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GINA LEISHMAN’s music performances with MR WAU WA and KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW at Lethe Lounge, Cathedral of St John’s, Weseleyan College, and Westbeth – all in February

Saturday, Feb. 4th
*MR. WAU-WA plays the songs of Bertolt Brecht @ Lethe Lounge
Times like these need songs like these…
618 W. 113th St, #3F/2R, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan
Doors open 7.30, music at 8, two sets
$20 suggested donation
Management asks”RSVP please so we can count heads Lethelounge@gmail.com”

 

GINA LESHMAN MR WAU WAU

MR. WAU WA
The Mr. Wau Wa Band was formed in 1998 as part of a project at P.S 122, which was celebrating Bertolt Brecht’s centenary. The band was inspired by a photo of Brecht from the ‘20s, performing with some clowns including the famed Karl Valentin and his partner Liesl Karlstadt. Brecht is standing in a cart playing the flageolette, behind a roll-down cartoon drawing of a strong-man being run over by a car full of revellers, with the inscription “Mr. Wau Wa”. The band is dedicated to performing the songs of Bertolt Brecht as set by his collaborators Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Paul Dessau, as well as some contemporary settings by David Hidalgo (from Los Lobos). Formed with four members of Kamikaze Ground Crew, plus the internationally renowned performance artist Rinde Eckert, members of the band are:

Gina Leishman – vocals, accordion, pump-organ
Rinde Eckert – vocals, pump-organ, accordion, euphonium
Doug Wieselman – guitars, clarinet, saxophone, vocals
Marcus Rojas – tuba, bass trombone
Kenny Wollesen – drums, percussion

GINA LEISHMAN ELIZABETH

Friday, Feb. 17th
*texts&beheadings/ElizabethR @ Wesleyan College.
This is the piece that was at BAM in 2015 and many folks missed it since it sold out very quickly.
There are 2 chances to see it, up at Wesleyan or at St. John The Divine on the 23rd…
for more info go to www.colombari.org

Thursday, Feb. 23rd
*texts&beheadings/ElizabethR @ the Cathedral of St. John The Divine
for more info go to www.colombari.org

GINA LEISHMAN KAMIKAZE
Saturday, Feb. 25th
*KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW @ Westbeth

We had such a good time last year we’re doing it again…
Westbeth Community Room, 155 Bank Street
An early gig, doors open 4.30, music at 5, two sets
$15 suggested donation

KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW
A seven-piece horn ensemble (3 brass, 3 reeds and a drummer), a super-group of New York “downtown” luminaries, each a band-leader in their own right, KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW has been performing and recording together for over 20 years, on both coasts of the US and in Europe.
Gina Leishman, co-leader, alto and baritone sax, bass clarinet, accordion, piano, vocals
Doug Wieselman, co-leader, Eb, Bb & bass clarinets, tenor & baritone sax, guitar
Peter Apfelbaum, tenor sax
Steven Bernstein, trumpet & slide trumpet
Art Baron, trombone
Marcus Rojas, tuba
Kenny Wollesen, drums & percussion

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Edyta Kulczak in Metropolitan premier of Rigoletto Jan 21, 2017

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photo Karen Almond

photo Karen Almond

Since its debut in 2013, Michael Mayer’s Vegas-strip take on Rigoletto has been perhaps the most talked-about production in the Metropolitan Opera’s repertoire. With its topless pole-dance, flashing neon, and lines of cocaine, it is more than anything a send-up of Verdi and Piave’s classic tragedy. On some nights, the gentle parody is quite effective, offering a self-effacing interpretation that softly teases the piece’s flirtation with melodrama, winking at the audience but still retaining enough respect for the work to convey its emotional elements honestly.

And for the second night in a row, the Met got a fine pinch-hit appearance, as
Edyta Kulczak combined playful camaraderie and motherly warmth…

– Eric Simpson Jan 21, 2017

Read rest of review HERE

Kate Walter article on AM New York: The resistance to Donald Trump just got under way

PEN Demonstration on steps of NYPL

PEN Demonstration on steps of NYPL

PEN Demonstration on steps of New York Public Library

PEN Demonstration on steps of NYPL

PEN Demo

PEN Demo

PEN Demo

PEN Demo

All photos Kate Walter

Read Kate Walter’s latest article in AM New York

Let New York be the capitol of the resistance,” said playwright Eve Ensler to the large crowd gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue earlier this week.

She was speaking at the event “Writers Resist: Louder Together for Free Expression” sponsored by PEN American Center, which advances literature.

Authors, poets, journalists read on the library steps drawing from the canon of political poets: Audre Lorde, Claude McKay, Allen Ginsberg, Muriel Rukeyser, Gwendolyn Brooks. American Poets Laureates Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove offered inspiration with inaugural poems.

Fearing a backlash against free expression under a Donald Trump administration, I joined PEN America as a professional member. It is important to belong to a writers group that is political. PEN is an international group that fights for imprisoned writers around the world.

As an opinion and freelance writer, I used to worry about rejection and overdue checks. Now, I worry about reprisal and censorship. So, I stood in the cold for more than two hours to get recharged with this message: We will not be quiet, or stand down.

Click here for complete article: http://www.amny.com/opinion/columnists/kate-walter/the-resistance-to-donald-trump-just-got-underway-1.12983590

GRISELDA STEINER’s playlet spoof
“MacTrump” in which the Thane
confronts the three witches appears in the December issue of SCENE4 arts magazine online

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Three WITCHES, IVANKA (Trump’s daughter with Ivana), TIFFANY (Trump’s daughter with Marla Maples) and Melania (Trump’s current wife) are dressed as glamorous witches in black gowns and witch hats. They are making a witches brew in a large cauldron over a fire in a dark wood…….

Read more HERE

Dudley Williams

WINTER AT WESTBETH film by Rohan Spong featuring Ilse Gilbert, Dudley Williams and Edith Stephens opens Nov 15 at IFC as part of DOC NYC Festival

Edith Stephens

Edith Stephens

Dudley Williams

Dudley Williams

Ilsa Gilbert

Ilsa Gilbert

WINTER AT WESTBETH has its international premiere in competition at DOC NYC on the 16th Nov 5pm and 17th November at 10.15am at IFC Center.

The film is a year in the lives of three of the long term residents , Dudley Williams, dancer, Ilse Gilbert poet, and Edith Stephens, filmmaker. The director is Rohan Spong.

>Info on the trailer, tickets, times: Winter at Westbeth
http://www.docnyc.net/film/winter-at-westbeth/

The film has screened a handful of times in Mr Spong’s native Australia. It received standing ovations even (!) and the first major review is here:
Winter at Westbeth review http://m.screendaily.com/5106025.article

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Karen Ludwig interviews Trip Cullman on Friday Sept 30 at New School for Drama at 12:45pm

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Trip Cullman, Director, Broadway: Josh Harmon’s Significant Other Off_Broadway: Leslye Headland’s The Layover at Second Stage, Hailey Feiffer’s A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Gynecology Onocology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at MCC, and many other plays and world premiers.

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
FREE
New School Drama Theater

151 Bank Street
b/w Washington and West St
New York, NY 10014

More on Karen Ludwig at: http://westbeth.org/wordpress/artist/karen-ludwig-actor-director-teacher/

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GINA LEISHMAN AND KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW at Roulette Thursday Sept 29, 2016

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Thursday September 29th, 8pm

KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW
Doug Wieselman, clarinets & saxophones
Gina Leishman, alto & bari sax, accordion, piano, vox
Peter Apfelbaum, tenor sax
Steven Bernstein, trumpet, slide trumpet
Art Baron, trombone
Marcus Rojas, tuba
Kenny Wollesen, drums

ROULETTE
509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn 11217
(a couple of blocks from BAM)
http://roulette.org/visit/

” KGC’s music yields pleasure on its own terms … its bent but beautiful structures providing cover from the mainstream culture’s hail of mediocrity.” – Derk Richardson, SF Bay Guardian full review

“Their music is intriguing, haunting, occasionally hilarious, and irresistible.” – Larry Kelp, East Bay Express

“What they bring together is not only a global vision and singular skills in composition and arranging, but a highly talented group of performers.” — JAZZIZ magazine full review

“Composed lyricism and some effortlessly cool blowing by some of New York’s best jazz players.” – The Wire

“Tremendous musical chops and a terrific sense of play” – Wine X

“Imagine Mingus, Carla Bley and Sun Ra sharing stories about Stravinsky in some Brooklyn bar.’ – Jazz Times

“The Kamikaze outfit takes the high dive into a dangerously shallow tank shared by circus music and serious composition, and emerges victorious” – SF Bay Guardian

“..a group that really defines my idea of what ‘jazz’ should be, and that is it’s heavily compositionally influenced.” – Arthur Moorehead, New World records, in PULSE magazine full review

“The Kamikaze Ground Crew, with saxes and accordion, was wild but grounded, taking us further into Berlioz’s manic heart than most orchestras ever could.”
– Greg Sandow, Wall St. Journal (Berlioz Birthday Bash)