Terri Hanlon’s Meringue Diplomacy
featuring a live enhanced soundtrack with:
David Behrman, Gisburg & Eric Barsness
The Chutneys: Fast Forward, Chris Cochrane & Gelsey Bell
Meringue Diplomacy Terri Hanlon, 2010, 57 min.
Meringue Diplomacy is a fantasy based on fact inspired by the life of the great chef Antonin Carême. Carême, in addition to many other accomplishments, created an entertainment and culinary environment which helped the diplomat Talleyrand determine the course of post-Napoleonic France. This French culinary history is filtered through a conceptual, romantic, psychedelic ’70′s San Francisco Bay area filter. Without “how to” food shots, Meringue Diplomacy combines classic documentary style, gestural choreography and animation. A delicious treat for Valentine’s day. The first 50 audience members will receive a complimentary meringue, one of Carême’s specialties.
Terri Hanlon’s previous video work has been shown at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and broadcast on PBS. The New York Times has called her work “accomplished satire.” She is also known for her work in early experimental music videos using computer graphics and for her Iris print portraits, which are in private collections in Thailand, Germany, Spain and the United States.
Meringue Diplomacy has a music score directed by David Behrman, who most recently performed in New York at the Park Avenue Armory in the final performance of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The score features the music of Jacques Bekaert, Jon Gibson, Barbara Held, John King, Laetitia Sonami and David Behrman. Choreography is by Carol Clements.
Andy Schuman (vocals/ guitar), Gisburg (vocals, piano), Christine Bard (percussion)
Andy and Gisburg met on the Park called American Playground in Brooklyn.
Coming from very different directions of music but still laughing about the same crazy musical stories, we had the idea of playing together for quite a while.
So this concert is our playground to blend different genres and music styles: songs from Gisburg's childrens musical about Rose is a Rose is a Rose, original rock songs by Andy, and some all times favorite for Children (and Grown Ups) from Velvet Underground (yes we did change one or two lines).
Christine will provide the rhythmic fun.
Andy Schuman started playing guitar at the age of five and never stopped. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he made his way via New Orleans to San Francisco where he played lead guitar in the legendary hardcore punk band, Verbal Abuse. Desiring change and melody Andy formed his own band in the 1990's called Handfullaflowers with whom he recorded two albums. The band moved to Berlin where Andy lived in a large loft with artists Dorothy Carter and Bob Rutman. He has shared the stage with artists as varied as Weezer, Einsturzende Neubauten, Greenday, Ice T, The Ramones, the Circle Jerks, Dorothy Carter, Bob Rutman, the Beatsteaks and many more. Since 2000 Andy is creating music in Brooklyn. He began to play with close friends and formed the band Dark Horse. Last summer he was on tour working with Lou Reed. "Dark Horses" are in the process of recording their first album together entitled "Old Harbor Road" at Headroom Studios in Berlin with producer Marc Elsner. The album documents the period in Andy's life when he was living in New Orleans.
Experimental composer/percussionist Christine Bard has performed her own music in concerts in Europe and in the USA, including NYC downtown venues and Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. She wrote solo percussion scores for such choreographers as Nancy Zendora, Wendy Osserman and Hope Clark. She has toured festivals in Korea, Brazil, USA, Canada and Russia. Christine has also performed and recorded with Marc Ribot, Makigami Koichi, James Pugliese, John Zorn, Eyvind Kang, Anthony Coleman, Elaine Kaplinsky, The Harry Partch Ensemble, the Downtown Ensemble, Bang On A Can All-stars, the Microtonal Orchestra and others. Her own groups include Easside Percussion (on Avant) and the post-ambient electronics group, ELX.
Gisburg is a composer and singer born in Salzburg/ Austria. She has toured around the world as a concert singer for new music with Dieter Schnebel and his vocal group Die Maulwerker. Settling down in NYC in 1992 she founded several groups for new music and recorded 3 CDs with her own compositions on John Zorn's label Tzadik. With Phil Painson she founded the experimental trip hop band Douce which released the sound track CD High Life a movie by Lila Yomtoob. She is a member and assistant conductor for the chinese Hai-Tien choir with Mrs. Pi-Chu Hsiao and recorded with Gary Lucas chinese pop music of the 30's and 50's for label blue.
She also works as a sound and music editor for films with directors such as Woody Allen, Abigail Child, Ethan Coen, Robert Duvall, and Rob Marshall.
She wrote and produced the soundtrack for the controversial movie Hounddog by Deborah Kampmeier.
A cinematographic music piece about a hitman who has a contract on himself and who tries to figure out through musical therapy the karmatic repercussion of his killings, the survival instinct of water-bugs, why he dreamed up his life as a film noir movie and if this was the only way for him to become a blues artist. with:
Gisburg: the hired killer and bar singer
Jeff O'Malley: the therapist
Michael Evans: the repercussionist and thereminist
Marija Ilic: Piano
Jessica Feldman: Video
On Sunday May 13th at 8:30 PM we are happy to celebrate a true Mother's Day with Composers and Artists, all who are Mothers.
Among the ensembles with which Ms. Griffith has appeared are: WNC, L'art pour l'art Ensemble 13, Musikfabrik, Collegium Vocale K^ln, Paris Nouvelle Orchestra Philharmonique, Pocket Opera Nuernberg, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, London New Music, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and New York's DownTown Ensemble.
"The singer Beth Griffith has trained her voice to the utmost virtuosity in vocal acrobatics, and, in addition, is in command of a phenomenal theatrical talent."(KÃ¶lner Stadt-Anzeiger, Cologne, Germany) "Beth Griffith is a musician of such versatility the word "singer" is totally inadequate."(The Cue, Grahamstown, South Africa)
Janene Higgins' videos and digital media have been presented internationally at numerous festivals and galleries worldwide. Her latest work, "Through My Fingers" premiered at The 2006 New York Video Festival. She developed a technique for live video performance, and has collaborated with many of New York's pre-eminent composers and improvisors of new music, including duo performances with Elliott Sharp, Ikue Mori, Alan Licht, Okkyung Lee, Aki Onda, Nurit Tilles, and Zeena Parkins. She is a frequent artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center, and is a recent recipient of their Electronic Arts grant. She has given workshops on video performance at A.I.R. Gallery and the Chelsea Art Museum, NYC, and at the Watson Festival at Carnegie Mellon University.
Mari Kimura: Hailed by The New York Times as "a virtuoso playing at the edge,"composer/violinist Mari Kimura is widely admired for her revolutionary extended technique "Subharmonics" and for the solo performances of diverse programs including her works with interactive computer music. She has won numerous awards both in her native Japan and in the U.S., and has been invited to give solo performances in international festivals around the world including Spring in Budapest, Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, International Bartok Festival, Festival Cervantino in Mexico, ISCM World Music Days, and at IRCAM, Paris. Ms. Kimura's works have been supported by grants including Jerome Foundation, Arts International, Japan Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation of the Arts. Since September 1998, Ms. Kimura has been teaching a graduate class in Computer Music Performance at The Juilliard School in New York City. http://www.marikimura.com
Kyoko Kitamura Born in NYC, raised partially in Tokyo. Studied piano at the Juilliard School of Music prep division but later chose to become a TV reporter with Fuji Television, a national network in Japan. Was based in Paris for many years as their French news correspondent. Quit job, moved back to NYC in 1997, worked as a freelance magazine writer for a few years before getting back into music after a hiatus of close to 15 years. Honed craft as a sideperson-vocalist with NYC musicians such as bassist Reggie Workman, saxophonist Steve Coleman, Argentinean composer/conductor Laura Andel, while taking lessons whenever possible with various musicians/singers including pianist Marc Copland and vocalist Jay Clayton. Have frequently appeared in downtown venues such as the 55 Bar, Sweet Rhythm, the Roulette series, the Downtown Music Gallery. Currently working with the improvising chamber trio ok|ok with Mike McGinnis on reeds and Khabu Doug Young on guitar.
Ursel Schlicht (www.urselschlicht.com) is an internationally active pianist,composer, improviser, scholar and educator. She has played improvised music, jazz, new music and world music throughout Europe, North America,Russia, Mexico and Australia. Schlicht has written for large and small ensembles, dance theater and improvisational scores for silent film. Current projects include her ensemble Ex Tempore, duos with Robert Dick, Reuben Radding and more. She has recorded on Leo, Cadence, CIMP, Hybrid, Konnex, Muse-Eek and Nemu Records. Ursel Schlicht holds a doctorate from the University of Hamburg and is currently teaching at Ramapo College.
The singer/composer's electronica trip hop band Douce performs the soundtrack for Lila Yomtoob's feature film, High Life. Featuring DJ Jonny Sender on turntables and keyboards, Christine Bard on acoustic and electronic percussion, and beathound Phil Painson (co-founder of Douce) who lays down beats the way David Lynch and John Cassavetes direct movies. Gisburg's dazzling vocal range and agility adds another irresistible element for this dark-hued soundtrack.
"Guitarist/composer Lucas performs guitar fantasias that encompass rock, blues, classical, folk, jazz and electronic music with his patented twist. The former Captain Beefheart soloist and Jeff Buckley collaborator will present material from his latest album for Tzadik, Street of Lost Brothers, with guest vocalist Gisburg, drawing from a repertoire spanning from Wagner to Chinese pop music of the 1930's . Plus excerpts from his score for Maysles Filmsï¿½ new documentary, "Lalee's Kinï¿½The Legacy of Cotton"."
Douce is the name of vocalist Gisburg and percussionist Phil Painson's duo. This evening they create a vicious mixture of new ballads with operatic blues, growls, waltzes and improv exploring Gisburg's different vocal styles with Painson drumming noise beats and triggering samples. With special guest, DJ Jonny Sender.
"Nonrepetitive-Minimalistic-Improvised-Cinematographic-Melodies: "Composing is forme, find the best melody-phrase for the emotion and the unkown I want to tell." All ieces will be premieres for string quartet and string quartet and voice."