Loom Ensemble ~ Erosion CD Release Party (A Review)

The Loom Ensemble performing excerpts from Erosion: a Fable during their CD release party at Theaterlab (Photos courtesy of Loom Ensemble)_MG_7991

World in One Pan Arts Collaborative
Loom Ensemble
Album Release Concert
Featuring live excerpts from Erosion: a Fable
Music by Sasha Bogdanowitsch and Loom
Also featuring SoCorpo (Sasha Bogdanowitsch & Sabrina Lastman)
Choreography by Neva Cockrell
TheaterLab, NY
Thurs, April 11th, 2013

In such a small space as the room inside TheaterLab, which felt to me more like the space where Loom rehearses, there was quite a sparkling little program in the guise of a CD release party that was put on by the Loom Ensemble with a great deal of spirit and warmth that would entertain anyone that appreciates the craft of both music and dance. Continue reading

The Loom Ensemble ~ On Erosion: A Fable and the Release Party

The Loom Ensemble performing Erosion: A Fable. From L to R: Raphael Sacks, Michael Bauer, Zoe Anastassiou, Neva Cockrell and Sasha Bogdanowitsch.loomensemble

The Loom Ensemble, a multi-tiered collective of dancers and musicians, both of whom have been doing both of those activities in full force, are about to release a recorded version on CD of their opera titled Erosion: A Fable. Though this is based on the staged version where the entire ensemble sings, this is a bit more representative of the suite they performed at the Vital Vox Festival as the paired-down Loom Trio. That same trio made up of composer and Loom co-founder Sasha Bogdanowitsch, and singer-dancers Raphael Sacks and Kate Hamilton had a few minutes to speak to The Glass about Thursday’s CD-release party for the Erosion CD (at Theaterlab, 357 West 36th, bet. 8th and 9th Aves.) as well as other cool things. BTW, you are invited to come down for this concert, and you can buy tickets for the CD release party by clicking here or on the link at the bottom.

CM: Can you talk about this CD release concert on Thursday?

Raphael: Loom’s big performance event of the Spring at Theaterlab is our album release party. We combine music from the album with new contemporary modern choreography and narrative excerpts from the Erosion show that some the music originally came from, as well as snippets from the piece you saw at the Vital Vox Festival. Continue reading

Vital Vox Festival ~ 2012/13 (A Review)

Performing excerpts from Erosion: A Fable on the festival’s 1st night, The Loom Trio are (L to R): Sasha Bogdanowitsch. Kate Hamilton and Raphael Sacks
(Photos courtesy of Neva Cockrell)

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The 4th Annual Vital Vox Vocal Festival (2012/13)
featuring Pamela Z, Sasha Bogdanowitsch and The Loom Ensemble and Trio, Unearthish (Sarah Bernstein and Satoshi Takeishi), Philip Hamilton, and Lisa Karrer with David Simons
Roulette, Brooklyn, NY
Monday, March 25th, and Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

After its postponement from the planned October dates last year due to Hurricane Sandy, The 4th annual Vital Vox Festival at Roulette finally commenced a year and a half after its last appearance in November 2011, and this year’s show was focused on the use of vocals with electronics. Displaying, as always, a variety of styles, abilities, and combinations of instruments, I can say with great certainty that all of these acts proved that they have immense creativity with a technology that continues to astound, titillate and baffle me.

First Night–Monday, 3/25
The show began ever so radiantly with Philip Hamilton, and the beginning of his set was without effects, displaying only the depth of his dynamic vocal in a stark but rich atmosphere. He then progressed to using delay effects and looping for the rest of his sequence titled Vocalscapes: Solitude. His use of electronics, which later on during the Q&A he revealed was being used for the first time ever, was astonishingly rhythmic in its musicality, and his sharp and muscular voice provided a crisp, bright, worldly and invigorating breath of fresh air that set the pace for the rest of the evening’s program. Continue reading