LOOK + LISTEN FESTIVAL 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
LOOK + LISTEN FESTIVAL 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Each year, the Look + Listen Festival presents the best of new music in New York City art spaces in an effort to expand the audience for both art forms and this year is no different, EXCEPT that it is FREE. This year’s festival spans two weekends, April 29–30 & May 6, bringing performances to two innovative contemporary art venues in Brooklyn, BRIC House in Fort Greene, and The Invisible Dog Art Center in Boerum Hill.
The New Yorker has said, “This series…builds on the spirit of the postwar New York School by placing vibrant concerts of new music into forward-looking art galleries.” Time Out NY has described Look + Listen as “an ambitious grassroots music and visual art series that grows more impressive with each passing year.” For this Festival, Look + Listen is partnering with visual artist Audra Wolowiec, whose piece The Music of the City is Free will be given out at all events. This art piece was previously a part of a 2014 BRIC gallery installation during L+L, and the work will be used all season, as the Festival’s 15th anniversary visual representation.
Showcasing solo works and chamber pieces, each concert will include a line-up of musicians, ensembles, and composers revealing the depth and breadth of 20th and 21st century new classical music. For the first time in the festival’s 15-year history, all events are free and open to public as a special “gift to the city” on this special anniversary year.
To Celebrate Special Anniversary, Look + Listen Will Be Free and Open To The Public For First Time in its 15-Year History
The festival begins on Friday, April 29 at 8pm at BRIC House (647 Fulton Street). The program will feature percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire performing Chiyoko Szlavnics’ “Mind is Moving.” Also on the program will be pianist Saskia Lankhoorn performing selections from her recent ECM release, Dances and Canons, and Jesse Brown, winner of the Composer’s Competition, performing “Music for Double Bass.”
The festival continues on Saturday, April 30 at 8pm at BRIC House with a "retrospective" concert, featuring selections from an array of past Look + Listen events. The program will feature harpist Bridget Kibbey performing Elliott Carter’s “Trilogy,” here accompanied by acclaimed oboist James Austin Smith, as well as Kaija Saariaho’s “Fall.” Also on the program will be members of Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble and The M6 performing selections from Book of Days, as well as a performance of a favorite past Composer’s Competition winner (2011), “Driving Force” by Zibuokle Martinaityte.
Look & Listen concludes on Friday, May 6 at 8pm at Invisible Dog, with an evening curated by pianist Phyllis Chen around the theme of “unusual spaces.” The program will feature Chen performing two world premieres that L+L aided in commissioning: a solo work by Jo Kondo, commissioned by New Music USA; then a new original work, commissioned by NYSCA and New Music USA, featuring Chen and the JACK Quartet. JACK Quartet will also perform John Luther Adams’ “The Wind in High Places.” Also on the program will be bassoonist Rebekah Heller performing Nathan Davis’ “On speaking a hundred names,” and scientist/musician/instrument-builder Daniel Jodocy presenting his musical suitcases. The evening will take place as part of Invisible Dog’s Annual Open Studio Show, the seventh annual exhibition of all Invisible Dog artists-in-residence and open studios. Once a year the center opens their artists’ studios to the public, offering a rare opportunity to see what everyone has spent the year working on.
Look & Listen is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Amphion Foundation, BMI Foundation, Cary New Music Performance Fund, Edward T. Cone Foundation, and the festival piano sponsor is Yamaha/Faust Harrison Pianos. The Festival media sponsor is WQXR’s Q2 Music.
About Look & Listen
Founded in 2002, Look + Listen is an annual New York City festival presenting new music in art galleries. The goal is to expand audiences for both art forms. The festival showcases a mix of emerging and established musicians and a diverse range of 20th and 21st-century concert music. This includes commissions, premieres, the winning work from the yearly L+L Composers’ Competition and pre-concert ambient music by members of the L+L Composers Collective. Concerts are hosted by prominent members of the industry who introduce and interview composers, visual artists and performers. These informal and informative Q&As explore the creative process and increase concert-goers’ understanding and enjoyment of the arts.
Look + Listen’s Board of Directors includes Sean Carson, Amanda Cooper (President), Suzanne Farrin, Amy Roberts Frawley, David Gordon (Chair), Jessica Hadler (Vice President), Laurel Marx, Valerie Soll (Treasurer), Emily Wong (Secretary), Sebastián Zubieta. The Director of Administration is Sara Heaton. Past Presidents are David Gordon (Founder) and Amy Roberts Frawley.
BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. The organization presents and incubates fresh work by artists and media-makers that reflects the diversity of New York. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.
BRIC’s main venue, BRIC Arts | Media House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces.
Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, several path-breaking public access media initiatives, including the BRIC TV, and a renowned contemporary art exhibition series. BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.
In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences.
BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression. This dual commitment enables BRIC to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.
About The Invisible Dog Art Center
The Invisible Dog Art Center is housed in a three-story former factory building in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Built in 1863, our 30,000 square foot facility has been the site of various industrial endeavors - most notably a belt factory that created the famous Walt Disney invisible dog party trick, from which they take their name. The building remained dormant from the mid 1990's to 2009 when founder, Lucien Zayan, opened The Invisible Dog.
The Invisible Dog is dedicated to the integration of forward-thinking innovation with respect for the past. In 2009 the building was restored for safety, and has been maintained over the years, but otherwise preserved in tact from its original 1863 form. The rawness of the space is vital to the space’s cultural identity.
The ground floor is used for exhibitions, performances and public events, featuring artists and curators from round the world. This floor also includes a new pop-up shop, designed by artist-in-residence Anne Mourier, conceived as a new home for independent, commercial designers in various fields. The second floor and part of the third floor are divided into over 30 artists' studios. The third floor, luminous and spacious is used for private events, exhibitions, performances and festivals. Finally, the Glass House is a brand new, seasonal exhibition space dedicated to featuring the work of female-identified artists.