The 22 Magazine


THE WEEK/WEEKEND: July 26-Aug 2.

CANNONBALL! curated by Vicki Sher
Frosch & Portmann
July 26 – August 19, 2012

Ky Anderson
Denise Kupferschmidt
Joshua Marsh
Gary Petersen
Lauren Seiden
Don Voisine
Paul Wackers
Tamara Zahaykevich

The Quavers/LAS RUBIAS DEL NORTE
Barbes
Saturday, July 28

Their sound is a re-invention, a nostalgic throwback to a time and place mostly imagined where Peruvian waltzes, Andean huaynos and Cuban Guajiras mix with French opera, Cowboy tunes and Bollywood classics. The result plays like a dreamy soundtrack with classical harmonies set to a Latin beat. Their new album, Ziguala is an attempt to imagine what a pop record would sound like had the global Latin influence which was so prevalent until the early 60’s had continued its course without interruption. The tracks on the album are re-interpretations of songs from Spain, France, Peru, India, Mexico, Greece, Venezuela, Colombia and Naples. Ziguala is not so much a latin record as it is a pop record that uses a latin vocabulary. Think of it as the opposite of Rock en Español, itself a Latin genre which uses a rock vocabulary.

Upstairs at the Square with CHERYL STRAYED AND THEO BLECKMANN
Barnes and Noble
August 2, 7pm

Barnes & Noble, Inc. today announced the next edition of “Upstairs at the Square,” described by Daily Candy as “an awesome literary salon on a date with an intimate rock concert,” at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in Manhattan (33 E. 17th St.). On Thursday, August 2, at 7.p.m., Cheryl Strayed, author of Tiny Beautiful Things (Vintage Books, July 10) and Theo Bleckmann, whose latest album is Hello Earth! – The Music of Kate Bush (Winter & Winter, March 13), join Katherine Lanpher to discuss and perform their work. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

EVERYTHING HAPPENS ON MONDAYS: Cori Olinghouse / Kai Kleinbard / Shona Masarin (Ghost lines)
Roulette
Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

Exploring the body as a conduit for transformation, Cori Olinghouse will present excerpts from her latest Ghost lines Project.  Inspired by ghost towns, silent era clown films, voguing, and eccentric dance, the characters in Ghost lines conjure a vaudevillian past as traces – remnants; as if rising from the dust, transmitting signals of light and shadow.

VOXIFY: BASAK YAVUZ
Cornelia St Cafe
Tuesday,  Jul 31 – 8:30PM

Basak Yavuz is a Turkish-born, New York City based vocalist, composer and arranger. From modern jazz to minimalism, from blues and world music to chromatic harmony, her music is eclectic, heartfelt, and has the just the right amount of biting honesty. Her songwriting covers the full range of human experience; it can be fragile or aggressive, beautifully simple or deceptively complex, and always tells a compelling story. She recently graduated from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Peter Eldridge, Theo Bleckmann, and Darmon Meader, Dave Liebman and Phil Markowitz. She was the winner of the Nardis Jazz Vocal Competition in Istanbul, and has performed with her quintet in the Istanbul Jazz Festival twice. Her debut album is slated for release in late 2012, which will feature Peter Eldridge, Dave Liebman, and many other great musicians.

Yemen Blues (Lincoln Center Outdoors)
Aug 1 at 9:00
Damrosch Park Bandshell

A high-energy multinational hybrid of North African grooves, Middle Eastern modes, and American funk fleshed out with oud, gimbri, strings, and percussion, Yemen Blues is led by the charismatic Israeli-Yemenite singer Ravid Kahalani and go-to jazz bassist-arranger Omer Avital.

M’lumbo w/ special guest Gary Lucas
Joe’s Pub
July 29, 9:30pm
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M’lumbo is a 8-piece multimedia jam band that crosses the boundaries of electronic, psychedelic, jazz, and world music. At this special performance the long-running shadowy and semi-legendary eight–piece band will celebrate the release of their twelfth album ’Tuning In to Tomorrow’ with  their special guestGrammy-nominated guitarist/songwriter Gary Lucas ‘The thinking man’s guitarist’-The New Yorker. The band includes Rob RayPaul-Alexandre MeurensVin VelosoCecil YoungDehran DuckworthJaz SawyerBrian O’Neill, Jarek Szczyglak and other suprises. Come experience the band live in rare form and be ready to party!

BASSON CD Release Party
The Grand Victory
August 2, 7pm

– the time has finally come to officially unleash Bassoon’s eponymous CD upon the world — join us for a killer show with venerable riff-contortionists STATS and equally dexterous bass-drum duo RADIATION BLACKBODY for an evening of intelligent ear damage –

Peter Stampfel and the Ether Frolic Mob/The Bushwick Gospel Singers
Jalopy
Saturday, July 28, 10pm

Peter Stampfel & the Ether Frolic Mob consists of whoever is available and up for it whenever. Stampfel is performing. What is Ether Frolic? Ether Frolic is when ether came into use in the 19th century, it was widely introduced by Ether Frolics–a stage would be rented, the audience would be charged, the ’show’ involved people inhaling ether on stage and carrying on in a manner not common to 19th century behavioral norms.

MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING
Cornelia St Cafe
Thursday,  Jul 26 – 8:30PM 

Mostly Other People Do the Killing is a quartet founded on the idea that not only is jazz still alive and vibrant, but that it can and should be fun, engaging and thoroughly contemporary. Rather than settling into one style or historical period, MOPDtK fuses the entire spectrum of jazz and the various forms of improvised music it has spawned into a single, seamless melange of what they call “uber-jass.”

BEN ROLSTON’S FABLES QUINTET
Cornelia St Cafe
Monday,  Jul 30 – 6:00PM

Bassist/Composer Ben Rolston brings his quintet to Cornelia Street Café to play music from his debut album Fables, released in April of 2012 on Envoi Recordings.

All We Are Saying: Bill Frisell Explores the Music of John Lennon
Le Poisson Rouge
Thu., August 02, 2012 / 6:30 PM

TUBA SKINNY @ Jalopy (7/31) andBarbes (Thu 08/02)

Summer Group Exhibition@Joshua Liner
Joshua Liner
August 2nd from 6-9pm

Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to announce the 2012 Summer Group Exhibitionshowcasing 16 artists, including established gallery regulars and newcomers. This presentation will feature painting, sculpture, and drawing, with works by the following artists – Alfred Steiner, Clayton Brothers, Cleon Peterson, Damon Soule, Daniel Rich, David Ellis, Ian Francis, Jean-Pierre Roy, Kris Kuksi, Mars-1, Oliver Vernon, Pema Rinzin, Riusuke Fukahori, Tat Ito, Tiffany Bozic, and Tomokazu Matsuyama.

Summer Swells (Les Rogers)
Half Gallery
August 1-Sept 2nd

BOB JONES/JON SHOLLE DUO
Barbes
July 29, 7pm

Bob Jones started his career as singer in his father’s church choir. He was Andy Statman’s guitarist in his legendary klezmer quartet and currently plays with Boo Reiners in the Plunk Brothers, with the Danny Kalb Trio and with many Old Timey and Bluegrass musicians in the city.
Jon Sholle is a guitarist who has worked with such musicians as Vassar Clements, Larry Campbell, Keith Carradine, Allen Ginsberg, and Bela Fleck. He was a member of the David Grisman Quintet and has also released two solo albums on Rounder Records.

Get Weird: Antipop Consortium
New Museum
Fri, Jul 27, 2012 7:00 PM

Antipop Consortium is an alternative hip hop ensemble based in New York. Conceived in 1997 out of a series of daring collaborations at the “Rap Meets Poetry” sessions of the Nuyorican Poets Café, the group has developed a cerebral, visionary strain of hip hop that incorporates the fragmented rhythms of contemporary electronic music with the confrontational, interrogative stance of rap.

NICKY DA B, DJ RUSTY LAZER, ONRA (DJ SET), AND VERY SPECIAL GUESTS
Brooklyn Bowl
SAT, JULY 28, 2012

Nicky Da B is a new generation New Orleans Bounce artist who is coming into national prominence in the footsteps of Big Freedia. At 21 years old, Nicky has already shared the stage with all the legends of the Bounce community and has traveled with Rusty Lazer to New York for a run of amazing shows in January and March of this year, performing at Santos Party House, Brooklyn Bowl, Public Assembly and with luminaries such as Roxy Cottontail and many more.

Phil Kline: dreamcitynine (ongoing audio installation) LIVE PERFORMANCE
A live version of dreamcitynine, featuring 60 percussionists, will be performed on August 3
Lincoln Center
July 25-August 12

What better way to celebrate the John Cage centenary than with postmodern sounds of silence? Composer Phil Kline (Unsilent Night) draws upon the words and voices of Jim Jarmusch, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Bill T. Jones, and La Bruja, among sixty writers, artists, and musicians, for a GPS-based work inspired by Indeterminacy, Cage’s collection of one-minute epiphanies. Use your smartphone and a free downloadable audio app to trigger sixty koans scattered around the Lincoln Center campus. A podcast version will also be available.

JOE GALLANT’S ILLUMINATI ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF “TERRAPIN STATION”
Brooklyn Bowl

FRI, JULY 27, 2012, DOORS: 6:00 PM

Joe Gallant’s 18-piece Illuminati Orchestra celebrates the 35th anniversary release of the Grateful Deads’ “Terrapin Station” album (on this very day!) with a groove-heavy set of bones-shaking Dead tunes and sonic surprises.

Animation Block Party: Kid Animation Program
BAM
Opens on Jul 28, 2012

The East Coast’s premier animation festival returns for its ninth edition, showcasing international works, award winners, experimental shorts, computer animation, student films, local cartoons, a special Animation for Kids show, and much more. On Saturday, July 28th BAM presents an animation trade-show, plus an exclusive evening after-party at the BAMcafé, with standup comedy and live music.

Exhibition Opening: Slightly Strange
Powerhouse Arena
Thursday, August 2, 7–9 PM

An exhibition of the unusual personal artwork of five contemporary children’s book illustrators

Urban Tango Trio
Joe’s Pub
7:30 PM – July 30

Latin-Grammy winner Octavio Brunetti on piano; Machiko Ozawa, former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artes, on violin; and acclaimed composer/arranger Pedro Giraudo on bass. Together, these three awesomely talented virtuoso musicians capture the passion and excitement of Argentine tango in a repertoire ranging from traditional favorites, to contemporary interpretations. They have dazzled audiences in New York, Washington DC, South Carolina, Virginia, and in Tokyo, Japan, with an upcoming tour to Japan this August.  This appearance at Joe’s Pub will debut their new repertoire, which they will feature on their tour and will be the basis of their next CD.

COMING UP:

Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling (U.S. premiere)
M. Ward,Yo La Tengo, Wyatt Cenac
The Fall of the American Movie Palace



An Interview with Corey Dunlap.
May 31, 2012, 4:09 am
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Corey Dunlap is currently a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. You can view his work here.


The 22 Magazine : Your “Mirage” project is inspired by the “mythology” of the suicide of Mike Kelly. Tell me what influence Kelly’s work has on yours?

Corey Dunlap: I have always been drawn to Kelley’s use of visual language. His unapologetic and irreverent method has been able to penetrate the art world with insight to both uneducated and sophisticated audiences. In addition, I share Kelley’s interest in contemporary manifestations of ritual and the ability for art to exist as a type of “materialist ritual.” I wanted to create a work based on the mythologized events of a factual happening, similar to the way in which Truman Capote composed In Cold Blood. Having read reports stating that Kelley was found dead in his bathtub with “propane tanks and pharmaceuticals nearby,” I sought to immortalize this imagined event. In addition, I used the bathtub form as a baptismal reference, which typically promotes rebirth within the Catholic Church.

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Michael Alan: Dumbo Arts Center.
April 25, 2012, 4:33 pm
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Michael Alan’s “Living Installation” at Dumbo Arts Center. 



THE WEEKEND: MARCH 9-11.
March 8, 2012, 9:57 pm
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EDITOR’S PICKS:

Holi
http://www.festivalofcolors.org/
03/11/2012-03/11/2012
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Holi is the Hindu festival of colors. It celebrates the coming of spring, fruitful harvests, unity, joy, and a tale from the Bhagavad Gita. In addition to the throwing of colored powder (Holi Gulal) it is traditional to light bonfires in celebration of the miraculous escape that young devotee of the god Vishnu. A demon tried to throw him into a fire, but he escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. In most areas, Holi lasts about two days. One of Holi’s biggest customs is the loosening strictness of social structures, which normally include age, sex, status, and caste. Holi closes the wide gaps between social classes and brings Hindus together. Together, the rich and poor, women and men, enjoy each other’s presence on this joyous day. Additionally, Holi lowers the strictness of social norms. No one expects the decorum of normal life; as a result, the atmosphere is filled with excitement and joy.

Hazmat Modine
http://hazmatmodine.com/home.html
03/10/2012-03/10/2012
7pm-10pm

HAZMAT MODINE draws from the rich soil of American music of the 20’s and 30’s through to the 50’s and early 60’s, blending elements of early Blues, Hokum Jugband, Swing, Klezmer, New Orleans R & B, and Jamaican Rocksteady. The band is fronted by two harmonicas which use call and response, harmony, melody, and syncopated interweaving rhythms. The band includes tuba, guitar, and percussion, claviola and Hawaiian steel guitar. The band’s sound reflects musical influences ranging from Avant-garde Jazz to Rockabilly and Western Swing to Middle-Eastern, African, and Hawaiian musical styles.

 

 

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MICHAEL ALAN: The Art Of Life & The Life Of Art by Mark DeMaio.
November 5, 2011, 3:28 pm
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Artist Michael Alan is as sincere an individual you’ll ever come across-which seems implausible being as he was born and raised in New York City. His lack of pretense and humble manor belies a quickly rising status. The only child of inventive, and supportive parents and raised in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the city, Alan was encouraged to explore his creative nature from an early age. Not one to look for handouts, Michael is a self-made success. Having put himself through SVA nightschool (School Of Visual Arts) by working as a club promoter (anyone remember Michael Alan’s Playhouse?), the artist answers to no one. It is precisely this independent spirit that drives him to create, and further his goal to make the world a better place through art. The concept of a Utopia, though lovely, may not be realized in our lifetime and Alan, by making people feel a bit better, perhaps putting a smile on their face and forcing them think when viewing his dramatic, and wholly original work is what makes this selfless artist so unique amidst the clawing, cloying and at times unpleasant business of the art world.This isn’t to imply that Mr. Alan is giving his work away. In fact the last couple of years have seen his works move into the double-digit price range as galleries and museums around the world are quickly catching on, and he is represented by Gasser Grunert Gallery in the Chelsea art district.

In viewing Alan’s drawings and paintings, the elegant lines he puts to paper and canvas are deceptive in their complexity. The works are beautiful at a glance but deserve to be examined closely and at length to realize and appreciate the well thought out details hiding in every piece. Alongside these, Alan’s fully evolved experimental living art pieces known as Michael Alan’s Living Installation are carefully orchestrated and get bigger, and grander in scale with each and every new installment. If you have yet to witness the spectacle of The Living Installation then I suggest you do so as soon as possible. The first time I was watched it I left literally mesmerized. Beginning with a haunting and sometimes humorous soundtrack engulfing the performance space- usually composed by the artist-the first model is in place and Mr. Alan goes to work. It’s not enough for Michael to turn others into art. He methodically transforms a human into human art by applying layers of paint, tubing, fabric, plastic, copies of his works and other materials he needs to complete the transformation. Before the first model is complete he begins work on the second while continuing to work on the first, and then he introduces a third model and so on, simultaneously working on all of the models and the space. In talking about his work Alan says, “I work in five levels like a gray-scale or the variations of tempos on a music album. From a line drawing to a slightly muted drawing to a more colorful denser work, to a collaged, multi-media layered painting, I then bring the work to the public, construct it live on my friends, and finally, take this Living Installation, de-install it and drag it back to my studio and rework the scraps, the photos, the energy of it into the next piece. This is my full circle, there is no order to the circle, which leaves me constantly open. The work is about energy, and drawing from the world, on the world, on people, and then taking parts that had humans activating the work, and reworking them into a new piece. The work in one sense is continuous. A show goes up, comes down, a circle goes round and round.”

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THE WEEKEND: Oct 28-31.

FRIDAY: 

“HUNTING SOMETHING SPHERICAL AND PEELING” Nyugen E. Smith [NEW JERSEY]+Esther Neff  [NYC]
Nyugen E. Smith (b.Jersey City, NJ, 1976) is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator currently examining particular behaviors, customs, coping strategies, and psychological effects unique to blacks in the West Indies and Africa under European Colonial rule. Esther’s oniono is a part of a series of performances conflating specific vegetables with emotional experiences solely blamed on “external societal pressures.” The subject hunts for something spherical and peeling, a tumor or something else that won’t peel down to nothing, something inside but not like itself. There is no reflection here. Its stench bonds to the molecules around the head. Nobody is like it, the empiric, objectified self is somewhere at one of the cores, ideal-ly the flesh can be pitted out, eaten as identity, which must be found, without it, we are told, we must remain in the ground/on the ground.

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THE WEEK/WEEKEND: Oct 3-10th.
October 3, 2011, 4:20 pm
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“Coonskin 2: Flight to Canada”, a collection of art works by Terrance Hughes
Opening reception: Saturday, October 8th, 6 – 9pm

For Hughes, this upcoming show is a concoction of two inpirations: Flight to Canada, a novel by Ishmael Reed, and Coonskin, an animated film by Bakshi. Flight to Canada tells the story of Raven Quickskill, 40’s, and Leechfield slaves who run away from their master, Mr. Swille, in search of freedom. Coonskin tells the story of Brother Rabbit, Preacher Fox, and Brother Bear, who flee the American South during the 1970s in search of liberation. Using satire, sex, violence, identity, and history to tell the stories of their characters, both Reed and Bakshi make clear that transformation can only come from within—a theme that is the cornerstone of Hughes’ work and that resonates deeply in his life. Consequently, there is “Coonskin 2: Flight to Canada”, which is Hughes’ vision of a sequel that will never happen. The show serves as homage and “thank you” to the great works of Reed and Bakshi and is a representation of Hughes’ love of the lost art of animation. Terrance Hughes was born in 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri, and currently lives and works in New York City. He is a self-taught artist, whose work deals with different periods of Black American history and issues surrounding cultural and social identities. Hughes’ works consist of two elements: graphite and charcoal on paper to create rendered portraits and landscapes from photo references, which are meant to mimic the photo itself, complete with imperfections; and animation Cel Vinyl on acetate, providing stark contrast through its vivid color and three-dimensional effect. It is his belief that the lost art of animation deserves a place in the art world.

Hughes has had recent exhibitions at Modern Eden, San Francisco, The Cheaper Show, Vancouver, and Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis. In March, Hughes participated in a group show to benefit Japan relief at graphite., Williamsburg.

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