Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Nataliya Medvedovskaya

This months cover by K.K.W
& Aleksandar Ares, original photos by K.K.W
Nataliya Medvedovskaya: Composer in review. By K.K.W
Nataliya Medvedovskaya, photo courtesy of David Abrams.
Nataliya Medvedovskaya is a professional, versatile, and award winning concert pianist who communicates with a sound that never need be translated. She doesn't just play the music, but radiates it through the piano and her compositions. Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (1974), she has been a classical pianist starting at 6 years old, and performing in public by 8. Since 2003 she's been based in New York City , performing at established venues and in many fine recording projects.

There's a distinct devotion to Nataliya's pianism, compositions, an energetic pattern between the notes, the sound, tempo, and the feeling that comes over you listening to it. She draws the music out of its slumber, beyond the page, and into the air. The keys are struck with a light,firm touch as she brings the music to life, directing it at you effortlessly, like "the wind in the willows". Her devotion comes from passion, the passion from devotion, both guided by natural talent. 


Nataliya Medvedovskaya Performing "Aphrodite's Dance"
@ Drom for Composer Concordance Festival 2 ("Evolution").
Photo by K.K.W 
Aside from being a stunning pianist, Nataliya is also an amazing composer of contemporary classical music (95, with one not yet finished), and Pop genre (41 songs & over 70 without lyrics), both of which makes a for a wonderfully creative paradox. At a first listen it was obvious she had talent, though repetitious listening made it clear that Nataliya is seriously gifted in a beautiful way."First Snow" for Oboe, Bassoon, Violin and Piano in A minor (2007) is a sweeping, dramatic piece that takes its time at first, Nataliya's delightful playing easing you in, with Oboe following (light & playful), Bassoon soon after (deep & melodic), the careful pluck of the violin and the sweet aching of its strings melding perfectly with Nataliya's playing. Its overall pace increasing, decreasing, intensifying like its namesake, obliterating all else until...its abrupt end. "Adventures of Nils", "Fantasy for viola and piano", or "String Quartet #2 in 3 movements in C minor", the verdict would be the same, wonderful compositions. 

The first thing that came to mine when listened to Nataliya's Pop-musical creations? Total contrast and how pleasurably odd it was that she created these songs. And the 2nd feeling was, she's got talent. The beats, tempo, flow, lyrics and general quality is damn good. The Track "Mine" is so heartfelt and draws you into her feelings. It has an excellent flow and groove that works in great combination with the lyrics, reinforcing the soft pleasing sound of her voice. "Sold Out" has a catchy electro-pop feel, tinged with just little "industrial" vibe that makes for an interesting sound. The chorus mirrors the beat nicely reinforcing the whole think. The bands playing is extremely good, showing serious promise for even greater things to come. "Forever or for now", "Fairytales About You" and "City of Dreams" are fairly good songs also showcasing her abilities as a song writer and composer. 


Nataliya Medvedovskaya Performing "Aphrodite's Dance"
@ Drom for Composer Concordance Festival 2 ("Evolution").
Photo by K.K.W 
Nataliya Medvedovskaya Performing
@ Bargemusic. Photo by 
Alex Federov
If you would like to know more, go to:www.reverbnation.com/nataliyamedvedovskayahttp://nataliyamedvedovskaya.instantencore.com/web/home.aspxwww.youtube.com/results?search_query=nataliya+medvedovskaya&oq=nataliya+medvedovskaya&gs_l=youtube.3...29977.47486.0.48519.22.21.0.1.1.0.283.2220.13j7j1.21.0...0.0...1ac.1.u2CEdhd5G_Q

Nataliya Medvedovskaya

Special post cover (with color change) by K.K.W,
original photo by 
Alex Fedorov
Nataliya Medvedovskaya, photo courtesy of David Abrams.
Nataliya Medvedovskaya @ Bargemusic:Piano solos of seven leading composers. By K.K.W 

Most of the time I forget how strange it is to be a "young person" and love classical music.  And yet it seems quite natural to need it, adhere to it in a way unlike another kind of music; a language of sound that never needs to be translated. That sound permeated Bargemusic, New York City’s premier chamber music concert hall under the Brooklyn Bridge on December 6th, a warmth that contrasted beautifully with the cold outside.  The person who walked up on the stage, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, is a professional, versatile, award-winning composer and concert pianist, who communicates with sound that never needs to be translated.
Nataliya Medvedovskaya, photo courtesy of David Abrams.
Nataliya doesn't just play the music, but radiates it through the piano and her compositions.  Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (1974), she has been a composer and classical pianist starting at 6 years old, and performing in public by the age of 8. Since 2003 she's been based in New York City, performing at established venues across the United States and in many fine recordings, including Mapleshade Records CD releases. 

The concert began with Nataliya’s recently composed "Color Dreams" Suiteconsisting of Music Box, Aphrodite's Dance and Gossiping Girls. The delicacy and beguiling charm of the first two movements led into the humorous vivacity of “Gossiping Girls” with sudden bursts.  Color Dreams” Suite is an elegant gem sparkling with innate joy.  The melodies play with you; forward, retreat, rising, falling like a reed in the wind -- neither giving, nor receding.
"Ballade" (by Dana Richardson) is complex in its sound -- dramatic, forceful with a touch of the tragic.  Soulful, passionate music with a Chopin and Scriabin-like way of expression.  Nataliya's masterful pianism matches this perfectly, the sound being gently forced out of the keys.  Its steady, slightly unpredictable tempo, a haunting flow of sound gaining ground, like the first rising signs of an "acid-frenzy".  The abrupt end leaves you wanting more.

"A Tune, A Shift" (from Sebastian Currier’s "Departures and Arrivals") begins like snow gently falling on the dark surface of water.  The mystery of the music is interrupted by a sudden shift like a cold gust of wind.  It is one of the movements which is a variation and modification of the main "Tune" movement.  Tranquility, mystic uncertainty and relaxed mood suddenly turn into tension.  Nataliya takes to it like a fish to water, immersing herself in its slow rise, then frantic pacing like the movement of a storm.  Sharp rhythms and very fast tempo bring feelings of chasing and being chased.  Some minimalist sections where chords are repeated also bring a contrast of nothingness and action.  A subtle end echoes perfectly with the uncertain question of the beginning.

"Relentless Swimmer" (Eugene Marlow) is relentless in its pacing, arriving at its peak so quickly, you hardly realize it.  The momentum increases until it dies down, briefly, only to pick up the very same pace like the intense motion of a swimmer’s journey through the water.  Its waves and a little breeze come to mind, as you hear sparkling passages consisting of a combination of different scales.  Racing towards its own end was guided by Nataliya's more than capable hands. The piece’s rather oriental flavor gives it a very unique sound.
"Lullaby and Kontraphunktus" (from Derek Bermel’s "Funky Studies") starts off with “Lullaby” like a sweet whisper in your ear.  Its peaceful quality and distance of its notes is reinforced by a sudden eerie pause, which is then suddenly broken, a burst of notes leading to the unpredictable, intense pattern of the “Kontraphunktus” movement.  Nataliya's control of this funky, dissonant, quirky piece with fascinatingly developed contrapuntal lines, is never wavering.

The music of "Piano Impressions" (Alla Pavlova) is reminiscent of an impressionistic light pastel.  The somber beginning quickly moves into a soft ripple of notes brought to life by Nataliya's gentle touch.  The quietude is left behind by a riot of notes, playful and exuberant, until its demise into stillness.  The music rises again and then calm -- a beginning of delicate notes easing again into a sense of emptiness like tiny ripples on the surface of a pond.  The piece is actually inspired by fairy-tales of Hans Christian Andersen - The Mermaid, Little Took, Thumbelina, The old Tombstone, The rose from Homer’s grave, etc.

The hallmark of the evening was the world Premiere of the imaginative "Galapagos" Suite by Robert S. Cohen.  The first movement, "Rise of the Archipelago" opens with an interesting, playful, almost repetitive beginning, its local climax leading to a brief silence.  The music comes in steady, soft, cinematic, more dramatic and little by little develops into a huge volcanic explosion climax.  The wonderfully comical mating "Dance of the blue foot boobies" is a quite challenging movement with its frequent change of time signatures, which brings playfulness and a sense of unpredictability. Nataliya expresses its almost fervent spontaneity perfectly in this well-developed piece full of surprises.  "Iguana rock" follows as an excellent example of a Shostakovich/Prokofiev kind of miniature.  The music of it imaginatively describes Marine Iguanas indigenous to the islands, which spend a good part of their days sunning themselves on the black lava rocks, while intermittently spewing excess salt ingested while eating, out through their nostrils. We are then delighted with the perfect calm of  "Tortoise Moon", a movement about the Tortoise named Lonesome George, discovered in 1971, who was the last known individual of his subspecies. The last movement, “Run Sally Lightfoot Run”, shows us on a visionary level how flexible and extremely fast the Sally Lightfoot crabs of Galapagos Islands are, that you hardly could ever catch them. Nataliya brings out the suite's immense complexities, driving to the heart of it with all her passion.
Nataliya Medvedovskaya,  @ Bargemusic
photo by  
Alex Fedorov
If you would like to know more, go to:http://nataliyamedvedovskaya.instantencore.com/web/home.aspxwww.youtube.com/results?search_query=nataliya+medvedovskaya&oq=nataliya+medvedovskaya&gs_l=youtube.3...29977.47486.0.48519.22.21.0.1.1.0.283.2220.13j7j1.21.0...0.0...1ac.1.u2CEdhd5G_Qwww.fedorovfoto.com.

Q&A: Igor Toshevski

Special post cover:  digital augmentation
& layout by K.K.W
Original image courtesy of Igor Toshevski
Interview: Public Space in Skopje,
with Igor Toshevski. By K.K.W

...The endless charm of this city has always been its playfulness... Its unpretentiousness, its liveliness, its rough edges. It has seduced both its citizens and its visitors as they would enjoy a cup of coffee under the sunny skies, leaning into the chairs and overlooking the always busy Macedonia street (used to be called Marshal Tito, but that's a different story), where children's voices, as they run around, mash up together with grown-ups' conversations, music from nearby cafés, dogs' barking, and impatient drivers' honking. (Marija Mokrova, from her essay "Skopje...not mine anymore")

K.K.W: Igor, thanks for the interview I know your very busy.
Igor Toshevski,
image courtesy of Mr Toshevski.
IT: Your welcome K.

K.K.W: Every city has parks, however does Skopje have public spaces other then parks and do they have free wi-fi (internet), chess tables? Are any of them enclosed, giving protection from the elements, with comfortable seating?

I.T: Indeed, Skopje does have a few articulated public areas which provide more than one aspect for outdoor activities. Most of these spaces were conceived and built during the socialist period according to modernist standards such as Bauhaus, but are often left neglected. We call them 'SocBauhaus'. The truth is that little is done to restore or upgrade them so most of them now look like some sad reminders of a strange era. The new trends include wi-fi access almost everywhere, children playgrounds and even fitness equipment. However, they are now constructed in a hurry, often neglecting practical details which would make them complete, such as weather cover or comfort zones. Not to mention aesthetics…

K.K.W:  What are your, if any, favorite public spaces in Skopje?

I.T: The plateaus located between older apartment blocks are now being treated with more care and attention to practical detail (access for wheelchairs, forum-like areas, kid’s corner and new paths). As a continuation of the former modernist plans, such piazzas exist in the area of Taftalidze, Karpos, Aerodrom, etc. They’re pretty tidy and quiet, which is good for a change, as opposed to the city center.

K.K.W:  When it comes to public spaces in Skopje, what is your opinion of them? What should be added?

I.T: I hate it when ideology takes over. Most of the new areas have a tendency of projecting the romantic, anachronism values of neo-nationalism or some über Macedonian identity, instead on focusing on communication, comfort, multi-purpose venues and a more humane environment. We could do less with bad taste totalitarian décor and more with design which reflects the times we live in (digitization, mobile access, nomadism etc.). Contemporary art can help, but it’s regarded as a no-no. There were some pretty good ideas at the beginning (rent a city-bike, river cafes) but their implementation is relatively poor.

K.K.W: The project "Skopje 2014" has made some major changes to the city, but has it affected public spaces in a really negative way?

I.T: For sure. This new monumental look is inadequate in many aspects. One of them is disproportion. The sheer scale of this dilettante academism suggests “eternal values” which would inspire awe, but what it really does is insult good taste and instigates arrogance, power… It actually projects fear – something which not only does not improve contemporary urban lifestyle but results in division, segregation and sheer stupidity, if you consider that Skopje is a ‘mixed’ society 
in terms of ethnicity and religion. The Old Bazaar has been turned into a sound polluted discotheque while the center unmistakably reminds us of Las Vegas or Disneyland aesthetics. For the semi-illiterate masses, this, for now is still pretty attractive. Due to the poor financial standards, many of them have never even seen another foreign country or structures of such grandeur (frankly, even I am impressed by its scale). Kitsch, or turbo-architecture as it has being dubbed lately, has always clung tightly to contemporary life in Macedonia. What is obvious though is that even now, Skopje has become a mockery and a joke in the eyes of international architecture critique. It’s a question of time before this truth sinks in at home.

K.K.W:  In NYC many of the "modern" buildings have public space built next to them, some are outdoor some indoors (a city zoning law passed in 1961 gives incentives to private developers for doing this). Does Skopje have any public spaces like this, and do you think your city should pass a similar zoning law?

I.T: This law sounds like a great idea. The problem here was always the implementation of any law, as such. Even if we did have such an option, it would be treated as a formality and only the minimum standards would be taken in consideration, which is what is happening at the moment. Even worse, the city is suffocating. Literally. Parking space, for example, is a huge problem. Skopje was never intended to be a Capital and contain such a population (one million, and counting). But, instead of spreading out and creating not one, but several ‘centers’ and improving the communication network between them, the current concept is that of concentration within the one and only central part of the city. Skopje 2014 is exactly this. The border between this part of town and the rest is rather dramatic. But, most parts of the city still remain dark, derelict areas with no pavements, small parks etc. Not to mention bicycle tracks or green zones. As an illustration, it’s worth noticing the fact that Skopje still remains as one of the most polluted cities in Europe. Something definitely needs to change.

No matter how you conceive it, change does not come easy, and it will only happen through mutual understanding. Trying to bring attention to important matters is the only sensible course of action, in order to start a chain reaction that may lead to positive change. And if what was discussed here is responsible, then we alone will be responsible for the saying of. For people should never be silent as what they perceive as a problem in there country, or that of their fellow man.

If you would like to know more, go to:www.balkaninsight.com/en/gallery/skopje-2014, :www.cnn.com/2011/10/04/world/europe/macedonia-skopje-2014/index.html, :www.studiophoenix.blogspot.com/2012/12/marija-mokrova-skopje-not-mine-anymore.html
"Art is the reason, art is the way"     

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2012-Best performances

This months cover by Aleksandar Ares & K.K.W.
Original photos by K.K.W
Best Performances of 2012. Photos by K.K.W.

365 days in a way never really seems like a lot does it? However, it rolls along slowly and then comes to an end leaving the individual to think about where they were, what they saw, and how many great performances were in those seemingly brief days. 

Most of these groups, bands, & individuals may not have been broadcast to the whole city, let alone the whole world, but they were here and they were truly great.   
Whitney V Hunters "Site" @ Summer stage 

Whitney V Hunters (the man himself) "Site" @ Summer stage

Whitney V Hunters "Site" @ Summer stage
For more info see blog post.
Miranda Cuckson @ The Italian institute
"Where words leave off..." 
Miranda Cuckson @ The Italian institute
"Where words leave off..." 
Lynn Bechtold @ Gallery MC
Composers Concordance Festival 1 ("electronics")


Mari Kimura @ Gallery MC
Composers Concordance Festival 1 ("electronics")
For more info see blog post
Patrick Grant @ Drom
Composers Concordance Festival 1
("marathon")
For more info see blog post
Dan Barett & Franz Hackl Composers Concordance Festival 1
("marathon")
For more info see blog post

Dan Barett & Franz Hackl Composers Concordance Festival 1
("marathon")
For more info see blog post
Music Progressive Quartet @ Gallery MC

Music Progressive Quartet @ Gallery MC


Little Worlds @ Spectrum
Violin and Violoncello Duos @ Spectrum
By Michael Vincent Waller far left,
Caroline Chin, & Brain Snow

Violin and Violoncello Duos @ Spectrum
By Michael Vincent Waller 
far left, Caroline Chin, & Brain Snow
Nud @ Spectrum. Camilla Ha, left, & Kate
"Women in experimental music"

Jeanann Dara @ Spectrum. "Women in experimental music"

Jeanann Dara @ Spectrum. "Women in experimental music"
For more info see blog post

CCBT "Metamorphosis" by James R Atkinson 
CCBT "Metamorphosis" by James R Atkinson 
"In between worlds of emotions" by Sasha Sagan
@ Lincoln Center
For more info see blog post
Lisa Maree Dowling @ Drom
Composers Concordance Festival 2
("Marathon")
Lisa Maree Dowling @ Drom
Composers Concordance Festival 2
("Marathon")
For more info see blog post
Tom Swafford (violin), Isabel Castellvi (cello), Paul Pinto (piano)mini_001 @ Drom Composers Concordance Festival 2
("Marathon")
For more info see blog post

Nataliya Medvedovskaya @ Drom
Composers Concordance Festival 2
("Marathon")
For more info see blog post
Angela Babin @ Drom
Composers Concordance Festival 2
("Marathon")
For more info see blog post
Kinan Azmeh, left,  David Soldier, and Peter Jarvis
@ Shape-Shifter lab (18 Whitwell Place, Bklyn)
Composers Concordance Festival 2 ("Nine-live")It was Kinan's piece that was the best part of that evening.
For more info see blog post.

Lara St John @ Dimenna Center
Composers Concordance Festival 2 ("Legends")

Valerie Coleman @ Dimenna CenterComposers Concordance Festival 2 ("Legends")

Lisa Maree Dowling @ Spectrum.
Valerie Kuehne @ 109 Gallery

Valerie Kuehne @ 109 Gallery
If you would like to know more, see blog post for 2012. "Art is the reason, art is the way"




Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Shiraz via Frontera

This months cover by Aleksandar Ares
& K.K.W. Original photos by K.K.W
Shriaz: A beautiful thing. Photo & article by K.K.W

I've always had a fondness for the "drink", even before crossing the legal line to be able. Getting into wine is a tough thing, and yet a lot of fun. Easy to become a snob, hard not to be considered as such, and sometimes hard to deal with every priming-ass that gives it a bad rap.   
A sad & beautiful site; the last drop.
Have I had expensive bottles, yes, will I get into that here, hell-no. When it comes to inexpensive bottles Frontera makes a great one ($10.00 - $12.00 depending on the location). The taste is smooth, clean, with hint of currant & spice (don't think hot peppers), thicker then most other reds, and often bold. It Goes so well with savory or spicy foods (curry dishes, Thai, etc), and seasoned meats. As for cheese? Gorgonzola, blue, anything sharp, tart, with a pungent smell.


Even if its a different brand, pop the cork, let it breathe for about 15-20 min's (or just pour small amount into a glass & swirl to get the air in into it. Try not to spill). First take a sip, let it linger on your tongue and swallow. Next, cut a piece of cheese or savory meat, or a spoon full of curry or Thai dish and eat followed by a another sip of the dark-lady. The taste should be even better, which will show the power of the "drink". The right foods begin to increase the taste, pushing it to its peak. Try different things and see where it takes you. 

Normally I don't like red-wines from South America, but this brand is really good. My favorite area for Shriaz (or Syrah as its known in Europe & elsewhere) is South Eastern Australia, or South Africa (General Bilimoria. I really hope the name is right) is a good label, though hard to find). 

Rosemount Estate is a fine producer from S.E Australia, and the bottle that got me into the this kind. When it comes to wine don't go by just a label (although that should play a role in selection), start with type, then region, then producer. Never buy just based on price, start low & work your way up. If the bottle says table-wine, check the year (these are meant to be consumed within a year of being made). Cheers! And have fun (your paying for it).  

2012: Best of - Events

This months cover by Aleksandar Ares
& K.K.W, original photos by K.K.W.
Some of the best events of 2012.
Photos by K.K.W.

As I look back on this past year, I realize I did more then most people who live in NYC (creative or otherwise). So many wonderful moments & some really bad ones. Although I'm sure it was worth it to have met a fair amount of great, if not interesting individuals and been apart of these events. They had a major impact on my life as not just an "event photographer", but also as an artist. Cheers! 
Dan Barett @ Composers Concordance
festival 1, part 2 ("Marathon" at Drom)

Left to right: Valerie Coleman, Monica Ellis & Mariam Adams
Composers Concordance festival 1, part 2 ("Marathon" at Drom)

Milica Paranosic Composers Concordance festival 1,
 part 2 ("Marathon" at Drom)

 
Yael Archer
Composers Concordance festival 1, part 2 ("Marathon" at Drom)
Counter)induction: "Where words leave off..."
@ The Italian institute.
This was one of those moments where I broke the rules
for the sake of good photos.  I was only suppose to
take pic's from the back of the auditorium, but
I silently made my way up the left & right side,
to get closer to the stage (zooming in the the lens was not enough).
The camera was on silent mode  & didn't make a sound.
And no-flash, of course.

Counter)induction: "Where words leave off..."
@ The Italian institute. 
Miranda Cuckson, one of the best violinists in NYC
& possibly the world. 

Counter)induction: "Where words leave off..."
@ The Italian institute. 
Miranda Cuckson, one of the best violinists in NYC
& possibly the world.
This was the event where I met Lawrence De Martin,
an expert on sound. Check out his interview on the blog.




"William James's Varieties of religious experience":A chamber Opera by Gene Pritsker
@ Le Passion Rouge 
Chanda Rule/gospel voice & mezzo soprano
"William James's Varieties of religious experience":A chamber Opera by Gene Pritsker
@ Le Passion Rouge 

Gene Pritsker
"William James's Varieties of religious experience":
A chamber Opera by Gene Pritsker
@ Le Passion Rouge 


"William James's Varieties of religious experience":A chamber Opera by Gene Pritsker
@ Le Passion Rouge 

Peter Christan Hall (Narrator)
"William James's Varieties of religious experience":A chamber Opera by Gene Pritsker
@ Le Passion Rouge.
When Gene gave me the CD of this to review
it took me a while to listen to it, but I have it on my i-pod
(2 different playlists), & whenever it comes up
I realize how great it is (best to listen to it while walking about the city)

@ The Highline in Manhattan.
It use to be a derelict stretch of train track
going through lower west side of Manhattan. 

@ The Highline in Manhattan. Thats Katrina in the blue dress,
shame we are no longer on speaking terms.
Still her suggestion of going there resulted in a great day,
& some excellent photos.  
Cooper Union Student protest against student debt
@ Union Square East
(I forget the actual name of the event, & I'm to drunk to look it up now).
The NYPD followed us the whole way (c#$ksuckers).

Cooper Union Student protest against student debt
@ Union Square East
The NYPD (c#$ksuckers, as I said above).
This young woman's crime: Didn't move fast enough when they said to clear the area
 & talking back to the cops.
Cooper Union Student protest against student debt
@ Union Square East 

Cooper Union Student protest against student debt
@ Union Square East 
@ MoCaDa Gallery off Atlantic Ave Brooklyn. 

@ MoCaDa Gallery off Atlantic Ave Brooklyn.
Thats councilman  John Liu (I think).
From what I know he's running for mayor this year.

@ MoCaDa Gallery off Atlantic Ave Brooklyn.
I need to make more of an effort to attend there functions. 
@ The B.O.S (Bushwick Open Studios)
Thats Ivana in the white shirt.
She was one of  the women I met this past summer
that made its both great & awful.
It was her suggestion we attend. Great day.
She left for Eastern Europe 1-2 to later,
Spent the next to weeks thinking about her until he came back.

@ The B.O.S (Bushwick Open Studios)
If you would like to know the artist
look the post on the blog

@ The B.O.S (Bushwick Open Studios)
If you would like to know the artist
look the post on the blog
 

@ The B.O.S (Bushwick Open Studios)
If you would like to know the artist
look the post on the blog.
If you can't tell thats Patrick Stewart's Head. Great day! 
First date with Ivana. Great night out.

First date with Ivana. Great night out. The red glare
is from Amsterdam Billiards
(4th Ave near Union Square)  neon sign.
Artist Kria Brekkan @ The Clocktower Gallery
(108 Leonard Street).
She's from Iceland and was performing
with artist "Shoplifter" (I never found out why she chose this name).
See June blog post for more. 






Organizing paperwork for current project.
It wasn't an event with invites, but still I felt it should be listed.

Organizing paperwork for current project
(In The Shadow of The Young Ones). See April post for details.
Ivana. This was Sat after she crashed her bike
after we left an event in Bushwick Bklyn.
Meeting her, the time we spent together, was an event all its own.
Note Aleksandar Ares' name on the chalk board,
& one of my poems.

Ivana. Despite it ending badly (mostly her fault),
I miss her. I miss her beautiful scent (& other things).
She was the 2nd young woman from the Balkans
(Serbia. 1st one was from Macedonia) I met in NYC. 


@ Saint Sava (Serbian orthodox church)

@ Saint Sava (Serbian orthodox church)
Traditional Serbian food:
Potatoes, salad, grilled sausage-meat, onions & gabbage.
Damn good! I miss Ivana (crazy mixed-up woman)

@ Saint Sava (Serbian orthodox church)
Yes, it was a bit strange being the only black male there,
but a great moment. They were nice. 
@ La Sala (Williamsburg Bklyn) for the event
"Romanyeah" by artist Cinty Ionescu (videographer/DJ from Romania)

@ La Sala (Williamsburg Bklyn) for the event
"Romanyeah" by artist Cinty Ionescu (videographer/DJ from Romania)
Thats Cinty on the left. It was Ivana who made me go to this
(I was really up-set she changed our plans that evening,
but it turned out to be a great night & now I know some people from
Romania).  Right now I'm thinking of something very stupid:
to call Ivana.  

@ La Sala (Williamsburg Bklyn) for the event
"Romanyeah" by artist Cinty Ionescu (videographer/DJ from Romania)

@ La Sala (Williamsburg Bklyn) for the event
"Romanyeah" by artist Cinty Ionescu (videographer/DJ from Romania).
Thats Cinty on the left.
@ The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the
Prada and Schiaparelli exhibition.
I would have posted about this, but most of the photos
could not be read from my camera (which is strange because photography
was not allowed & I took pic' anyway).
It was a really great f#$king event.
@ Recess Art Space on Grand street.
Laura Vitale's project involving sound and gypsum plaster.
See blog post for more.

On the roof of  The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Tomas Saraceno's "Cloud City".

On the roof of  The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Tomas Saraceno's "Cloud City".

Yours truly:) On the roof of  The Metropolitan Museum of Art:Tomas Saraceno's "Cloud City".
It strange that I tan so easily in the summer
(It fades in the Fall & Winter).
Then again I am a "Night Owl". 

On the roof of  The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Tomas Saraceno's "Cloud City".

On the roof of  The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Tomas Saraceno's "Cloud City".
This was the last event Ivana & I went to,
and the last time I saw her.
I would tell you what happened,
but somethings should not spoken of,
especially on the net. 
@ "Bodega" bar/restaurant in Williamsburg Bklyn.
A friends poetry reading: Sinnel. 

@ "Bodega", bar/restaurant in Williamsburg Bklyn.
A friends poetry reading: Sinnel (on stage). 

@ Spectrum (121 Ludlow street).
This was their first music festival: NYX 

@ Spectrum (121 Ludlow street).
This was their first music festival: NYX
Little Worlds performing. See August post for more. 

Ron @ Spectrum (121 Ludlow street).
This was there first music festival: NYX
Sarcustic performing. They were great & loud!!
So loud 4 young women got up, went to the bathroom
& put toilet-paper in their ears to lessen the sound.
Kick-ass! 

@ Spectrum (121 Ludlow street).
This was there first music festival: NYX
Sarcustic performing.
Left to right: Ron, Weasel, & Tim

@ Spectrum: "Women in experimental music"
Camilla of "Ivy Meadows" 

@ Spectrum: "Women in experimental music"
Nud (Camilla, left,  & Kate) performing, really great duo.

@ Spectrum: "Women in experimental music"
Jeanann Dara (Viola/electronics & vocals)
@ Peanut Underground gallery
(East 5th street, Manhattan)

@ Peanut Underground gallery
(East 5th street, Manhattan)
Thats Lee Wells in the baseball cap,
he's one of the operators.  

@ Central Park West with Sasha Sagan (Ballet dancer/choreographer
from Skopje, Macedonia.
Her stay here in NYC was great.
Before she came I only knew her on Facebook,
it was great seeing her in person. A good friend. 

@ Central Park West with Sasha Sagan (Ballet dancer/choreographer
from Skopje, Macedonia.

@ Central Park West with Sasha Sagan (Ballet dancer/choreographer
from Skopje, Macedonia.

Sasha's event: "In between worlds of emotions"
@ Lincoln Center. 

Sasha's event: "In between worlds of emotions"
@ Lincoln Center. 

Sasha's event: "In between worlds of emotions"
@ Lincoln Center. 

Sasha's event: "In between worlds of emotions"
@ Lincoln Center.
For more info see Nov post.
Patrick Grants "Tilted Axes".
A small parade of musicians all playing guitars
with mobile Amp's with one drummer (he only had one small drum).
It was a great event.
For more info see our FaceBbook page.

Patrick Grants "Tilted Axes".
A small parade of musicians all playing guitars
with mobile Amp's with one drummer (he only had one small drum).
It was a great event. Thats Angela Babin in the middle.

Patrick Grants "Tilted Axes".
A small parade of musicians all playing guitars
with mobile Amp's with one drummer (he only had one small drum).
It was a great event.
@ 109 Gallery (109 Broadway, Williamsburg Bklyn). 

@ 109 Gallery (109 Broadway, Williamsburg Bklyn).
Valerie Kuehne. 

@ 109 Gallery (109 Broadway, Williamsburg Bklyn).
Matthew Sliver.

@ 109 Gallery (109 Broadway, Williamsburg Bklyn).
Valerie Kuehne (I forget the gentlemen's name)
This part of the performance,
which was really interesting.
For more info see our Facebook page.
@ Spectrum: "Heavy hands fund raising event".

@ Spectrum: "Heavy hands fund raising event".
Lisa Maree

CCBT performance.
By James Atkinson.
For more info see our Facebook page.

CCBT performance.
By James Atkinson.
For more info see our Facebook page.

CCBT performance.
By James Atkinson.
For more info see our Facebook page.

@ Spectrum: "Works for Viola"
By Michael Vincent Waller

@ Spectrum: "Works for Viola"
By Michael Vincent Waller.
Eric Huebner, left & Max Mandel
@ Drom: Composers Concordance Festival 2 "Evolution"
"Marathon"

@ Drom: Composers Concordance Festival 2 "Evolution"
"Marathon"
David Morneau, & yes thats a "Gameboy" he's play,
he used it as an instrument. Crazy.
For more info see Dec post. 

@ Drom: Composers Concordance Festival 2 "Evolution"
"Mini_001" (by Paul Pinto-[piano], with Tom Swafford & Isabel Castellvi)
This was one of the best performances,
excellent music & amazing to hear them say 'pussy' on stage.
Freaked me out (contemporary classical performer are weird).

@ Drom: Composers Concordance Festival 2 "Evolution"
From left to right; Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Milica Paranosic,
Patrick Hardish & Joseph Pehrson. 

@ Drom: Composers Concordance Festival 2 "Evolution"
@ Shape-Shifter Lab (18 Whitwell Place Brooklyn)
"Nine-Live"

@ Dimenna Center: Composers Concordance Festival 2 "Evolution"
"Legends"

@ Dimenna Center: Composers Concordance Festival 2 "Evolution"
"Legends"

@ Dimenna Center: Composers Concordance Festival 2 "Evolution"
"Legends"

@ Spectrum: Composers Concordance Festival 2 "Evolution"
"60x60" 

@ Spectrum: Composers Concordance Festival 2 "Evolution"
"60x60"
Lynn Bechtold & Dan Cooper 
If you would like to know more, please go through this past years blog post for more info,
or our Facebook page. "Art is the reason art is the way"