Ben Sollee and Erin McKeown - Know (SongCraft Presents with Acoustic Café)
Acoustic Cafe’s Rob Reinhart invited five artists to write and record songs with songwriter Ben Arthur and SongCraft Presents at SXSW 2013. Each session was only three hours (additional instrumentation and mixing/mastering happened back in NYC).
Erin McKeown and Ben Sollee were the third session, writing a song with Ben Arthur that was inspired in part by a story told by George Saunders in the New York Times.
A huge THANK YOU to all of the amazing artists that joined us for our live drawing event. It was truly incredible to see the room filled with artists both on- and offstage during the Balthrop, AL and EMEFE sets. We have already received a number of submissions from the event, but if you haven’t submitted your sketches yet, please do so HERE. We want to see them!!! Everyday next week we will share a new drawing done by an artist at the show. We will also be in touch to invite you to draw more shows at Joe’s Pub.
And now it’s time to give a huge shout out to these amazing artists:
Joe’s Pub Team
How cool is it that’s Joe’s Pub is using Tumblr to connect visual artists with performing artists? Gorgeous work everyone!
Shine up your literary dancing shoes and practice at your desk with this party playlist by Steph Opitz!
JOE’S PUB IS LOOKING FOR ARTISTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO DRAW LIVE PERFORMANCES ON OUR STAGE!!!
For six years, Michael Arthur has been our Archival Artist, capturing dozens of performances as they happen. Now, we would like to invite you to participate.
If you want a chance to come and draw live during a performance at Joe’s Pub, please send us some sketchbook drawings you’ve done of musicians, actors and dancers. Each drawing will be reviewed by Joe’s Pub and Michael Arthur and several will be shared on our Tumblr.
Later this year we will extend an invitation for artists to draw a live performance in the venue.
Do you want to draw live at Joe’s Pub? Submit your sketchbook drawings HERE. (Please be sure to include your contact information.)
On October 30 we will be hosting a public reception for Michael Arthur on the mezzanine at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003) where 20 of his portraits will be on display.
[From Michael Arthur: Here are a few drawings from one night at Joe’s Pub, drawn from the vantage point of the sound and light booth. First up was the midway performance of Mike Daisey’s 29 part monologue All The Faces Of The Moon. I’ve drawn Mike before, but usually he’s alone at his table. His co-stars for this ambitious piece are a series of paintings by is Larissa Tokmakova, and it seemed only fitting that I include a drawing of the night’s painting. Next up was Joey Arias, a performer who defies categorization, but if you wanted to try you could pull out “cabaret”, “chanteuse”, “Rocker”, “Mocker”, “Diva” and the list goes on. Joey is one of a kind. That’s it. A night at Joe’s Pub. It can run the gamut from one man with a story to tell to … Well, really anywhere imagination, talent and creativity can take you. As an artist trying to capture the energy on the stage, I have enjoyed the wondrous unpredictability of Joe’s Pub.]
For more information about Joe’s Pub, visit: http://www.joespub.com/
For more information on Michael Arthur, visit: http://inklines.tumblr.com/
Joe’s pub hosts incredible performances *and* invites people to capture them in visual art. I can’t wait to see the theater full of Tumblr illustrators scribbling away!
[Gabriel’s Guide] shifts neatly from the sound-worlds of the vernacular to the avant-garde. Punchy “Motor Tours” transition between sections and recall the bustling postminimalism of John Adams. Mr. Kahane labels interludes “Knee Plays,” after Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s “Einstein on the Beach.”
Will Robin was nice enough to preview Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States in The New York Times last week.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and I will be performing the piece at Carnegie Hall this Saturday.
I’m going to this! Are you going to this?? Music and history nerds, spread the word!
So Victoria made this awesome awesome poster. And Choc O Pain (The newest and awesomest bakery in Jersey City. I’m addicted. It’s a problem.) is sponsoring bread to go with the delectables we’re making to sell at the show!
More to the point, that image is a public domain piece by Arthur Rackham. It’s about Midsummer, and it’s for a fairy playing a double bass, and another one playing percussion. Not quite marimba and cello but HOLY CRAP HOW DID I NOT FIND OUT ABOUT THIS THING YEARS AGO!
I saw a version of this when it was at Brooklyn Public Library because I am extremely predictable. It’s beautiful. Go to this one, even though it’s not at a library.
I will have this song in my head all day even more than usual, because HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY FIONA MAAZEL!