new Williamsburg venue Original Music Workshop opening in 2013; get a sneak peak at “Skyful” performce (stream it too)
Artist rendering of OMW's performance space
Williamsburg has a new music venue opening soon: Original Music Workshop (OMW) which is a 13,000-square-foot former sawmill on N. 6th and Wythe that is getting a $15 million renovation, and doesn't sound like it's going to be just another place to see a rock band:
As an artistic incubator, OMW offers space and support to both composers and musicians for rehearsal, recording, editing, performance, and dissemination. OMW will serve the 21st century artist, one who is mostly artist but often part entrepreneur and part education. Programming will appeal to a wide range of audiences, from the devoted patron of classical music or jazz to the experimental music devotee to the casually interested music fan.
While the spot won't officially open until late 2013, the unfinished space will host a performance called "Skyful" on Thursday, September 13 which will be hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight:
SKYFUL will be a celebration of space through a site specific peformance by guest and resident artists.
Performances by OMW residents: Brooklyn Rider Quartet, Talea Ensemble, and a kite/flute live installation "Inverted Sky" by visual artist Erika Harrsch featuring new works by acclaimed composers Julian Wachner and Mario Diaz de Leon, with performances by ICE flutists, Claire Chase and Eric Lamb. Special guests Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, violinist/composer Cornelius Dufallo, grammy nominated Mexican vocalist Magos Herrera and visionary Spanish multi instrumentalist and frequent Almodovar collaborator, Javier Limón join. The evening will close with Inverted Sky: the kites will fly where the finished roof to OMW will one day be, engaging the audience in the endless possibilities of the space.