Antony, Kembra & CocoRosie @ Tokion Creativity Now | pics
"It got even worse when I did this Creativity Now conference in New York last week and I tried to get everyone to do singing exercises together. You do get embarassed, but that's the Leigh Bowery principle, that embarassment is good, it's a jumping off point to move through that shame. So often that's been a part of my process, just moving through the incredible amount of shame that I'm experiencing. Especially when you're a singer, especially when you're falling on your face, as I so often have." [Antony to Pitchfork]
Hopefully Antony doesn't think I'm stalking him. On Thursday October 13, 2005 I saw him at Carnegie Hall. Two days later we were both at the Nomi show. Then on Sunday (the 16th) I finished the week by catching his scheduled appearance at Tokion Magazine's third annual Creativity Conference at the Cooper Union Great Hall in NYC.
I wasn't sure what to expect. When the Tokion staff wheeled a piano on stage before Antony hit the stage, I thought maybe we were getting a solo performance instead of a lecture. When I saw chairs being moved around the stage, I thought maybe we were getting both. When I saw Bianca and Sierra Cassidy of CocoRosie in the lobby upstairs, I figured they were there to watch. When Antony came on stage with CocoRosie AND Kembra Pfahler from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black I knew whatever we were about to see was going to be good. CocoRosie opened the presentation with an a capella number. Antony & Kembra watched from the couch on stage.
Antony followed CocoRosie with a reading on creativity. I didn't take notes, so exact details are a bit fuzzy at this point.
He demonstrated a few ways he comes up with sounds. There was audience participation.
They did sound readings on volunteers from the audience.
I don't think Kembra was expecting to do a sound reading.
Kembra gave a humorous speech on creating your own art movement and various art movements throughout history. She embarrassed Antony by praising his work.
Antony helped by listing the movements on the board.
They put on an old "Learn Italian" record. It didn't quite work out as planned. Regardless, there was more audience participation and song improv.
Antony used the piano - just for the improv stuff though.
Was any of what they did on stage serious? I'm not sure, but whatever it was, it was good.