Walking through Grand Central's Graybar corridor I met Music Under NY violinist Luellen Abdoo. I asked her what inspires her. Music and people. Here's her world premiere of a new composition "Luango" by composer Joe Gianono. There's lovely work being performed in public spaces, you just have to go out and find it.
A sensory performance art piece. A visual mixture of color, music and movement. Live percussionist and harp, and dancers from the Ailey school. Creative Time and MTA Arts For Transit have joined together to present visual artist Nick Cave and his HEARD-NY. Performances have been going since Monday and will end Sunday March 31st 11am + 2pm (get there 1/2 hour early to be able to get a seat-kids are allowed a special section).
As someone who performs in public spaces, to get a chance to witness a live (and free) performance art piece is such a thrill. The Vanderbilt Hall is an amazing place on any given day, the high ceilings the natural reverberation, but with Nick Cave's piece it comes alive with delight.
I asked my favorite question: "What's Your Inspiration?" to Jillian a volunteer, Sarah and Arlene viewers and the 2 percussionists Robert and Junior.
What I loved about my experience watching HEARD-NY were the multi-layered sounds as the dancers fitted under horse costumes (yet so much more than that) the materials dragged and snapped the floor all mixed in with children's voices of glee.
Just another example of the freedom and spontaneous jamming with another musician that I experience while performing in the subway. I had previously met trombonist Jake Handelman at LIRR station and we had a fun jam. Here we met again at 34th st and had fun with my song Good Thing.
What Inspires Jake? "People make the world go round , without other people you can't put anything together ,you can't get any new ideas. You just need to keep livin…just put yourself out there."
"Good Thing" words and music by C. Grier SESAC singerfish publishing
2012 Music Under New York auditions Grand Central Terminal Vanderbilt Hall. May 16, 2012. MUNY artist and judge Cathy Grier aka NYCSubwayGirl captures the event and asks her favorite question "what's your inspiration?"
Natalia Paruz The Saw Lady
Lydia Bradshaw MUNY manager
Bob Holman Master of Ceremonies
Bobby newsguy 41st + Park
David Spelman, - artistic director NY Guitar Festival (inspiration)
Henrique Prince - MUNY artist violinist Ebony Hillbillies (inspiration)
Dan Zanes - award winning recording artist
Don Witter Jr. - MUNY artist classical guitarist (inspiration)
Tim Higginbotham - MUNY coordinator
Alex Steryermark - documentary filmmaker, 78 Project (inspiration)
Jahstix, MUNY artist (inspiration)
-Red Stefan - Neo-folk - reggae fusion
-Ravinda Kolhapure - Indian, Hindu, Sufi folk fusion singer
-Leanne Darling - viola
-Matt Dallow - accordion
-Matt Pless - Folk music
-Flor De Toloache - female Mariachi band
-Marin Ciotoi - accordion
-Acapella Soul - Male acapella
- Unigen One Man Band - Luther Folger
-Catchy - Michael Karas juggler + Maya violinist
-Hollie Wood - Leonel Brown - duo Alternative Devon Glover aka “Sonnet Man” Shakespeare hip-hop
-Jeff Masin - One Man Band
-School Of Thought - fusion hip-hop
-Fredrix Live n Direct! - Urban acid jazz guitar
-Fangady - Violin and keyboard, classical and rock
-Shirley Hairston - Singer, classic gospel to jazz
-Melissa Elledge - accordion (inspiration)
Performing at Grand Central Shuttle, a film crew from Hong Kong and Taiwan stopped by. Janis a wonderful singer from Taiwan asked if she could sing Crazy by Gnarls Barkley with me. Of course I was happy to oblige. Meanwhile a group of seniors from the Performing Arts High School stopped by and the rest is a perfect example of what can happen when you allow spontaneity in the subway with a microphone and some really talented and fearless kids.