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I LOVE EAST VILLAGE! The local blog all about arts and eats in East Village, NYC, NY 10003 - Part 2

Hahn-Bin, Itzhak Perlman’s proudly appointed student, performs his avant-pop classical violin at Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater, on December 13, 2011

“I want to be the Botox for the wrinkles and dents of the human heart,” says the dynamic violinist Hahn-Bin, who has become a revolutionary force for classical music in the two short years following his Carnegie Hall debut. In a genre of his own — one he calls avant-pop classical — the bold young virtuoso’s theatrical performances give rise to his strikingly personal tales about “love, fear, beauty, and terror.” The Seoul-born New Yorker, whose early artistic influences include Pedro Almodóvar, Maria Callas and Liza Minnelli, made his international debut at age 12 at the Grammy Awards in 2000, drawing a standing ovation from the legendary Isaac Stern. His groundbreaking Carnegie performance in October 2009, preceded by a decade of study with the preeminent Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School, was lauded by The New York Times as “inspired, innovative and bracing” — but for the Seoul-born New Yorker, it was no time to rest on his laurels.

Hahn-Bin, whose name means ‘the shining star’ in Korean, launched The Renaissance of Classical Music in Spring 2010, an undertaking he calls “an all-encompassing project which aims to bring the quarantined genre into the mainstream pop culture.” The latest installment in The Renaissance of Classical Music is Tilldawn Sunday a “hybrid music theater work where a genderdefying storyline meets a genre-defying musical kaleidoscope,” says Hahn-Bin. Weaving together the music of over 20 composers and set to a narrative written by Hahn-Bin himself, Till Dawn Sunday takes the audience on a voyage through the fullest spectrum of emotions with its four distinct episodes. “Though I’ve always told stories through the violin, the difference with Till Dawn Sunday is that I have now become the drama. I am now the art,” says Hahn-Bin about his new musical odyssey, which features many of the greatest hits in music. Included are classical golden oldies like Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, Elgar’s Salut d’amour, and Monti’s Csárdás, as well as the evocative film scores of Schindler ’s List, The Wizard of Oz, Young Frankenstein, and The Witches of Eastwick. “I have a morbid fascination for those moments in great films where the soundtrack speaks the unspeakable and in turn reveals truths about the character,” HAHN-BIN says. “I have always been a living cinema, and the violin, my soundtrack — but this time around, with Till Dawn Sunday, there are no secrets left untold.”

Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater, 425 LaFayette Street, New York, NY 10003 Price: $20 December 6 & December 13 at 7:30pm Tickets)212-967-7555

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“Carsten Höller: Experience” at New Museum invites audiences to be physically and psychologically engaged

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Carsten Höller: Experience

Carsten Höller: Experience

Carsten Höller: Experience

“Carsten Höller: Experience” is the most comprehensive US exhibition to date of the artist’s engaging work. The current show gathers together a number of the artist’s signature works in an arrangement that transforms the viewer’s experience of time and space. Originally trained as a scientist, Höller is frequently inspired by research and experiments from scientific history and deploys these studies in works that alter the audience’s physical and psychological sensations, inspiring doubt and uncertainty about the world around them. His work often draws on social spaces outside of the museum such as the amusement park, zoo, or playground, but the experiences they provide are always far from our usual expectations of these activities. Höller’s art takes the form of proposals for radical, new ways of living by creating sculptures and diagrams for visionary architecture as well as transportation alternatives, such as his renowned slide installations. These concepts may seem impossible in the present day, but suggest new models for the future.

Each floor of the exhibition explores a different general theme within Höller’s work to provide a carefully choreographed journey through the building and the artist’s oeuvre. The fourth floor focuses on the theme of movement—featuring the artist’s spectacular Mirror Carousel (2005), which provides riders with a notably different physical experience than the traditional fairground merry-go-round, while at the same time reflecting and illuminating the space surrounding it. The third floor gathers together works that seek to provide an altered or utopian experience of architectural space. For example, his Giant Psycho Tank (2000) invites viewers to float weightlessly in the water of a sensory deprivation pool, providing a tenebrous, out-of-body experience.

Over the years, the artist has employed psychotropic drugs, flashing lights, and other stimuli to potentially alter the viewer’s mental state. His new site-specific installation on the second floor, Double Light Corner, flickers back and forth on a central axis, creating an immersive, hallucinatory experience. The work is paired with a recreation of Höller’sExperience Corridor in which the viewer is given the choice to undertake a number of self-experiments. The sculptures,Giant Triple Mushrooms (2010), icons of the kind of personal exploratory journey that his work has always centered on, will also be on view. Taken as a whole, Höller’s work is an invitation to re-imagine the way in which we move through the world and the relationships we build as he asks us to reconsider what we think we know about ourselves.

The exhibition is organized by Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, with Gary Carrion-Murayari, Associate Curator and Jenny Moore, Assistant Curator.

“Due to unprecedented attendance for the Carsten Holler exhibition and increased staffing needs, we have increased admission prices,” said Gabriel Einsohn, communications director for the New Museum. “It is most likely not a permanent increase.”

The new prices went into effect in early November. Previously, general admission was $12 and is now $16; admission for seniors increased to $14 from $10 while the student rate went to $12 from $8. Admission remains free for museum goers under 18, Einsohn said.

Admission also remains free for everyone every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m..

Carsten Höller: Experience is on view through Jan. 15. Find more story published in The New York Times.

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Carsten Holler

Photo by Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

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ArtUP:Growing Public Art in the LES, calls for funding to preserve cultural landmarks in East Village

As the end of the year approaches, FABnyc invites you to help us revitalize our community spaces by supporting our public art program, ArtUp.

Cultural landmarks are disappearing rapidly on the Lower East Side, and, in an effort to preserve the neighborhood’s character, FABnyc’s ArtUp program is transforming construction sites, scaffolding bridges, and vacant spaces into street-side galleries.

Invigorate and preserve the culture of the Lower East Side by making a contribution to ArtUp via our Kickstarter campaign. You can even receive special rewards from past and current ArtUp artists, and, to sweeten the deal, all donors will be invited to a backer party this January.

ArtUp will only be funded if at least $3,000 is pledged by Thursday Dec 29, 9:17pm EST, so every little bit helps and every dollar is appreciated.

Your invaluable support will help generate vital creative exchange and sustain neighborhood character.

Let art inspire you in 2012.

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“Assembling Happiness,” the group show of local artists opens on December 8th at Peter Louis Salon/ Gallery

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ARTIST DULCIE DEE is the main featured artist of the group show opening Thurs December 8th “Assembling Happiness” thru January 8th 2012 from 6-9pm. This show opens the holiday season and gallery reception will be available to the public.  Gallery hours Mon-Sat hrs. 10am-6pm.

Dee will be exhibiting 5 paintings from her latest series: “Ma Belle Salope Chinoise” depicting self portraits of Chinese women along with her exquisite handmade paper mache masks and “The Peking Princess” oil painting which was shown at the National Arts Gallery.

OPENING RECEPTION : Thursday December 8th 2011 from 6-9pm

Peter Louis Salon/Gallery

143 East 57 Street 2fl.

New York, NY

(212) 319-0019

(off Lexington Avenue)

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DULCIE DEE

FINE ARTIST

[email protected]

www.deedulcie.com

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at Public Theater in East Village now extended until December 4, 2011!

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New York Premiere

THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS
Created and performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

NOW – December 4, 2011

Following the success of The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s most mysterious technology icon in this hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design. He illuminates how the CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Daisey’s dangerous journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them. 

“I will never be the same after seeing that show.” – Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder

Mr. Daisey is an awesomely gifted stage performer.  The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs ranks alongside Follies as the most exciting show in town.” – Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

“A personal, poignant and passionate piece that stays with you many days after you’ve seen it. MESMERIZING.” – Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“Anyone who sees Mr. Daisey’s show-and anyone with a cellphone and a moral center should-will find it hard to forget the repercussions that our casual purchases can have in the lives of men and women (and children) half a world away.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“The best original American play so far this year.” – Peter Marks, The Washington Post

New York Premiere

THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS
Created and performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

NOW – December 4, 2011

Following the success of The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s most mysterious technology icon in this hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design. He illuminates how the CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Daisey’s dangerous journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them. 

“I will never be the same after seeing that show.” – Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder


Mike Daisey and Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis respond to the loss of Steve Jobs.

CLICK HERE to read Mike Daisey’s New York Times op/ed, “Steve Jobs: Enemy of Nostalgia.”

CLICK HERE to learn about the Public Forum program on Steve Jobs’s legacy, featuring Mike Daisey, Robert Krulwich (of NPR and Radiolab), and Dan Lyons (Newsweek Daily Beast, “Fake Steve Jobs”).

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Get your tickets for just $40 each!
Become a Public Theater Member and enjoy exclusive discounts to The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobsand other productions throughout the year.

CLICK HEREor call 212-967-7555 for more details.
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Scenery and Lighting Design – Seth Reiser


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“Make Music Winter,” the parade of over a dozen electric guitarists through the East Village on December 21, 2011.

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Composer and producer Patrick Grant creates and leads a parade of over a dozen electric guitarists through the East Village, starting at Rivington Guitars and ending at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, powered by Danelectro portable amps. The result will be a moving, polyphonic sound cloud layered in compelling, electric rhythms to honor this season’s axial tilt.

Sponsored by DanelectroRivington GuitarsSt Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, and Peppergreen Media.

Start: Rivington Guitars, 73 E. 4th Street, 6:30pm

End: St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 E. 10th St, 7:30pm

How to Join: The public is invited to march along and accompany the guitars with light hand percussion.

Patrick Grant is a composer/performer/producer who has been creating and producing music in a variety of media in NYC and internationally for over 25 years. His theatrical scores have been performed extensively throughout Europe and Brazil and his concert music has been performed at the MATA Festival, Composers Concordance, Bang on a Can, and others. He has created scores for theatrical visionaries Robert Wilson, Gerald Thomas, and The Living Theatre, music for feature documentaries, music for modern dance, and gives music tech seminars at the NYU Film School. More can be found on his blog The MMiXdown and at peppergreenmedia.com.

Other Participating Guitarists

Cristian Amigo is a composer-improviser who explores connections between art music (classical and jazz) and popular music. Known as an acoustic and electric guitarist with an improvising bent, Amigo writes and performs American roots music, chamber music, opera, theatre and film music, fierce riffs, and songs. Amigo’s work has been supported by foundations and public agencies including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Meet the Composer. Cristian has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and plays a Gibson ES-175 with the GOTHAM ROOTS ORCHESTRA!

Angela Babin started playing out at 14-years-old for block parties and high school dances. She entered into the NYC Downtown Music scene with Off Beach in 1979, and co-founded the instrumental band The Ordinaires in 1980.  With the Ordinaires she performed extensively, touring the US, Europe, and Canada iat venues ranging from CBGBs to the Berlin Jazz Festival. Babin has played in many bands, in styles including punk, acid-jazz, world music and R&B. She has released recordings with The Ordinaires, Homer Erotic and AlphaCat amongst others. Gotham Roots Orchestra is her current fave!

Alexander Baxter was born in Detroit, Michigan and has been playing electric guitar since age 12, when he bought his first Teisco del Rey from Chuck Holzman. Not succeeding as a teenage rock god, he put it aside to pursue a career in academic medicine and now teaches emergency radiology at Bellevue and NYU Hospitals. He returned to music with enthusiasm (if not ability) five years ago and now practices regularly. He has performed with Robert Fripp’s Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists and is a member of the New York Guitar Circle.

Dan Cooper was born and raised in Manhattan, and educated at Horace Mann, Columbia, NEC, and Princeton. As a composer: Aaron Copland fellowship at Tanglewood, plus awards, commissions, residencies, recordings, and premieres from Albany Symphony, Albany Records, ASCAP, Artists International, Cary Trust, ESYO, Engine27, Fontainebleau, Imani Winds, Meet The Composer, NARAS, NYNME, NYYS, and Sweet Plantain, among others. As a multi-instrumentalist: performances at Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Town Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Chicago Theater, Davies Hall, Massey Hall, The Blue Note, CBGB’s, LPR, and Joe’s Pub, among others. Dan is a music professor at SUNY-FIT.

Glenn Cornett runs the New Spectrum Foundation, which supports innovative music.  He is a composer/performer, playing guitar, keyboards, electronics, Max/MSP, etc. For his “day job,” he runs Pastorus, a biotechnology company focused on autism and schizophrenia.  Previous positions have been at McKinsey, Eli Lilly and Navitas Pharma.  He has an MD with Distinction in Research from the University of Michigan and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, where his dissertation was on human deep-brain responses to musical stimuli.  He has a black belt in karate and has run six marathons, including Berlin in September 2011. He lives in NYC and Northern California.

Nick Didkovsky is a guitarist, composer, and music software programmer. In 1983, he founded the rock band Doctor Nerve. In 1997 he developed the computer music language JMSL which he continues to develop and use today (algomusic.com). His Punos Music record label releases his more extreme projects (punosmusic.com). He has composed new music for Bang On A Can All-Stars, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, loadbang, ETHEL, ARTE Quartett, and others. His compositions and guitar work appear on over 50 records.  His Black Sabbath guitar lessons on YouTube are enjoyed by metal fans all over the world. More at: doctornerve.org.

Toby Driver is a composer, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, NY, who spends most of his time as the frontman of the unique avant-rock band, Kayo Dot, and the dark electroacoustic chamber group, Tartar Lamb. He studied composition with the venerable and legendary jazz musician, Yusef Lateef, and later lived in Boston for many years, finally moving to New York in 2007. He has released twelve full-length albums and various singles of his own compositions on cult and prestigious indie labels alike, has appeared as a guest on several other recordings, and regularly tours internationally with his various ensembles, including as the bassist of guitar-genius Trey Spruance’s Secret Chiefs 3.More info: kayodot.net/toby

Kurt Gottschalk‘s writings about music have appeared in Time Out, the Village Voice, Wire, the NYC Jazz Record, the Brooklyn Rail and publications in France, Ireland, Portugal and Russia. He hosts the Miniature Minotaurs show on WFMU and plays in the bands Rahrahree! and Ecstasy Mule. This year he published “Little Apples,” his first book of fiction. When he was in the 8th grade he quit piano lessons and got an unplayable Japanese-made Tempo Strat copy. He’s gotten a little better at playing over the years. More info: spearmintmusic.blogspot.com

Randolph A. Hudson III is a composer, electric guitarist/Ebowist, and technologist born 1957 in Brooklyn NY. In the late 70’s/Late 80’s an active member of Downtown NYC scene with John Zorn, Kramer, Ann Magnuson, Ralph Carney, Daved Hild, Coby Batty, many others. Co-written, recorded, performed with members of Gong, The Waitresses, The Fugs, Psychedelic Furs, Captain Howdy. Recording, touring member of Bongwater with Magnuson/Kramer. Co-Founded “Bowing” with Martha Mooke . Co-Founded EBQ: The Electronic Bow Quartet. Currently performs with Klyph Black-Tali “Icepack” Jackson, and The Complete Unknowns. In 2010, founded the 2D/3D department of DuArt Film and Video. More info:rah3.com

Taylor Levine is a guitarist in the NYC area. He is a co-director of Dither, an electric guitar quartet. He has worked with Signal Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Band on a Can All-Stars, Tyondai Braxton, Ethel, Eighth Blackbird, Blarvuster, Newband, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Theo Bleckmann, New York City Opera, American Opera Projects, New World Symphony, BBC Orchestra, Wordless Music Orchestra, and Ridge Theater. Taylor also pursues an active role as an educator. He is currently on faculty at Princeton University for this fall semester. He studied at The Manhattan School of Music and The Amsterdam Conservatory. Taylor currently resides in Brooklyn.

Joshua Lopes is establishing himself as an educator, guitarist, composer, and darn swell guy.  Joshua is known as Mr. Lopes at the Ivy Hill School in Newark, where he teaches instrumental music. Joshua plays in the Dither guitar quartet, where he has shared the stage with such luminaries of guitar weirdness as Elliott Sharp, Nick Didkovsky, Marc Ribot and Mark Stewart, as well as those of non-guitar weirdness like Ches Smith, Corey Dargel and Molly Thompson. Joshua has also played with Nick Didkovsky’s Häßliche Luftmasken, the Antisocial Music Consortium and Michael Sperone’s Tintinnabulation.

James Moore is a versatile guitarist with multiple musical personalities.  James has performed across the country and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician, and is a founding member of the electric guitar quartet Dither. Recent projects include the European tour of Neutral Hero, a music theater piece by playwright Richard Maxwell, and a residency at Princeton University to develop a new dance piece with choreographer Susan Marshall and composer David Lang. James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, received degrees in guitar performance from UC-Santa Cruz and the Yale School of Music, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Gene Pritsker, composer, guitarist, and rapper, has written over four hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music, songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles, etc. All his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures. Gene’s music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies. In 2012 His piano concerto Reinventinos will be released on Sony Records and his chamber opera William James’ Varieties of Religious Experiences will be released on Composer Concordance Records.

Larry Simon, guitarist and composer from Brooklyn, has recorded and performed with many of today’s leading composers, jazz and blues artists including John Zorn, LaMonte Young, Rhys Chatham, David Sanborn, Big Jay McNeely, Lester Bowie, Rosco Gordon, George Coleman, Julius Hemphill, The Skatellites, David Amram, Ed Sanders, Leon Thomas, Eric Mingus and many others.  As a composer he has written extensively for dance, film, and theatre. Simon also founded “Jazzmouth, The Seacoast poetry and Jazz Festival,” of which he is the Artistic director and producer. Simon’s most recent recording is “Old School Jams and Drones.”

Geremy Schulick, a guitarist/composer, earned his master’s from Yale in 2005, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery and was awarded with the Eliot Fisk Prize. Since moving to Brooklyn thereafter, Geremy has performed mostly with his indie/classical band Threefifty Duo, highlights including The 92nd Street Y, The NY Guitar Festival, SXSW, CME’s Autumn UK Tour, and Sarajevo’s Dom Armije. Geremy also collaborates with the audiovisual artist Jennifer Stock, with whom he has performed at The Berkshire Fringe, Roulette, and The Tank. He’s also performed with the electric guitar quartet Dither at The Bang On a Can Marathon and Issue Project Room.

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