On Sunday June 2nd, our artist in residence Andriy Sovetov has shared his recital on the grand piano in the House at Arts Letters & Numbers. The following is played by the artist during the performance:
On June 1st, we had a concert and dance of jazz/soul/folk music by two Philadelphia-based artists Cecilia Ferneborg and Dave Shepherd at the Barn in Arts Letters & Numbers. From the side porch of the House, the fire and the barn were filled up with lights, music, and energy.
Described as “cosmic jazz” (Boston Music Intelligencer) and “like Mozart mashed up with Club Beats and Electronica” (Original Gravity), pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and electronic artist David Ibbett present an electro-symphonic journey of growth and discovery - bridging the worlds of classical chamber music with electronic beats and sampled sounds of the universe. Consisting of works by David for piano and live electronics, they will perform a preview of this brand-new program at Arts Letters & Numbers, musically exploring such terrain as the fractal patterns of nature, the growth of an embryo, bleached coral reefs, and rising seas and a changing global climate.
KOI Collective was formed in August 2018 by three liked-minded composers from Oberlin Conservatory – Soomin Kim, Kari Watson and Natsumi Osborn – and works to promote and celebrate women, trans and non-binary composers through collaborative projects and community outreach.
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.
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