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Janney_Laswell Collage II












“Exploring the Hidden Music”
HeartBeat | Visual Music Project | Touch My Light | Interactive Sound / Light Installations

Christopher Janney, Artistic Director
Bill Laswell, Musical Director

Featured esteemed guests in performance are

Sara Rudner Choreographer
Sunny Hitt Dancer

Sheila E. Percussion, Vocals
Trilok Gurtu Percussion
Lynn Mabry Vocals
Dave Revels Vocals
DJ Adam Gibbons Turntables

Further Guests TBA

The first ever collaboration of forward-thinking architect / composer Christopher Janney and legendary bassist / producer Bill Laswell promises a wild ride on the highest artistic level. The duo, with its cast of world-class musicians, utilizes composition, dance, sound, and visuals.

Janney, renown for his work interrelating architecture and music, received a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University (magna cum laude), M.S. in Environmental Art and Performance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while continuing private studies in percussion and at the Dalcroze School of Music in New York. He performed as a jazz musician with numerous artists and dance companies, including Merce Cunningham, Sara Rudner, and Claes Oldenburg. Thus, the connections between movement, architecture, sound and space were made.

A Visiting Professor at both The Cooper Union and Pratt Institute, Janney has created numerous permanent interactive sound / light installations, attempting to make architecture more “spontaneous” and, in reverse, to make music more physical. The latter can be experienced in his new version of “HeartBeat,” a dance / music / cardiology mash-up, made famous In the 1990’s with Mikhail Baryshnikov. As well, in Janney’s “Visual Music Project,” he introduces visual music in “real time” performing on his custom “visual synthesizer.”

Both pieces feature world-class musicians including Trilok Gurtu (John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul), Dave Revels (The Persuasions), Sheila E. (Solo, Prince, Ringo Starr) and Lynn Mabry (Talking Heads, Sly Stone, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler). In Sara Rudner, Janney acquired a prominent choreographer and long-time collaborator who currently holds the position of Director of Dance at Sarah Lawrence College.

The interactive sound / light installations at the door and a new interactive light work “Touch my Light” over DJ Adam Gibbons (Uhuru Afrika) set with live drumming makes sure to round out the program.

Acclaimed bassist / producer / visionary Bill Laswell provides the perfect match as the performance’s Musical Director. Over the course of three decades, the GRAMMY-winning producer has been one of the most prolific and restlessly creative forces in contemporary music. A sound conceptualist , he has put his inimitable stamp on nearly 3,000 recording projects by such artists as Mick Jagger, Yoko Ono, Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Bootsy Collins, Nine Inch Nails, Motörhead, Peter Gabriel, Blur, The Ramones, George Clinton, Pharaoh Sanders, Dalai Lama, Matisyahu, Angélique Kidjo, DJ Krush, RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, Sting,The Last Poets, Afrika Bambaataa, Julian Schnabel, Whitney Houston, Manu Dibango, and Herbie Hancock.

Along with Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records (Bob Marley, U2), he established the AXIOM label in 1989. M.O.D. Technologies, his most recent imprint is releasing projects by Method Of Defiance, Lee “Scratch” Perry, PRAXIS, Garrison Hawk with Sly & Robbie, Bernie Worrell, Jon Batiste & Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer, Chad Smith, and progressive / futuristic music from Ethiopia and Morocco. Laswell has worked from everyone in Asian ancient music to avant-jazz, rock, hip-hop and DJ culture.

Together Janney and Laswell “explore the hidden music” – found in spaces, the human body and in the meeting of artistic minds.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014; 8PM

Gramercy Theater
127 E 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212.614.6932


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Brazilian Composer, Performer, Writer & Educator Pedro de Alcantara


“Songs & Soundscapes: A Musical Exploration”
(voice, cello, piano, improvisations & compositions)


Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7pm

Brazilian native and Parisian resident renaissance man Pedro de Alcantara visits New York this fall to present “Songs & Soundscapes: A Musical Exploration” at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7pm. This program of original compositions and improvisations explores the frontier between the ordinary and the sacred in music, a place where nothing is as you expect it to be. The voice becomes a trumpet and beacon, the cello becomes a harp and a lute, and the piano becomes a resonating chapel of vibrations and oscillations.

Immediately following the concert, Pedro will be hosting a reception for his latest book, Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound, published by the Oxford University Press in June, 2011.

Location: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in New York

Tickets: $20 available at the door and via Brown Paper Tickets.

Directions to Tenri:
• F, V & L trains to 14th Street & 6th Avenue
• 1, 2, & 3 trains to 14th Street & 7th Avenue
• N, Q, R, W, 4, 5 & 6 trains to 14th Street-Union Square

About Pedro de Alcantara

Pedro de Alcantara has redefined the role of the creative artist for the 21st century, showing that music, literature, teaching, and healing all flow from a single source.

After growing up in São Paulo, Brazil, Pedro studied at the State University of New York’s Purchase College (BFA in Music, 1981) and the Yale School of Music (MM in Music Performance, 1983). In 1986, while living in London, Pedro became a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a problem-solving method based on the idea that good health is a creative act. In 1990 he moved to Paris, where he still lives.

Pedro’s first book, Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique, with a foreword by Sir Colin Davis, was published by the Oxford University Press (OUP) in 1997. Its French version came out in 2000, followed by a German translation in 2002 and a Japanese version in 2009. Also in 1997, the French publisher Editions Dangles published his second book, La Technique Alexander: Principes et Pratique, which he wrote in French (his third language, Portuguese being his mother tongue). Afterwards he rewrote the book in English. Titled The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life, it was published by the Crowood Press in England in 1999. A translation of A Skill for Life was published in Japan in 2011.

In 2008, Pedro was named the editor of a new book series at the OUP. Titled THE INTEGRATED MUSICIAN, the series highlights the musical philosophy he has developed over the past twenty-five years and will include volumes for string players, singers, pianists, and other musicians. In the fall of 2008, AlumniVentures, a new initiative at the Yale School of Music, awarded Pedro a grant to support the series’ dedicated website. Pedro’s first volume for the series, Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound was published in the summer of 2011 to wide acclaim.

In the process of preparing Indirect Procedures, Pedro discovered a passion for writing itself. From this passion poured a number of works including poems, short stories, and novels for young readers. Befiddled, his first novel, was published in 2005 by Delacorte Press – an imprint of Random House. It tells the story of 13-year-old violinist Becky Cohen and her struggles against a mean teacher, an overburdened mother, and really bad hair. Delacorte Press published Pedro’s second novel in 2009. Backtracked is a time-travel epic of New York City, in which the vessel of time travel is the city’s subway system. Currently, Pedro is working on The Divine Computer, a new novel for young readers, as well as a manual for writers titled Rhythm & Flow in a Writer’s Career.

Pedro has given seminars and presentations throughout Europe and the US, as well as Australia and New Zealand. His forthcoming visit to Japan will include a class at Nihon University, the country’s largest and most prestigious university. Pedro’s music students include the members of first-rate orchestras like the Orchestre National de Lille, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and many others. His teaching practice is broad-based and includes writers, artists, dancers, actors, and creative individuals in all fields.

Pedro’s compositions and improvisations highlight the vibrational and metaphysical aspects of music. He is currently preparing a CD of his works, scheduled for release in November, 2011.  More details at:

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