Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Olive Ayhens Artwork in "ONTIME/Grand Central at 100" Exhibition

Grand Central: Inside/Outside, 2012, mixed media
Exquisite Colossus, 2012
ONTIME/Grand Central at 100 exhibition features work by Olive Ayhens

"Ayhens hones in on the architectural details from above to create a swirling, bold tapestry of color that conveys the reflection of life both inside and outside Grand Central Terminal. She uses the constellations as the sky above the terminal, freeing them from their earthly architecture. Also, keep a look out for her poster … coming to a subway near you!"  

Sunday, May 5, 2013

"The Peasant and the Priest" by Esther Podemski in NY New Filmmaker's Festival

"What can a 14th century fresco tell us about contemporary politics?
More than you think."
On April 17, Esther Podemski's documentary, The Peasant and the Priest, screened at Anthology Film Archives' Courthouse Theater as part of the New Filmmakers Festival in New York City. 

The Peasant and the Priest is the story of two Italian men in their eighties whose ways of life have survived from medieval Italy to the present. One is a sharecropper, and one is a priest. Each try to contribute to a world that moves relentlessly and carelessly forward. 

The point of departure for exploring the two parallel lives is a 14th century fresco, The Allegory of Good and Bad Government, by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, shown above.

To read more and see a clip of the film, click here

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Diane Moser's "The Birdsong Project Trio" in Lyndhurst, NJ, on May 11

If you missed the big band performance of Music of the Spheres by award-winning composer Diane Moser on April 10be sure to put Saturday, May 11, on your calendar. That's when The Birdsong Project Trio, featuring Diane Moser on piano, Ken Filiano on bass, and Anton Denner on flute, will perform Diane's compositions based on the natural soundscape of robins, sparrows and chikadees.

The concert takes place at 8pm at the Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.    

Diane Moser's Composers Big Band
performed her composition Music of the Spheres
on April 10 at the Meadowlands Environmental Center

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mathew Rosenblum Named Guggenheim Fellow

Mathew Rosenblum, professor of music in composition and theory
at the University of Pittsburgh, has been named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow. He is among 175 scholars, artists, and scientists selected in recognition of prior achievement and exceptional promise.

Rosenblum’s proposed project is a concerto for the renowned Classical/Klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer. Titled Lament/Witches’ Sabbath, Rosenblum will compose the concerto for Krakauer and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, directed by Gil Rose. The new piece will be loosely based on the last movement of Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique, "Songe d'une nuit du sabbat," and will be a re-working of elements of that music with Klezmer inspired excursions based on the folk elements already embedded in the Berlioz. According to Rosenblum,

“It’s meant as a new piece that appropriates, transforms, and interprets elements from the original. The idea is to mesh my microtonal musical language with David’s improvisational sensibility using aspects of Berlioz’s musical material and the evocative theme of “witches sabbath” as a reference point. The piece will begin with a Lament, and will be 18-25 minutes in length.”