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New York: Robert Bordo and Sam Anderson with Michel Auder

April 28, 2016 at Bortolami Gallery in New York.


Bortolami is pleased to announce an exhibition by Robert Bordo and Sam Anderson with Michel Auder. The exhibition explores the contingencies that transpire when three artists present discrete works of painting, sculpture, and video together for the first time.

Thirteen works by Bordo painted between 1989 and now will hang in both gallery rooms, creating unexpected pairings between past and present works. Bordo’s first exhibited paintings in New York during the late 1980s were abstract landscapes; embedded cartographies covered in dun colors of grey-gold and watery blues and greens. In the 1990s, Bordo began making dense, textural monochromatic works with patterns, speech bubbles, stars, and footprints. He also began outlining some of these works in the red, white, and blue stripes of airmail envelopes, anticipating his Postcard Paintings in which he depicted landscapes from postcards and photographs on monochromatic canvases. Bordo’s recent works continue to alter viewers’ experience of the picture plane and it’s framework, fixing their gaze outwards from the vantage point of car windshields, rearview mirrors, eyeglasses, windows and screens, everyday locations, where thoughts and emotions, content and abstraction merge.

Sam Anderson’s female figures, molded in grey clay, stand, crouch, and sit on the gallery floor, silhouetted against puddles of salt and pepper. Their stern expressions suggest exasperation, as if their displeasure stems from their laborious conception. The sculptures are unadorned, save for a few wearing overalls like Disney kids of indeterminable ages. The narrative is irrelevant—what is leftover is a sense of deliberate positioning, peculiar materiality, and general unease. In the second room, Anderson and Michel Auder present four new works that only emerge as collaborations in situ. Anderson’s white clay figures and a found transparent figurine lie in repose on pedestals watching Auder’s videos of the curious scenes he encounters day-to-day or finds online. On one screen a techno rave rages unabated as the beat resounds through the room. Other screens display disparate, impromptu iPhone videos, such as butterflies gathering on a field in slow motion, the passing scenery viewed from a bus with blue-tinted windows, and a moving walkway at an airport. The sculptural spectators converge with the moving images as they absorb the glow emitted by the monitors.

While the artists share geographic and spatial proximity, the connections between the artworks in the exhibition are not immediately apparent. There is, however, an associative schema that surfaces. Lacking narrative, one is forced to reckon with each work’s strange familiarity; their moods and tones, their positioning in the space, their materiality, their unease. By putting individual elements in close proximity to one another—without a specific reason or thesis, associations between works inevitably arise. Bordo and Anderson, along with Auder, allow and provoke, perhaps unwittingly, the inevitable recollection of shared, generic memories.

Sam Anderson (b.1982, Los Angeles) lives and works in New York. She is a graduate of Yale University (MFA). Recent solo exhibitions include Rowhouse Project, Baltimore and Tanya Leighton, Berlin. Her work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe, including Overduin & Co, Los Angeles; Maccarone, New York; Anthology Film Archives, New York; and White Columns, New York. She has had recent solo exhibitions at SculptureCenter, New York; Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin; Chapter, New York. Her work was recently featured in Greater New York at MoMA PS1, New York.

Robert Bordo (b.1949, Montreal) lives and works in New York. He has been an Associate Professor of Art at The Cooper Union, New York since 1996. Recent solo exhibitions include The Suburban, Oak Park, IL; Alexander and Bonin Gallery, New York; and Mummery + Schnelle, London. Most recently, his paintings were exhibited in Greater New York at MoMA PS1. Previously, his work has been featured in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum fur Gegenwartskunst in Basel, the Tel Aviv Musuem of Art and is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, and the Blanton Museum of Art among others. Bordo has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and fellowships including the 2014 Robert de Niro Sr. Painting Prize, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Canada Council Arts Grants, the Tesuque Foundation Arts Fellowship Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Painting Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Michel Auder (b.1945, Soissons) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Basel; Martos Gallery, New York; Culturgest, Lisbon; NoPlace, Oslo; Lund Konsthall, Sweden. Auder’s solo screenings include dOCUMENTA, Kassel, Germany and Anthology Film Archives, New York. His film, The Feature, was screened at MoMA, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica; Galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy; Cubitt, London; and Yvon Lambert, Paris; and his work has been included in exhibitions such as the 2nd Athens Biennial, the 5th Berlin Biennial, and the Whitney Biennial. In 2002, he had two retrospectives at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and at Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo.

Address: 520 W 20th St, New York
Robert Bordo and Sam Anderson with Michel Auder

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Cooperstown: Bluestone Concert at The Smithy

June 30, 2016 at The Smithy in Cooperstown.


Bluestone is a six piece blues and blues rock outfit consisting of: Lead guitarist Help Wanted, Singer Shari Gage, Drummer Brian Gorsch, Bassist Tripp Swart, and Keyboardist John Saxe. We’ve been recently joined by our good friend, Rob Norris who will be adding Harmonica, as well as Guitar and Vocals.

We frequently host guest artists to join us onstage, including Electric Violin wizard Tony Brower, Syracuse favorite, Brian Golden on Guitar, and most recently, Trombonist Mike Meehan and Trumpeter Gary Schaffer.

We’ve been very busy the past several months writing original material, as well as adding more great Blues classics to our repertoire.

We play a mix of classic Blues and Blues-rock, along with anything else we might find fun and interesting to play.

Bluestone is available to play pubs, private parties, fests and events. We will happily do benefit performances for good causes.

Thursday at 7:30pm
55 Pioneer Street
Drinks and Snacks by Donation
Ticket Prices at the door:
$12 adults
$10 seniors/students
Kids 6 and under FREE

Address: 55 Pioneer St, Cooperstown
Bluestone Concert at The Smithy

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New York: Avram Fefer’s Big Picture Holiday

April 21, 2016 at PIANOS in New York.


Our residency continues this Thursday Night @ Piano’s @ 8pm. This time you get to hear the funky 21st century compositions of Big Picture Holiday.

Here’s how one journalist described the music:

“Big Picture Holiday merges not just jazz and rock, but the Afrobeat music of Nigeria, Ethiopia and Morocco, James Brown’s funk, blues, and the electricity of New Orleans… This is infectious stuff. Deep funk abounds…” —AllAboutJazz.com

No Cover. Hope you can join us!!

Kenny Wessel– guitar
Dave Phelps — guitar
Alexis Marcelo — keyboards
Jason DiMatteo — bass
Chris Eddleton / Greg Gonzalez — drums
Avram Fefer — saxes, compositions


Address: 158 Ludlow St, New York
Avram Fefer

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Corning: Taking Root

April 29, 2016 at The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in Corning.


The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS Council) welcomes you to Taking Root, a dance performance choreographed and performed by Kristen Merritt and Heather van der Grinten, at 79 West Market Street, Corning on April 29, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Taking Root is a part of the Urban Arts Crawl, an arts experience occurring on the final Friday of every month from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

As described by its creators, Taking Root is “a series of dance improvisations and contemporary choreography taking place over a two hour time period. Visitors are encouraged to walk along the designated pathways to see the pieces from all perspectives. Taking Root is an exploration of ideas, imagery, and sensation; a comparison of seeds anchoring themselves into the earth with people developing a sense of identity and place.”

Kristen Merritt currently studies at Dancer’s Alley in Horseheads, New York. Under the instruction of Amy Bush, Kristen’s love for modern dance has broadened beyond set choreography to include movements that stem from a thought or a feeling.

Heather van der Grinten pursued a degree in dance from Franklin & Marshall College. She has worked with improvisation and modern choreographers in Corning, New York, Marburg, Germany, Oakland, California, and New York City. Since returning to the area, Heather has started dancing and performing with Amy Bush as well as teaching and taking class at 171 Cedar Arts Center.

Heather and Kristen have been collaborating since 2014 at the Hours Festival. They were part of a larger ensemble of dancers who participated in the grand opening of the Contemporary Wing at the Corning Museum of Glass and have performed with Amy Bush’s Senior Dancers throughout the region. Most recently, Heather and Kristen debuted an original contemporary duet, Lonely, at “Swing the Blues – an evening of music and dance” in Elmira Heights, NY.

While enjoying the dance performance, take in the extraordinary work of over 60 regional artists on display in the Gallery!

Address: 79 W Market St, Corning
Taking Root

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New York: Toronzo Cannon at Lucille’s Bar & Grille in B.B. King’s Blues Club

July 14, 2016 at B.B. King’s Lucille Grill New York, NY in New York.



THE CHICAGO WAY was produced by Cannon and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer. The album is comprised of all self-penned songs, inspired by his deep, homegrown Chicago roots and powered by his blistering guitar playing and soul-baring vocals. Cannon’s songs – from searing blues anthems to swinging shuffles to soulful ballads to roof-raising rockers – tell timeless stories of common experiences in uncommon ways.

Cannon’s unofficial launch from local hero to national star took place on June 13, 2015 at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival, where he performed as a festival headliner for the massive crowd. After announcing that he had just signed with Alligator Records, he delivered a riveting set, instantly earning tens of thousands of new fans. Original songs filled with razor-sharp solos rained from the stage, as Cannon melded the deepest Chicago blues with contemporary lyrics and soulful vocals. The Chicago Tribune lauded his performance, saying, “Festival headliner Toronzo Cannon’s extroverted, compelling guitar style and forceful singing won over a new audience.”

He’s played the Chicago Blues Festival on nine separate occasions, either as a sideman, a special guest or, most recently, as a main stage headliner. When he’s home, Cannon drives a Chicago Transit Authority bus by day and performs by night. Using every vacation day and day off and working four ten-hour shifts a week, Cannon arranges his schedule to gig out of town as much as possible. It isn’t easy, but, like all of the Chicago greats who have come before him, blues is his calling. “I am proud to be part of a movement,” he says, anxious to hit the road and bring his music to new fans in new places. “I’m proud to be standing on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me.”

For additional info see www.toronzocannon.com

Address: 237 W 42nd St, New York
Toronzo Cannon at Lucille

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July 01, 2016 at Terra Blues in New York.


Gina Coleman, lead singer and founder of the band Misty Blues began her blues career as a gospel and folk rock singer. After landing a role in the 1999 Williamstown Theatre Festival production of A Raisin In The Sun, she received overwhelmingly positive criticism for her voice and was thus inspired to sing classical blues. Coleman recruited her former bandmates guitarist Jason Webster and bassist Bill Patriquin of the band Cole-Connection, as well as musicians Jeff Dudziak, Benny Kohn, and Kali Baba McConnell to form Misty Blues. Together, the band pays homage to blues music of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s while maintaining their roots in gospel and folk rock, creating a unique blues-fusion sound.

For table reservations please contact: reservations@terrablues.com

Address: 149 Bleecker St, New York

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New York: Saturday Brunch Vibes: King Solomon Hicks

May 07, 2016 at The Cecil in New York.


Join us for our weekend brunch event series at The Cecil, featuring live music by King Solomon Hicks.

Enjoy the performance while savoring brunch dishes like gingerbread pancakes and thick cut brisket and eggs.

Solomon Hicks has been called ‘Lil” B.B. King, East Montgomery, and King Solomon by his fans from NYC, nationally and now internationally.

He is the real deal…the next best thing out of New York City. Solomon has been in the biz since age 13 as the lead guitarist and performer at the Cotton Club, with a 13-piece band. He recorded his first CD, Embryonic, at age 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band.
Solomon is also at B.B. King’s, Minton’s Playhouse, Terra Blues (in the Village), The Garage, Red Rooster, Shanghai Jazz (in New Jersey), Jazzmobile (Jazz Shrines), Settepani, Iridium, Gran Piatro (Jazz on the 5th), Ginny’s Supper Club, Harlem Arts Alliance events and many other clubs in the Tri-State Area. From October 30 – November 3, 2015, Solomon opened for the band KISS on the KISS Kruise V from Miami to Jamaica.

He has 2 CDs and is touring Europe and performing at national festivals. His latest CD Carrying on the Torch of the Blues has many original songs written, arranged and composed by Solomon. This includes a big band/swing anthem for the Cotton Club, “Jukin’ at the Cotton Club”.

Solomon is a jazz and blues guitarist, singer, and composer. An eclectic musician, Solomon excels at a number of styles ranging from jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk and classic rock. He studied jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban guitar at Harlem’s School of the Arts, Boys Conservatory, Brooklyn Music Academy, Opus 118 Jazzmobile and Barry Harris’ Bebop workshops.

Several newspapers and magazines have written about Solomon’s extraordinary talents, including The Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New York Times, Amsterdam News, Montana’s Bigfork Eagle, Hartford, Conn., and the New Jersey Jazz Society News.
His story also received coverage on the PBS and CUNY TV series American Music, ABC, multiple public access programs, and radio stations like WBGO 88.3 Jazz and WHCR 90.3.
Solomon and his mentor Melvin Sparks played at the Blue Note. Solomon has worked with and played with many artists such as Ne-Yo, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Russell Malone, Stanley Banks, the B.B. King Blues Band (with Junior Mack, led by Jerry Dugger), Lonnie Youngblood, Winard Harper, Danny Mixon, Antoinette Montague, Roger Anderson, Elvin Bishop, the Cotton Club All Stars, JC Hopkins Big Band, Alex Blake, and more. Solomon teaches music theory, beginner guitar, and advanced guitar. He has taught music to children at the Children’s Aid Society.

Address: 210 W 118th St, New York
Saturday Brunch Vibes: King Solomon Hicks

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New York: SSDP Farewell [For Now…] Concert

May 11, 2016 at New York, NY, United States in New York.


Friends! After 6 long (but also very fast…) years, I’m taking a break (ish) from NYC and going to the University of Michigan to pursue my MFA in Choreography! Before I leave, I wanted to give you one last chance to catch some highlights from SSDP’s major works, a peek into the new work I’ll be developing in grad school as well as celebrate SSDP’s incredible multimedia collaborators.

Whether you saw one, every or none of our shows, mark your calendar and be there! Can’t make it that early? Come to the after party! Have the Periscope app or want to know what it is? I’ll also be privately broadcasting the performance. Message Sydney Schiff to set that up!

Please support the artists with a suggested donation of $10 (more is more than welcome, of course!)

We’re going to announce our super cool venues shortly, so RSVP now so you don’t miss the updates…

Lastly, our lineup will include a mix of SSDP veteran artists, excerpts from Dry Bones: Resurrection of the Living and It Won’t Buy You Lunch, and some new faces collaborating on exciting projects exploring Blues dancing and computer programming. Don’t miss it!

Love always,
Sydney Schiff Dance Project

SSDP Farewell [For Now...] Concert

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April 19, 2016 at Bed-Vyne Cocktail Bar in Brooklyn.


Tuesday – 7pm – UNTIL
LIVE JAZZ BAND from 8:30PM – 11:30PM

“King Klave and Friends”

Amaury Acosta (aka King Klave) is a Cuban American Drummer, Producer, Composer, & Educator. He Authentically blends his Afro-Cuban roots, with the various Musical influences he experienced growing up in Hell’s Kitchen NYC! Like Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, Blues, Soul, Funk, Have you heard his band (U)nity?

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Bed-Vyne Cocktail
305 Halsey Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Address: 305 Halsey St, Brooklyn

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Beacon: Dance Jam

May 19, 2016 at Towne Crier in Beacon.


Admission $10; free to members
Dinner reservations 5-8 p.m.

Monthly “Dance Jams” in Beacon were started nearly three years ago at the Howland Center by organizer and DJ, Rhoda Averbach. This change in venue to the iconic Towne Crier‘s performance room – with its restaurant, full bar service, separate music/club room, state of the art sound system and capacity of 100 – gives the community an awesome place for dancing. The setting is friendly and informal, and all are welcome: singles, couples, friends and newcomers.

Kick off the weekend dancing to a rich mix of familiar, much loved songs in a wide variety of styles, rhythms and moods, along with lesser known, but equally thrilling music by the masters. Dance Jam feature derivatives of many African and Latin genres from the ‘60s to present – R&B, soul, funk, blues, gospel, reggae and jazz, along with the gorgeous Latin rhythms of salsa, cha-cha, merengue, bachata, cumbia, guajira, samba and others. Rock, disco, swing and zydeco are also part of the mix. Occasionally, we feature guest artists, one of whom is the wonderful vocalist, Efrain ‘La Voz’ Colon.

People are also invited to join the Town Crier Dance Jam free Meetup group at: www.meetup.com/Towne-Crier-Dance-Jam. The site provides up to the minute notices, future events and much more.

Address: 379 Main St, Beacon
Dance Jam

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