Entries tagged with: BAM
Michelle N'degeocello, The Nosiettes, The Dirtbombs, Tamar Kali, Bermuda featuring Antibalas Horn Section, Little Jackie, Sophia Ramos, and much more.....
"2008 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech Jump Starts a Summer of Soul Featuring Music Superstars Oleta Adams, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Skatalites, Alice Smith, Orchestra Baobab, Phoebe Snow, Lionel Loueke with Somi, Otis Clay and Ryan Shaw, Leela James, and Richie Havens with Marcus Carl Franklin"....
Paul Simon, David Byrne & friends @ BAM, April 12, 2008 (judester1213)
Nobody sings a Paul Simon song better than Paul Simon - except maybe David Byrne. The former Talking Head front man burned down the house at Wednesday's Brooklyn Academy of Music gala, bringing his signature wiggles and yelps to "You Can Call Me Al" and "I Know What I Know." Simon told us: "David's the only person I could think of, besides me, who has a New York sensibility and knows those African grooves." Simon, who also performed with Brazilian chanteuse Luciana Souza and may take his "Capeman" songs on tour, added, "I've known David for years, but we've become close friends in the last six months." Byrne told us he's collaborating with their mutual friend Brian Eno "for the first time in 20 years. Brian had written a lot of music, but needed some words, which I know how to do. What's it sound like? Electronic gospel. That's all I'm saying." [Daily News]Sunday night was the last "UNDER AFRICAN SKIES" show (the David Byrne ones). "SONGS FROM THE CAPEMAN" happened in early April. The third and final of week of Paul Simon's residency is called "AMERICAN TUNES". That kicks off April 23rd with the hilarious (to me) bill that includes both Grizzly Bear (one of my favorites) AND Josh Groban (one of my mom's favorites). More pics and stuff below....
My Brightest Diamond (opening for the National) @ BAM (Kathryn Yu)
Two years after the world formally met her via her debut, Bring Me the Workhorse, Brooklyn, NY's My Brightest Diamond - spearheaded by Shara Worden - has been established...............And with A Thousand Shark's Teeth, Diamond's sophomore release is due out June 17th, 2008 on Asthmatic Kitty Records........Tracklist and tour dates below....
NYU Program Board presents The National with Phosphorescent & Maps and AtlasesThis NYU show is five days after The National play two shows at BAM in Brooklyn.
Thurs, Feb 28, 2008 at Kimmel Center, 8pm
$8 for NYU students, $10 for public
On sale now to NYU ID holders at Ticket Central;
limit 2 advance per ID.
Other upcoming NYC-area shows include June 14th w/ REM & Modest Mouse @ Jones Beach, June 19th w/ the same bands in NYC, and two shows Bryce Dessner is playing with Wilco's Glenn Kotche at the Kitchen in March. All tour dates below....
Kyp Malone @ BAM Cafe, Brooklyn - Feb 15, 2008 (aberger915)
Effi Briest @ BAM Cafe, Brooklyn - Feb 16, 2008 (john q)
February 15-- Brooklyn Next--Black Rock Coalition: Power Douglas with Dragons of Zynth and Tunde Adebimpe & Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio)Those are upcoming events at the BAM Cafe in Fort Greene. Info on Kyp Malone's Valentine's Day dinner party below...
February 16-- Brooklyn Next--JellyNYC: White Rabbits with Miss Fairchild and EFFI BRIEST
February 22-- Brooklyn Next--Soul Summit Music with Special Guests DJ Spinna and Strafe
February 23-- Brooklyn Next--Soul Summit Music with Special Guest Danil Wright
February 29-- Black Rock Coalition: Earthdriver and Swear On Your Life
"Tickets go on sale today to Friends of BAM for Love in Hard Times: The Music of Paul Simon. In this unprecedented month-long residency, Paul Simon collaborates with an extraordinary range of artists in three concerts: Songs from The Capeman, Under African Skies, and American Tunes. Tickets are available to the general public on February 11.
photos by Jonny Leatherv
I went through a period of serious Joanna Newsom obsession. Then, I'm not totally sure what happened. I couldn't get into her last album, I didn't like seeing her play outside at McCarren Pool, and of course there was that stupid fur hat. Well, after last night's part-orchestral show at BAM in Brooklyn (Jan 31, 2008), all is forgiven.
The show was split in half by by an intermission. The first half of the show (the black dress half) was Joanna with full orchestra. The second half (the pink dress half) was Joanna and 3-piece band. I definitely never saw her play with an orchestra before, and I'm pretty sure it was the first time I even saw her play with more than just one person occasionaly accompanying her. She had a drummer, banjo player, and violin player in her non-orchestra band, and all of them were playing so good together, and singing backup .....I loved it.
The Brooklyn Philharmonic Crchestra was great too, but it is the parts without them that stand out most in my mind - Joanna just being Joanna...singing the songs I love most....in a concert hall...with drums. The orchestra only played songs from the new album I think - songs arranged by Van Dyke Parks. The second half was mostly older stuff, and two completely new songs. Then for the encore she didn't play harp, or with a band, but instead stood and sang with her old friend what's-his-name accompanying her on banjo.
Being seated in a concert hall, with those acoustics, and a great band, and hearing those songs....it brought back all the good feelings I used to have listening to the The Milk-Eyed Mender over and over and over and over. I didn't want the show to end. I think I may be obsessed again. More pictures below....
BAM presents Love in Hard Times: The Music of Paul Simon
Three unique programs in April--part of BAM's Spring 2008 seasonGrizzly Bear is also co-headlining a show with the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 1, at 9 p.m. David Byrne is also doing a Wordless Music Series show in NYC at some point this year. More Brooklyn Acacedmy of Music show info below....
• Three separate programs: Songs from The Capeman, Under African Skies, and American Tunes
• Songs from The Capeman, a concert staging of music from the Broadway show The Capeman, with Oscar Hernández and The Spanish Harlem Orchestra and featuring Claudette Sierra, Obie Bermudez, Ray de la Paz, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Paul Simon, and more to be announced
• Special guest stars for Under African Skies and American Tunes include: Hugh Masekela, Milton Nascimento, Kaïssa, David Byrne, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Olu Dara, Grizzly Bear, The Roches, Paul Simon, among others
DOWNLOAD: The National - All The Wine (MP3)
Joanna Newsom & orchestra, Atlanta, GA - Nov 17, 2007 (CRED)
The first half of the concert featured the lush string arrangements written by celebrated pop composer Van Dyke Parks for Newsom's second album, "Ys." The second half offered older and newer songs in the rootsy, world-music-influenced settings Newsom has devised with her touring quartet. Making a puckish joke about propriety in the classical world and in pop, she wore a full-length black gown for the first part and a candy-pink minidress for the second. In both configurations, Newsom took advantage of Disney Hall's acoustics to give equal weight to every element of her multifaceted compositions. [LA Times - LA show]All the orchestral shows in other states have been such a tease, so I couldn't be happier to finally announce that Joanna Newsom will in fact be bringing it to Brooklyn - @ BAM on February 1, 2008 to be exact. Stay tuned for more details.
outside Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC - Nov 3, 2007 (CRED)
Though the event had been promoted as a wild night of partying, music and movies, the overbearing rules made it more of a hostile takeover. It seemed that everywhere we went we were doing something wrong. No photos! No beer in the Opera House! No beer in the movie theater! (No seats, either.) You can’t stand here, you can’t go in through that door, you can’t go up to the café because we’ve let so many people in that human sausage links are now tumbling down the escalator! (No eating the human sausage links!)Earlier in the evening, Sufjan Stevens performed "BQE".
This was BAM’s first time hosting this ambitious event – the Times describes BAM’s executive producer Joseph V. Melillo as “looking somewhat overwhelmed amid a sea of hipsters”, saying “We lost our virginity tonight.” – so we really ought to be more gentle. In theory, Takeover was an inspired and well-programmed use of the building’s superb facilities. We just hope that if and when we takeover again, they let a lot less of us in. [Gothamist]
Next up for BAM: The National.
Sufjan Stevens @ BAM - Nov 2, 2007 (CRED)
The first set of pictures was pretty limited, so here's some more....
What does a Hula Hoop have to do with a crowded urban expressway? Much like the automobile, the hoop relies on the basic laws of physics administrated by the simple machine of the wheel, the greatest of human inventions. Notably, there are no macroscopic wheels to be found in animals or plants. It is a purely human construction. And yet the wheel has come to symbolize spiritual transcendence, reincarnation, yin and yang, Chakra, the wheel of life, the calendar, the seasons, astrology, and divinity. We are contained by the rotations of the planets and moons around the sun; we are all cosmically connected by vast circular motions in the solar system. Is it no wonder, then, that this geometric phenomenon has been appropriated both for the modern convenience of the automobile and for the amusement proffered by a plastic toy? [Sufjan Stevens (PDF)]Continued below....
Bridget St John, David Garland, Dave Deporis (CRED)
This Sunday, Oct. 28, Sufjan Stevens will premier a couple pieces from his new orchestral project "The BQE" on David Garland's radio show Spinning On Air. That'll be heard Oct. 28, 7- 8 pm on WNYC-FM 93.9 in New York City, and online. David will also interview Sufjan. David also threw a preview up on YouTube....
The Brooklyn Academy of Music is letting the commoners in. More details below...
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - She Is (Tim Buckley cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Dear Mr Supercomputer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - The Henney Buggy Band (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens vs. Christina Aguilera (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Jason (MP3)
The Sufjan part....
On November 1, 2 and 3rd Sufjan will be pairing orchestrated selections of both new and old material with the 25th Next Wave Festival commission/world premiere of The BQE-a symphonic and cinematic exploration of one of New York's least celebrated monuments: the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.And everything....
Robert Moses' controversial 11.7-mile roadway tears through neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens with the brute force of modern urban planning, and in Stevens' hands becomes an evocation of the intersection of intimate experience and the American Dream. Merging a virtual road trip shot on film with a live band and orchestral ensemble, The BQE discovers abstract patterns and stories in the snaking traffic, potholed pavement, billboards, badly marked exits, and beautiful city views, revealing what happens when Manifest Destiny converges with urban blight.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has announced the selections for the 25th Next Wave Festival, to run October 2-December 16, 2007TICKET INFO
Theater highlights include the New York premiere of Hotel Cassiopeia, a meditation on the life of artist Joseph Cornell, written by Charles L. Mee, created and performed by the SITI Company, and directed by SITI founder Anne Bogart (October 9-13); Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin's drama Krum, presented by the Polish theater company TR Warszawa (October 17-20); German director Michael Thalheimer's production of Frank Wedekind's classic play Lulu (November 27-December 1); and French acrobat/actor/director James Thierree's performance piece Au Revoir Parapluie (December 4-16).
Other notable Next Wave offerings include the Cloud Gate Theatre of Taiwan (October 2-7); singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens' multimedia piece The BQE (November 1-3); Cast No Shadow, the first collaboration between visual artist Isaac Julien and choreographer Russell Maliphant (November 6-10); and composer Tan Dun's The Gate (December 5-8).
Subscriptions to the 25th Next Wave Festival go on sale to the public on June 18. (Friends of BAM and Subscriber Priority Sale begins June 11.) Click here for more information on ticketing.La Blogoteque's new video of Sufjan performing "The Lakes of Canada" below....