Nora York Performance and video

Last year Hurricane Sandy hit where I live and work -- New York City -- devastating the whole North East. I was struck by what was right before my eyes. Water was everywhere, there were cars floating down the streets of lower Manhattan. Water brought the largest city in the USA to its knees. In June 2013 the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation invited me (with Joes Pub at The Public) to present a concert as part of the Marfa Dialogues/NY on Climate Change. Their invitation provided me an opportunity to start exploring the vast subject of water; I chose Handel’s Water Music Suite as my foundation. I began my research by listening to various versions of the Handel, reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s “Field Notes From a Catastrophe”, and watching numerous National Geographic documentaries. Rain Came Down, my first song and response to Handel’s Overture, is inspired by Rachel Carson’s book “The Sea Around Us”.

Joes Pub at Public - Nov. 10,2013
Nora York creator, voice; Jamie Lawrence co-composer/conductor/piano
Diane Lesser, oboe; Charles McCracken, bassoon; Robin Zeh, violin;
Dave Hofstra, bass; Steve Tarshis, guitar; Peter Grant, drums
Artwork by Ann Messner Kate Teale and others!
Funder Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Marfa Dialogues NY

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