Thursday, May 29 NORTH INDIAN RAGA and TALA (co-presented by Chhandayan) Pandit Samir Chatterjee (tabla) and K.V. Mahabala (sitar), 8 pm
ISSUE Project Room is thrilled to host pioneering multimedia artist Joshua White and his legendary Joshua Light Show for a week of unique audiovisual collaborations. The residency will involve White’s iconic projections alongside an incredible roster of musicians, with a different musical genre represented on each night of the residency. The Joshua Light Show involves a team of video and light artists, led by White and his senior collaborator, Bec Stupak (Honeygun Labs) to improvise live synesthetic visuals behind a giant rear projection screen, involving the “liquid light” techniques he developed at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960s. In addition, each performance of the light show will feature contributions from a different live-cinema artist, including Seth Kirby, Zach Layton, and Mighty Robot A/V Squad. The residency is curated and produced in collaboration with Nick Hallett and concludes a month of programming at IPR devoted to the Ecstatic Moment.
$20 General-admission floor seating (available at the door before each concert)
$30 Reserved chair seating can be arranged by email: email@example.com
All performances begin at 8pm
ISSUE Project Room at the (oa) can factory 232 Third Street at 3rd Ave, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11215 F, G to Carroll; F, M, R to 9th Street-4th Ave (718) 330-0313 (venue)
Joshua White is a New York based multimedia artist and television director. He studied theater at Carnegie Mellon University and film at University of Southern California. He is well known for developing the lightshow at the rock venue Fillmore East, appearing with artists such as Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Yayoi Kusama, and Led Zeppelin, among many others. During this time, he also created special effects for the film Midnight Cowboy. After the lightshow’s performance at Woodstock in 1969, White shifted to television. His directing credits include Seinfeld, The Max Headroom Show, Club MTV and Inside The Actors Studio. In the 1990s, White returned to creating fine art installations in collaboration with Michael Smith, and in 2004 developed a new lightshow with comic artist and designer, Gary Panter. His first show since 1969 billed as “Joshua Light Show” was performed in April 2007 at The Kitchen, which he followed up with a headlining performance at the annual Netmage live media festival in Bologna. His artwork has shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Tate Liverpool, Kunsthalle Schim Frankfurt, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, and the Kunsthalle Wien. The Center for Visual Music recently released a DVD of his “liquid loops.” He will perform alongside German electronic musician Manuel Göttsching for the US premiere of E2-E4 at Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival this summer.
Samir Chatterjee (tabla) has performed with many of India's greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, and Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, to name only a few. He lives in the New York area, where he has become a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Western music, performing with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Boston Philharmonic, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant garde musicians and ensembles. He is member of jazz trio SYNC with Ned Rothenberg and Jerome Harris and quintet Inner Diaspora together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. Samir recently performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and University of Bridgeport in CT. The author of ‘A Study of Tabla’, he also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. www.tabla.org
K.V. Mahabala (sitar) studied with Sri Yoga Narasimha in Mysore, India before moving north to New Delhi. There he joined Gandharva Maha Vidhyalaya - an Institution responsible for the promotion of music in India. He furthered his studies with Pt. Uma Shankar Mishra, a senior disciple of legendary Pt. Ravi Shankar. He came to the United States in 1992, and continued his study with Pt. Krishna Bhatt and Pt. Soumitra Lahari. Currently, K.V. Mahabala is studying under the guidance of "Hansa Veena" maestro Pt. Barun Kumar Pal, a senior disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, and Pt. Samir Chatterjee, a renowned Tabla player, based in New York. www.tabla.org
ISSUE Project Room's Joshua Light Show Residency is made possible through Presentation Funds from the Experimental Television Center. The Experimental Television Center’s Presentation Funds program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.