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Lee Ranaldo's Recent Work
June 20, 2020
AT THE FORKS (Short Circuit version)
Lee and Raul created this video for Mute’s Short Circuit (at home) program, which aired on Record Store Day, June 20, 2020. The recording and filming was done remotely with Lee in New York City and Raul in Barcelona. The original version of At The Forks is on the Names of North End Women album.
May 13, 2020
During this time of enforced global confinement – the ‘planetary pause’, as I’ve been calling it, I’ve been sorting thru some old releases, and came across my version of John Lennon’s ‘Isolation’, which was recorded back in 1991 and released on the 1998 album Amarillo Ramp (for Robert Smithson). Our dear, departed friend Epic Soundtracks (Swell Maps, These Immortal Souls, Crime and the City Solution) played drums on the track, and I’ve always loved both the original and the version of the song we made, almost 30 years ago now… I thought it could be timely to re-present this track as relevant to our current moment. For video accompaniment I sent a request to friends far and wide around the globe, asking for brief personal video clips of the confinement from wherever they were – what they saw out on their streets, in their living spaces; whatever subjective view on our current situation they wanted to send me. I cut them all together to the song as a sort of informal, intimate record of this moment.
Stay safe out there, and hope to see you again once this is over, no matter how long it takes. You can listen to the track and the album it comes from on my Bandcamp page: leeranaldo.bandcamp.com
New York City
thank you to our Past Fall Festival Performers
Saturday, October 3rd
Master Puppeteer & long time CSSMA friend Liz Joyce, of Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre, will open the Fall Fest with a big treat for families! You and your kiddos will be delighted with Liz's funny twist on the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood. Find out what happens when Little Red gets mixed up with Porquoi the pig who is in the wrong story. Complete with changing scenery, music and charming hand puppets, this show will have audiences ratting on the wolf and cheering Little Red to safety.
Beloved CSSMA Faculty Member Michael Eaton is a NYC based saxophonist, composer and educator. He and his quartet, Individuation will play a 50 minute set that will explore and combine world rhythms and free improvisation with modern jazz. Michael.
Saturday, october 10th
Cori is a dancer, collaborator, writer, and teacher who has brought her brilliance and joy to Church Street School students for several years. Kresge has been a member of the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, functioning as a living archive for Cunningham works. In 2016 Kresge staged Cunningham's Field Dances on students of CNDC, Angers, France. She has also been a member of José Navas/Compagnie Flak, and Stephen Petronio Company. Kresge currently collaborates and performs with various artists including Rashaun Mitchell+Silas Riener, Xavier Cha, Liz Magic Laser, Rebecca Lazier, Esmé Boyce, Ellen Cornfield, Sarah Skaggs, Wendy Osserman, Sally Silvers, The School for Poetic Computation, and film makers Alla Kovgan, Zuzka Kurtz, and Charles Atlas. She is currently studying Zero Balancing, a therapeutic bodywork.
Long time CSSMA faculty member Abby Payne will wow you with a live set of original music. Abby has been a performer and singer/songwriter in New York City for several years, releasing four albums of original music and currently recording a fifth. Payne has also produced, created, and starred in several music videos and is a founding member of the Round Table, a female artist collective that seeks to create more community and opportunities for women. Her musical "The Gunfighter Meets His Match," for which she wrote the books, music, and lyrics, was selected for the 2018 New York Musical Festival. Portions of the show have also been performed at HERE Arts, Joe's Pub, and Playwright's Horizons (with the Musical Theatre Factory). In 2019, she was invited to join the Johnny Mercer Writer's Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, and in 2020 she attended the HBMG National Winter Playwrights Retreat in Grand Lake, CO.
Saturday, october 17th
Suzi is a multi-award winning singer/songwriter and family performer based in Brooklyn, NY who has been bringing joy and musical fun to families for over a decade. She has four solo albums under her belt and a popular live action and interactive show for young children on Facebook and YouTube called "Sing with Suzi". You can expect an upbeat, interactive super sweet and super fun musical experience for the fam!
OLIVER HAGEN & JUNG SUN KANG
Grammy Award winning pianist, composer, conductor and CSSMA Alumnus Oliver Hagen and award winning pianist, composer and CSSMA faculty member, Jung Sun Kang will play a very special piano concert that will be live streaming from our Performance Space in Tribeca. The concert will be followed by a Q & A with CSSMA Executive Director Dr. Lisa Ecklund-Flores.
Both musicians are brilliant and dynamic players who believe in the structure and tradition of classical music while also confronting the limited diversity represented in the genre. This topic will be further explored in conversation.
Oliver and Jung Sun met while studying music at Eastman School of Music and have continued to collaborate in many ways since. Currently Oliver has commissioned Jung Sun and other composers to write a conducting Etude for the Juilliard pre-college orchestra. That is scheduled to be performed in 2022.
Saturday, october 24th
lee renaldo & leah singer
Poet, musician Lee Ranaldo, a founding member of Sonic Youth, will collaborate with the photographer and multi-media artist Leah Singer on a multimedia performance piece involving sound, words and photographic projections. The two have worked together since 1991 with film and music in a live setting, performing work that explores how sound and image interact. Chance elements are embraced; the experiential nature of the work takes precedent over overt narrative. Attention is paid to things that often go unnoticed, to how close observation can reveal something new.
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