Sept. 15, 2007 8 PM set at the Stone was comprised of John Zorn (tenor sax), Erik Friedlander (cello), Mark Feldman (violin), Kenny Wolleson (drums), Theo Bleckman (vocals, effects), Ms. Lee (cello) & 3 more musicians I could not recall their names. They were a guitarist, a woodwind player (Ned Rothenberg?-bamboo flute, clarinet, bassoon), and soprano sax player. Ned Rothenberg was billed to play sax but I believe he played the above mentioned woodwind instruments.
The different musicians would play together at a minimal 3 members. The night comprised of at least 4 different line ups and the finale, everyone playing together. All of the musical pieces seem to be improvisational and a have raw, inspiring, & freshness to them.
This is very unconventional music compared to what you would hear on the radio. The closest thing one could compare it to are soundtracks but they are much more lush and hold more potentiality. The pieces were short- about 6 to 8 minutes each and they take you to a mental terrain you may have not known existed.
It's a very good time going to these sets, I feel renewed & somewhat rejuvenated. I feel good that the good, creative things I've done are somehow confirmed and that it's worth doing.
Burt Hasen passed away this month on the 7th. I took Drawing I from him back in 1990 at the School of Visual Arts. He taught chiarascuro with chalk, charcoal, vine, and ebony. Out of all the drawing classes I took in art school, I think the techniques he taught were most useful. To this day I keep the drawing supplies he used for class at home.
Letter from David Rhodes (SVA college president)
"It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of artist, distinguished faculty member and dear friend Burt Hasen, who died on September 7th after a long illness.
Born in 1921 in New York City, Burt taught at the School of Visual Arts from 1954 to 2000. He was best known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of art, which he used to teach drawing and painting in the traditional ways of the great masters. A onetime resident of Paris, he painted and studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere from 1948 to 1950.
Upon returning to the U.S., he began teaching at SVA and showing work at the Brooklyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, among many other institutions. He was the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Academy of Design. Burt Hasen is survived by his wife, Mary, and his brother Harvey.
Last year I had a spot in the pressbox during the 5th anniversary of the terror attacks in the US. I photographed for the mayor's office. I don't mind doing this again, it would be an honor. I hope people will continue to read the names of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack victims each year. I think it should become a solemn national day of mourning for all terrorism victims and for promoting democratically elected societies.
This was performed on June 29, 2007. Daughter of Force went to my high school in 1989. She's also known as the artist Lilah Freedland.
Brute Force is a strong voice and he writes some great pop songs. It was the first time I saw the band and it was with guitar, bass and drums. The songs have a psychedelia about it but not trippy overboard- really good pop songs. I think if someone else covered Bruce's songs they would miss out on his keyboard playing. I had a good time, even though it was hard to tell.
Peter's playing reminded me of Tom Verlaine+Richard Lloyd maybe a little Marc Ribot because of the "chunkiness" of the tone & sustain. The bass was low in the night's mix but I think it would have been way too loud if they raised the volume a little higher. Daughter of Bruce was a great presence too and the rhythm section.