October 2021 Grantee Events

Ogemdi Ude, 2020 & 2021 Creative Engagement Grantee, Photo by Sydney King
Ogemdi Ude, 2020 & 2021 Creative Engagement Grantee, Photo by Sydney King

Experience a wide range of virtual art activities by supporting our Creative Engagement and UMEZ Arts Engagement grantees and their events this month.

Annette A Aguilar

Women In Latin Jazz Festival
October 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W. 181st Street, New York, NY 10033

Annette A Aguilar & StringBeans Latin Brazilian Jazz group will present a one hour performance with their nine piece group as part of the reopening at Fort Washington Collegiate Church. We look forward to bringing the music back to the garden in celebration.

Find more information at https://www.fortwashingtonchurch.org/connect

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Ogemdi Ude

Are They Still Here
October 1, 2021 at 8:00PM

Are They Still Here is a virtual collage of dance, writing, and sound. Artists Ogemdi Ude, Kadie, Selah Hampton, and Rochelle Jamila Wilbun relate their Southern upbringings to their New York City present, searching for the through line that has made both places home.

Find more information at https://www.ogemdiude.com/are-they-still-here

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


andPlay (in) Conversation
October 3 & 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM

The third season of andPlay (in) conversation, a free virtual series, explores the intimate experience of creating art as a duo. On October 3, the first event this year invites Shepherdess, Kayleigh Butcher (mezzo-soprano) and Hajnal Pivnick (violin), to discuss duo origin stories, approaches to commissioning. Musical performances will be shared by both andPlay and Shepherdess. On October 17 String Noise, Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris (violins) are invited to discuss discovering a duo sound, punk transcriptions, and composer/performer/improviser identity. Musical performances will be shared by both andPlay and String Noise.

Find more information at http://andplayduo.com/andplayinconversation

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Barkin/Selissen Project

Accidental Suite
October 8 - 9, 2021 at 6:30PM & 8:30PM
Arts on Site, 12 St Marks Place, New York, NY 10003

Join us as we celebrate dance and human connection! Barkin/Selissen Project presents Accidental Suite, a live ensemble dance work conceptualized by choreographers Kyla Barkin and Aaron Selissen, set to an original score by Zac Selissen. An exploration of connection, Accidental Suite evokes chance encounters, remote impressions, near misses, and the magnetic push and pull of relationships. This striking expansion of the film from the “Titles Project” builds relational tension through increasing levels of contact and lush intertwining vignettes that tap into the most essential of human needs, connecting to one another!

Find more information at barkinselissenproject.org or https://www.artsonsite.org.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement


Running Out of Time Project
October 9, 2021 at 6:00 PM
126 E. 13th Street, New York, NY 10003

Running Out of Time Project: Running Into Joy is a dance performance that features 4 dancers as they navigate work, play, and rest and how joy can be an act of resistance.

Find more information at www.danceboissiere.com.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Richard Move / MoveOpolis!

Herstory of the Universe@Governors Island
October 9 - 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Governors Island

Herstory of the Universe@Governors Island by Richard Move and MoveOpolis! is the first-ever performance commissioned by the Trust for Governors Island and features six site-specific dance performances made especially for six different sites on the Island, designed to call attention to its newly flourishing ecosystems while highlighting its stunning landscapes in the midst of one of the world’s most populated urban areas.

Find more information at https://www.govisland.com/things-to-do/upcoming-events/herstory-of-the-universe-governors-isl or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/richard-move-herstory-of-the-universegovernors-island-registration-169496658067

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

October 10, 2021 at 2:00PM
Theaterlab, 357 W 36 Street, New York, NY 10018

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars will present a new performance procession entitled Fabrication in partnership with Theaterlab in NYC’s Garment District. Tilted Axes is a group of guitarists and percussionists lead by classically trained post-rocker Patrick Grant. They perform original music untethered via mini-amps strapped over their shoulders. This event is part of Tilted@10 celebrating Tilted Axes 10th anniversary season. The performance begins at Theaterlab, 357 W 36th in NYC, and will stop along the way at various landmarks to perform special compositions significant to that location.

Find more information at http://www.tiltedaxes.com.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Te Ao Mana

Mana Manahata
Oct 10 - 11, 2021 at 12:00PM
Randall’s Island

Mana Manahata is a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary Pacific Island heritage event that celebrates Pacific Island ancestry and seeks to unify the Pacific Island community in New York City and internationally. Our festival’s schedule of events includes: interactive cultural activities, island craft workshops, dance lessons, lei making tutorials, pareu (sarong) and malo printing and tying, and vendors. Please join us for this rare event in sharing our heritage and play a role in growing and strengthening the New York City Pacific Islander community. This year Mana Manahata will be in conjunction with Indigenous People’s Day Celebration. Come and immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of some of the regions active, native and indigenous artists.

Find more information at www.teaomana.com.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Advent Lutheran Church

Music Mondays
October 11, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

MUSIC MONDAYS PRESENTS The Westerlies and Conrad Tao. Pianist Conrad Tao, a performer of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” (New York Times), joins genre-defying brass ensemble, The Westerlies, “an arty quartet…mixing ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk” (New York Times). Individually, they perform both classics (by J. S. Bach and Brahms) and contemporary work (by Caroline Shaw), and they improvise as part of their first-ever New York performance together.

Find more information at https://www.musicmondays.org.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Ani Taj

October 13, 2021 at 7:00PM
SOMMWHERE, 48 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 100002

BODY OF WORK is a collision between the fine art world and live dance performance. Emerging from the pandemic with a live public showing at SOMMWHERE in the Lower East Side, Dance Cartel veterans Ani Taj & Sunny Hitt inhabit a gallery setting as a framework to explore the economics of dance. What practices and presentation models can reimagine dance’s cultural value? The presentation will include original dance NFTs by Taj & Hitt, in collaboration with musician Ian Williams (Battles) and producer super d.pressd, to explore how the public participates in marking the value of dance.

Find more information at anitaj.co or sunnyhitt.com

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Andres "Jay" Molina

Fire Through Dry Grass
October 14, 2021 at 7:00PM

A sneak peak of Fire Through Dry Grass during the launch of the event "The Collection Vol. 2: Isolation and Connection." The Collection Vol. 2 gives voice to our anxieties, yearnings, grievings and grievances, our lost hopes and dreams, and the new ones that have sprouted in their place during the pandemic hardships. The Launch will feature live poetry, story telling, music and a sneak peak of animation from the upcoming documentary Fire Through Dry Grass.

Find more information at thecollectionnyc.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Marielis Garcia

Entré Worlds
October 15, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

Entré Worlds places the investigation of personal and shared progress on display. This new dance work explores individual and collective identity. Multiple live streams and a live performance come together to create a conjunctive encounter of collaboration, connection and unison.

Find more information at www.marielisgarcia.com/entreworlds

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Leonardo Suarez Paz

Leonardo Suarez Paz's PIAZZOLLA 100: El Nuevo Tango
October 17, 2021 at 5:30 PM
1 FDR Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

A multidisciplinary experience featuring award-winning artists Leonardo & Olga Suarez Paz, an 11 piece tango-jazz fusion orchestra and Nuevo Tango Ballet. A cross-cultural production, the show connects New York & Buenos Aires and celebrates the centennial of Leonardo’s mentor, Astor Piazzolla, an Argentine-born and New York raised composer, by redefining tango as evolving, daring, artistically complex, and emotionally moving genre - deeply rooted in tradition but with one foot in the next century.

Find more information at https://www.suarezpaztango.com/piazzolla-100-events.html.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Romy Nordlinger

October 21, 2021 at 6:00 PM
44 E 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016

The 1920's were the time of flappers, flamboyance and the face of Alla Nazimova. The Garden Of Alla is a multimedia solo show written and performed by Romy Nordlinger based on the life of Alla Nazimova: Broadway star, Silent Screen legend, producer, director & LGBTQ+ trailblazer. Nazimova was a Jewish Russian immigrant who rose to mammoth heights only to be silenced for 'overstepping her bounds'. Alla returns to stage at the famed NYC venue The Cutting Room to tell it like it was - and still is - in a live silent movie/play with original music by Nick T. Moore, Video Design by Adam Burns & Direction by Lorca Peress.

Find more information at www.gardenofalla.com.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

New Amsterdam Opera

October 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM
The Center at West Park, 165 W. 86th Street, New York, NY 10024

New Amsterdam Opera is presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s I VESPRI SICILIANI. Artistic Director Keith Chambers will conduct the New Amsterdam Opera Orchestra & Chorus in this opera in concert performance. New York City audiences will have One-Night-Only to experience NAO’s live performance of this monumental masterpiece for the first time in over 15 years.

Find more information at https://www.newamsterdamopera.org/i-vespri-siciliani

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

Tilted Axes: Unlikely Characters
October 23, 2021 at 11:00AM
Street Event beginning and ending outside of Lucky, 168 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is one of the many spectacular bands that will be performing in the HONK NYC! 2021 Festival. For the Honk NYC procession, Tilted Axes is performing Unlikely Characters, a piece especially created for HONK NYC!. The title comes from the Robert Fripp quote: “Music so wishes to be heard that it sometimes calls upon unlikely characters to give it voice and to give it ears.

Find more information at https://www.honknyc.com/ or http://www.tiltedaxes.com

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Sirius Quartet

Progressive Chamber Music Festival
October 28 - 29, 2021 at 7:00PM
The Garage, 463 W 150th Street, New York, NY 10031

Experience the diversity of Upper Manhattan’s new music scene with up and coming artists and veterans of progressive music. From the classical avant-garde Supove - Choi Duo through the folkloric Latin - tinged El Violin Latino and Falcon - Trujllo duo to more jazz - influenced Curtis Stewart and Maneri - Taborn - Peterson Trio and the freely - improvised energy of the Sirius Quartet + Billy Martin, you will experience expressive music making in the improvised space between classical music and popular/folkloric music styles.

Find more information at https://www.siriusquartet.com.

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

Christopher Williams

October 28 - 30, 2021 at 7:30PM
New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, New York, NY, 10011

Narcissus is an original, evening-length ballet set to Nikolai Tcherepnin's score “Narcisse et Echo" composed in 1911 for the Ballets Russes. The work, featuring costume and set designs by Andrew Jordan as well as lighting by Joe Levasseur, incorporates themes of the eponymous Greek myth on which it is based to re-envision the original ballet through a contemporary queer lens. The work, commissioned by New York Live Arts, is performed by a host of renowned contemporary dancers with New York City Ballet principal dancer Taylor Stanley & Cemiyon Barber in the title role.

Find more information at https://newyorklivearts.org/event/narcissus/.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Elliott McGee Casanova

5 Paths To Uptown Stories
October 29 - 30, 2021 at 7:30PM
The Black Box Theater in El Barrio’s Artspace (Lower Level) 215 E. 99th Street, New York, NY 10029

5 Paths To Uptown Stories: Live the experience!! … Reframe your thinking with this dance-theatrical piece presented on a stage that emulates a maze/cage. Audience members will be seated in a way that is aligned with this “cage’s” shape, creating an illusion of being inside of this clear plastic “maze/cage”. Choreographer Elliott Ortiz sets the terms in this “urban playground” of dance, music and drama, with a diverse cast of four dancers, one drag-queen and a jazz singer.

Chat and toast with the artists: A post-performance event is intended to provide an opportunity to engage with the artists in a conversation. On October 29, this post-show conversation will be facilitated by Broadway performer & choreographer Lainie Munro in English. On October 30, the conversation will be hosted by actor and singer Marcelo Rodriguez in Spanish.

Find more information at https://www.d10projectnyc.com/.

Grant Programs: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement