Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I AM an LWA....

Last Spring I got my letter-writing honey and I memberships to the Chicago-based Letter Writer's Alliance. The enrollment papers, need I say, were quite remarkable. I, nay, we now join the ranks proudly as card-carrying members of the LWA.

In their fair city, since 2007 by Kathy Zadrozny & Donovan Beeson host wonderful events, contribute to their respective blogs, and manage the alluring if not niche gift shop available on their site and space. An afternoon to evening in a public space filled with typewriters, envelopes, letterhead, and postage is an event I would love to recreate - so open, so playful. Be sure to check out their free download-able goodies HERE.
Letter writing has always been a part of my life, and my life has been so rich due to these tangible interactions. Lately my correspondence is just that, letter-form, but I do still flex the postal art aspects, too, though mostly with postcards. But, hey, though you will likely not get a return letter, write a couple of letters a year at least. Reach out and let that person/place/thing you're thinking of share something with you, though he/she/it/they are in a different time and place.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Brooklyn Art Library
call number: 038.13-9

That's right!

theme: Secret codes

project: The Sketchbook Project: 2011 This book of secret codes is the collected effort of writers, musicians, and artists living and working in middle Tennessee. The collection is intended not only as a visual piece, but as an experiment to see what, if any, larger pattern would emerge from these individual efforts. For more information on the works in this book or their creators, contact: kellishay@gmail.com.

Post-tour, the book was returned to the Brooklyn Art Library and digitized. All of your favorite Nashville artists' contributions can be seen HERE, in the order in which it all happened!

Thanks, Kelli for the follow-up.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New ep by Good Rester out today!

New ep by Good Rester out today!

released 04 August 2011
Andy Alexander - Moog synthesizer, acoustic guitar
Clare Burson - vocals
Brian Siskind - beats, Sequential Circuits Six-Track synth, lap steel, processing, edits

Produced by Fognode and Good Rester
Recorded in Queens, NYC
All songs copyright 2011

Cover photo/art by Andy Alexander

Friday, June 24, 2011


photo borrowed from the AWESOME: manystuff.org

IF-NOT-NOW.TV is an online television channel that will broadcast live from the Royal College of Art MA Communication Art & Design Graduation Show. This new and ephemeral way of experiencing the show will last for ten days, 24 hours a day, from 23rd June to 3rd July 2011.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Indeterminacies @ Zeigeist - May 10th, 2011 - Mark Volker w/ Erin Bradfield

Photo by Andrew Alexander
Zeitgeist and AIA Middle Tennessee are primed to host their third annual Indeterminacies this Tuesday night from 6-8 pm at Zeitgeist art gallery located at 1819 21st Avenue South in Nashville's Hillsboro Village.
This installation of the Indeterminacies schedule will present the works of professor Mark Volker, moderated by Erin Bradfield,  and concludes the Spring installment of Indeterminacies. The Fall schedule will be available at the gallery's/architecture firm's website soon.
Mark Volker is a composer. On the side he is Assistant Professor at Belmont's Music School. He appears on both Elemental Forces on Centaur Records CD, and Volume 3 of ERMmedia's Masterworks of the New Era. He is a highly awarded professional composer, having been performed and recorded across the globe, and being featured by numerous festivals. From a brief press release:

"Known for his colorful harmonic language and orchestration, as well as his facility with both electronic and traditional instrumentations...."

Our moderator for the evening, Erin Bradfield, is a Ph.D. candidate in the philosophy department who works on aesthetics. Her dissertation is about the role of silence in the production and reception of art and involves arguments about the work of Andy Warhol, Gordon Matta-Clark, and David Lynch.[from the Vanderbilt University department of art and science, Writing Studio staff page.]
About the evening's event, Volker is quoted:

“I will present a new work for two percussionists, flute, violin, and cello, a set of songs for voice and guitar, my flute piece “Deep Winter” and a very recent work for electric guitar, interactive electronics, and dance (I hope to have a video of the dance that I can play with the performance).”

Tony Youngblood's Theatre Intangible has a bit on the show as well HERE.
See the Facebook Event site HERE.

Newly installed works will be seen in the gallery by artists Brent Stewart and Patrick DeGuira.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Indeterminacies @ Zeigeist - April 12th, 2011 - Mark Snyder w/ Jonathan Marx

Nashville is getting a real treat with next Tuesday's 2nd Annual Indeterminacies program!!! Composer and multimedia artist Mark Snyder is going to be hosted by Zeitgeist, an event moderated by Jonathan Marx. The instrumentalist storyteller is going to bring his accessible modern compositions right to us. He purports a blend of technology while building upon his ultimate desire to engage listeners, reinforced by his ability to play multiple instruments within his sets and perform a congruous simultaneous video art piece conglomerate of both found and computer generated images. His is a fascinating and humble sound, showing true marks of both his long-standing musical and professorial careers.
Mark currently lives in Florence, Alabama where he holds position as Assistant Professor of Entertainment Industry at the University of North Alabama at which he directs the Electroacoustic Juke Joint. He has taught courses ranging from general computer skills for musicians to the history and practice of electronic music, new music ensemble, and scoring for film, theater, and digital media.

From MarkSnyder.org:
Mark has written for orchestra, choir, wind ensemble, various chamber combinations, multi-media, film, theatre and dance. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Argentina, Europe, New Zealand, Taiwan and selected for festivals and conferences that include Third Practice, Electronic Music MidWest, National Flute Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, SCI, SEAMUS, Ocean, Imagine and the Imagine 2 Electro-Acoustic Festival which Mark founded and directed. His work has been supported by generous grants from several organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts.
As a performer, Mark has recorded and toured the U.S. with with an eclectic list of ensembles: One Ring Zero, Paper Radio, Dirtball, Edison's Talking Machine, Nature Boy Explorer, Amorphic Revelation, Easy Chair, Spike the Dog, Klezalachia, GB, J. D. Hutchinson, and Billy Rhinehart.  Dr. Snyder earned his D.M.A. from the University of Memphis, an M.M. from Ohio University and a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington.
Using a laptop, video projector, clarinet, tuba and accordion, Mark Snyder creates instrumental multimedia compositions, orchestrated with live instrument processing, prerecorded sounds, and video. Mark’s compositions have been described as “a fantastic and colorful sonic journey of musical storytelling.”

Do visit his Society of ComposersVimeo, LastFM, Myspace and Facebook pages, too.

Butterfly from Mark Snyder on Vimeo.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Indeterminate and Intangible

The Indeterminacies series at Zeitgeist co-curated by Lesley Beeman and Lain York is yet another example of Nashville artists and professionals combining efforts alighting upon the presence of both the needs of our city and the ingenuity of/for original programming. Never recycling other local exhibit ideas, the series purports and sustains an edge not obfuscated by the possible comfort provided by the vetting situation. This situation is comprised of the location, half architecture studio half art gallery located next to Cotten Music Center, the presenting artists, the curators, moderators, and in most cases, the attendees (an extensive list I’ve done my best to keep short). When the events start, all constituent parts coalesce. The feeling is very progressive. That is to say, the pneuma of the events is one of an egalitarian sharing, though it is from respective perspectives that have been forged through various forms of rigor, research, and sacrifice, all which provide the launching pad for the present originality and creativity – a recognizable cocktail in the world of lasting arts.
This year’s programming is using music as its guiding theme or constraint. This theme, because of its approach, and dually due to the high level of creativity, originality, and accomplishment showcased by the performers is far from being cliché in Nashville. The events also earn their respect by constantly meriting recognition within a city with world-class music programming regularly available. As it might seem though, music is not always at the forefront of the events. By way of the structure of the event, the discussions can really lead to many places – part of the design. Often without moderation, artists are invited to present and discuss works. They are introduced, and then the attendees are free to engage and enquire – not only the artist(s) presenting, but each other oftentimes.
Another thematic characteristic of the series, and in part the more subversive element being aware of our location in Music City (a city which others often compare themselves to in the attempted workings of some invisible authority but quiet enough to keep influx down while it thrives and invents itself behind the seasons of university migration), is that the self-described indeterminate natures of these presentations intentionally keep the works presented and the preconceptions of the audience in stasis, a limbo at least, while the two hour (often longer) event develops to define and contextualize the work and the artist and audience’s place in relation to it. The events has greatly talented performers perform original pieces of music, most of which have not been heard by most if not all of the people in attendance. The idea is that the approach to the music can be kept fresh, temporarily free of predetermined values within aesthetic preferences and psychological projection. That the event is hosted, how and where the event is hosted, are promotion enough, opting out of the configuration of the exclusive and the high-profile – a respectable and reasonable way to go about the generation of economy in a culture.
Tony Youngblood, Theater Intangible founder and curator at Open Lot among other venues in Nashville, has been really coming through over the past years for the creative community here, and has provided us with yet another great podcast [available HERE] of the last Indeterminacies: Stan Link, with accompaniment, March 15th. [See Stan Link's Electro-Acoustic Music.] On Theater Intangible, there are great interviews with both curators and a great spotlight on Zeitgeist Gallery.

Photo by Kim Sherman, Cotten Music Center;
in photo: David Maddox and Stan Link, 2011.

Thanks to Lain York, Lesley Beeman, Tony Youngblood, David Maddox, and a very special thanks to Kim Sherman for permission to use her photograph.