Classical Music is Dead*

Sounds at Silvershed

Posted in art, concert, events, fashion, music by The Nouveau Classical Project on 06/03/2011

Neon of Trivial models one of his own designs

Tomorrow evening we’re playing some plugged-in music on the rooftop of the Silvershed. While we are super excited about playing, we’re even more excited about not having to go somewhere else to party, since we’ll be throwing a listening party at the venue, complete with inexpensive libations after the show!

But wait, there’s more!

In addition to the concert and party, our guests can walk through the Silvershed gallery and view fashion-inspired prints by Patrick Meagher. Culture, cocktails, and collective fun in one night.

Music (in no particular order):
Ananta- Ryan Manchester
Cliffs- Aphex Twin, Arr. Trevor Gureckis
Saint Arc- Daniel Wohl
Bed from Einstein on the Beach- Glass
Changing Opinion- Glass
Suspended Harmonies- Trevor Gureckis

Fashion: Millinery by Trivial

Art: prints by Patrick Meagher.

Tickets are 15 at the door or online here: http://silvershedncp.eventbrite.com/

Doors open at 7:30 pm

See you there!

Why Mark Morris Dance Group makes us love Handel Oratorios and the 80s…

Posted in art, concert, fashion, music, review, we like by Nicole Merritt on 08/05/2010

We love pastels too sometimes...

Is classical music really dead? Mark Morris doesn’t think so. In fact Mark is so crazy about classical music, that he started one of the only large dance companies in the U.S. that insists on bringing their own musicians on tour to perform with them live. Surely an expensive and risky endeavor, Mark has stated in many interviews that this is an essential element needed to make his works feel alive. This is just one of the many reasons why we at NCP love the Mark Morris Dance Group (http://markmorrisdancegroup.org/), and tonight was no exception…

Sitting down in the first ring of Daniel Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center for the Mostly Mozart Festival, my first thought was, “I’m so freakin’ tired. How am I ever going to sit through a two-hour Handel oratorio without passing out?” Little did we realize that we were in for an awesome sensory overload. It takes a special kind of artist to make a Handel Oratorio seem modern, but Mark Morris more than manages to do so with his choreographed work set to Handel’s “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.” Choreographed in 1988 and inspired by paintings by Blake, and poems by Milton, this work of art has many muses. However, its Mark’s vision of life, beauty, and fun that shine the brightest throughout this grand piece.

With fantastic pastel leos, tea-length dresses, and cut-off tops, this work reminds me one of giant human kaleidoscope circa 1988 (credit going to costume designer Christine Van Loon). With inter-changing colors and a series of frames for the set-design, the setting at times almost appears digital. The oratorio is comprised of four singers, a pit orchestra, and an outstanding choir. Having heard rumors that the Mostly Mozart Festival orchestral musicians were not always the tightest group, this was certainly not the case tonight. My personal favorite was the choir, and lyric soprano Lisa Saffer. Lisa’s crystal clear voice was the perfect imitation of a flute and a bird in the “Sweet Bird” section (that song is hard!).

There are supposedly 32 little stories within this work, but what I picked up on was Mark’s ability to translate the music into perfectly compatible physical movements. While this sounds like an easy thing to do, Mark demonstrates the breadth of this skills by playing with this concept throughout the work. In the one of the movements, the featured dancer is the perfect embodiment of a bird, with spirit fingers to match the tiniest trills in the flute and voice. Equally stunning were the representations of flocks of geese, where the company of dancers appeared at first to fly together, and then without warning the second half of the flock separates off and assumes flying another direction. Mark mimics the layers of music by adding lines and layers of dancers. The effect is something like swimming in a pool of colors. In another movement, Mark shows his silly side with gender-bending roles of women carrying men, and better yet bottom smacking circles of boys which I think was part of an Accompagnato (but I cant be sure because I was distracted by bum-smacking – plus it was dark in there!). Who doesn’t love a choreographer that can make you laugh and feel like you’re watching something profound at the same time?

In any case, this is the perfect work to introduce someone new to the Mark Morris Dance Group, or to make you fall back in love with his works. “L’Allegro, il Penseroso” is stellar on every level, with beautiful music, exciting choreography, and stunning visuals. This show will run tomorrow and Saturday night (August 5-7) at Lincoln Center, so if you have a chance…this is NCP tested, approved, and recommended.

Hello, 2010

Posted in art, events, music by Sugar Vendil on 01/09/2010

It’s good to be back in New York…relaxing is all good (and not to mention, essential), but I really do go a bit nuts when I’ve been on vacation for a bit too long (in my mind, 2 weeks) and worry that my atrophied brain (a result of the enriching suburban activities in which I participate during the holidays) will be unable to recover. And I apparently start to use more than a comfortable amount of (parentheses). Anyway, I also come back refreshed and ready to work!  And definitely ready to hit the streets, as I miss what NYC has to offer.  It’s freezing outside, but there are some fabulous events in heated venues that will make leaving your warm, cozy, most likely tiny, apartment worth leaving.

I’m particularly excited about Philip Glass’s Orange Mountain Music concert at (le) Poisson Rouge this Sunday the 10th, featuring music by Trevor Gureckis, Joel Harrison, and Mick Rossi.  Not only is the music going to rock out, but the composers will be there and I’m sure they’d love you to pull a groupie move and talk to them afterward. I know at least one of these three guys is a down-to-earth cat (haven’t met the other two). And LPR is absolutely one of our favorite venues–totally hip yet unpretentious, fun crowd, nice owners. Click on the composers to hear some samples and get tickets here.

by Su Blackwell

Last night I went to see the Museum of Art and Design‘s Slash: Paper Under the Knife.  This incredible exhibit features artists who cut, fold, and use paper in exceptionally innovative ways. Much of the work involved such meticulous craftsmanship, and some of the larger scale works are so beautiful and voluminous they make one want to literally jump into them. (But don’t do that, obviously.)  I’d suggest going on a Thursday, when the admission is pay-what-you-wish from 6-9 pm.

So take off that Snuggie, pull on your boots and slap on some blush for some ear-opening music and shredded paper that is not meant for the recycling bin!

A Premiere, Poetry, and Pointe

Posted in art, events, fashion, music, we like by The Nouveau Classical Project on 10/15/2009

bryanballet

Come see the world premiere of our friend Bryan Senti’s ballet, inspired by the poetry of Kat Mandeville and choreographed by Bronwen Macarthur.  Costumes are by Swedish designer Maja Gunn, and you know how much we at NCP love blending things with fashion. It’s going to be a truly unique  and beautiful experience!  Snag your tickets here.

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover (Okay, Maybe Just This Once!)

Posted in art, fashion, we like by Sugar Vendil on 09/27/2009

toledopenguins

Just picked up all 3 Penguin Deluxe Editions with cover art by Rubin Toledo, fashion illustrator and husband of Isabel Toledo (if you don’t know who she is, click that link!).

While these are in fact great novels, I adore these editions in particular because: 1) they are beautiful; 2) as someone who appreciates aesthetics and good design, they make my reading experience more enjoyable; 3) the books show how fashion can be used as a force to rouse and renew interest for something else yet remain respectful and unintrusive. The stories are the same on the inside, but their new outfits simply make them pop, make them more noticable.  As we typically see the outside of a book first (in fact, the outside of many things) before the inside, these Penguin editions are a savvy example of drawing new eyes to classic art by simply merging intellectual with sexy.