Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Save the date - February 12 for a live film show at the Drawing Center in Soho

Fridays and Saturdays in late January and early February, The Drawing Center will present Basement Performances curated by renowned composer and performer John Zorn. The six cutting edge multi-media performances in our Lab will bring together improvised music with expanded cinema and feature some of Downtown New York’s most adventurous musicians and visual artists including: Okkyung Lee and Andrew Lampert; Raha Raissnia and Panagiotis Mavridis; Bill Laswell; Kenny Wollesen and Julia Elsas; Ela Troyano and Uzi Parnes; and Ikue Mori.

The Basement Performances are produced by Brett Littman, Executive Director.

Friday, January 29 at 7:30pm
$10 at BrownPaperTickets.com
Okkyung Lee (composer, cellist) and Andrew Lampert (artist, film archivist)
Performing a site-specific piece with multiple projections and live music

Saturday, January 30 at 7:30pm
$10 at BrownPaperTickets.com
Raha Raissnia (artist) and Panagiotis Mavridis (artist, musical instrument maker)
Performing with multiple looped 35 and 16 mm film projections and installation with live music


Friday, February 5 at 7:30pm
$20 at BrownPaperTickets.com
Bill Laswell (record producer, bassist)
Performing to Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi

Saturday, February 6 at 7:30pm
$10 at BrownPaperTickets.com
Kenny Wollesen (percussionist) and Julia Elsas (artist)
Kenny Wollesen and Julia Elsas will create an intimate sonic and visual performance with handmade instruments and an object-based installation.


Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm
$10 at BrownPaperTickets.com
Ela Troyano (filmmaker, actress) and Uzi Parnes (photographer, performer)
Parnes and Troyano will work environmentally, presenting two works – The Silence of Marcel Duchamp with John Zorn’s BeuysBlock as a soundtrack and a live film version of Bubble People, featuring legendary filmmaker Jack Smith along with Parnes and Polly Bradfield. Bradfield, one of downtown’s earliest improvisers, can be seen and heard on violin and record player. Bubble PeopleTroyano’s first film was shot at Parnes' loft Performances Staged and includes his environments and artworks.

Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm
$10 at BrownPaperTickets.com
Ikue Mori (improviser, composer)
Performing a new live visual and sound piece based on the Nathaniel Hawthorne tale “Pomegranate Seeds”

Image: Raha Raissnia, Longing, 2014. 16 mm film, color, 20-minute loop, optical sound. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York.