In Water Water Everywhere / Nay Any Drop To Drink Nora YorkÂ frames Handelâ€™sÂ Water Music suites with her own original compositions to confront the topic of climateÂ change as it affects waterâ€”the oceans, rivers, aquifers, lakes, streams, wells, and ourÂ bodies and minds. It is both a love letterÂ and a wake-up call about what is at stake within our current climate chaos. The work asksÂ the audience to consider the essential value of water.
In preparation for Water Water Everywhere / Nay Any Drop To Drink, York engagedÂ in conversations with scientists and activists in the fields of climate change and water. ByÂ â€œdistilling the factsâ€ she Â identified the dominant images, metaphors, and concepts forÂ her songs. York is also curating visual images for projections during portions of the liveÂ performance to create a complimentary metaphoric visual landscape to accompany theÂ music. The visual artists committed to contributing images are Kiki Smith, Kate Teale,Â Judith Belzer, andÂ Jerry Kearns.
Joining York will be an ensemble of both contemporary and classical musician. Her longÂ time collaborator and co-composer Jamie Lawrence, piano; will be joined by luminariesÂ from the classical and jazz world including Charles McCraken, bassoon; Diane Lesser,Â oboe; Robin Zeh, Violin: Dave Hofstra, bass; Steve Tarshis, guitar; Peter Grant,Â drums.
After the concert performance, the audience was encouraged to engage with each otherÂ and environmental scientists and activists in an informal conversation in the lobby at TheÂ Public Theater and The Library CafÃ© on the mezzanine level.
Joeâ€™s Pub is one of more than 30 institutions participating in Marfa Dialogues/NY. TheÂ two-month calendar of events features a mix of environmental panels, live theatre, majorÂ art exhibitions, installations, community forums, musical performances and more â€“ allÂ accessible to the public and available via broadcast and digital media.
ABOUT NORA YORK: Nora York has performed and written her own music forÂ theater, film, television, concert and cabaret. She has four CDs in release, been awardedÂ a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation grant, two New York State Council on the ArtsÂ composers commissions and her work has been commissioned by The Public Theater inÂ New York and The Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has performed at concert venues,Â universities and festivals in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Europe. (Ted, Newport JazzÂ Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz festival, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall andÂ Lincoln Center Out of Doors.) She has been teaching at New York University since 1997.
ABOUT MARFA DIALOGUE NY: Marfa Dialogues/NY is an examination of climateÂ change science, environmental activism and artistic practice taking place this October andÂ November 2013 in New York City. A collaboration between the Robert RauschenbergÂ Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation, Marfa Dialogues/NYÂ will feature more than 20 Program PartnersÂ and a spectrum of exhibitions,Â performance, and interdisciplinary discussions at the intersection of the arts and climateÂ change. Marfa Dialogues was co-founded in 2010 by Ballroom Marfa, a leadingÂ contemporary arts center in Far West Texas, and The Public Concern Foundation (PCF),Â a New York non-profit devoted to the advancement of public education around social andÂ political topics. Marfa Dialogues was originally conceived as a symposium to broadenÂ public exploration of the intersection of art, politics and culture.
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