Elodie LautenLower East Side Performing Arts, Inc. presents the music of composer/performer Elodie Lauten as part of the Ideas City Festival, “Essential Elements”, from May 1 to 4 throughout lower Manhattan. Her new Transformations, a work in progress inspired by a quest for sustainability through a balance between the natural elements of life, will be heard at the following multidisciplinary events:

May 1 at 6:00 PM – Opening reception at 154 Smart Clothes Gallery, 154 Stanton Street (near Clinton). Transformations for tape and live electric guitar will be performed by guitarist Jonathan Hirschman. Also, in the gallery, sculptures by Mario Bustamante and Jose Landoni, with a poetry reading by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright.

May 2, 3 and 4 – Excerpts of Transformations, choreographed and performed by the East Village Teen Dance Company will also be presented on May 2 at 6:30 PM at De Colores Garden, 311 East 8th Street, with sculptures by Kathy Creutzburg, May 3 at 6:30 PM at 11 BC Garden, 626 East 11th Street, with poetry by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright and May 4 at 3:30 PM at Campos Garden, 628 E. 12 Street, following a panel discussion on sustainability from 1 to3 PM.

Extensive Transformations visual scores and documentation are available from http://www.elodielauten.net. Elodie Lauten is an original post-minimalist who writes piano, electronic, chamber and orchestral music.

Ideas City is a four-day Festival of conferences and workshops, an innovative StreetFest around the Bowery, and more than one hundred independent projects and public events that are forums for exchanging ideas, proposing solutions, and accelerating creativity. This year’s theme is Untapped Capital, with participants focused on resources that are under-recognized or underutilized in our cities. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.ideas-city.org.

Festival sponsors include Art Loisaida Foundation, LESPA, Smart Clothes Gallery, Materials for the Arts, Circular Creation, Lungs, LESPI, the East Village Teen Dance Company, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council (Rosie Mendez).

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