(Visual Art/Jazz/Poetry): A unique workshop
Open to the public. Non-artists welcome.
Thursday February 16, 8:30PM -10:30PM
The Center for Jewish Arts and Literacy at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue
325 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003
Jewish Art Salon and Sixth Street Synagogue in NYC premier a night of break-through cross-genre collaboration!
Performance poet Jake Marmer will recite his cycle of Talmud-inspired poems, while musicians will spontaneously “darshen” – interact with, and interpret – the spoken material. Saxophonist Greg “Jazz Rabbi” Wall, Uri Sharlin on keys, Rob Henke on trumpet, and Jon Madof on guitar.
Visual artists (and non-artists) are invited to spontaneously create the next level of “darshening”, further interpreting the words and music through their medium.
There will be discussion and conversation interspersed with the performance.
You are welcome to just listen to the poetry and concert, without sketching.
Create your own art work or participate in a collaborative piece! There will be an opportunity to do large-scale work as well.
Exhibit of the best results will be on view at the synagogue’s social hall that night till February 24th. The Center for Jewish Arts and Literacy at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue, 325 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003. Between 1 & 2 Avenue. N, R, or 6 train to St. Marks Place /Astor Place / 8th Street. $10 Cover /$6 for JAS members.
Bring your own sketch book and art materials.
RSVP required at [email protected]
Jake merges poetry, music, and performance into various philosophically potent mixtures, like existentialist dancehall, talmudic jazz poetry, personalized bop apocalypse. He has performed extensively in New York and Jerusalem, with his band Frantic Turtle, Mima’amakim collective, and various hip downtown characters.
He is a poet/performer, working for Random House Publishing during the day. Recently, he received his M.A. in Comparative Literature from CUNY Grad Center, and is finishing up the Ph.D. coursework. He is the poetry columnist for the Forward.
Saxophonist Greg Wall (also known as “the Jazz Rabbi”) has performed and recorded with Hasidic New Wave, Greg Wall’s Later Prophets, The Ayn Sof Arkestra and Bigger Band, Neshama Carlebach, the Hi-Tops, Greg Wall’s Unity Orchestra, Jazz Talmud Quartet, and has made many session appearances for record dates and film scores. He recently formed HaOrot – The Lights of Rav Kook. Greg Wall is the rabbi of the Sixth Street Synagogue and a volunteer of the Pioneers for Cure.