Festival of Contemporary Music for three nights of uncompromising and experimental new music. Either/Or is Aaron Baird (bass), Richard Carrick (electric guitar), Vasko Dukovski (clarinet), Russell Greenberg (percussion), Margaret Lancaster (flute), and co-director David Shively (percussion and electric guitar).

June 26th performance features soloists Aaron Baird, Vasko Dukovski, Margaret Lancaster, and co-director David Shively in a theatrical melange of works by iconic composers. Stockhausen’s flute solo will be performed in full body cat suit to Kagel and Druckman’s theatrical adventures and Lucier’s pure sound exploration of two slowly detuning electric guitars, this is a concert not to be missed.

Either/Or Program for June 26th:
Mauricio Kagel – Rigaudon (1982)
Toshio Hosokawa – Atem-Lied (1997)
Jacob Druckman – Valentine (1969)
Alvin Lucier – Criss-Cross (2013)
Wei-Chieh Lin – quivering (2014, WP)
Karlheinz Stockhausen – ZUNGENSPITZENTANZ (vom SAMSTAG aus LICHT, 1983)
Mauricio Kagel – Rigaudon / Ranz des vaches (1982)

June 27th performance is a CD release concert for co-director Richard Carrick’s upcoming CD Stone Guitars to be released by New Focus Recordings in early July. Stone Guitars multi-layered electric guitar music features Carrick (guitar) and Vasko Dukovski (clarinet) alongside special guests Gamin (Korean piri) and Chris Cochrane (guitar).

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June 29th 2014 | 3pm

Tickets: $15 at the door or online: http://issueprojectroom.org
Issue Project Room
22 Boerum Place, Ground floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
PH: 718-330-0313

The festival culminates on June 29th with a special event for Either/Or’s 10th Birthday: Morton Feldman’s rarely heard 4 1/2 hour epic, For Philip Guston, at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room. Either/Or has championed Feldman’s music for the past decade and his late trios for flute, piano, and percussion are among the works closest to the heart of the Either/Or repertoire. This will be a rare performance of one of the true masterworks of late 20th century experimentalism, balancing the sheer timbral beauty of this unique ensemble with virtuosic interplay and Feldman’s inimitable sense of scale.

The ninth annual Either/Or Spring Festival is a co-production between Issue Project Room, Whitebox Art Center, and Either/Or. More event details can be found at www.eitherormusic.org and issueprojectroom.org

Check out a sample of the music at : https://soundcloud.com/rcrichardcarrickcom/dawn

Either/Or’s 2013-14 Concert Season is made possible by the generous support of the BMI Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (a New York State agency), Musik i Syd/Swedish Arts Council, and by our private donors. Either/Or is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Photograph by Julieta Cervantes

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Dada Pop-Up: The Absurdities of Our Times

Whitebox Art Center and Zurich Meets New York

Presented by Zürich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity
in partnership with Whitebox Art Center

Dada Pop-Up: The Absurdities of Our Times

On view May 19th through 22nd 2014
Opening reception May 19th | 6-8 p.m.

Dada Pop-Up Exhibition: The Absurdities of our Times
Dada Pop-Up is an exhibition featuring uncensored, spontaneous performances and exchanges as they would have taken place at Cabaret Voltaire (Zürich) almost one hundred years ago, when artists and otherwise curious people let their minds run free to see what would happen. Featured artists will present short vignettes rekindling a time when art was created in a fun and communal spirit.

Curated by Swiss artist Clarina Bezzola
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Photo: The Beholder, 2010 Polyester felt, 5 x 5 x 5 ft

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CHRISTOPHER KNOWLES

Whitebox Art Center at PERFORMA13 presents: Christopher Knowles In collaboration with Watermill Center The Sundance Kid is Beautiful Nov. 23 and 24 | Each Day 7:30 pm Link to event Link to Photo Album

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Limited seating available, first come first served.

 

The Sundance Kid is Beautiful by Christopher Knowles

 

featuring Christopher Knowles
directed by Noah Khoshbin
produced by Andrew Gilchrist
dramaturgy by Lauren DiGiulio
designed by Eugene Tsai
lighting design by John Torres
sound design by Bryce Kretschmann
set construction by Stephen Crawford

costume design by Kevin Santos

Christopher Knowles’s incredibly diverse practice, which includes writing, painting, sculpture, and performance, exhibits a fascination with the aural and visual elements of language. Born in Brooklyn in 1959, Knowles first became widely known in the theatrical community as an early collaborator of Robert Wilson. While still a young teenager, Knowles provided the libretto for Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s 1976 genre-changing opera Einstein on the Beach.

First exhibited as a solo artist in 1974, Knowles has continued to cultivate a prolific practice that explores themes surrounding communication and sign systems. Knowles’s works employ meticulous geometrical abstractions of text and pattern, and are broadly influential as both objects and performance-art constructions. His work has been exhibited in many solo and group showings internationally, and his poetry has been published in a variety of magazines and journals, including The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and Interview Magazine. His two and three-dimensional works are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and numerous other international institutions and private collections. His large typing Untitled (Christopher Knowles, Puevfgbcure Xabjyrf) was featured in MoMA’s 2012 exhibition Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language. Knowles is represented by Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

The Sundance Kid is Beautiful with Christopher Knowles features the artist performing a selection of rarely-shown works, including The Sundance Kid is Beautiful and texts from Einstein on the Beach in a multimedia environment that incorporates recent poetry and sculpture.

The performance combines elements of a theatrical vocabulary with Knowles’s delicately patterned texts to create a scenography that extends the structured logic observed throughout his two and three-dimensional practice into a performative domain.

This very special event, which makes its New York premiere after opening at the Louvre Museum as part of Living Rooms, is made possible by the support of American Friends of the Louvre and Gavin Brown’s enterprise. It is staged by Noah Khoshbin and produced by Andrew Gilchrist, with dramaturgy by Lauren DiGiulio, design by Eugene Tsai, lighting design by John Torres, sound design by Bryce Kretschmann, costume design by Kevin Santos and set construction by Stephen Crawford.

Developed at The Watermill Center. Commissioned by the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, in association with The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY, Change Performing Arts and Dissident Industries, made possible in part from a generous grant from WorldStage, with further support from the American Friends of the Louvre.

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Whitebox Art Center at PERFORMA13

Whitebox Art Center at PERFORMA13 presents: Unconscious Media, Dieter Meier and Christopher Knowles Unconscious Media (Hans Breder) “Experiments in Intermedial Activism” Live Web Teleconference/ Performance Nov. 2 | 3-5pm Link to event Dieter Meier YELLO Video Performances Exhibition on view Nov. 3 –… Continue reading

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Whitebox Art Center at PERFORMA13 presents:

Unconscious Media (Hans Breder), Dieter Meier and Christopher Knowles

Unconscious Media (Hans Breder)
“Experiments in Intermedial Activism”
Live Web Teleconference/ Performance
Nov. 2 | 3-5pm

Link to event

Dieter Meier
YELLO Video Performances
Nov. 3 – 21 | Daily 11-6pm

Dieter Meier in conversation with Anthony Haden-Guest

and Tarock N.B. performed by Nin Brudermann
Nov. 21 | 6pm

Link to event

Christopher Knowles
In collaboration with Watermill Center
The Sundance Kid is Beautiful
Nov. 23 and 24 | Each Day 7:30 pm

Link to event

 

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