THE WEEK/WEEKEND: July 5-12.

Cut Up
Where: Storefront Bushwick
When: July 6 – August 5, 2012

Myles Bennett, Susan Bricker, Andrea Burgay,
Steven Charles, Paul D’Agostino, Jackie Hoving, Ken Kocses, Elissa Levy, Gelah Penn, Casey Ruble, and Mary Schiliro

Game Play 2012
Where: The Brick
When: July 6 – 28, 2012

The Brick is pleased to announce the fourth annual Game Play festival, taking place from July 6–28, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York. This year’s festival will once again feature cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance.

Matt Munisteri: CD Release
Where: Joe’s Pub

When: 7:30 PM – July 10 

Matt Munisteri will celebrate the release of his new CD “Still Runnin’ ‘Round in The Wilderness – The Lost Music of Willard Robison Vol l”.  In the mid 1920’s the pianist, singer, composer and arranger Willard Robison began recording a startling series of recordings of his own songs, and in the process became a prototype for that lasting American twentieth century artistic archetype; the singer-songwriter. And yet in the 8 decades which followed none of these unclassifiable recordings have ever been commercially re-issued. The guitarist, singer and songwriter Matt Munisteri has spent years tracking down these original recordings on 78 records and has now not only brought them to light, but has re-imagined them as a body of work rightfully freed from the trappings of era or idiom.

Charles Perry
Where: Joe’s Pub
When: 7:30 PM – July 12   

B-OUT CURATED BY SCOTT HUG
Where: Andrew Edlin
When: JULY 5 – AUGUST 18 

Be out. Be outside. Be outside of it. Be outside of the box. Be outside of the system. Be out of order. Be out of control. Be out of the ordinary. Be out of your hair. Be out of your mind. Be outrageous. Be outspoken. Be out loud. Be out of line. Be out of the loop. Be out of bounds. Be outcast. Be out of the Midwest. Be out of the closet. Be out of the Middle East. Be out of gas. Be out of sorts. Be out of power. Be out numbered. Be out for blood. Be out for the count. Be out bid. Be out of pocket. Be out of debt. Be out of commission. Be out of fashion. Be out of place. Be out of sight. Be out of reach. Be out of touch. Be out to lunch. Be out of breath. Be out of time. Be out of space. Be out of body. Be out of this world.

Naked Dance!/Gold Sparkle Band
Where: The Stone
When: 7/10 Tuesday
Composer-Pianist Rush (Prof. at U.Michigan) and drummer Edwards are joined by journeyman Clarinetist Andrew Bishop in a performance to celebrate the release of their new album Naked Dance!, a collection that features original compositions in the late Jimmy Guiffre and Nordic jazz tradition. Soulful and Funky, thoughtful and contrapuntal.

Jason Lescalleet Solo Tapeloops/Diamond Terrifier
Where:  The Stone
When: 7/8 Sunday

Diamond Terrifier is Sam Hillmer of Zs. Diamond Terrifier is Sam’s saxophone and electronics solo incarnation. Named after the english translation of the indo-tibetan god-name Vajrabairahva, Diamond Terrifier is concerned with the potential positive qualities of destruction as mediated by noise/drone sheets of sound music

15/30 a Joint Celebration
Where: Superfine (located at 126 Front St., Brooklyn, NY 11201)

When:  Monday, July 16 from 6-9pm

Dumbo Arts Center and Triangle have teamed up with Superfine to present: 15/30 a joint celebration of our mutual anniversaries.

“Taboo”: Beinart Collective Group Exhibition
Where: Last Rites Gallery
When: July 7th

Works featured in this exhibition explore the theme unashamedly, fearlessly and sometimes with humour. Breaking the “taboo” is usually considered objectionable by society, whether it be a violation of something held sacred or a threat against traditional beliefs. In a society run riot with political correctness, this exhibition has given an exceptional group of artists a forum to challenge, surprise and even confront the public.

HOT! FESTIVAL
Where: Dixon Place
When: July 1-31

The 21st Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture: theater, dance, music, burlesque, performance art and homoeroticism for the whole family! HOT!, the oldest continually running GBLTQ festival in the world, has been a pioneer of queer arts & culture for over 20 years. Dixon Place is proud that HOT! serves as a model for other queer festivals across the globe, & offers an artistic refuge to so many passionate voices in our community. As in past years, 2012 promises to be diverse & inclusive with over 200 artists presenting work that push your buttons, stir your emotions & deliver explicit, flat out entertainment.

NYARTS Summer Launch Party
Where: Tribeca Hotel
When: July 11

To celebrate the arrival of our Summer 2012 issue of NY Arts Magazine we are hosting a launch party. Please join us at Tribeca Grand Hotel on Wednesday, July 11th from 7 to 10 pm.


Rachael Senchoway’s “Luminous Opera” 

Where: Con Artist
When: 07.05.2012 to 07.27.2012

Rachael Senchoway’s “Luminous Opera” reorders experience. Neons, glitter, and polka-dots gild references to Toulouse-Lautrec and Fragonard. Fantasy elements are synthesized through ambiguous time periods – frosted with decadence and kitsch, sprinkled with Victorian wigs and prissy Rococo faces. Rachael Senchoway seeks to free images from their historical confines, to re-contextualize and disorient dated themes. Senchoway wants her work to be unabashedly itself, no matter how fleeting.

Arthur Doyle and his New Quiet Screamers/Man Forever
Where: The Stone
When: 7/11 Wednesday  

Guernica Magazine Salon
Where: Le Poisson Rouge
When: Fri., July 06, 2012 / 6:30 PM 

Movie Mike Presents: Ray Bradbury in 16mm!
Where: Spectacle Theater
When: July 6th 

Movie Mike and Spectacle are pleased to present a tribute to the late, great science fiction luminary Ray Bradbury in ultra-rare 16mm. We’ll see a 1963 TV documentary in which the author explains himself, followed by some short films based on his stories.

Trace of Purple Sadness: LEIMAY: Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya
Where: Cave
When: July 5-7 | 8:00 PM , July 8 | 5:00 PM

Meditative dance and poetic video design unify in a mesmerizing experience constructed by LEIMAY, the duo behind CAVE, The NY Butoh Festival and the Soak Festival.

Where and When: Saturday July 7th @ 285 KENT

|| Northern Spy Festival presents

|| Starring
|||| Dustin Wong + Dan Friel
|||||| White Out + Charles Gayle
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TINY TRIFECTA
Where: Cotton Candy Machine
When: July 7th to August 5th, 2012

Jessicka Addams, Aiko, Jim Avignon, John Baizley, Shawn Barber, Andrew Bell, Robert Bowen, Jon Burgerman, Zoe Byland, Ciou, Becky Cloonan, David M Cook, Dave Cooper, Dave Correia, Molly Crabapple, Lana Crooks, Steven Daily, Daniel Danger, Tristan Eaton, Camilla d’Errico, Brian Ewing, Natalia Fabia, PJay Fidler, AJ Fosik, Doze Green, Dan Grzeca, Fred Harper, Jason Holley, Thomas Hooper, Jim Houser, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Jordin Isip, JK5, James Jean, Jeremyville, Nathan Jurevicius, Aya Kakeda, Audrey Kawasaki, Josh Keyes, Henry Lewis, Lola, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, Sara Antoinette Martin, Dan May, Tara McPherson, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Buff Monster, Tomi Monstre, Michael Motorcycle, Martin Ontiveros, Alex Pardee, Joshua Petker, London Police, Anthony Pontius, Martha Rich, Jermaine Rogers, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Jay Ryan, Souther Salazar, Isabel Samaras, Erik Mark Sandberg, Jon Schnepp, Shawnimal, Greg Simkins, Skinner, Bwana, Spoons, Jeff Soto, Timba Smits, Sucklord, Diana Sudyka, Lamour Supreme, Fefe Talavera, Jill Thompson, Miss Van, Adam Wallacavage, Lindsey Way, John Wayshack, Eric White, and Chet Zar.

CHASHAMA | IT CAME FROM CHASHAMA AND ORGAN RECITAL SERIES | ULRIKE WEGELE
Where: ACFNY
When: TUESDAY JUL 10, 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

This exhibition by the WochenKlausur “NPOs-in-residence”,chashama highlights works from the chashama Collection that accentuate the diversity of media and subject matter tackled by their artists. Founded by Anita Durst in 1995, chashama has been at the forefront of the movement to provide vital opportunities to artists of all stripes and expose new audiences to art through creative space redistribution. Landowners donate temporarily vacant properties that chashama recycles into creative hubs, and grants to artists, organizations and youth arts programs at free or highly subsidized rates. chashama will be at the ACFNY from July 9 to 22.The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to support this special organ concert by renowned German organist Ulrike Wegele at Riverside Church in Manhattan, which will include works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and a 2011 composition by Franz Zebinger. Wegele’s repertoire embraces the works of pre-Bach masters as well as compositions for organ by Johann Sebastian Bach, the classical period, the Romantic period, as well as the music of the 21st century.

FALU/BANDA SINALOENSE DE LOS MUERTOS
Where: Barbes
When: 7/07

Falu is a classically-trained Indian singer best known for blending ancient classical Indian melodies with contemporary western sounds. She has worked with and performed alongside a wide array of talented artists including A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Yo-Yo Ma (in The Silk Road Project), Philip Glass and Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic), and had the honor of performing at President Obama’s first State Dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Her music has also been recognized in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Times of India.In the Mexican state of Sinaloa, brass bands (bandas) are part of every public celebration. In the 1940’s, the pioneering Banda El Recodo started mixing up traditional brass band tunes with contemporary Mexican music – mostly ranchera – and soon transformed the idiom into a powerful new popular genre. In the 1990’s, banda music experienced a renewal, especially among young Californian Mexicans, many of whom have family roots in Sinaloa. Banda music’s popularity exploded in Mexico as well and has become the new urban music of choice

Riepl & Co. Marianas Trench Discoveries Inc.
Where: Open Source
When: Saturday, July 7, 2012, 7pm-9pm

Riepl & Co. Marianas Trench Discoveries Inc. provides deceitfully real reproductions of authentic underwater worlds, customized to the clients’ individual demands. A goldfish bowl, a bathtub or a pool – no terrain is foreign or impossible to us! Various materials are used, from the ordinary to the exotic, depending on the customers wishes and budget. No matter if fancy ceramics, brittle concrete, precious pearls or found objects from the street; the final result of every Riepl & Co. Marianas Trench Discoveries Inc. production is elegant and undoubted in style.

Opera on Tap Presents: HOT & STEAMY!
Where: FREDDYS BAR AND BACKROOM
When: Thursday, July 12th, 9pm

The season beckons us back to the age old Opera on Tap theme of Hot & Steamy this July 12th at Freddy’s! What better way to wile away those oppressively hot and windless July hours than with some steamy opera tunes and frosty beverages? OOTers will regale you with some of opera’s lushest, sexiest, most-drippiest arias and duets whilst you quench your thirst with cool, high-octane concoctions and hoppy delights as only Freddys can serve them up. Show kicks off at 9pm. NO COVER! Clothing optional!

Mapping the Equivocal (Phillip Buntin, Derek Lerner and Robert Walden)
Where: Robert Henry Contemporary
When: July 13 – August 12, 2012

A map is a representation of space or place, or of phenomena as they exist in space. They project a three-dimensional space on a 2-D plane, usually much smaller than the actual space being mapped. The best maps are often considered to be the most accurate ones, however, the assumptions, intentions, biases and preferences of the mapmaker subjectify every map. Maps convey nonlinear and simultaneous knowledge. In a single glance a viewer can tell what’s going on over the whole map at a single moment in time, a Gestalt. The three artists in this exhibition use what could be considered “thematic maps” to explore ideas related to hermeneutics, biology, environmental degradation and ontology.


…Is This Free?

Where: NutureArt
When: July 6 – September 22, 2012 Opening receptions will take place on: Fri. July 6, Fri. August 3, Fri. August 31

Curated by Marco Antonini, this project will consist of three exhibitions, featuring artworks, ephemera and publications that have been mostly conceived and produced to be freely distributed. Historically relevant artworks, ephemera and publications loaned from private collections will be presented side by side with contemporary work by emerging artists, including a series of project-specific artworks commissioned to emerging artists. Community high-school students and members of our audience will be involved in the production of open-source artworks and instructional pieces, producing work that will ultimately become part of the three exhibitions.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)
Where: Le Poisson Rouge

When: Sat., July 07, 2012 / 6:30 PM
‘A Winged Victory For the Sullen’ is the first installment of the new collaboration between Stars of the Lid founder Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and composer Dustin O’Halloran. The duo agreed to leave their normal home studio comfort zone and develop the recordings with the help of large acoustic spaces, and to hunt down a selection of 9ft grand pianos that had the ability to deliver extreme sonic low end. Other traditional instrumentation was used including string quartet, French horn, and bassoon, but always juxtaposed is the sound of drifting guitar washed melodies. The recordings began in one late night session in the famed Grunewald Church in west Berlin on a 1950s imperial Boesendorfer piano and strings were added in the historic East Berlin DDR radio studios along the River Spree.

Jonathan Batiste
Where: Joe’s Pub
When: 9:30 PM – July 11

On June 28th and July 11th, Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band will take the stage for two nightsof thigh-slapping, foot-stomping performance. Prepare for the unexpected – what begins in the music hall could very well spill into the streets of Manhattan.
Where:  LA SALA at Cantina Royal, 58 N3rd Williamsburg
When: July 6
Where: Glasslands
When: Friday, July 6// 
Where: Glasslands
When: Saturday, July 7

Iktus Percussion w/ Taka Kigawa , Phyllis Chen and and music of John Cage
Where: Le Poisson Rouge

When: Sun., July 08, 2012 / 6:30 PM
Based in New York City, Iktus Percussion is an ambitious, dynamic young ensemble committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre. Iktus is a collective-based operation, featuring an array of industrious and multi-talented percussionists with Chris Graham, Justin Wolf, SteveSehman, Nick Woodbury, and Cory Bracken at the core. As a group with strong ties to the local artistic community, Iktus is dedicated to collaboration with emerging artists, having commissioned over fifty new works for percussion from such composers as Angélica Negrón, AaronSiegel, Lisa R. Coons, Jenny Olivia Johnson, Stefan Weisman, and Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin and Wood), among others.

Donovan Frankenreiter/Rayland Baxter
Where: Brooklyn Bowl

When: Fri, July 6, 2012

Rayland Baxter – is a gentleman, a singer of songs, a teller of tales, a picker of strings, a thinker of things. Born in the untamed hills of Bon Aqua, Tennessee, he tells a story unlike any other, a story that is true and full of unraveling emotion. There are no lines drawn, no box to be found, in the world of rayLand Baxter. 

Life with Ray Bradbury.

by Dolores Alfieri
Illustration by Joanna Barnum 

He is travelling home from his uncle’s funeral, a 12 year-old sitting in the backseat of an automobile with his family and the heavy weight of loss. He looks out the window as the tires roll beneath him. Inside the car it is silent. His parents are decent people and they mourn with decency. Down the hill, along the rim of Lake Michigan, carnival tents appear, their edges billowing like little red and yellow hands that seem to beckon to him. Pull over, he tells his father, pull over pull over. And his father does. The boy is excited enough that it looks like he’ll leap out of the moving car if he doesn’t. His father is furious as he watches the boy run down the hill, toward the carnival. He expects him to be there, in the automobile and back at home, mourning, grave-faced, solemn. But Ray Bradbury was not made to steep in the sober shades of living. He thunders down the hill with the lake wind blowing back his hair, with the sounds of the carnival — the holler of the talker, the calliope of the turning merry-go-round — whirling closer to his ears. He is running toward life.

Bradbury told this story to Sam Weller in Listen to the Echoes, Weller’s collection of interviews with the famed author, who died this Tuesday, June 5 at the age of 91. The symbolism is evident. That’s why Bradbury told the story: He spent the rest of his days — another eight decades’ worth of them — running toward life. He ran like Prometheus. Waving the fire, wanting to bring it to you. The fire Bradbury brought was the fire of life — its horrendous beauty and its beautiful horror. The Illustrated Man, the Dwarf, Uncle Einar, Montag and Clarisse, the anything-you-want-it-to-be object in “The Jar,” this was Bradbury’s menagerie of the living.

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THE WEEKEND May 13-14.

MakerBot Make-A-Thon // Experience Cutting-Edge Rapid Prototyping

MakerBot Make-A-Thon
Saturday, May 14th, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn NY
FREE

The MakerBot Thing-O-Matic is 1) a modern manufacturing breakthrough, and 2) also a lot of fun.

The 3rd Ward MakerBot Make-A-Thon is your chance to see these tiny factories in action, print awesome 3D objects and even a 3D portrait of yourself.

MakerBot Artist-in-Residence Kyle McDonald will be presenting his work turning the Xbox Kinect into a 3D Scanner.  He will scan you in his 3D Photo Booth, then print you using the MakerBot.

The Makerbot prints anything up to 4”x5”x5” with ABS and PLA (biodegradable) plastic. All you do is hit print, and the machine does all the work. Print 100 butterflies, an entire chess set — anything! And see a 9 foot-wide geodesic dome, printed entirely on the MakerBot.

Learn more about the MakerBot and the 3rd Ward Make-A-Thon in The New York Times here.

Plus, win prizes from MakerBotApress Books, and MAKE Magazine!

RSVPs are required at http://www.3rdward.com/rsvp

MakerBot Industries was named one of the top 20 startups in NYC, and has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, Make: Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, The Economist and others. For more information on MakerBot, click here and see photos of the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic here.

Learn more about Kyle McDonald’s Xbox Kinect hack in this 3rd Ward blog post.


BYE BYE KITTY @JAPAN SOCIETY. Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art
Friday, March 18 — Sunday, June 12

Bye Bye Kitty!!! is a radical departure from recent Japanese exhibitions. Moving far beyond the stereotypes of kawaii and otaku culture, Japan Society’s show features sixteen emerging and mid-career artists whose paintings, objects, photographs, videos, and installations meld traditional styles with challenging visions of Japan’s troubled present and uncertain future.

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MY W. B. YEATS

Timothy Donnelly, Philip Levine, and Rosanna Warren, with Eamon Grennan

Saturday, May 14, 2:30pm
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An event curated by noted Irish poet Eamon Grennan, with American poets reading and responding to Yeats’ work and exploring the influence of this literary giant on their own poetry.

Co-sponsored by Culture Ireland, the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Admission is free.

Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street


THE BLACK LIGHT LOUNGE@ SECRET PROJECT ROBOT.

Saturday, May 14 8-11pm.
How awesome would it be to walk into a room filled salon style with black light posters and art!?  This Spring Secret Project Robot creates the long awaited fluorescent opulence.  Over 30 artists participate to transform the gallery into a black light cocktail lounge.

THE ART OF MONEY: PERSONAL FINANCE RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
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Join the Department of Cultural Affairs, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment for a day of FREE financial counseling sessions and workshops designed to help working artists, arts administrators, and independent workers reduce debt and manage credit.

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011
Information Fair, Workshops and Counseling Sessions 12 PM – 5 PM
Post Event Reception 5 PM – 7 PM
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation | 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216

OPENING REMARKS BY
Kate D. LevinCommissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Marty MarkowitzBrooklyn Borough President
Jimmy Van BramerNew York City Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., New York City Council Member and Chair of the Finance Committee
Colvin GrannumPresident, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Danny SimmonsChair of New York State Council on the Arts and Artist



Love Your Library Day!

Saturday, May 14, 10 AM – 3 PM
Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza

As Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) faces a city budget cut that could reduce library hours, materials and free programs, we need your support!

Show your elected officials how much you love BPL by coming to this important, fun event on Central Library’s Plaza.

10 AM – 3 PM: Book, T-shirt and tote bag sale
10 AM – 12 PM: Performance by BPL’s own Lost in the Stacks
12 – 1 PM: Advocacy rally
1 PM: Performance by Vo-Duo, a group inspired by the vodou music traditions of Haiti

You can also use our computers to email your elected officials to say NO to budget cuts and remind them how much your library means to you.

Suggested donation for the event is $5. This donation, as well as proceeds from book, T-shirt and tote bag sales, will help purchase new library materials.


CROSSING ART GALLERY
Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 9 PM

136-17 39th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354

QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, in partnership with Crossing Art Gallery, presents the First Annual Performance Art Festival of Queens featuring new works by local, national and international performance artists.  This year’s program, ITINERANT, focuses on works that treat notions of displacement, delivery, and transformation.  Participating artists use performance narratives and actions that evoke immediacy and intimacy to bridge the gap of communication and distance. (READ MORE.)


Shadow-stalkers and Resurrected Chickens:
Animals on the Road to Paradise

Saturday, May 14 at 7 pm
$5 admission
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Stories about the journey to paradise, in religious and literary traditions, feature animals as both obstacles and allies.
In Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf, Grendel is the “shadow-stalker” the hero must slay
to prove himself and attain an earthly paradise; on the medieval pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostela, Spain,
there is still an ornate chicken coop housing a pure white rooster and hen in the cathedral in one town
to commemorate a pilgrim’s miraculous escape from disaster.

What beasts block our roads or assist us on the way?

Rev. Craig Townsend presents an evening of tales, images, and soundscape evoking and exploring
the human-animal interactions that illuminate both the journey and its goal.  

Craig Townsend is an Episcopal priest serving as Vicar at St. James’ Church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
He has a Ph.D. from Harvard that, while focused on American religious history, also entailed
the study of the world’s major religious traditions.

Please visit the Proteus Gowanus website for more news and information about upcoming events.

SXIP SHIREY’s B-DAY at Joe’s Pub.
Saturday, May 14 at 9 pm
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It’s my birthday next month and as a present to myself I’m doing a big “solo show” at Joe’s Pub with some of my very favorite NYC artists who I haven’t had a chance to perform with much or at all. (Aside from Adam but…he’s ADAM) Adam Matta, Ned Rothenberg, Terry Dame, Rachelle Garniez, Racheal Price, Sonny Singh and Xavier.

I will be presenting an expanded version of the Sxipenspiel. I also have a new device called a gravity marble tree…and a perfect Sam Cook styled R & B tune to be sung by Xaxier. I am going to do “Ring My Bell with Rachel Price and I’ll be performing an improv piece with the amazing Ned Rothenberg. PLUS I do a rendition of a composition by Shelley Segal.Very exited to announce that Mathias Kunzli will be the percussionist for the evening.


A brief interview with Sxip about the show and participants:

THE 22: Variations and experiments in breath seem to play a large role in both yours and Ned’s work. Besides the fact that you both play reed instruments do you feel you push the boundaries of the human body as a musical tool?

SXIP SHIREY: I don’t think I am pushing the boundaries of the human body honestly. Back in my 20s when I wanted to be a punk Michael Hedges I ended up with tendinitis for two years. The first time Ned saw me play he commented on how tense I held my body when I played. He plays with such a focused relaxed quality and puts the intensity just in music. He circular breaths beautifully, which is pushing the body in a sense, but really what is great about him is the calm control of tones that are ever evolving and unwieldy. My playing is definitely a product directly of what my body is doing. Modern dancers sense this and they love my performance, but I don’t think I’m pushing the body, I am pushing the instrument. Oh shit..I just reread the question. I see what you are asking now. I didn’t think of breath as pushing the boundaries of the human body as a musical tool, I just did it. Breath is a rhythm we all understand deeply, it is the most intimate rhythm we make that we can easily hear (unlike a heart beat), there is incredible power in making this intimate sound epic. I am ever creating a palette of compelling of sounds that that I can draw from to take me and the audience to effective places.

THE 22: What are you thoughts on the traditions in music versus the basic elemental pleasure of sound? Is either more important?

SXIP SHIREY: I am finding this question hard to answer. It’s not that either is important or not important. It’s just not the issue. I make sound and music because I have to. It’s what I have to do, sometimes it’s a song with guitar, sometimes it’s playing folks songs, sometimes it’s rolling marbles in glass bowls, sometimes it’s tweaking virtual synths on the computer. It’s all the same to me.

THE 22: What about each of these musician’s appeal to you in collaboration and why did you chose to share this birthday celebration with them?

SXIP SHIREY:They are musicians who have an immediately strong seductive presence the moment they play or sing. They are people I simply like hearing and will go out to hear when I am in NYC. I thought it would be great to actually play with them. Most of them are not my normal collaborators.

THE 22: Can you tell us a little about the SxipenspieI and gravity marble tree?

SXIP SHIREY: The Sxipenspiel is perhaps my favorite birthday gift of all time. I was on tour with Amanda Palmer and Jason Webely’s Evelyn Evelyn tour and my birthday fell on a day we were in Berlin. Amanda and Neil went to a flea market in Berlin and bought these great bicycle bells that do a trilling long tone. They mounted them on a candlestick with a bent copper pipe at the top and dubbed it “The Sxipenspiel”. It’s a totally awkward instrument that sounds somehow amazing. I’ve learned to play it gracefully and I play it a lot. There is something magical sounding about it.

Bells historically are used to give us directions. “it’s time to go to church” “come to the door I am here” ” the egg is done cooking”. There is certain power to use them as a compositional element because their sound stimulates those parts of the brain.

Also check out the WSJ article.

THE 22 MAGAZINE PRESENTS: The Three Furies, Writing with a Vengeance

Sunday, May 15—5:00pm
A Gathering of the Tribes
285 East Third Street (between Ave C & D) #2
(212) 674-3778
A GATHERING OF THE TRIBES
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Known as “the Angry Ones” in Greek myth, the Furies were a trio of vengeful women born from the blood drops of the castrated appendage of Uranus (whose Titan son, Cronus, did him a dirty turn). They were psychological tormentors, the personification of vindictiveness and retribution. In art they were represented as winged creatures wearing nothing but snakes. In this reading by emerging writers Jamey Bradbury, Ansel Elkins, and Thera Webb—recent graduates of the MFA program in creative writing at University of North Carolina-Greensboro—they will forego niceties and read from an unforgiving selection of their latest work. If you’re bored with bucolic love poems, or have recently be wronged by a paramour, this Gathering of the Tribes is the place to savor the sweet taste of revenge.

Ansel Elkins

has poems appearing this spring in Boston Review, Mississippi Review, Ninth Letter, The American Scholar, The Believer and The Southern Review. She is one of four winners of the 2011 “Discovery”/Boston Review poetry prize. She lives in North Carolina.

Jamey Bradbury

has appeared in Black Warrior Review and is forthcoming in Zone 3. She is a literary assistant in Vermont, and is working on her first novel and a collection of short stories.

Thera Webb

is a radical feminist and resident of Brooklyn. She received her MFA in poetry from UNC Greensboro, and has had work in Fiction (JP) and Forklift, Ohio. Her chapbook, On The Shoulders of the Bear, was released this fall from Fractious Press. 


THE THREE FURIES: WRITING WITH A VENGEANCE COMING UP THIS SUNDAY.

The Three Furies: Writing with a Vengeance

Sunday, May 15—5:00pm
A Gathering of the Tribes
285 East Third Street (between Ave C & D) #2
(212) 674-3778
A GATHERING OF THE TRIBES
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Known as “the Angry Ones” in Greek myth, the Furies were a trio of vengeful women born from the blood drops of the castrated appendage of Uranus (whose Titan son, Cronus, did him a dirty turn). They were psychological tormentors, the personification of vindictiveness and retribution. In art they were represented as winged creatures wearing nothing but snakes. In this reading by emerging writers Jamey Bradbury, Ansel Elkins, and Thera Webb—recent graduates of the MFA program in creative writing at University of North Carolina-Greensboro—they will forego niceties and read from an unforgiving selection of their latest work. If you’re bored with bucolic love poems, or have recently be wronged by a paramour, this Gathering of the Tribes is the place to savor the sweet taste of revenge.

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