Entries tagged with: Tim Fain
Philip Glass @ Prospect Park in 2013 (more by Adela Laconte)
Artistic and composer Philip Glass has had a busy year, between curating the star-studded lineup for the 25th Annual Tibet House benefit and publishing his memoir, Words Without Music. Now nearing the half-century mark in his prolific career, the 78-year-old is teaming up with a personality from his early days -- seasoned sculptor Richard Serra. The two worked closely in 1960s Paris, with Glass serving as Serra's assistant. Serra's gargantuan Richard Serra: Equal installation is on view now through July 24 at the West Side's David Zwirner Gallery, home to frequent Instagram-fodder and thoroughly enjoyable modern art.
Specifically: Philip Glass will join violinist Tim Fain for a special concert happening June 27 at David Zwirner Gallery, played inside Richard Serra: Equal's collection of 40-ton steel cubes. Proceeds from the concert will go towards helping House With Heart, a Nepali shelter for abandoned children, that was damaged in the earthquake last April. Tickets for the benefit concert run from $300 to $1,000.
In other news, filmmaker John Walter is working on a documentary about Glass and Robert Wilson's acclaimed opera, Einstein on the Beach. Titled The Earth Moves, it's currently seeking funding via Kickstarter and The Nowness just premiered a five-minute segment that you can watch below.
Also: The Musical World of Harmonium Mountain: Clifford Ross & The Orchestra of St. Luke's happens at Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell on July 30. It's a "massive, site-specific, multi-screen installation with a varied and transportive suite of live music" featuring the works of Vivaldi, Steve Reich, John Adams, Bryce Dessner, and Wojciech Kilar, and more. To open the evening, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler of the Kronos Quartet will team with percussionist Andy Akiho and poet Rober Bonair-Agard for a program of Philip Glass, John Zorn, and Paola Prestini. That event is free and open to the public.
at the corner of Wythe Ave and North 6th Street in Williamsburg...
The non-profit National Sawdust, formerly known as Original Music Workshop, is pleased to announce that its highly anticipated, state-of-the-art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn venue will open this fall. Adopting the name of the factory once housed within the century-old building's shell, the $16 million, 13,000-square-foot space will welcome the public for an inaugural season beginning in October. National Sawdust also revealed today the diversity of world-class artists and composers who are working with the venue's Creative and Executive Director, composer Paola Prestini, to curate the space, and announced the inaugural season's artists- and groups-in-residence and partners. Programming and dates will be announced this summer, with tickets on sale in July.As the press release quoted above points out, new nonprofit Brooklyn venue National Sawdust will open October 1 on the corner of Wythe Ave and North 6th Street in Williamsburg.
In a city teeming with venues, National Sawdust, located at North 6th Street and Wythe Avenue in the heart of Williamsburg, is founded upon a singular, expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres with a setting in which they can flourish, and a place where they are given commissioning support, mentoring and other critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work. It will be a resource not only for the community of musicians, but also for audiences in search of remarkable musical experiences--serious fans and casual listeners alike--at accessible ticket prices. National Sawdust will also offer progressive public programs and educational initiatives.
Designed by Brooklyn-based studio Bureau V, with acoustic design by Arup, National Sawdust is housed within the preserved shell of a century-old, two-story building. The intimate concert venue combines the crafted sensibility of an historic European concert hall with the flexibility of a contemporary, dynamic performance space.
Paola Prestini said, "It's a dream come true, and a rare opportunity, for me to lead a place like National Sawdust as a young composer. I am excited to be in turn creating a venue curated by--and focused on providing vital mentoring, space and support to--so many other still-nascent artists. I look forward to sharing the thrill of their creations and discoveries with audiences."
In addition to Paola Prestini, curators at the venue include The National's Bryce Dessner, contemporary composer Nico Muhly, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Baby's All Right/Elvis Guesthouse's Billy Jones, and more. Artists/groups in residence will include Wilco's Glenn Kotche, the ACME ensemble, indie bands Givers and Hessismore, and more. Other partners include American Composers Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy who will present and co-curate concerts at the venue too.
More curators, artists in residence and partners are listed, via the press release, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sondre Lerche @ Bowery Ballroom 9/23/2014
Sondre Lerche celebrated the release of his very good new album, Please, last night (9/23) at NYC's Bowery Ballroom. Unlike most North American tours where he's gone out solo, Sondre's got a rhythm section with him this time (jokingly referred to them as the merch table guys), and Teeny and Lizzy of tourmates TEEN provided backing vocals and keyboards on a few tracks. Phillip Glass collaborator Tim Fain, who Sondre kept calling T-Fain, also came out for violin at times, too. Appropriate for the occasion, setlist was mainly the new album, peppered with songs from his ever-growing back catalog.
Last night's Bowery show was also the first of his tour so look for him and TEEN at a city near you. Next stop: Philadelphia's Underground Arts on Thursday (9/25). More pictures from Bowery below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Iggy Pop with New Order // Sufjan Stevens with The National
The 24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert took place at Carnegie Hall last night (3/11) with Patti Smith, New Order, Iggy Pop, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Randolph, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, and many more.
As always, the night featured many collaborations--Iggy Pop with New Order, Sufjan Stevens with The National, Nico Muhly with Philip Glass, and so on. Headliner Patti Smith also paid tribute to the late Lou Reed by covering Transformer's "Perfect Day." Video footage of Iggy Pop and New Order playing Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Transmission," and NO's own "Californian Grass" are in this post. UPDATE: Footage of The National and Sufjan Stevens performing "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," "This Is the Last Time," and "I Need My Girl" can also be found below.
More pictures, those videos, and the full Tibet House US 24th Annual Benefit setlist lie after the jump...
Sondre Lerche @ MHOW, 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Bad news: due to a hand injury, Van Dyke Parks will not be performing at the Henry Miller Library / Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge concert this Sunday (5/19) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show is now being billed as "Philip Glass and Friends," and in addition to Real Estate's stripped-down set, there will also be performances from Bryce Dessner, Tim Fain, Sondre Lerche, Nico Mulhy, and Nadia Sirota. Refunds will be given (details forthcoming), but tickets are still available
That MHOW show ends a week of programming around the Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge Festival. Tonight's event is at Williamsburg bookstore Spoonbill & Sugartown, which will "look at Miller's relationship to a Community of the Free Spirit and the development of Williamsburg and Big Sur." Speakers include Magnus Toren (Director, Henry Miller Library), Dr Scott Von (Psychoanalyst, Director, New Clinic) and James Decker (Professor, Miller Scholar).
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"Not even kidding. lou reed watched @dasracist perform tonight & flipped the fuck out. at carnegie hall. how was your night?" - El-P
"The night wrapped up with Lenny Kaye leading the Patti Smith band through a brief tribute to the garage-rock compilation Nuggets, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and Lou Reed, who performed three songs. Reed conducted the string quartet and the drummer to improvise with him at moments, which felt awkward in the beginning; the ending, however--as the string quartet jammed in tandem with Smith's guitarists and Reed himself--was pretty impressive. At the very end Laurie Anderson and the whole evening's cast returned to the stage for a curtain call, during which the room sang "Happy Birthday" to Philip Glass." [Village Voice]Video of the Happy Birthday moment and pictures from all of last night's benefit at Carnegie Hall, below...