Dance: It Begins with No End
Saturday, December 14 2013
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Inspired by Jan Tichy's Installation No. 18, the site-specific performance of "It Begins with No End" brings in dimensions of movement and sound. The work is an exploration of translation - how sound, light, and movement may each evoke equivalent or complementary qualities within the other forms. The title refers to both the cyclical nature of Tichy's installation and the process of creation, where an initial creative impulse leads to multiple others to unknown end. Join us for this live showing which coincides with the closing day of the exhibition "Politics of Light."
Created and performed by:
Mike Brown, David Cieri, Nora Fox, and Patra Jongjitirat.
Click here to see an excerpt.
When: Saturday, December 14th at 4pm
Where: 196 Stanton Street (at Attorney Street in the Lower East Side)
Free + open to the public. Please arrive promptly, no late admittance.
About the performers:
His career began in an independent music store with a legitimate position as a cashier and a boldfaced lie about his ability as an actual musician. Both of which motivated him to buy a bass, learn to play it, and join a rock band (not necessarily in that order). Four major cities, a couple of bachelors degrees, and some masters classes later, Mike is a proficient and accomplished player of both electric and double bass who has supported himself financially and creatively exploring everything from rock, to jazz, to classical and a touch of country.
He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY (he’s not a vegan, doesn’t wear skinny jeans, and can’t knit). Specializing in “New/Avant-Garde Music” and “extended techniques” he leads May the Bridges I Burn Light the Way and is part of the Brown/Jewell duo along with many other groups including Charles Atlas, Kotorino, Now Over Ever, The Kerosene Ensemble, Kiva, Fingerprint and can frequently be seen playing with David Cieri.
Playing the piano for over 30 years, first studying under renowned pianist and harpsichordist Mary Jo Horton and Argentinean pianist Americo Caramuta and later under ECM recording artist Art Lande, Cieri's training spanned Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century, Jazz and Free Music. From there, Cieri drew out the shape of his inner voice as both a pianist and composer. While running the music end of Denver’s best Jazz Club two years in a row (2003-2004 Best of Westword), he had the great good fortune to work with drummer Mike Clark of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters and John Molo of Bruce Hornsby's band, bassists Rob Wasserman, Les Claypool, George Porter, Tony Franklin and Alfonso Johnson, Bluegrass legends Peter Rowan and Sam Bush, Jazz guitarists Melvin Sparks and Jimmy Herring. Performing with the rock band Chief Broom, Cieri had the opportunity to play in venues all across the country and share the stage with Neil Young, John Medeski, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jeff Sipe, Anders Osborne, and members of Morphine and Primus in the 1997 Horde Tour.
Deeply committed to live performance and improvisation, Cieri began an ongoing solo piano residency in 2006 at On The Ave Hotel in New York City. Meanwhile he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, NYU Casa Italiana, Joe’s Pub, The Cutting Room, Gramercy Theater, The Living Room, The Bitter End, 55Bar and The Rockwood Music Hall. In 2008 Cieri composed the score for internationally known visual artist Marcel Dzama’s film The Lotus Eaters and performed the score live for two months at the esteemed David Zwirner Gallery in Manhattan. Since 2008, he has been working with Ken Burns as a composer for Burns’ documentary films released on PBS, including the 2009 release, Emmy Award winning National Parks series, an addendum to Baseball: The Tenth Inning, released in 2010, and Prohibition. In 2014, The Roosevelts - An Intimate History will premiere on PBS. Cieri has additionally composed scores for over 20 films including Raymond De Felitta's film Booker's Place - A Mississippi Story which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and had a two week run in theaters in New York City and Los Angeles.
Cieri is an adjunct professor at the City College of New York, has been a guest lecturer at the Berklee College of Music, and teaches ongoing classes on improvisation and The Art of Listening at the 92nd Street Y. David remains grateful for these life-giving opportunities and looks forward to an ever-expanding future of developing community through music.
Nora has performed from Broadway to West Africa and recently throughout the Mediterranean and South America. She has appeared at Goodspeed Opera House, Westerly’s Shakespeare in the Park, NY Women Center Stage Festival, NY Musical Festival, and Madison Square Garden. Inspired by Nina Simone, Maria Callas, Charlie Chaplin, and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, she aspires to create innovative works of music and dance. Nora holds a degree in Literary Arts from Brown University and is now based in NYC.
Patra has been training in various forms of dance for over 20 years with a love that spans from ballet, modern, and contemporary to flamenco, ballroom, and tango. From her early classical training at Olympic Ballet School outside Seattle, she went on to study dance at Brown University as a member of the repertory company directed by Julie Strandberg and at the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Artes in Buenos Aires. Since moving to New York in 2009, she has danced for Lauren Hale Dance, Marjolayne Auger, and Ben Munisteri in his premieres of Tiny Cellar at the Museum of Art and Design in Columbus Circle and, most recently, Less Than a Minute Remaining at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn. She has shown her own choreographic work at various venues including the Ailey Citigroup Theater and Judson Church and is an alumna of Women in Dance 2011, an emerging choreographer’s program run by Legros Cultural Arts. Having received her degree in Architectural Studies, she is continually intrigued and inspired by the intersection of myriad forms of structure and expression across art, design, and performance and how they create a heightened sense of time and space, humanness, and ephemerality.
Photo and video by Amelia Golden
Jan Tichy: Politics of Light