Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Music Now! at Scholes Street Studio

Music Now! at Scholes Street Studio

7pm — "Saxophone Surprise"with Jessica Jones-Tenor Sax; Tony Jones-Tenor Sax

8pm — Bill Cole-Didjeridu,Sona,Hojok; Larry Roland-Bass; Tiffany Weitien-Drums; Ras Moshe Burnett-Tenor sax & Soprano Sax

9pm — Sandra Sprecher-Piano; Bonnie Kane-Alto Sax & Flute

10pm — Music Now! with Ras Moshe Burnett; Tanya Kalmanovitch-Viola; Katie Down-Flutes; Eriq Robinson-Electronics; Dave Miller-Drums

$20 / Refreshments and light snacks available

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May
21
11:30 AM11:30

"The Listening Dyad": Teaching Demo at NETMCDO Conference

  • NECMCDO at Manhattan School of Music (map)
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The Listening Dyad: A tool for discovering and defining your authentic voice 

This session uses listening dyads (structured, paired discussions in which participant exchange the roles of dedicated listener and speaker) to uncover, define and articulate the essence of our personal, artistic and professional stories. In pairs, participants will first take turns responding to a series of prompts that elicit the key experiences, values, relationships and goals that shape them as artists and people; then mirror one another’s responses to identify what matters most — the “nut graf” that distills a story to its essence. Participants who complete this session will learn a powerful tool for focused listening and storytelling that can be used to engage audiences, craft compelling communications (marketing materials, mission statements, personal essays, pitches, speeches) while, at the same time, building inclusive communities in the classroom. 



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May
2
6:30 PM18:30

Tracking Change Presents: The Tar Sands Songbook

Taking place at the same time, and in the margins of, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII18), the Tracking Change Global Knowledge Symposium brings together academic and community researchers from across three countries, seven academic institutions and sixty local and Indigenous communities and organizations. These project participants and champions are meeting to share results, discuss good practice and plan a path for ongoing research. We invite interested attendees of the UNPFII18, and others, to join us on the evening of May 2nd, 2019 for a unique documentary play, with music, about our complex and sometimes unseen relationship with oil.

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Jan
5
to Jan 13

Classical Music Panelist: National YoungArts Week

National YoungArts Week is YoungArts’ signature program. A life-changing experience that aims to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and community while offering Finalists the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development. During the intensive, week-long and all-inclusive program, artists across 10 disciplines participate in master classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their field. Throughout the week, Finalists’ work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels. Each evening, audiences can experience the work of the next generation of artists through performances in voice, jazz, theater, dance and classical music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a visual arts, photography and design exhibition in the YoungArts Gallery

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Nov
15
9:00 AM09:00

Presenting at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology

The 'Tar Sands Songbook': Music, memory and autoethnography in climate research

By now, the figure of the scholar/performer/activist is a familiar in ethnomusicology, but its gaze is often fixed on a distant place. As research processes and products, 'autoethnography' and 'research-creation' describe methodological and epistemological interventions. They challenge canonical practice by augmenting the kinds of questions we ask, the kinds of places in which we look for answers, the kinds of information we capture, and the kinds of perspectives we acknowledge in our research. In this paper, I discuss how autoethnography and research-creation shape my work on the Tar Sands Songbook, a multimedia theatrical performance that animates my research on the social-environmental impacts of oil development in my hometown of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. In my lifetime, rapid development of the Athabasca Oil Sands has transformed Fort McMurray into "the largest and most destructive industrial project on earth". This paper examines how I use my knowledge as an ethnographer, performer and citizen to drive a critical exploration of a challenged landscape and its diverse population. I discuss how my dual citizenship (at once, a native of a working-class, northern Canadian mining town and a citizen of an urban American intellectual and artistic elite) qualify my fieldwork in a place marked by sharp racial, class and political divides. Broad scientific consensus on the human causes of global warming has not effectively mobilized public action. This paper augments the literature on climate change communications by exploring how music, memory and performance invite a broader public into imaginative and intellectual encounters with climate research. 

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Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

Tar Sands Songbook: Reading at Soup and Sound #110

Soup and Sound #110–Music & Words Night

Set one: Denman Maroney and Lisa Karrer

Set Two: Tar Sand Songbook reading

DENMAN MARONEY and LISA KARRER have worked together in many contexts over three decades. Their projects and collaborations include: Maroney’s 2017 performing residency at the Stone, and his 2012 historical chamber work Claudius Smith (with video and vocals by Karrer); Endangered Opera at Galapagos in 2000 (featuring works by Karrer, Maroney and David Simons); Karrer’s 1999 duo piano concert at Greenwich House (featuring Maroney and Jerome Kitzke); The Birth of George (the 1997 chamber opera by Karrer and co-composer Simons), and ensembles such as Gamelan Son of Lion, Dark Matter, and the Simons-Karrer Band.  

For Soup & Sound Karrer and Maroney will present a diverse set of acoustic works for voice, keyboard and hyperpiano, with special guests percussionist DAVID SIMONS and bassist RATZO HARRIS joining them on several pieces.

Soup & Sound--292 Lefferts Ave. Brooklyn, NY b/n Nostrand & Rogers. $20 suggested donation. Soup & Sound is a program of Continuum Culture & Arts, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

 

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Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Improvisation in the age beyond Mechanical Reproduction

A festival/symposium curated by David Rothenberg and Nicola Hein

Improvisation, the spontaneous creation of music live, has paradoxically benefited tremendously from the value placed on recording performances, so past improvisations can be meticulously praised and studied. Now that recordings stream endlessly everywhere for free, and their value to some has plummeted to zero, how does this relationship proceed?

Featuring 30 minute sessions from George Lewis, Fred Moten, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Dafna Naftali, Andrew Drury, Hans Tammen, Sarah Weaver, David Grubbs, Ally-Jane Grossan, Nicola Hein and David Rothenberg.

 

 

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Apr
19
5:00 PM17:00

Tar Sands Songbook: Workshop

An illuminating work of documentary theater, The Tar Sands Songbook asks us to reconsider our unseen relationships with oil. Creator Tanya Kalmanovitch knows these relationships all too well. Born in Fort McMurray, Canada, near the site of the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world’s largest bitumen reservoir, she made her decision to become a musician as a teenager because “it had nothing to do with oil.” Fort McMurray has since become a flashpoint of international clashes over energy, the environment, and the economy. Kalmanovitch's polyphonic piece weaves together a chorus of actors' voices with an original, improvised score. The words of indigenous activists, engineers, heavy equipment operators, elders, oil patch workers, scientists, and those of her own family fuel discussions of our past and the powerful forces that shape our future. 

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Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Tar Sands Songbook: Performance and Panel

An illuminating work of documentary theater, The Tar Sands Songbook asks us to reconsider our unseen relationships with oil. Creator Tanya Kalmanovitch knows these relationships all too well. Born in Fort McMurray, Canada, near the site of the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world’s largest bitumen reservoir, she made her decision to become a musician as a teenager because “it had nothing to do with oil.” Fort McMurray has since become a flashpoint of international clashes over energy, the environment, and the economy. Kalmanovitch's polyphonic piece weaves together a chorus of actors' voices with an original, improvised score. The words of indigenous activists, engineers, heavy equipment operators, elders, oil patch workers, scientists, and those of her own family fuel discussions of our past and the powerful forces that shape our future. 

TAR SANDS SONGBOOK: PERFORMANCE AND PANEL
Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue
Tickets free, reservations recommended

Performed by Jennifer Van Dyck, Peter Fernandez, Tanya Kalmanovitch and Evan Allen. Post-show discussion with special guest, Radhika Subramanian. Directed by and written with Cecilia Rubino. Media design by Steve Byram.

Presented by the Tishman Environment and Design Center as part of #DisruptClimateInjustice, a University-wide curriculum disruption.

 

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Jan
5
to Jan 14

Classical Music Panelist: National YoungArts Week

National YoungArts Week is YoungArts’ signature program. A life-changing experience that aims to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and community while offering Finalists the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development. During the intensive, week-long and all-inclusive program, artists across 10 disciplines participate in master classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their field. Throughout the week, Finalists’ work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels. Each evening, audiences can experience the work of the next generation of artists through performances in voice, jazz, theater, dance and classical music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a visual arts, photography and design exhibition in the YoungArts Gallery

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Oct
5
to Oct 6

Tar Sands Songbook: Workshop Performances

  • Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, The New School (map)
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Workshop Performances

Thursday October 5 and Friday October 6, 7 PM. Admission free, but reservations strongly encouraged. Reserve your seat here.

About the Tar Sands Songbook

An illuminating work of documentary theater, The Tar Sands Songbook asks us to reconsider our unseen relationships with oil. Creator Tanya Kalmanovitch knows these relationships all too well. Born in Fort McMurray, Canada, near the site of the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world’s largest bitumen reservoir, she made her decision to become a musician as a teenager because “it had nothing to do with oil.” Fort McMurray has since become a flashpoint of international clashes over energy, the environment, and the economy. Kalmanovitch's polyphonic piece weaves together a chorus of actors' voices with an original, improvised score. The words of indigenous activists, engineers, heavy equipment operators, elders, oil patch workers, scientists, and those of her own family fuel discussions of our past and the powerful forces that shape our future. 

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