“Axial Drumming with Preverbs I” by George Quasha

Video, drum performance, and text (preverbs) by George Quasha

Axial Drumming with Preverbs I from George Quasha on Vimeo.

First full live performance of “Axial Drumming with Preverbs” using digital LED of Preverbs text (presentation design by Susan Quasha) on the occasion of a benefit concert at Nicole Fiacco Gallery in Hudson, New York, for WGXC radio station –“Hands-on Radio 90.7 FM,” a high-level community radio project (see WGXC.org).

Event organized by Paul Smart and Max Goldfarb for WGXC (Galen Joseph-Hunter, Executive Director; Tom Roe, Program Director; Kaya Weidman, Station Manager).

See quasha.com for meanings of “axial” and “preverbs.”

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WGXC’s “Radio, Radio” DJ dance party

DJ times for WGXC’s “Radio, Radio” fundraiser this Saturday night at the former Muddy Cup storefront in Catskill, NY.:

8-8:45: DJ Dizzy
8:45-10: DJ Sam
10-10:45: The Magic Stranger
10:45-11:30: Tony Fletcher
11:30-12:15: The NRG People/Male Room
12:15-1: DJ John Deux

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Twin Counties Partnership for Arts in Education announces 2009-10 awards

The Greene County Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Columbia County Council on the Arts and Questar III, is pleased to announce the following Arts in Education grant awards for the 2009-2010 school year through the Twin Counties Partnership for Arts in Education. Awards have been given to schools that applied for matching funds to support creative, curriculum-based partnerships between a teacher and an artist or arts organization working with the same groups of students in three or more sessions. The requests reflect interdisciplinary collaborations between classroom teachers and performance, music, literary, folk arts, crafts and visual artists and provide intensive arts experiences integrated into classroom curricula for pre K – 12 students.

In Columbia County, the following awards were approved:

Hawthorne Valley School – $2,000 toward a partnership between the school and professional actor/director David Anderson of Walking the Dog Theater to produce two plays: “Harvey” for Grade 10 and “Macbeth” for Grade 12. The project involves students in casting, rehearsing and staging the productions.

Hudson Intermediate School – $2,500 toward a Bengali culture and arts project for 6th grade students called “A Culture Study of South Asia.” The program uses Bengali dance, music and culture for a total immersion experience. Students will work with Middle Eastern dancer Carolyn Kay and storyteller Johanna Shogan as well as classroom teachers in a wide variety of disciplines related to South Asia.

Mountain Road School – $850 toward a paper making workshop for students in grades K-6 turning old cotton T shirts into paper. Students will use the paper for a public wall hanging and to create personal journals about the experience.

Taconic Hills High School – $2,000 in support for “Fall Festival of Shakespeare 2009,” a collaboration with Shakespeare & Company. High School students produced and performed classic plays under the direction of a professional theater company.

In Greene County, the following awards were approved:

Catskill Elementary School – $1,500 toward “Books Alive!,” a partnership with Soup-2-Nuts Theater involving first grade students who study and perform three books by children’s author Eric Carle. Director Margo Mullein Feron coordinates the project with art and music teachers and with the school librarian.

Catskill Middle & High School – $2,000 toward “Legacy in Light,” a program with holographer Linda Law to introduce students in Grades 6 & 12 to the art and physics of holography through the works of the late, internationally famous holographer Rudie Berkhout. Twenty Grade 6 students and 18 12th grade Physics students will visit a retrospective exhibit of Berkhout’s work and then work with Law and art teacher Corie Fong to design and create holograms.

Hunter-Tannersville Middle-High School – $3,000 toward a project with students in grades 8-12 who will design a sculpture garden as part of a comprehensive landscaping project on the school grounds that involves the entire school community. Under the direction of art teacher Ritamary Vining, students will meet with area landscape artists, visit Storm King Sculpture Garden and other area sculpture gardens, learn sculpting skills and techniques from local sculptor Kevin VanHentenryck and visit foundries to learn about fabrication techniques. Student designs will be displayed locally and undergo a review process.

Funding for Arts in Education programs is determined by a panel of educators, artists and arts-in-education specialists. Successful applicants follow these basics: (1) Schools develop curriculum integrated artist partnerships which address the NYS Learning Standards; (2) Planning and implementation are conducted by school educators working directly with artists or cultural institutions; (3) Projects integrate the arts into other academic disciplines and do not solely address art curriculum and (4) Grants are used to pay artist fees, artist travel expenses and materials.

Planning for next year’s Arts in Education projects is already underway! Interested schools should contact Kay Stamer at the GCCA, 943-3400, e-mail gcca@greenearts.org. Guidelines and applications may be obtained by contacting Kay at the GCCA, Colleen Schaffernoth at the CCCA 518-671-6213, or Arlene Sampson, Arts Specialist at Questar III at 518-477-8771.

The Twin Counties Arts in Education (AIE) Partnership Grants Program is made possible with public funds from the Local Capacity Building Initiative of the AIE Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. Corporate sponsors include the Bank of Greene County, Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, Stewart’s Shops and the Windham Chapter of the Catskill Mountain Foundation.

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WGXC_”Radio, Radio” DJ dance show Saturday in Catskill

Sat. Feb. 27, 2010: 9 p.m. – Feb. 28, 2010: 1 a.m. at the former Muddy Cup storefront, 410 Main St., Catskill, NY. $5 admission.

The Magic Stranger, Tony Fletcher, DJ Jean Deux, The NRG People/Male Room, DJ Sam, DJ Dizzy, and others perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 in Catskill, in the empty storefront where the Muddy Cup coffee house used to be on Main St. Projections, lights, and other surprises. Come out and dance to bring community radio to Greene and Columbia counties. Become a WGXC Founding Member, buy a WGXC t-shirt, or donated artwork from local artists, or just enjoy the music.

WGXC is getting closer to getting on the air. We have our license. We have a matching grant from the U.S. Commerce Department for over $71,000 for all the major equipment needed for the station — a transmitter, an antenna, and three studio consoles and equipment for spaces in Cairo, Catskill, and Hudson. Now we need to raise the other half of that, another $71,000. So far, we are 30 percent of the way there. We need as many folks in the area to become Founding Members and donate a little bit of money so we can make this goal. Can you help us?

One way is to attend this show this Saturday night in Catskill. You can sign up to be a Founding Member, dance the night away, buy a t-shirt, get your business to become a Founding Underwriter, enter a raffle for a Gibson Les Paul guitar currently on view at Musica in Hudson,

The Magic Stranger is John Cleater, an artist/architect who lives in Columbia County. He shows his work at Nicole Fiacco Gallery in Hudson and is on the advisory committee of the architecture program at Art OMI. http://www.cleater.com/

Tony Fletcher (born April 27, 1964) is a music journalist best known for his biographies of drummer Keith Moon and the band R.E.M.. Born in Yorkshire, England, Fletcher was inspired by the London punk rock movement and started a fanzine as a thirteen-year-old schoolboy which he named Jamming!. The magazine developed over the next eight years into an independent alternative to more established music magazines of the day such as the NME and Melody Maker. This led to Fletcher presenting TV programmes and networking with numerous post-punk figures including Paul Weller and Echo & the Bunnymen, the latter of which were the subject of his first book published in 1987. He has two children and is married to Posie. Fletcher then juggled band and record label management before moving to New York in the late 80s, where he also became involved with DJing, club promotion and music industry consultant. His first novel, Hedonism, was published in 2003. Fletcher lives in Ulster County. http://www.ijamming.net/

Conrad Kaneshiro (Machines), Giorgio Handman and Ngonda Badilla on vox make up The NRG People (Male Room), Giorgio and Connie first played together in electro punk band Split Me Wide Open and then in Male Room since the early 00s. Male Room played at NYC dance clubs,leather bars, and festivals in Mexico City and London. Male Room put out tracks on Cleopatra Complilations, Dinero Rosa (MX), ElectroWave, and have co-written tracks for underground superstars including Kenny Kenny and Tobel Von Cartier, with videos directed by Nick Zedd these two queens were unstoppable! Then Connie moved to Distrito Federal (Mexico City) for two years mastering the High Energy sound and his dance moves while Giorgio met the fabulous and amazing Ngonda upstate and they started doing shows as The NRG People. This will be the first show of The NRG People (Male Room) with all three members present, so get ready to MOVE YOUR BODY! Handman lives in Hudson, NY.

DJ Jean Deux is Dan Seward, of John Deux Books & Records in Hudson, the band Bunnybrains, and the host of “Battlefield Earth” on free103point9 Online Radio.

DJ Dizzy is Tom Roe, who lives in Acra, NY regularly hosted DJ nights in NYC at Diner in Williamsburg, and Angel in Manhattan, and performed at many underground Brooklyn venues such as Rubulad and Manhattan spaces such as The Kitchen. Roe has performed on turntables live with Daniel Carter, members of the Gold Sparkle Band (as DizzySparkle), Pierre Huyghe, and others, and recorded with Scanner, Kristin Lucas, and Matt Bua.

DJ Sam is Sam Sebren, who lives in Athens, NY and recorded two records with Menlo Park with his band Splotch. His multimedia installations have been at Protest Space in Chelsea, The College of St. Rose in Albany, and a former Ulster County Jail. Sebren’s “This” comes out in March on Aboriginal Records, and his video work will be included in the Photography Triennial at the Center for Photography in Woodstock in June. Sebren also participates regularly in publications and performances with Creative Capitalism, a collective in Baltimore included in this year’s Whitney Biennial.

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Officially, Harper in against Murphy

From Jimmy Vielkind in Capitol Confidential:

Former Saratoga County Assistant District Attorney David Harper formally declared his candidacy against Rep. Scott Murphy, D-Glens Falls [for the NY-20th Congressional seat]. “I’m running for Congress to put an end to the out of control spending and fiscal irresponsibility that dominates Washington and is ruining our economy,” Harper, of Saratoga Springs, said in a press release sent Sunday afternoon. He said last week he was interested in the seat, and has now created a campaign committee with $50,000 of his own money. Republican leaders have asked prospective candidates to formally declare their intentions by March 7. Harper joins Dan Stec, the Queensbury town supervisor, in doing so.

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Return of The Greenville Press?

Seeing Greene’s Dick May was the first to track down Linda Fenoff, who ran the Greenville Press newspaper until the last three issues have not shown up on newsstands. She hopes to return, May writes, “Ms Fenoff told Seeing Greene… she suffered a collapse from exhaustion and was hospitalized for several days. Now she is resting at the home of a friend, is still weak and depressed, but is ‘absolutely’ determined to get back to the job.

Olana may be open less thanks to state cuts

Governor Paterson’s plan to save the state money by closing come state parks permanently or part-time includes closing Columbia County’s Olana two days a week. Greene County is spared any cuts, but Rudd Pond area in Taconic State Park in Dutchess County is on the chopping block.

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