Entre bastidores: Sp. backstage. This past week, I started working for an established music series in the city. On Friday, we had a young Chinese pianist, a recent protégé of Solomon Mikowsky, playing light Cuban dances; next week we will have Musica Ficta, an early music vocal group from Spain. Front of house, set up and tear down -- all things that you don't even think twice about when you play a gig at a place like le poisson rouge (or, for that matter, Carnegie Hall). Membership, donorship, patronage: all things that institutions like ours thrive on. It's a different lens on the artistic world.
The curatorial process is a curious one, and I think it differs significantly from venue to venue, institution to institution. I recently attended a voice and piano recital at The Firehouse Space in Williamsburg, where Iktus Percussion curates once a month; it's living room-salon-recital hall hybrid - one that sets both audience and performer instantly at ease. Sandra, the artistic director, frequently hosts improv jams there, which is something that entices me, like a moth to a flame.
At my friend's recital, I "stage managed" (think: pull scores off of stands and try not to look awkward), but really it brought me right inside of the work. (More after the jump!)
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