ONGON
Nov
14
to Nov 23

ONGON

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‘ONGON’ in the Buryat language means ‘the spirits of our ancestors or of sacred places in nature’. Based on Brody's travels with shamans in the Republic of Buryatia, Eastern Siberia, ONGON is an exploration of the trance in relation to the performer - it is a physical and aural manifestation of transformation through performance.

A solo performance using music, video, and performance, the piece explores concepts of creative expression new and old by evoking traditional shamanic rituals and trance states through expressions of physicality and the use of video, performance and sound. These combine to create a fully immersive viewer experience.

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Pletai: Kosmosjam
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

Pletai: Kosmosjam

PLETAI (Abraham Brody, Ilya Sharov, Maria Medvedchenkova, Maria Marchenko) formed out of a spontaneous all-night jam session in Moscow in October 2016. The four join together as one ensemble, exploring folklore through the lense of performance art, the theatrical, and the mystical. Combining their powerful voices, violin, harmonium, pipes, and other instruments with video installations, Pletai search for a sense of ritual and sacred in the music they perform, imbuing it with a both a freshness and a depth that brings new energy and life. ‘Pletai’ (wattle) in Russian references a form of ancient dances and songs from northern Russia. It is a symbol of prosperity as well as a play on words–as a verb, it means to make a ritual.

Together with Abraham Brody, Pletai explore both the ancient and modern connection between Slavic and Baltic folklore, as well as seek to demonstrate the unity of different backgrounds and cultures through their powerful artistic partnership. Their members have performed internationally and all over Russia, at such venues as Moscow International Performing Arts Center, Meyerhold Center Moscow (artists in residence June 2017), Central House of Artists Moscow, Ethnosphere Festival, Sziget Festival, Solyanka VPA Gallery Moscow, Vselistvenny Wreath Festival, among others. 

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Pletai: Kosmosjam
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Pletai: Kosmosjam

PLETAI (Abraham Brody, Ilya Sharov, Maria Medvedchenkova, Maria Marchenko) formed out of a spontaneous all-night jam session in Moscow in October 2016. The four join together as one ensemble, exploring folklore through the lense of performance art, the theatrical, and the mystical. Combining their powerful voices, violin, harmonium, pipes, and other instruments with video installations, Pletai search for a sense of ritual and sacred in the music they perform, imbuing it with a both a freshness and a depth that brings new energy and life. ‘Pletai’ (wattle) in Russian references a form of ancient dances and songs from northern Russia. It is a symbol of prosperity as well as a play on words–as a verb, it means to make a ritual.

Together with Abraham Brody, Pletai explore both the ancient and modern connection between Slavic and Baltic folklore, as well as seek to demonstrate the unity of different backgrounds and cultures through their powerful artistic partnership. Their members have performed internationally and all over Russia, at such venues as Moscow International Performing Arts Center, Meyerhold Center Moscow (artists in residence June 2017), Central House of Artists Moscow, Ethnosphere Festival, Sziget Festival, Solyanka VPA Gallery Moscow, Vselistvenny Wreath Festival, among others. 

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The Violinist Is Present
Sep
24
1:00 PM13:00

The Violinist Is Present

Premiered Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland at 'The Artist is an Explorer, curated by Marina Abramovic 

This performance is an exploration of the powerful energy between performer and public, The main goal being to give the public an active role in the performance. Abraham Brody invites members of the public to sit in front of him, one at a time, and he will create musical improvisations based on what he sees in their eyes. When sitting in front of the violinist, the public is encouraged to keep eye contact with him at all times. This performance brings both the public and Performer fully into the present moment, allowing the public to become aware of their current inner emotions. The creation of this work goes two ways, The violinist improvising in response to what he sees in the public's eyes, the public affected and changed by the music, creating an ever evolving process and a spontaneous musical piece unique to each moment. The energy transmitted from the public sustains the violinist in his musical creations. The longer the public remains in the space, and the more focused attention they bring to the present moment, the more they actively control the dialogue between the violinist and themselves. 

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National Sawdust: Season 3 Opening "Guided Discovery"
Sep
23
7:30 PM19:30

National Sawdust: Season 3 Opening "Guided Discovery"

Be the first to celebrate the spectacular third season of National Sawdust, “Brooklyn’s contemporary music sanctuary” (I Care If You Listen). The second show of the season-opening trifecta focuses on our multicultural theme of the season: Origins, and is a singular opportunity to hear three iterations of musical mastery, energy, and passion from sounds that span three continents.

Lithuanian-American multi-instrumentalist Abraham Brody (NS Artist-in-Residence), dubbed “a powerful talent” by performance artist Marina Abramović, will perform violin and electronics, masterfully linking music, performance art, and multimedia together to create vivid pictures inspired by Lithuanian folk melodies.

Fresh off a Pulitzer Prize for her opera and human trafficking allegory Angel’s Bone, Chinese composer and multi-instrumentalist Du Yun (NS Curator) will show off her pop tastes, performing with her experimental ensemble Ok Miss.

The emerging mavericks of Russian Renaissance, winners of the prestigious $100,000 2017 M Prize, will perform some of their work labeled “ferocious” by M Prize critic Martin Slagter, featuring true feats of excitement and technical wizardry on traditional Russian instruments like the stringed balalaika, the domra, the button accordion, and balalaika-contrabasso.

Guided Discovery will be hosted by violist, Peabody Award-winning radio/podcast host, and all around new-music champion Nadia Sirota.

This evening is supported in part by The Garcia Family Foundation.

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