New York Art In Place: August 2022
Baby, it’s hot outside. To coincide with the sultry weeks of the year, this episode of New York Art in Place heads inland to revel in the music and sea life. That is, with one notable exception: the city’s most glorious and important outdoor space.
Susan Chin, WCS Vice President of Planning and Design and Chief Architect: “The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is finally fully open to the public again! The Sea Change opening at the New York Aquarium is the latest public exhibit to reopen after ten years of restoration work following damage from Super Hurricane Sandy. Fittingly, Sea Change is an exhibit that focuses on the impacts of climate change on our oceans and the animals that live there. Climate change does not only affect humans; animals from crabs and fish to penguins, seals and sea lions all illustrate how their wild counterparts are coping with the impacts of climate change on the oceans. Extreme weather events are occurring more frequently and Super Hurricane Sandy inflicted devastating damage to the aquarium, Coney Island and other coastal communities. It seems fitting that the Sea Change exhibit shows the importance of mitigating future climate-related effects. »
Trumpeter Diogo Muggiati-Feldman: “For me, Carnegie Hall is representative of the American magnum opus of the classical community. The amount of history and musical relevance associated with the venue is more than stellar, as well as its many educational programs like NYO ensembles. Playing in the hall with NYO2 this year is a real accomplishment, especially having immigrant parents. I am proud to represent my family and also to join this incredibly diverse and talented group of musicians. I had already loved Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F before the program, and playing it with Aaron Diehl, a jazz pianist, means a lot to me as someone who has struggled to choose between classical and jazz styles. . It helped me realize that I can do both and still be successful if I become a musician.
Alexa Tarantino, Alto Saxophonist and Flutist: “As a new addition to Artemis, I’m thrilled to be embarking on my first performances with the band at Birdland. I admire each of the current and former members of Artemis and am grateful to contribute to this incredible collective.
Birdland is a special home for jazz musicians in New York – its unique history lives on in a palpable, infectious energy that fills the room. When I was in middle school, my parents took me to Birdland to see TS Monk. At that time, alto saxophonist Bobby Porcelli was playing with him. Fast forward to 12 years later, and I found myself sitting next to Bobby at Birdland every Sunday night as we played with Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra!
I know Birdland has created many similar full circle moments for countless jazz musicians.
A big thank you to Gianni and the staff at Birdland for all they do, and to the audience who help bring every performance to life!
August 10—September 11
“As you like it“, Delacorte Theater, Central Park
Laurie Woolery, director and co-adaptor, director of Public Works: “To present Public Works’ As You Like It on stage at the Delacorte Theater for five weeks at this time is a bold mix of radical ambition and unshakeable hope.
When you enter Central Park, you are immediately transported to a haven of greenery and open space that allows everyone to plant their feet in the ground and dream in the expansive sky. Then, as you pass the Delacorte Theater, you feel the spirit of hundreds of artists who have freely opened their hearts to the public for 60 years. But once you step into the theater and witness a story under the stars with other New Yorkers, it’s a heart-warming experience. Now imagine over a hundred of your neighbors, from every borough, on stage bringing their lived experiences to this Shakespearean text that feels as fresh as when he wrote it in 1599.
This pastoral piece lives perfectly among the trees of Turtle Pond and Belvedere Castle. In “As You Like It,” during a time of political turmoil, people are thrown out of court in the Forest of Arden where they turn adversity into communal kindness. Together they learn to heal and turn grief and loss into forgiveness and love. During this pandemic, we have all had to relearn what our ancestors knew – that nature restores us to ourselves. And we are stronger together.
Everything in this production is in close collaboration with Central Park. Our scenographer Myung Hee Cho was inspired by the park. As she imagined the world of our play, you’ll see how everything from Central Park bridges to cherry blossoms come together in our Arden. Nature, civic engagement and ambitious theatrical creation seem like the perfect way for us to collectively dream of rebuilding and healing together.
Avishai Cohen, jazz bassist, singer and composer: “For me, playing the Blue Note really means a lot. I grew up there in a way and when I lived in New York I could go see all the greats. “I saw Joe Zawinul with the Syndicate, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Palmieri – so many of my musical heroes. I played there with Chick Corea’s band and then with my own bands! It’s been like a long creative relationship with the club and playing the Blue Note in general is an honor and a pleasure for me.
I look forward to my Blue Note week in August (16-21), marking the US debut of my new trio with pianist Elchin Shirinov and young Israeli drummer, Roni Kaspi. I’ll be playing music from my latest trio album, “Shifting Sands” (Naive/Believe, May 2022) – brand new original compositions, fan favorites and repertoire from my music library, many debuting tracks at the Blue Note over the years.
The blue note brings together so many countries, different people from different places. You see Japanese, South Americans, Europeans; all come especially to visit the Blue Note from all over the world to see these shows, which I have the privilege of giving. The Blue Note Network is a serious global home for jazz that I look forward to returning to again and again.”
Bruce Wheeler, General Manager: “Come on! We are directly across from Port Chester Station, a short Metro North ride from Grand Central Station. You can drive up, lots of parking or lots of people take an Uber and back.
The theater has an intimate atmosphere, plenty of bars, not a bad seat in the house, plus some great restaurants nearby to visit before or after the show. (Make reservations!) The vibe inside the theater is thick, and the history of this 96-year-old venue and the artists who have performed here is pretty incredible. Incredible lights and sound, plus a wall projection system that makes you feel like you’re in an IMAX theater.
We celebrate Cap10 this fall, the 10th anniversary of the theater under the ownership of Peter Shapiro. The celebration includes three shows with Steely Dan, two shows with The Avett Brothers, Ben Folds, Mike Campbell (guitarist with Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers) and his band The Dirty Knobs, Little Feat playing their classic album “Waiting For Columbus” in its entirety, The National, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, ZZ Top, Steve Vai, Jeff Beck and Phil Lesh.