Franklin Furnace News & Events
G Douglas Barrett's
Saturday, May 25th
Incubator Arts Project
131 East 10th Street,
New York, NY
A record launch event featuring performances and panel discussion around G Douglas Barrett’s TWO TRANSCRIPTIONS/ODE TO SCHOENBERG. Two Transcriptions celebrates the release of G Douglas Barrett's vinyl record project TWO TRANSCRIPTIONS/ODE TO SCHOENBERG, a historical revision of Arnold Schoenberg's 1942 composition Ode to Napoleon performed by artist Zackary Drucker and musician Theo Baer. Featuring a roundtable discussion including activist Che Gossett and musicologist Benjamin Piekut, Two Transcriptions is curated by Justin Luke (Audio Visual Arts gallery) and held at the Incubator Arts Project on May 25, 2013. Doors open at 8pm; the event is free.
TWO TRANSCRIPTIONS/ODE TO SCHOENBERG is a vinyl record based on Schoenberg’s 1942 composition Ode to Napoleon for string quartet, piano, and voice. Schoenberg’s piece has an interesting history: the composer arguably over-asserted his authority in writing a letter protesting a recording of the work (originally scored for a male reciter) performed with a female voice. Challenging Schoenberg’s position with respect to musical authorship while considering identities beyond the gender binary central to the dispute, a pair of “transcriptions” of Ode to Napoleon feature the voices of performance artist Zackary Drucker and musician Theodore Baer, two transgender artists. Scheduled for release May 25; pre-order a copy today.
Fanfare for Crossing the Road
Ann-Marie LeQuesne invites you to cross the road at
23rd Street and 7th Avenue
Sunday May 12th – 2pm
Please gather on the north side of 23rd Street and 7th Avenue. Crossing will begin at 2pm
Fanfare for Crossing the Road is an international project that adds ceremony to a common event. In each country Ann-Marie LeQuesne asks musicians – dressed in uniforms and positioned beside the traffic lights – to mimic, as closely as possible, the digital acoustic crossing sounds (different in every country) that signal the time to cross for the blind.
The work began in the Spring of 2011, in front of the Albert Memorial, in London. It has since been performed in Helsinki, Lisbon and Cardiff. For each performance the sound and location have dictated different instrumentation. The London performance was filmed with two cornet players; in Helsinki, two percussionists and three trumpet players lined the route to the Central Railway Station; in Lisbon four trumpet players stood in a row at the waterfront square, Praça do Comércio. In Cardiff eight opera singers gave an acapella rendition of the crossing lights, standing in front of the Castle walls. The New York Fanfare will be the first performance to involve speaking. Two performers will join two percussionists to mimic the signals on 23rd Street and 7th Avenue.
Blue Mailbox Book Crawl
Thursday May 9th
at "Jimmy's No. 43" bar/restaurant
43 E 7th St
New York, NY
Come take the passeggiata letteraria - literary walk - of L IS FOR LION: an Italian Bronx butch freedom memoir by Annie Lanzillotto, SUNY Press 2013. Annie sits atop street corner mailboxes and performs stories from her book that happened on those corners, bringing back the street corner mailbox as urban hotspot of storytelling and singing. Co-produced by City Lore.
Tickets Sliding Scale $19 - $99
Tickets include pasta and a drink at Jimmy’s No.43
For more details, please see the event listing on Facebook