Posted in music | tour dates on April 10, 2009

by Andrew Frisicano

Dorit Chrysler @ World Financial Center, 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Dorit Chrysler

The next free show at NYC's World Financial Center will be "Songs of Love & Despair: A Musical Tribute to Pablo Neruda" on Wednesday, April 15th. The event, "curated and produced by David Spelman, known worldwide for his biannual New York Guitar Festival," will include Clogs, Irene & Vojtech Havel, Colin Stetson, Pedro Soler with Benat Achiary, Bob Holman, Laurie Anderson & Cecilia Vicuna. The last show for Clogs (the instrumental band w/ members of The National) was at BAM on February 26th.

The Pablo Neruda tribute will take place in WFC's Winter Garden (220 Vesey St) -- the same spot as the annual Bang on a Can Marathon which is scheduled this year for Sunday, May 31st. Tortoise will be performing at that event.

If you haven't been to the venue (where all shows are free), "The World Financial Center is a complex of buildings across West Street from the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan in New York City, overlooking the Hudson River. This complex is home to offices of major corporations including Merrill Lynch and American Express as well as Dow Jones and its Wall Street Journal division among others. The entire complex is owned by Brookfield Properties, except for the space occupied by American Express."

Also performing there this summer will be Anthony Gonzalez from M83 on Tuesday, July 14th.

Mountains, who we wrote about in February, play the venue on Tuesday, July 7th with Scanner.

More WFC dates with descriptions, below...

Songs of Love & Despair: A Musical Tribute to Pablo Neruda
Wednesday, April 15
WFC Winter Garden
Regarded as one of the greatest and most influential poets of the 20th century, Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda was a master of styles, ranging from erotically charged verses and historical epics to political manifestos and surrealist poems. In honor of National Poetry Month, an international roster of distinctive musicians and artists, including Clogs, Pedro Soler with BeƱat Achiary, Laurie Anderson, Irene & Vojtech Havel, Colin Stetson and others, gathers to celebrate Neruda's work through music, spoken-word and song.

Hector del Curto and Eternal Tango Orchestra
Thursday, May 14
WFC Winter Garden
Tonight, Hector Del Curto and Eternal Tango Orchestra transform the Winter Garden into a grand dancing ballroom. Praised for his extraordinary skill, the Argentinean bandoneĆ³nist and bandleader has captivated audiences around the globe by reviving the "orquesta tipica" tradition. The dance party is energized by a lesson with instructor Jennifer Wesnousky and DJ sets by NYC tango luminary Richard Lipkin.

Scanner + Mountains
Tuesday, July 7
WFC Winter Garden
Scanner composes multi-layered sonic pieces that traverse the experimental terrain between sound and form. Mountains create hypnotic soundscapes by blending electronic noise and acoustic instruments.

Anthony Gonzalez (of M83) & Janet Biggs
Tuesday, July 14
WFC Winter Garden
Anthony Gonzalez, M83's chief stargazer, performs a special one-off ambient performance. New York-based artist Janet Biggs begins the night with a screening of her short film, Vanishing Point.

Karsh Kale and Timeline, Gamelatron & Forward Motion Theater
Tuesday, July 21
WFC Winter Garden
Visionary artist, Karsh Kale brings classical Indian music into the rock/electronic vernacular. GamelaTron, the world's only robotic gamelan orchestra performs with visuals by FMT.

King Britt Sun Ra-lectric: Saturn Never Sleeps
Tuesday, July 28
WFC Winter Garden
More information coming soon!


More shows and info @: Arts @ World Financial Center website



Comments (18)

Scanner and Mountains will be exxxxxcellent.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2009 3:27 PM

this place is a sucky spot to see bands play. sounds like an airplane hanger, feels like a mall

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2009 4:07 PM

laurie anderson
karsh kale
fuck yeah

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2009 4:43 PM

While I'm not entirely interested in going to any of these shows, it's nice to see-free shows are a harbinger of spring/summer in nyc!

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2009 5:05 PM

>feels like a mall

That's because it IS a mall.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2009 5:24 PM


re: "this place is a sucky spot to see bands play. sounds like an airplane hanger, feels like a mall"

they get the sound sounding pretty good given the cavernous space. they often have small speakers spread throughout the space rather than massive ones at the stage

diana krall's CD release performance there recently sounded quite good in fact

Posted by actchooally | April 10, 2009 5:34 PM

What? Laurie Anderson? I love her. She is the greatest!

Posted by Wahrsagen | April 10, 2009 6:30 PM

^^Essen scheisse, German spambot!

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2009 8:05 PM

louie anderson! finally.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2009 8:34 PM

Laurie Anderson, huh? I wonder if Lou will come along and fuck everything up.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2009 9:24 PM

if Lou came alone and fucked you up... now that i'd PAY to see.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2009 11:57 PM

working on wall street finally has some advantages~

looking forward to this

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2009 11:50 AM

"Laurie Anderson, huh? I wonder if Lou will come along and fuck everything up."

As long as Antony doesn't come along and fuck everything up with Lou.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2009 11:55 AM

I love her, she is very great.

Posted by Wahrsager | September 30, 2009 2:52 PM

I like her, she ist one oft the Best.

Posted by Chris | November 20, 2009 11:26 AM

I really like her, too, shes one of the very best and its amazing to listen

Posted by Suise | February 10, 2011 2:10 AM

Laurie: what a voice!! I really love her

Posted by Rachel | February 25, 2011 6:40 AM

Laurie Anderson is so beautiful!

Posted by Chris | March 4, 2011 11:25 AM

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