Dear Nancine is thingNY's at-home, month-long series of multimedia gifts delivered to you through the U.S. mail. These gifts are yours to enjoy alone or with your household and close friends, and will offer you ways to engage on the page, online, on your phone, outdoors, and potentially… with your old friend Nancine.
Dear Nancine is being created for and because of the artistic and political reflections about "our land” and “our space," given that the past year has forced us to occupy the smallest sliver of those things.
Part of the Look + Listen Festival 2021: At home edition Sign up at lookandlisten.org
May 1-29, 2021
Dear Nancine [world premiere]
Created by alejandro t. acierto Gelsey Bell Isabel Castellvi Andrew Livingston Paul Pinto Erin Rogers Dave Ruder Jeffrey Young
We're sorry to inform you that March 14th's Bronx Community College concert has been canceled as all CUNY schools close due to COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, we've also decided to cancel our Saturday concert at Our Lady of The Cenacle Church in Queens. We hope to reschedule these concerts soon. Stay safe everyone!
thingNY presents a borough double-header in the Bronx and Queens, performing works for resonant spaces. All performances are free and open to the public.
Skylighght is a duet collaboratively composed and performed by vocalist Gelsey Bell and saxophonist Erin Rogers. The two performers move through space wordlessly, directing sound in pathways that dance across the walls, ceiling and floor, weaving through instrument and vocal caverns resulting in a rainbow of sounds and expressions. You Must Read a Lot of Jung by Dave Ruder brings all six members of thingNY to the floor. Slow, soft, and spacious, scored for voice, violin, clarinet, tenor sax, cello, and cymbal, Jung works over themes and ideas from previous thingNY pieces written by members of the ensemble.
Each program is approximately 70 minutes long.
CANCELED March 14, 2020
12pm Gould Rotunda Bronx Community College 2155 University Ave, The Bronx, NY 10453 FREE
7pm Our Lady Of The Cenacle Parish 136-06 87th Avenue Richmond Hill, Queens, NY 11418 FREE
Gelsey Bell & Erin Rogers - Skylighght
Dave Ruder - You Must Read a Lot of Jung
Paul Pinto, percussion Gelsey Bell, voice Dave Ruder, clarinet Erin Rogers, saxophone Jeffrey Young, violin Andrew Livingston, cello
Hello. My name is thingNY. (Me llamo thingNY.) I identify as _______. But I'm flexible about it. I'll be your performer this evening. We've probably met before. This is not the first concert. This probably won't be the last. [pause] Who here likes attention?
A night of audio-visual chamber music and sonic theaters. The program explores the sounds of language through its obscuration and translation. Rome Prize fellow Jessie Marino's multimedia The Whale Is a Capital Fish is part video lecture, part ritualistic absurdity, with instruments frenetically trying to keep up with rapid-fire translations and “incorrect” supertitles, and then Sam Scranton's meditative Baleen utilizes the mouth as a filter for digestion, language and harmony, with the skillful employment of decorative vases. A quartet of desperate job interviewers struggles to get words-in-edgewise in Paul Pinto's joyfully awkward mini_007, and Irish humorist Jennifer Walshe implores us to consider that Language Ruins Everything through tai chi, falsetto and mime. Finally, the bilingual oracular statements of Hector Berlioz, as played by Alvin Lucier imitating Dr. Chicago, “translated” into the creamy poetry and instrumental lilts of Robert Ashley, in his stunning, rarely performed work, Tap Dancing in the Sand.
Three (3) U.S. Premieres. Multiple (?) costume changes. One (1) night only. Come early to take part in Arete's new audio-visual installation by thingNY.
Dec. 18, 2019
7pm doors 7:30pm music
Areté 67 West St. Brooklyn, NY doors 7pm music 7:30pm
Skylighght is a duet collaboratively composed and performed by vocalist Gelsey Bell and saxophonist Erin Rogers. The two performers move through the space wordlessly directing the sound in pathways that dance around the room. The piece also involves a section called Building Canyons, where Bell sings into the bell of Roger’s tenor saxophone, exploring its inner chamber and sounding a rainbow of diverse multiphonics.
Andrew Livingston's News From the Oort Cloud is a psychedelic, spacey, chamber folk exploration of isolation and mortality. thingNY interprets the record as a live ensemble piece for the first time in Philly!
Expect reverbed-out synthy slow jams and swirling minimalist washes of colors and chords.