Led by Michael Harrison, Sam Torres, Sophia Subbayya Vastek, the Creative Music Intensive at Arts Letters & Numbers was a week-long session dedicated to discovering and developing individual voices as creative artists. The participants and faculty presented a culminating concert in the House on the Hill, February 10, 2018 which included new works, group and solo performances, and improvisations.
On June 28th we hosted an evening of art and music. Paul and Erica opened up their studio where they had worked intensively for 2 weeks. Paul showed his paintings at the House on the Hill while Erica shared her music in the Barn.
Ever since the beginning of Arts Letters & Numbers, music has been an important part in building the program. After years of national and international interdisciplinary artists coming through, we are excited to have this merging with the local music scene.
For the evening of Friday 21st, we teamed up with Bryan Brundige and Friends and threw an evening of swing and blues music, dancing and socializing. It was a great celebration of spring, music, dance and people, here at Arts Letters & Numbers.
Dylan Perrillo - Bass & Vocals
Justin Henricks - Guitar
Alexander Maio - Drums
Julia Posin - Vocal
Bryan Brundige - Trombone & Vocals
On March 25, our Artists in Residence came together and invited the community to experience their creations. Sam Torres and Sophia Subbayya Vastek, who performs under the name Tilted Arc, held a concert with their most recent compositions. Using their talents, and recordings of the sounds of the house, they delivered a beautiful series of electroacoustic tunes.
Heather Martinez who had been with us for a month, exhibited her great amount of work. Being in a state of flow, she truly went deep in to each part of her work. This resulted in a stunning arrangement of work in graphite and ink as well as folds and bindings.
How would have thought that the old box of ribbon laying around, could be take on the life that Sarah Gallina gave it. During the exhibition, the audience had the chance to visit her interactive installation The Ribbon Factory. This was the world that had been created through her investigations in ribbon, ribbons and ribboning.
The evening also had an edible element, an interactive piece by ALN's Frida Foberg, created in collaboration with Heather Martinez.
All photos © Zelé Angelides
Over the course of 5 weeks Arts Letters & Numbers hosted the installation Harmonic Sky, a collaborative project created by conceptual artist Megan Mosholder and composer Michael Harrison.
Patrick McKearn, jazz pianist, composer and writer has lived in NYC for over 30 years.
Before moving to New York, he studied piano and composition at the University of Illinois with Salvatore Martirano and Thomas Frederickson, performed in big bands and accompanied such jazz greats as Illinois Jacquet, Betty Carter, Oscar Brown Jr. and Abbey Lincoln.
Since moving to New York he has performed with numerous artists including Teri Roiger, John Menegon, Tani Tabbal and Paul Shapiro in various clubs around Manhattan including the 92st Y, 55 Bar, Knitting Factory and Fez. Recent collaborations include a three hour improvised soundtrack for Jan Baracz’s film installation Live Video at Art in General in New York City.
His CD, Throw Out the Lifeline, features his arrangements and compositions, and is available through CD Baby. In addition to teaching privately, Mr. McKearn also works as a Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Center for Arts Education and Community Word Project. He also serves as chorus director for the NYC based Project Find Senior Center.
“I am constantly rediscovering my art by sharing in the process of making it with new people and communities, young and old.”
Photography by Joey Pfeifer and Lyndsay Bloom