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Category Archives: Music Studios
On Friday 23 July, I attended a peformance of Christian Marclay’s “Ephemera” at the Whitney Museum. “Ephemera” consists of fragments from Marclay’s collection of clippings, candy wrappers, ads, and sundry disposable printed items decorated with musical notes, assembled into a score that can be organized and interpreted using one or more instruments. John Zorn and company played a crisp 30-minute set as they translated this graphic score into sound.
To the ensemble’s left, a long wall of the gallery had been converted into a floor-to-ceiling chalkboard with musical staves, on which the public was invited to scribble away – you can get an impression of it here. This visual accompaniment served as an apt counterpoint to the improvised utterances of the performers. Amidst the spiky experimentation, though, moments of gentle lyricism and transparent fragility emerged. Sylvie Courvoisier’s mastery of the piano (both inside it’s belly and on the keyboard) was especially apparent throughout this set. And I swear I heard Mr. Zorn quote the melody to “Silent Night.”
For more photos from this festival, check out the Flickr group the Whitney set up. Below is video of the performance courtesy of The Awl:
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The Marclay Festival is up until September 26 – if you’re in the greater New York area, I recommend checking it out. (PS when you go, work your way back to the chill lounge room– complete with white sofas & carpeting– for a Christian Marclay listening session.)
Jesus, Priceless Treasure
“For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart…” (Ecclesiastes 2:22)
With all due respect to Herr Johann Sebastian, here is this week’s submission in the Sunday Song series:
“…thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever…” (Psalm 138:8)
For those of you in the New York region, you’re cordially invited to two sets of original music tonight in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn. Evan will be performing with the Hollis Headrick Quintet at the Inkwell Cafe. Jazz, Soundpainting, and accordion licks will all be in the mix. As this is the last performance of the summer series, do swing by if you’re in the area. Details below.
Thursday, July 22, 8-10:30 pm
PLG Arts Jazz at the Ink Well
408 Rogers Ave, between Sterling Street and Lefferts Avenue
$5 admission supports the performers and PLG Arts.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.plgarts.org
Hollis Headrick (drums) Evan Mazunik (accordion/Soundpainter) Rob Henke (trumpet) Rolf Sturm (guitar) Ryan Kotler (bass)
Many thanks to all who made this summer’s Soundpainting Think Tank in Bordeaux a ton of fun and productive to boot. Here’s a video from an outdoor performance – although I wasn’t there for this, it captures a bit of the zany, playful spirit of the think tank:
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Emily Bowles, Marketing Director for NYC Performing Arts Spaces (a program of Fractured Atlas), recently interviewed Evan for two articles: 1) a feature on the NYCPAS blog and 2) a Fractured Atlas profile. Thanks, Emily!
Along these lines, thanks also to Nathan Koci for a lead on a great article by Evan Ratliff titled “Service: The Delicate Dance of Online Bragging.” What are your thoughts on the proper etiquette for the online-tooting-of-one’s-own-horn?