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David Del Tredici
In Black and White
Village Trip Festival

Fri Sept 24, 2021
8PM – 10PM
St Johns in the Village
Tickets $10 for Live Stream
and $20 in person

Performers
David Del Tredici
Marc Peloquin

This event will also be livestreamed on Youtube. See below for tickets. You will be able to watch this event live, or at any time after broadcast.
Tickets Live :
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Aaron Copland proclaimed David Del Tredici “that rare find among composers – a creator with a truly original gift. I venture to say that his music is certain to make a lasting impression on the American musical scene. I know of no other composer of his generation who composes music of greater freshness and daring, or with more personality.”

Del Tredici forged a new compositional path, neo-romanticism, a response to the atonality of the 1960s in which he came of age. Speaking for himself, he has said: “Music is not a religion, nor is it a duty. It is an entertainment. All that a composer really does is realize his own particular musical fantasy with a certain selection of notes, rhythms and timbres.”

The composer credits Marc Peloquin with reviving his interest in the piano and the two men have worked closely these past twenty years. Peloquin, whose career is focused on living composers, is in the process of recording Del Tredici’s complete works for solo piano, some of which, including S/M Ballade, have been composed specially for him.

This concert is supported by Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music.

From: David Del Tredici event

Village Trip Festival

HAPPENING NOW!
More than 30 events and over 50 performers at venues across the Village. A nine-day festival– Saturday, September 18 through Sunday, September 26, 2021 –celebrating the glorious community of Greenwich Village and all it has given the world.Come be part of it – join the fun, support local businesses.Because, as we know, it takes a village.

More info: The Village Trip

Sharp 5 Quintet
Brazilian Jazz
CD Release Event

Friday SEPT 24, 2021 at 7:30PM
SHARP 5 CD release event!
Westbeth Community Room
55 Bethune St, NYC 10014

$20 suggested donation

SHARP 5 Quintet
SHARP 5 is a newly-formed Brazilian Jazz band, and they are releasing their new recording, Shine a Bright Light, on September 20 on Valley Jazz Records! SHARP 5 includes musicians TERI ROIGER on vocals, PETE LEVIN on piano (Gil Evans fame), JOHN MENEGON on bass (Joe Lovano fame), JEFF SIEGEL on drums, and Brazilian percussionist NANNY ASSIS (perc. guitar & vocals).

SHARP 5 is a group of extraordinary musicians who embrace the passion of collaboration, engaging in the music of Brazil as well as the heartfelt emotion of American classic jazz. The nuance the group brings to the stage empowers the rhythmic and melodic expression that will take the audience on a magical journey through time, space and beyond.

In musical terms, Sharp 5 represents the raised 5th in a chord, which creates a unique sound in the evolution of American music. The group is all about creating new sounds and putting a positive vibration into the universe. The band members have all had extensive experience/careers as creative artists.

The combined experience of these five musicians creates a unique balance of the past, present and future. Their diverse repertoire includes original compositions (Menegon & Siegel), music by King Crimson, Kenny Barron, Peggy Lee, Abbey Lincoln, plus Gil Evans’ influenced arrangements of unique standards, and joyful Brazilian-flavored music. The experience of recording with this group has allowed everyone involved to explore their own personal relationships and history with the music. The friendship, interaction and empathy they feel comes through in the music they create, allowing freedom of expression and an opportunity to share their life experiences.

Vocalist TERI ROIGER has recorded with the likes of Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Gil Goldstein, etc. and has forged a unique career as a bandleader. On keyboards is PETE LEVIN, who has worked extensively with Gil Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Simon, Annie Lenox, Miles Davis, The Levin Brothers). Bahia native NANNY ASSIS is a Brazilian percussionist, vocalist & guitarist, who has recorded with vocalist Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer) and many others.
Bassist JOHN MENEGON is a well-known composer, arranger and bandleader who has worked extensively as a sideman with the likes of Dewey Redman, David “Fathead” Newman, and more recently Joe Lovano. Drummer JEFF SIEGEL is an in-demand sideman as well as a bandleader who has worked with Kurt Elling, The Levin Brothers, Ravi Coltrane, etc.

Point of interest: Pete Levin’s long association with the Gil Evans Band had him rehearsing extensively with Gil in the Community Room at Westbeth!

BIOS

TERI ROIGER (vocalist, lyricist, songwriter, pianist, educator)
“Teri has an intuitive laid back sense of time reminiscent of Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter but with her own uniqueness.” JACK DEJOHNETTE (legendary jazz drummer & NEA Jazz Master)
Teri is a jazz vocalist, but also plays piano, composes music, and writes lyrics. She has performed and taught masterclasses throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico (San Miguel), Panama, and Europe. The depth of her experiences and love of jazz is apparent when she brings her talents to live performances, the recording studio, and through her moving lyrics and compositions. Teri has been sharing her knowledge and inspiration with her diverse students for over 25 years. Her recordings have all met with critical acclaim, as have her live performances at festivals and top New York jazz spots (Birdland, Kitano, Dizzy’s, Mezzrow, Jazz Standard, Café Bohemia). Teri’s latest release “Ghost of Yesterday: Shades of Lady Day” shines a new light on the many facets of Billie Holiday, the vocalist who provided the initial spark for Ms. Roiger’s commitment to a life in jazz, and was chosen by jazz critic Scott Yanow as one of the top 30 jazz releases in 2017. Her recording “Dear Abbey: The Music of Abbey Lincoln” also met with great critical acclaim, as did her first two recordings, “Misterioso” (featuring Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Burrell & John Menegon) as well as “Still Life” which featured two of her original compositions, the title song winning 3rd prize in the jazz category of ISC (Int’l Songwriting Competition).
“Teri is made for those who still understand the meaning of the term the real thing.” Stanley Crouch (Author & Cultural Critic).

PETE LEVIN (keyboardist, composer, arranger)
In a diverse music career spanning several decades, keyboardist/arranger PETE LEVIN has performed and recorded with hundreds of Jazz and Pop artists, including Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Lenny White, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Robbie Robertson and John Scofield – receiving critical accolades for his work during a 15-year association with the legendary Gil Evans, and his 8-year stint with jazz icon Jimmy Giuffre. His recent activity includes touring with his brother Tony Levin in their band “The Levin Brothers,” always met with enthusiastic audiences and high critical acclaim.

JOHN MENEGON (bassist, composer, arranger)
“New York bassist JOHN MENEGON is in the line of George Mraz and Michael Moore; a harmonically sophisticated bassist with technical facility who swings hard when it’s called for.” Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat!
MENEGON began his career as a musician in Montreal. After having worked for several years on the Canadian jazz scene, Menegon moved to New York City to study jazz at Long Island University. John has been composing and arranging music throughout his career, and the ten years he spent as bassist for two legendary tenor saxophonists, Dewey Redman and David “Fathead” Newman, provided a solid foundation for Menegon to continue his explorations as a bandleader. Having spent over a decade performing, touring, and recording with each of them, these jazz legends have taken John around the world, playing at jazz festivals in South Africa, Argentina, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and the U.S., and have been a major influence in his playing and compositions. Menegon currently plays with jazz legend Joe Lovano as well as leading his own band. John has released five CDs as a leader, including “I Remember You” (a dedication to Redman and Newman) with a four-star review in Downbeat, and his latest “Quartet East: Blew By Blues,” a dedication to Charlie Haden.

NANNY ASSIS
Singer, guitarist, drummer, percussionist, songwriter and Bahia native NANNY ASSIS is a master of Brazilian Jazz, Afro-Brazilian music and other popular and folkloric sounds from his homeland. Music is the mirror of his inner expressions. He was born in the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador, Bahia, in 1969. Bahia is one of Brazil’s first cities, with predominantly African influences. Salvador is the birthplace of some of the country’s most remarkable music creations. That, in part, explains why Nanny has music running through his veins, making him an outstanding singer, a terrific drummer/percussionist, and a talented songwriter.

JEFF “SIEGE” SIEGEL
Drummer/composer/educator (New School, Western Connecticut State University, SUNY New Paltz) currently performs w/Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet & Sextet and The Levin Brothers (Tony & Pete). Additional performances and/or recordings w/ Sir Roland Hanna, Dave Douglas, Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Ryan Kisor, Kurt Elling, Ravi Coltrane, Wadada Leo Smith, Arthur Rhames, Mose Allison, etc. He is endorsed by Canopus Drums, Beato Bags & Vic Firth Drumsticks.

COVID RESTRICTIONS: Masks are required for the unvaccinated & recommended for the vaccinated.

Michael Moss
Roots to Shoots

Michael Moss’ group plays LITTLE ISLAND!

Date: Wednesday Sept 8 at 6 PM in the Glade.

MY NEW BAND, ROOTS TO SHOOTS – we will be performing FOR THE SECOND TIME at
the new magical park called Little Island on Wednesday, September 8th at 6 pm at The Glade!  

*Performance is FREE but you need timed entry tickets for this event.

For timed entry Tickets:  https://littleisland.org/timed-entry-reservations

Musicians:
Michael Moss (tenor and soprano saxes, flute)
the legendary Warren Smith (vibes, drums)
Adam Lane (bass)
Michael Wimberly (djembe, African percussion, piano)
Ismael Baiz (cajon, bongos),

Special Guest Bobby Harden (vocals)

YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO PLAY
Video of Performance

A sound and movement storytelling workshop performance on July 22, 2021 at Little Island, NYC

Video filmed and edited by Mourrice Papi.

You’re Never Too Old to Play is a workshop for seniors about about their experience with the Covid pandemic and the memories it inspired. Conducted by Westbeth artists Nancy Ganotr and Paul Binnerts.

Paul Binnerts international theater director, author, playwright, acting teacher, novelist and publicist on theater since 1968, renowned expert on the ‘epic theater’ of Bertolt Brecht, presently lives and works in New York and Amsterdam, together with his wife, director and acting teacher Nancy Gabor.

Nancy Gabor “What was it that I loved most about the work of the Open Theatre and
 Grotowski? I think it was the emphasis on the inexhaustible energy and potential of the actor.”

Sponsored by Westbeth Artists Residents Council
Supported by Little Island
Curated by Pigpen Theatre Company

Westbeth Movie Night
Paper Moon

Friday August 13, 2021 at 7PM

FREE
Westbeth Community Room

Paper Moon is a 1973 American road comedy-drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by Paramount Pictures. Screenwriter Alvin Sargent adapted the script from the 1971 novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown. The film, shot in black-and-white, is set in Kansas and Missouri during the Great Depression. It stars the real-life father and daughter pairing of Ryan and Tatum O’Neal as protagonists Moze and Addie.

Tatum O’Neal received widespread praise from critics for her performance as Addie, earning her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the youngest competitive winner in the history of the Academy Awards.

Masks required for unvaccinated. Masks recommended for vaccinated

The Free screening is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee of the Westbeth Artists Residents Council

Christina Maile and Tamara Wyndham in Women Celebrate Women exhibit

Women Celebrate Women

August !2 – August 31, 2021

El Barrio’s Art Space
PO 109
215 East 99th Street
New York, NY

Yvonne Lamarr-Rogers in collaboration with El Barrio’s Art Space PS 109 presents the SECOND ANNUAL WOMEN CELEBRATE WOMEN

A multi-media group exhibition celebrating women as reflected in the creative work of New York women artists.

Exhibition curator and New York-based mixed media artist, teaching artist and jewelry design- er, Yvonne Lamar-Rogers says the mission of this year’s Women Celebrate Women exhibition is to celebrate and honor women of all backgrounds. In the words of playwright Ntozake Shange, “Where there is a woman, there is magic.”

Originally planned for Women’s History Month in March 2020, the annual exhibition will instead be held this year in August due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers look forward to hold- ing future Women Celebrate Women exhibitions in March.

The public is welcome to view the amazing collection of multi-media creative works in the heart of an East Harlem artistic community at the beautiful El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, a previously abandoned public school building that was transformed into a community housing complex for artists. The circa-1899 landmark building offers beautiful space for the arts as well as important cultural programming in the East Harlem community.

Links: Christina Maile website

I Called Him Morgan screening
The murder of jazz trumpeter, Lee Morgan, by his wife.

Westbeth Community Room
July 16, 2021 at 7PM
FREE

I Called Him Morgan is a 2016 Swedish produced documentary film written and directed by Kasper Collin which gives an account of the life of and relation between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen Morgan, later responsible for his murder in February 1972.

In Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan noted: “Artistic, obsessive and intoxicating, “I Called Him Morgan” is a documentary with a creative soul, and that makes all the difference. Using a dazzling blend of cinematic tools, aural as well as visual, Collin recreates both individual lives and an entire world. As a slice of recovered and illuminated time, “I Called Him Morgan” has few peers. /…/ The film’s centerpiece interview is an arresting one-of-a-kind narrative that Helen Morgan herself recorded on a cassette-tape recorder a month before she died. Speaking with writer and teacher Larry Reni Thomas, she details her difficult life, her relationship with Morgan and how and why she came to shoot him at a Manhattan jazz club named Slugs in the midst of a blizzard so terrible that it delayed ambulances, contributing to her husband’s death. What makes “Morgan” such an exceptional film is that Collin, with a combination of good fortune and great skill, has built on this excellent verbal foundation with transfixing visuals that set a powerful mood. Regardless of whether you care deeply about jazz, the poetry of Collin’s filmmaking and the poignancy of the couple’s story will win you over. As a piece of history and a personal journey, “I Called Him Morgan” is cinema to cherish.

Edward Lee Morgan (July 10, 1938 – February 19, 1972) was an American jazz trumpeter and composer
One of the key hard bop musicians of the 1960s, Morgan came to prominence in his late teens, recording on John Coltrane’s Blue Train (1957) and with the band of drummer Art Blakey before launching a solo career. Morgan stayed with Blakey until 1961 and started to record as leader in the late ’50s. His song “The Sidewinder”, on the album of the same name, became a surprise crossover hit on the pop and R&B charts in 1964, while Morgan’s recordings found him touching on other styles of music as his artistry matured. Soon after The Sidewinder was released, Morgan rejoined Blakey for a short period. After leaving Blakey for the final time, Morgan continued to work prolifically as both a leader and a sideman with the likes of Hank Mobley and Wayne Shorter, becoming a cornerstone of the Blue Note label.

Michael Moss
Roots to Shoots in performance

Monday July 5, 2021
3:00PM – 4:30PM
AT THE PLAYGROUND
LITTLE ISLAND (located at 14th St and the Hudson River)

*Performance is FREE but you need timed entry tickets for this event.
LINK for timed entry tickets.*https://littleisland.org/timed-entry-reservations/

SO EXCITED TO INTRODUCE MY NEW BAND, ROOTS TO SHOOTS

Michael Moss (tenor and soprano saxes, flute), Alexis Marcelo (keys),
Adam Lane (bass), Michael Wimberly (djembe, African percussion),
Ismael Baiz (congos, bongos, South American percussion)

FYI: We also have been invited to perform again at Little Island on Wednesday, September 8th at
6 pm in the Glade — letting you know way in advance!

Su Zen
FogSeries
Photography

Chase Bank 302 W 12 St NY, NY
Opening Reception, Thursday, July 1, 2021, 3:00-5:00PM

July 1 – 31, 2021 •:
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm; Sat – 10am-3pm

Celebrating her 50th anniversary living in Greenwich Village’s historical Westbeth Artist Housing photographer, SuZen, will be exhibiting her evocative, dream-like color landscapes, taken along the Hudson River and other places, capture ethereal atmospheric realms to enter. Fog, usually associated with the unknown, is much like our living in the pandemic. Its veils of Reality and Illusion have been SuZen’s constant artistic exploration. The FOGseries is a culmination of her ongoing theme of Light & Spirit.

The trajectory of her art from the darkroom and galleries and museums exhibitions to gracing Times Square with her 40’ x 25’ painted mural, Flowing Light, transformed her artistic energy into NYC’s public arena. In 1982, she founded, Art for the People – bringing artists together creating numerous inter-arts events with installations and performances in such NYC iconic venues as the World Trade Center, JFK Airport, Port Authority Bus Terminal and Central Park, with grants from National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts.

Her artwork is exhibited and collected internationally. Most recently, during lockdown in Portugal, she wrote a book, “Things I Learned Along the Way”, which is available on Amazon (bit.ly/Things_Learned).