A Rain to Heavy for Kites by Jeff Burns.

A Rain to Heavy for Kites just became more apropos, especially considering author, Jeff Burns was one of the folks spending Monday night through Tuesday saving the city’s internet.

Read all about in this NYT article.

A Rain to Heavy for Kites chronicles the story of Sidney Shoemaker, and his battle to succeed as a “man,” a golfer, and a lightning knight. When his younger brother is killed in a playful “robotics” experiment gone wrong, Sidney takes to road while his father stays home heading the call of the almighty to build an ark in preparation for a coming storm. Life, love, ensues in only the most interesting way.

Pick up a copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Too-Heavy-For-Kites/dp/1477509283

THE WEEK/WEEKEND: October 25th-Oct 31st.

PLEASE NOTE: ALMOST ALL EVENTS IN NEW YORK AND BROOKLYN THIS WEEK ARE CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY. PLEASE CHECK WITH EACH VENUE ON CURRENT CONDITIONS. IF RELIEF AND TRANSPORTATION EFFORTS GO WELL, WE WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK  (NOV 7th) WITH NEW LISTINGS. 

JUDY FOX: OUT OF WATER
PPOW GALLERY
October 27 – December 15, 2012

P.P.O.W is pleased to announce Out of Water, our sixth solo exhibition of figurative sculpture by Judy Fox. Well known for her exquisitely rendered human figures, including children that are at once iconic, psychological and subversive, Fox continues to explore mythological references that are used to reflect upon contemporary sociological issues. In her latest installations, virtuoso use of form extends to the surreal, with visual puns used to provoke conflicted emotional reactions. The centerpiece of this new installation is a comely standing life-size figure of a Mermaid. Legs pressed together as if fused into a tailfin, hands paddling downward, she looks dreamily over her entourage. A set of Worms spread out before her like the writhing sea horses that pull the chariot of a Greek sea goddess. They are curvy and sensual — some profiles resemble parts of naked human bodies.

Lubomyr Melnyk
Sat, October 27, 2012 – 3:00pm
First Unitarian Congregational Society

Composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk is the pioneer of Continuous Music— a piano technique he has developed since the 70s that uses extremely rapid notes and note-series to create a tapestry of sound. Inspired by the minimal, phase and pattern musics of Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Terry Riley, yet frustrated by the ecstatic detachment from reality they can encourage, Lubomyr Melnyk created Continuous Music, based in the innovations of the minimalist composers but with its roots more deeply planted in harmony. His first recordKMH: Piano Music in the Continuous Mode (Music Gallery Editions, 1978) is the fruition of the idea he began developing in 1974 reimagines the sentiment expressed by Reich in his watershed Music for 18 Musicians, realized entirely for Solo Piano. Overtones blend or clash according to the harmonic changes. The technique of mastering his complex note patterns and speeds makes his music difficult for the normal pianist, and the kinetic athleticism of Melnyk’s performance is unparalleled.

Teodora AxenteMade of Matter
Ana Cristea Gallery
October 25 – November 24

Ana Cristea Gallery is pleased to present “Made of Matter,” the first solo exhibition in the United States by artist Teodora Axente. Teodora Axente’s work is centered on the duality of spirit and matter – the two spheres of existence between which humans oscillate in an attempt to uncover themselves. Portraying an unexpected array of materials, Axente addresses the essential human drive to reshape oneself. Through the flashy materiality of aluminum foil, satin pillows, nylon bags or curtains, she brings us into a world of mystery that appears to be spiritual, noble and attractive, on first glance. Aluminum foil serves as the central symbol of matter throughout many of her paintings. Its outward shine and its ability to reflect give off an illusory sense of nobility that blinds her subjects.

Andrea DeFelice
Harvestworks
Friday, Oct 26 at 6pm – Opening
Saturday/Sunday Oct 27/28 from 3pm to 7:30pm – Installation

A small coupling of works combining both obsolete and new technologies, then reassembled to represent obsolete fables, folklore, literature, philosophy, mythology, and music. As responses to such stories inspired by the observation of human behavior, symbolic animals, objects and mechanics are used to further illustrate their foibles and behavioral patterns, whether expected or unpredictable.

Vital Vox Festival | “Vox Electronics: Philip Hamilton / Sabrina Lastman / Sarah Bernstein
Roulette
Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

VITAL VOX: A VOCAL FESTIVAL explores the myriad power of the human voice in its solo and ensemble forms across a multitude of genres. It celebrates composer-performers in the vocal arts who stretch and expand the voice in new and original ways, continuing a strong contemporary tradition developed in the United States. Over the course of two diverse evenings VITAL VOX explores “Vox Electronics.”  Performances draw from wide-ranging international influences and genres including jazz, experimental, contemporary, free improvisation, world music, interactive electro-acoustic and audio sampling.

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THE WEEK/WEEKEND: Oct 18-24th.


Ashley Wood/Jeremy Geddes

Jonathan Levine
Oct 20 — Nov 17, 2012

Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce Machine Sabbath, a series of new works by Australian artist Ashley Wood, in what will be his debut solo exhibition in the United States and exhale, a series of new paintings by Melbourne-based artist Jeremy Geddes, in what will be his debut solo exhibition in the United States. On Saturday, October 20th, there will be a print released at 1pm, and the opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 6—9pm.

Music for Voice: Cycles, Mashups, and Machinic Rhapsodies
Le Poisson Rouge
Sun., October 21, 2012 / 5:00 PM and Tue., October 23, 2012

Join Metropolis Ensemble’s celebration of song and contemporary lyricism in a concert featuring 3 extraordinarily talents from a new generation of star singers, Kate Lindsey, Kiera Duffy, and David Babin (along with members of his celebrated band from Paris, BabX). Music for Voice will be an unforgettable evening of kaleidoscopic textures, soaring melody, and elegiac poetry.

Leave The Bass Alone, 5 Basses
Harvestworks
Installation: Sat/Sun, Oct 20/21, 4 -7pm
Reception and live performance: Friday, Oct 19, 7 – 9pm

Inspired by this quote from Morton Feldman to Stockhausen and studies of dramaturgic developments of different human and natural soundscapes, Leave the Bass Alone is a collection of sound installations, field recordings and performances exploring the depths of the double bass’ spectral world. In “5 basses”, five double basses are amplified and feedbacked with each other. The strings and the bodies of the basses resonate with their ambient surroundings, thus creating an interactive drone in which the basses are controlled both by their acoustic vibrations and their environment. Seemingly simple acoustic/physical principles take on the complex role of the composer, creating forms and structures surprisingly similar to those we find in our everyday life.

Beth Wiemann, Composer/Clarinet with Geoffrey Burleson, Piano and Maria Tegzes, Soprano
Firehouse Space
October 20, 2012 8:00 pm

Performing compostions with and without video accompaniment, including, Sharp Nostalgia, for bass clarinet and piano, The Primary Tool is Soup, for soprano, piano and DVD, The Star Theatre, for clarinet, piano and DVD and other short solo works. Link to earlier performance of one of “Star Theatre” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6bRTph9MxY&feature=plcp

Hindsight is Always 20/20
Closing Nov. 7
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Walkway near the Carousel

Originally commissioned for display during the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Hindsight is Always 20/20 is a large public sculpture consisting of 43 light boxes.  The work examines the history of American political discourse through the metaphor of vision. Drawing from the annual State of the Union (SOTU) addresses given by Presidents to Congress, Hindsight consists of a single Snellen-style eye chart for each president who gave SOTU addresses from George Washington through George W. Bush. Instead of the typical characters present in an eye chart, the piece employs words drawn from their speeches, presented in order of most frequent (top line) to least frequent (bottom line) word. The result is a startlingly clear snapshot of the lexicon of each presidency, containing a mix of historically topical keywords and rhetoric unique to each president and the time period in which they served in office.

THE CELLAR AND POINT/FLORENT GHYS – SOLO PERFORMANCE DOUBLE BASS-LAPTOP
Cornelia Street Cafe

Wed Oct 24th

The cellar and point is an adventurous “garage-chamber” sextet whose musical universe comprises the detail of modern concert music, the emotional directness of alt-rock, and the improvisational sensibilities of downtown jazz. Formed in 2010, the group features an impressive cross-section of young talent from NYCʼs classical, jazz, and new music scenes.Ghys is one of a new breed of composer/performers who thrives on performing the music he composes. He creates highly contrapuntal, post-minimalist chamber music showcasing intelligent multi-tracking and inventive use of electronics and sampled speech. On the surface, his music is lighthearted and easily engaging, with whimsical loops and repetitions dancing around each other, creating clever and pleasing rhythms. Acoustic bass lines interweave creatively and buoyantly with layered instrumental tracks, electronics or processed speech. These seemingly simple elements are carefully crafted, however, and pieced together very deliberately.

Landscapes of the Soul
La Mama
October 19 – October 21, 2012

By using an array of musical traditions from around the world, composer and multi-instrumentalist Nacho Arimany offers a ritualistic expression that engages the audience in experiencing free interaction between different artistic disciplines. The incorporation of Jazz , Video-Art and Live Digital Drawing opens the space for tradition to be transformed and actualized by a new experience of collective creation.

TYPES WE CAN MAKE & TYPE@COOPER
Cooper Union
OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 17, 2012

“Types We Can Make”- A selection of contemporary Swiss typeface design curated by ECAL/University of Art & Design Lausanne (Switzerland), in association with The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography. “Type@Cooper”- Graduates of Cooper Union’s Typeface design program, Type@Cooper, will exhibit a diverse range of their works.

Dead in August
Site 95

October 19 – November 16, 2012

site95 is pleased to present “Dead in August,” a group exhibition organized by Meaghan Kent and Sara Maria Salamone. “Dead in August” is part of a multi venue project that uses additional spaces in New York to create in depth exhibitions highlighting emerging New York based artists. The exhibition will be held at NYCAMS, New York Center for Art and Media Studies, New York. Artists include: Nils Folke Anderson, Agnes Barley, Jude Broughan, Matthew Brownell, Peter Demos, Nathan Dilworth, Roberto Carlos Lange, Francesco Longenecker, Christian Maychack and Alexandra Posen. A panel discussion moderated by Andrea Hill will be held Thursday, October 25 at 6:30pm.

PAMELIA KURSTIN with PETE DRUNGLE
Barbes
Thu 10/25

Invented in 1919 by Russian scientist Léon Theremin, the Theremin is one of the oldest electronic instrument – and the fact that it doesn’t need to be touched to produce a sound, makes it also the most magical. Pamelia is widely considered one of the world’s greatest theremin player. On an instrument primarily associated with horror and science fiction soundtracks, she can be lyrical. Her pitch, her technique and her taste are equally perfect. She can play microtonal puzzles and walking bass lines. She can sound like a violin, a human voice or an analog synthesizer. Out of what was once a symbol of modernism, she plays music of a very emotional order. Pamelia has been based in Vienna for a few years, and this is a rare chance to catch her here – and then with Barbez for the later set. She will be joined by pianist Pete Drungle.

How to Break
Here Arts Center
Oct 18-Nov 4

In their first co-producing endeavor, HERE and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival present the world premiere of How to Break, a collaboration between playwright Aaron Jafferis, reknowned breakersKwikstep and Rokafella, beatboxers Adam Matta and Yako 440, composer Rebecca Hart, and director Christopher Edwards. Recipient of the 2012 Thomas Barbour Playwright’s Award,How to Break sneaks into a hospital room with a fake ID, a potty mouth, and a bad case of heartsick.

MONICA BILL BARNES & COMPANY
NYU Skirball
OCTOBER 20 / 8:00 and OCTOBER 21 / 3:00

Monica Bill Barnes & Company return after their performance in This American Life Live! last May. Ira Glass will introduce these performances and join the company onstage for a post-performance discussion.

JENNIFER & KEVIN McCOY: TWENTY ONE TWELVE 
POSTMASTERS
October 20 – November 24, 2012

Postmasters is pleased to announce Twenty One Twelve, its sixth exhibition with Jennifer and Kevin McCoy and their 10th year with the gallery. Pioneering new media artists whose works explore both time-based and physical reality, the McCoys are perhaps best recognized for constructing subjective databases of film and television material and for creating miniature film sets with live video cameras. The integration of sculpture and video continues in their new exhibition. Pointing to a time 100 years from today Twenty One Twelve connects current trends with future failures and potential transformations. For this show the McCoys have created a series of ten sculptures which depict the landscapes of today and tomorrow. Corporate campuses, parking lots, man-made mountains, resort architecture, and factories all collide with a globalized media infrastructure. This framework exists to support utopian goals, even as it rests upon resource depletion, financial instabilities, and entropic decay. The problems of environmental and economic collapse persist in the face of the rhetoric of the assumed benefits of continued economic expansion and a technological future.

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Track Number Nine: song for the untitled.



TRACK NINE: song for the untitled from Tommy Becker on Vimeo.

“All things come out of the One and the One out of all things.” – Heraclitus, 500BC

Track Number Nine: song for the untitled | 3min 40sec | DV | 2004
Track Number Nine is a celebration of the unknown. It’s an embrace of the often obscured unity presented to us by the twisting opposites continually untangling in our fragile lives.

video & music: written, recorded, performed and edited by T.Becker| bck voice – E.Becker | 2004 | found film footage from Prelinger Archives

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Track Number Seven: song for disobedient youth.



TRACK SEVEN: song for disobedient youth from Tommy Becker on Vimeo.

“Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” – J.K. Rowlings

Track Number Seven: song for disobedient youth | 2min 35sec | DV | 2008
It’s a natural response for teenagers to question and react against their cultural conditioning. Song for Disobedient Youth is an exhortation to embrace unfettered joy and chaos before the agonies of adulthood set in. It invites the viewer to momentarily indulge in the fantasy of youthful rebellion, self-discovery, recklessness, love, disregard, dream and contempt that continues to escape us as we are pulled further into the constructs of age and culture.

Written, recorded and edited by T.Becker | 2008 | still images – thank you students | found film footage from Prelinger Archives

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TRACK THREE: song for hellos and good-byes.



TRACK THREE: song for hellos and good-byes from Tommy Becker on Vimeo.

“We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them.”
― T.S. Eliot

Track Number Three: song for hellos and goodbyes | 2min 35sec | DV | 2010
This short video poem is dedicated to the fleeting relationships which so often percolate through contemporary life. Song for Hellos and Goodbyes leads viewers through the birth and death of a romantic relationship using the cliché lines of purchased gift cards. Within the script, a second voice emerges to reveal a more authentic picture as the relationship blossoms, sours and disappears.

video & music: written, recorded, performed and edited by TBecker | 2010 | text compiled from a variety of gift cards at the local grocery

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TRACK TWO: song for the fate of animals.



TRACK TWO: song for the fate of animals from Tommy Becker on Vimeo.

“What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of the spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.” ~ Chief Seattle

Track Number Two: song for the fate of animals | 2min 10sec | DV | 2003
Track Number Two is a celebration of the wild. It’s a war chant heard bellowing from the mouths of animals as they march, fly and slither down the streets in protest. Images of the untamable flash across the screen as a stream of consciousness unfolds. A recited mantra drives the pack to the beating of tribal drums. Titled after one of his paintings, “song for the fate of animals” is dedicated to Franz Marc, an artist who expressed so much beauty before witnessing so much death.

Written, recorded, performed and edited by T.Becker | 2003 | found footage – Prelinger Archives | still images – Google

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TRACK ONE: song for a significant other.



TRACK ONE: song for a significant other from Tommy Becker on Vimeo.

“pulling down the sky to give you the sun”

Track Number One: song for a significant other | 1min 50sec | DV | 2005
After piecing together a yellow outfit from second hand stores, the simple act of jumping is turned into a performed act of giving as a figure struggles to transform himself into the sun. Track Number One was a belated birthday present and is a gift to be shared with others, especially the artists who continue to exercise their light and amuse their imaginations.

video & music – written, recorded, performed and edited by T.Becker | 2005

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The 22 Playlist #2 (The Submarine Hotel), August 25 2012.

In the sea, deep, in the sea, there is a submarine hotel. Men go there, women too, to water down the world and float free. The submarine hotel is a one way trip, and the passengers are always the same. This week we’re offering you the once in a lifetime opportunity to sonically explore the interior of this metallic getaway with sounds ranging the gurgle of tasty Bier from Bernd Klug and Bernhard Hammer to a lullaby at sea with CATFOX, to the expirmental fusion of Mostly Other People Do the Killing, and the playlist inspiring track from Taren McCallen-Moore, The Submarine Hotel, plus many more.

See the full line up below, or check it out here. Photo courtesy of National Archives of Norway.