Sunday, April 21, 2019

Fridge Art Fair Returns to the Nu Hotel, "Frida Does Fridge", Brooklyn, New York, April 30th-May 5th, 2019

Photo credits: E. Joyce Glasgow, www.artsandculturescene.com
The Fridge Art Fair New York 2019 returns to the Nu Hotel, 85 Smith Street, Brooklyn New York, April 30th through May 5th, 2019. Visit www.fridgeartfair.com for details.This year's theme is "Frida does Fridge", in honor of the Frida Kahlo exhibit running concurrently at the Brooklyn Art Museum. The Fridge was founded by painter, Eric Ginsburg, who produces it each year in Miami and New York City. Over thirty five independent artists will display their work, in all mediums, in the Nu Hotel lobby and other areas of the building. This is a fun, funky and casual art fair where one can just sit down, have something to eat or drink in the lobby bar and just enjoy hanging out and being surrounded by colorful and lively art and conversation. The "Fridge", "Other", "Moniker" and "Frieze" Art Fairs all take place during this week in New York City. Photos from the Fridge Art Fair NYC 2018 at the Nu Hotel, Brooklyn, follow below.
A portion of the Nu Hotel lobby, filled with art. Fridge Art Fair 2018

American painter and author, Anais Laurent, traveled from her home in Avignon, France to display her artwork at the Fridge Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY, 2018. Here she is taking advantage of a balmy spring day to do some painting out of doors, during the show. She combines luscious inks and watercolors to create fluid, intuitive abstract paintings. Fridge artist, Dylan Green is seen drawing in the background at another outdoor table.

Eric Ginsberg, (L.) painter, founder and curator of the Fridge Art Shows in New York and Miami is pictured here with art curator, Natalie Fisk, (R.) for the Nu Hotel, Brooklyn NY, where the Fridge Art Fair 2018 was held. The Nu Hotel also engages local artists to create murals and other art year round for their hotel rooms and lobby. The hotel's changing art on display is an integral and intimate part of the character of this small, casual boutique hotel.
Artist and Fridge founder , Eric Ginsburg, is known for his dog and cat portraits, which capture the sweet spirits of their subjects.
Ginsberg also captures the playful and whimsical nature of dogs and cats in his free and bold approach to painting.
In celebration of David Bowie, as the Fridge NYC 2018 theme, a duo of guitar and violin performed Bowie's music amongst the paintings one evening. The violinist also works at the hotel when he is not playing music.
Artist, Amanda Acosta, Co-Curator of the Fridge Art Fair, NY 2018, relaxing and enjoying the show. 
Colorful acrylic paintings on canvas, by E. Joyce Glasgow, capturing themes inspired by Nature, at Fridge Fair NYC 2018
View of the lobby and visitors and artists relaxing amongst the paintings, Fridge NYC 2018.
Another view of the lobby and the many, varied, stylistically unique paintings around the room, Fridge NYC 2018
A piece by a Brazilian artist, who lives in Brooklyn NY at the Fridge NYC 2018


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Preview: globalFEST NYC 2019, January 6th, 2019, Copacabana, New York City

Preview: GlobalFEST NYC 2019, Copacabana, January 6th, 2019. http://globalfest.org/fest

By E. Joyce Glasgow
www.artsandculturescene.com

Twelve world music groups will take to three stages at the Copacabana in New York City, on January 6th, 2019, for the annual globalFEST, showcasing and celebrating the variety, diversity, excitement and joy of musical performances from around the globe.
Many of the groups chosen this year sound exciting. I am especially interested in hearing the following acts.

Classically trained tenor vocalist, Jeremy Dutcher, reinvents traditional songs of his indigenous people, the Wolastoqiyik, of New Brunswick, Eastern Canada, with drama, passion and power.

Debashashish Battacharya plays the Hindustani slide guitar inspired by Hawaiian lap steel guitar, which was popularized in India in the 1940's by Hawaiian master lap steel guitarist, teacher and instrument maker, Tau Moe,

Ukrainian women's ensemble, Dakh Daughters are very theatrical, intense and performance art oriented in their songs, utilizing makeup. costumes and props in a cabaret style performance that feels chamber like, including string instruments; cello, violin and two double basses.

Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider. Herrera is a fiery, powerful, hypnotic and sensual Mexican vocalist and songwriter, accompanied by the passionate, adventurous string quartet, Brooklyn Rider and percussion.


This year's offerings include:
Amythyst Kiah (Tennessee/USA): "Southern gothic, alt-country blues"-globalFEST
B.C.U.C. - Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (South Africa): "Defiant and hypnotic Soweto sounds"-          globalFEST
CHA WA (New Orleans/USA): "New Orleans brass driving Mardi Gras Indian funk "-globalFEST
Debashish Bhattacharya (India):"Calcutta’s innovative slide guitar master "-globalFEST
Jeremy Dutcher (Tobique/Canada): "Reinvented indigenous Wolastoqiyik songs"- globalFEST                            
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider (Mexico/USA): "Innovative string quartet and lush vocals"-                       globalFEST
Orquesta Akokán (Cuba/USA): "Powerhouse Cuban son supergroup"-globalFEST 
47SOUL (Palestine/United Kingdom): "Electro dabke from the Palestinian diaspora"-globalFEST 
Combo Chimbita (Colombia/USA): "Psychedelic cumbia-inflected tropical futurism"-globalFEST               
Dakh Daughters (Ukraine): "Kyiv’s underground punk cabaret"- globalFEST
                                                  
Gato Preto (Mozambique/Ghana/Senegal/Germany): "Afrofuturist global bass"- globalFEST                         
Zouk Machine (Guadeloupe/France): "The grande dame of French-Antillean zouk"-globalFEST                   

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Acrylic Paintings by E. Joyce Glasgow, on Display at the Fridge Art Fair, May 2-6, 2018, Nu Hotel, Brooklyn, New York

The Fridge Art Show, May 2-6, 2018 is featuring an eclectic display of art by over thirty five artists. It is taking place at the Nu Hotel, in Downtown Brooklyn, New York. Included is my art work below.

Original Acrylic Paintings by E. Joyce Glasgow, 2018, on display at the Fridge Art Show, May 2-6, 2018, Nu Hotel, Brooklyn, New York. Please send all inquiries for purchase to joyce@artsandculturescene.com

"Fire Pixie Tulip", 2018, Original Acrylic on Canvas, Unframed, 8" by 10"
By E. Joyce Glasgow, Image and Title Copyright, 2018
"Amish", 2018, Original Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, Unframed, 8" by 10",
By E. Joyce Glasgow, Image and Title Copyright, 2018

"Blue Flower", Original Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, Unframed, 8" by 10",
by E. Joyce Glasgow, Image and Title Copyright, 2018

"Watermelon With Seeds", Original Acrylic and Mixed Media on Stretched Canvas, Unframed, 8" by 10",
By E. Joyce Glasgow, Image and Title Copyright, 2018

"Sunflower and Friends", Original Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, Unframed, 8" by 10",
By E. Joyce Glasgow, Image and Title Copyright, 2018

"Midnight Moon Cactus", Original Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, Unframed, 8" by 10",
By E. Joyce Glasgow, Image and Title Copyright, 2018

"Ascending Tulips", Original Acrylic and Silver Metallic Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, Unframed, 8" by 10",
By E. Joyce Glasgow, Image and Title Copyright 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Ann Hampton Callaway With Special Guest Cyrille Aimee, Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, Connecticut, March 31, 2018

By E. Joyce Glasgow
www.artsandculturescene.com

Ann Hampton Callaway has a beautiful, mature voice, rich as warm honey, flexible, strong and emotive, with a wide vocal range. She is a formidable, grounded performer and easily creates an intimate, comfortable, engaging rapport with her audience, including audience sing-alongs.
Her musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald “The Ella Century”, presented on March 31, 2018, at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield Connecticut, flowed seamlessly from song to song, featuring some of the iconic songs of Fitzgerald’s repetoire, picked from some of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. Callaway performed with a trio of seasoned jazz musicians; Matt Baker (piano), Dean Johnson (double bass) and Alvester Garnett (drums). She opened with an upbeat swing version of George and Ira Gershwin’s “Oh, Lady be Good”, followed by George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward’s operatic “Summertime”, making full use of her soulful, deep vocal range. She then sang a short section of “A Tisket a Tasket”, a song, she explained, that was written by a shy Ella Fitzgerald at twenty-one, at the beginning of her career, at a time when she hoped to be a dancer. She went to a dance audition at the Apollo Theater, and eyeing the competition, she decided to try singing instead and ended up being the singer with the Chuck Webb Orchestra.
Callaway praised Fitzgerald’s “impish” sense of humor and her incredible scat singing ability.
She relayed the story of how she had come to love Ella Fitzgerald. Her father was a TV and radio journalist in Chicago in the 1960’s, covering serious issues including the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. When he wanted to decompress at the end of a long day of work, he would go to a bar where the music played was Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz artists. Her dad subsequently purchased these records and played them at home. Her dad’s favorite Fitzgerald song to sing was “Embraceable You”, another Gershwin tune and Callaway followed up her story by singing a romantic, dreamy version of that great ballad. Other songs in her set were, “The More I See You”, “Mr. Paganini”, “Just One of Those Things” and a gorgeous rendition of “Body and Soul”.
Callaway spoke of Fitzgerald’s marriage and musical relationship with bassist, Ray Brown and her iconic, simpatic musical partnership with the superlative trumpeter/vocalist, Louis Armstrong.
Callaway closed her set with a very poignant rendition of “Every Time We Say Goodbye”, remembering her mother, an accomplished singer, pianist and vocal coach, who just passed away last year.
She returned for an encore, for one of her famous improvisational songs, creating a complete song with witty lyrics and music on the spot, at the piano, with disparate subject matter shouted out from the audience. Her improvised songs are always funny and smart and somewhat absurd and this song was true to form. It ended up being a song about a guitarist named Amy, who met a consultant named Richard, by flashing him in a Greek diner. They went to the local library to get intimate and the story went on to Amy being heartbroken forever, because of Callaway’s own added song narrative surprise, that Richard turned out to be a married man and the two would never see each other again. I would enjoy hearing Ann Hampton Callaway sing these witty, improvised songs of hers all evening.
Ann Hampton Callaway is not only an accomplished vocalist and pianist but is also a prolific songwriter and has written over 250 songs, including Platinum Award winning hits for Barbra Streisand and the theme for the TV series “The Nanny”.  www.annhamptoncallaway.com



 The opening act was Ann Hampton Callaway’s special guest, young French jazz vocalist, Cyrille Aimee, in a duo with French guitarist, Michael Valeanu. They performed a set of varied, well known popular songs, from the great American songbook, including “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “Softly, As in A Morning Sunrise”, “Whatever Lola Wants”, " Bye Bye Blackbird", “How Deep is the Ocean” and “Just the Two of Us”. Aimee is an artistically prolific improviser and has a relaxed and confident facility for fine, creative scat singing and the duo has a natural, easy musical flow with one another. Aimee’s voice is dusky, sweet and calming. A very entertaining, solo, original song that Aimee performed with the assistance of an electronic “looper”, afforded her the ability to expertly build and weave numerous layers of lush harmonies and polyrhythmic percussion vocal tracks. A highlight of the duo’s performance was a beautiful, reflective, waltz ballad, by French born, Jewish Ukrainian singer/songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg, “La Javanaise”, sung in French.
Cyrille Aimee is the winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s Vocal Competition, the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition. www.cyrillemusic.com


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGFgQLn74Ls

Thursday, January 11, 2018

GlobalFEST 2018, NYC, Fifteenth Anniversary, January 14th, 2018, Twelve International Music Acts

globalFEST 2018 NYC, Fifteenth Anniversary

Sunday, January 14, 2018
B.B. King’s, Lucille’s Café, Liberty Theater, New York City

By E. Joyce Glasgow, www.artsandculturescene.com 

GlobalFEST 2018, NYC, is relocating its 15th annual festival this year from Greenwich Village to the heart of Times Square and the intensive, celebratory evening of twelve international music acts will appear at three venues; B.B. King’s Blues Club, sister venue, Lucille’s and across 42nd Street at the Liberty Theater. Visit www.globalfest.org for more information.

Flor de Toloache (NY/USA/Mexico) is an all-woman Mariachi band, who perform traditional Mexican Mariachi music as well as easily crossing over into performing rousing music influenced by a number of other musical genres.




                                 

Eva Salina and Peter Stan, voice and accordion (NY) are committed to keeping beautiful, passionate, soulful, traditional Balkan Romani songs alive and current.


 

Miramar (Puerto Rico/NY) sing and play the dreamy, romantic, sensual Latin Boleros of mid-twentieth century Puerto Rico, including compositions by composer/musician/poet, Sylvia Rexach, active in the bohemian artistic community in San Juan. Rexach was an independent, free spirited woman, revolutionary for her time. She died at 39 in 1961, but her boleros have continued to grow in popularity since her death.
                               


These are just three of the intriguing, eclectic musical acts performing at globalFEST 2018 NYC.

Nine more acts will play:

La Dame Blanche (Cuba)



Grand Tapestry (India/California/USA)



Iberi Choir (Georgia)



Mohsen Namjoo (New York/USA/Iran)



Jarlath Henderson Band (Ireland/Scotland)



Delgres (Guadeloupe)



Thornetta Davis (Detroit/USA)



Ava Rocha (Brazil)



Jupiter & Okwess (Democratic Republic of Congo)