This is from a musician friend: “I am very saddened to inform you that the great Rashied Ali left us yesterday.” (August 12):
Guitar #133: More on 200 Guitars August 12, 2009
As a follow-up to my friend Joe’s 200 guitars concert:
Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Saturday night: 200 electric guitars circle Damrosch Park—individually amped. It’s “The Crimson Grail.”
Here’s the finale (Part 7/8) on YouTube:
Here are a couple of accounts of the concert:
Daichi for Beatbox Battle Wildcard August 10, 2009
This guy’s a real artist and pretty darned amazing:
Rhys Chatham: A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars
For club-music mavens, the return of New York’s seminal breakbeat artistes Liquid Liquid is a reminder that in the beginning freestyle dancers romped and stomped to the rhythms of percussionists. Two hundred electric guitars and basses line the park and plug in for the world premiere of Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars.
Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Presented in collaboration with Wordless Music. Commissioned by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors.
RIP Michael Jackson June 30, 2009
I was wedding-swamped over the weekend, as you may have noticed from the shortage of posts, but a Michael Jackson tribute dance at the wedding put me in the mood for tributes to a fine artist from my childhood. The following was produced by inmates at a prison:
5th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival in DUMBO today June 20, 2009
THE 5th ANNUAL BROOKLYN HIP-HOP FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE JUNE 20TH 2009
EMPIRE FULTON FERRY STATE PARK
Who’s Going To Be There?
Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier, Styles P, dead prez, Smif N Wessun, Grand Puba, J Period, Torae and Marco Polo, Tanya Morgan, Tiye Phoenix, Keys N Krates, Brown Bag All Stars, DJ Parler, DJ Misbehaviour, Metermaids
Special Guests: Chip Fu, Kel Spencer, Homeboy Sandman and Shawn J Period
Donny Goines Nyle Eagle Nebula Brokn.Englsh Children Of The Night
Hosted by Ralph McDaniels
June 20th After Party: Uncle Ralph McDaniels, Buckshot, Tanya Morgan, Mr. Cheeks, 8thw1, DJ JS-1
How Much Is It?
We’re asking for a $10 donation offset the cost of putting on the festival. You you can pick up tickets at:
406 Avenue of the Americas # 1
New York, NY 10011
57 Pearl St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
70-15 Austin St., Forest Hills
NY (718) 261-6101
How Do I Get to the Festival?
By Train: Take The F train to York St. Walk east along Jay St. towards Front St. Turn left on Plymouth St. and the entrance will be at intersection of Plymouth and Main St.
Take A,C to High St. and Cadman Plaza E and walk down Cadman Plaza E towards York St. Turn left on Plymouth and the entrance will be at the intersection of Plymouth St. and Main St.
Take the 2/3 to Clark Street. Walk down the hill of Henry Street. Make a right on Cranberry Street and follow directions from Cadman Plaza
iPod shuffle: Small is the new big March 12, 2009
Let everyone else have their full-size iPods and iPhones. I, for one, love the iPod shuffle, for its size, simplicity and price. And now it’s gotten even better with the newest version: 1000 songs and 4GB. Really, do you need any more than that? And it’s so small (no bigger than a key) that you know for sure the subway mugger will snag the big old iPod flaunted by the label-snob consumer next to you long before discovering or caring that this tiny box of happiness and loud-convo muffler is clipped to your lapel. Now with free engraving and voice-over capability. I can never find prices on the Apple site, but I paid $50 for mine. Get small here.
See Jazz Bombshell Marilyn Kleinberg Wed. February 22, 2009
Jazz music lovers alert: This Wednesday, our favorite jazz singer Marilyn Kleinberg will be performing at the Bowery Wine Company for one night only. The trio will include: Marilyn on vocals, Saul Rubin on guitar and Pat O’Leary on bass. Read recent Athena post on Marilyn.
When: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm Location: Bowery Wine Company Street: 13 E. 1st St. City/Town: New York, NY. Contact InfoPhone: 2126140800. Learn more about Marilyn or order her CD here.