On Friday July 28 the concert "Cello Constellations" filled the salon at House on the Hill with beautiful tunes, featuring composer/pianist Michael Harrison & cellist Clarice Jensen with Anirban Roy Chowdhury on tabla.
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
Due to a family situation, we have unfortunately had to postpone this workshop. It will definitely take place sometime in the future! Please make sure you keep an eye on this event, on the Arts, Letters & Numbers Facebook page, and on the email lists of ALN and Quill to receive updates on this event.
Music from the Margins
Weekend Workshop and Intentional Community for Marginalized People in Upstate NY
Mar. 2nd - 5th, 2017
Arts Letters & Numbers
Averill Park, NY
Quill Creative and arts letters & numbers are welcoming all composers, performers, songwriters, musicologists, producers, sound engineers, and anyone involved in the music world, who also identify as a person of colour, queer, trans*, elderly, disabled, or otherwise marginalized, to spend a week in upstate New York exploring ideas, collaborating, and connecting in intentional community. Together, we will generate a collaborative and creative experience, exploring marginalized music, and marginalized identities in the music world. We will hold space for each other to share our experiences of exclusion and inclusion, oppression and empowerment, solitude and joy.
Each guest will be given time and space to lead group creative activities, give performances, talks, readings, or lead discussions about music, art, and queer, trans*, racialized or other oppressed identities.
Arts Letters & Numbers is a non-profit arts, education, and publishing organization dedicated to facilitating creative exchanges across a wide range of disciplines including Architecture, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, Film, Music, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. Arts, Letters & Numbers conducts workshops in educational and cultural institutions worldwide in collaboration with theatre companies, artists, writers, actors, musicians and filmmakers. It operates an ongoing series of educational workshops, performances and film productions at ‘The Mill’ located in Upstate, NY.
Quill Creative is a project that provides resources and space to explore concepts related to the wellbeing of queer and trans* low-income artists through workshops, a blog, podcasts, and low-cost web development and one-on-one help with technology.
Participants will be housed in the original mill owner’s residence, a gorgeous, heritage house with construction dating back to 1859. The House is one of arts letters & numbers’ works; it is a work in progress - it is perpetually “under construction” as an evolving work, that undergoes changes throughout the year. Dorm-style housing will be provided, with a limited number of private rooms available at an extra cost. The house is equipped with wifi. Meals will be prepared communally, with food costs the responsibility of each participant. There are two pianos (one grand and one upright), projectors, video cameras, and various other materials for building and art-making, all of which will be accessible to the workshop participants. Unfortunately the space is not currently accessible to wheelchair users, because of door widths. We are working to make these spaces accessible.
No sexism, ageism, racism, ableism, homophobia, fatphobia, classism, transphobia, or other forms of bigotry will be tolerated.
Suggested donation is $175 USD for the week, but PWYC and work scholarships are available. Carpools from Montreal and NYC will be arranged closer to the date, and pickups from the airport and bus/train stations in Albany can be arranged.
Event Photo by Lyndsay Bloom
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