Strudelmedia records has just released Act Necessary, the debut release by Andy Biskin's new quartet, Ibid. Mashing up everything from polkas and New Orleans jazz to funk and Tin Pan Alley, Biskin shoehorns sophisticated compositional elements into epic miniature tunes. His all-star quartet, featuring cornetist Kirk Knuffke, trombonist Brian Drye, and drummer Jeff Davis, handles each musical hairpin turn with infectious enthusiasm and deep insight into the music’s many subtleties. It's available now from the strudelmedia store.
Anja will be showing new work in a solo exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw, Poland from June 6–August 20, 2013. This exhibition is part of the inaugural events celebrating ACF’s new location in Warsaw. The opening is June 6 at 6pm and Anja will be there! The address is ul. Próżna 7/9, Warszawa.
Anja will teach a ten-day photography workshop at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing, China, from April 19-28, 2013. The workshop is “Dynamic Composition and Telling Stories” and could be a rare and exciting opportunity to get to know this amazing city while creating new pictures and improving photography skills and composition. Please email Anja for further information.
Anja will be teaching her ICP Personal Vision class “Telling a Story Through Photographs” once again this May and June, on Wednesdays, 10am–1pm, from May 22–June 19, 2013. For a full description of the class or to register, visit the ICP (International Center of Photography) website. Anja will be showing new work in a group exhibition at Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis in Bregenz, Austria, from March 2–April 1, 2013. A new catalog of my work was recently published as a part of this exhibition — details to follow! Stadtgalerie Lehen in Salzburg is presenting Anja’s series “Chinese Fast Food” in a group show from January 25–March 13, 2013. Anja is part of the group show “Out of Salzburg” at White Box gallery in Munich, Germany, from November 2–25, 2013, where she will exhibit her series “Chinese Fast Food.” The show was curated by Alexandra Grimmer, featuring artists from Salzburg including Eva Wagner, Schwarzwald, Ulrike Lienbacher and others.
This Monday in Copenhagen: “The Paris Film” — the latest film project by Anja and Edward, featuring Jimena Paz — will be screened as part of the Not Festival on Monday, October 22, at 8:45pm (at Dansehallerne, Pastuersvej 20). Curated by Luis Lara. Click here for more info on the festival. “The Paris Film”—our latest film—will be screened in Salzburg, Austria at Das Kino (the best movie theater in town!) on October 13, 2012 at 2:45pm. The screening is part of Salzburger Filmtage, organized to showcase a new DVD of films supported by the city and state of Salzburg. “The Paris Film” is a visual short story inspired by the work of Argentine writer Julio Cortázar and stars Jimena Paz. Edward and Anja will co-teach “Drawing Inspiration from the Movies,” a class designed to help photographers deepen their work and improve their composition through a better understanding of the visual history of cinema. The class is presented by the International Center of Photography (ICP) from Nov 8–Dec 13, 2012 on Thursdays, 7–10pm. For a full class description or to register, visit the ICP website. Enrollment is limited. Anja will be teaching her ICP Personal Vision class “Telling a Story through Photographs” once again this fall on Wednesdays, 10am–1pm, from Nov 7–Dec 12, 2012. For a full description of the class or to register, visit the ICP (International Center of Photography) website.
Underline Gallery in New York City is presenting a solo exhibition by Anja called “Take Out: Chinese Fast Food” from April 5–May 13, 2012. This series of photographs, shot in a temporary food court set up inside Beijing’s Olympic Park, concentrates on the saturated visual displays of the food stalls and the way the environment contrasts with the boredom of the workers. Curated by Michael Steinberg. Anja's video "The Bear" (with music by Edward Ratliff) will be screened in "Letters from the Sky," an international experimental film festival launched as part of the COPART Cultural Action in Durban, South Africa, taking place during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (November 28 to December 14, 2011). threeshadows.cn or by emailing Leise Hook. We're pleased to announce that Strudelmedia has just released "Not So Fast," the debut CD of The Spokes – a unique wind trio co-led by three composer/instrumentalists: Andy Biskin (clarinet), Curtis Hasselbring (trombone) and Phillip Johnston (soprano saxophone). All three compose for the group with their own personal approach, but their music is linked by a lyrical sense of melody, a wry sense of humor, and a distinctive, idiosyncratic compositional voice. The Spokes channel influences from early 20th-century chamber music, New Orleans jazz, Third Stream music, Civil War brass bands, and contemporary classical idioms, all delivered with wit and agility (think Jimmy Giuffre’s trios, Debussy’s chamber pieces, or Raymond Scott’s horn section).
The CD is available now at the Strudelmedia Store, and in the near future at iTunes, Amazon.com and more. “The Paris Film” — our latest film project — was accepted into the New Hope Film Festival and will be screened on Sunday, July 17 at 1:30pm. We're excited that our film will be shown close to home (New Hope is in Pennsylvania, along the Delaware River, about 90 minutes from New York City).
We will be present at the screening, so please join us! Click here to purchase tickets to the screening, get more info, or watch the trailer of our film. More info on the film is on our website here. here. Anja Hitzenberger was commissioned to create portraits of 12 Austrian artists for a new book created by the design shop Lichterloh about the historic Viennese Würfeluhren (80 very large public clocks spread throughout Vienna). The book, "Normalzeit," will be published October 2011. “The Paris Film” — our latest film project — was accepted into the Festival International du Film sur l'Art (FIFA) in Montréal and will have two screenings: Saturday, March 19 at 6:30pm and Friday, March 25 at 9pm, both at the Place des Arts, Cinquième Salle. FIFA is an annual 10-day festival focused on films about art and is “considered first among equals on the global arts film festival circuit.” We will be attending the March 25 screening if you’d like to join us! Visit FIFA for tickets and more info. “The Paris Film” is a visual short story inspired by the work of Argentine writer Julio Cortázar, starring Jimena Paz and directed by Edward Ratliff and Anja Hitzenberger. “Portraits of a City” will be shown in New Delhi this month. For this project, she photographed Salzburg residents from as many different countries as possible, in locations of their choice. The photographs were first shown in Salzburg this past summer and were originally commissioned by the 2010 Salzburg Szene Festival. This exhibition is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum New Delhi, Stadt Salzburg and Salzburger Landesregierung.
Here are the details:
Portraits of a City
Photographs by Anja Hitzenberger and Anusha S. Yadav
Opening: Friday, February 25 at 7pm (Anja will attend the opening)
Location: Dhoomimal Art Centre, A-8 Connaught Place, New Delhi, Tel: (11)233.24492
Exhibition Dates: Feb 25—March 4, 10am—7pm (closed Sunday)
Please join Edward Ratliff and his band for a set at Local 269 (269 East Houston) on Tuesday, Sept 21 at 8pm (one set). The band includes Doug Wieselman (baritone saxophone/e-flat clarinet), Beth Schenck (alto/soprano saxophone), Sean Conly (bass), Satoshi Takeishi (drums), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar) and Edward on accordion, trombone and cornet.
And last week we had quite a fine time playing a show at a street fair in one of New Jersey’s Koreatowns (Paterson). That really satisfying group of musicians included Pheeroan akLaff (drums), Briggan Krauss (baritone saxophone), Dave Phillips (bass), Nate Radley (guitar) and Edward on accordion, trombone and cornet. We had such a nice time playing at this really nice event. Thanks to Moro Oh for the photo! There was a very nice profile of Edward Ratliff in the Wall Street Journal (September 21, 2010) titled “Cinema Inspires Sounds of the City,“ and you can read it here or download a PDF of the article here. “Café Cortado,” a track from Edward’s latest CD (”Those Moments Before”), was featured recently on WNYC’s “New Sounds” in a program called The New Latin Tinge. The music is in good company in this show, and you can listen to the entire program here. Edward was selected to participate in the BMI-sponsored “Composing for the Screen.” Led by composer Rick Baitz, it’s a 6-week workshop, followed by a year-long mentorship — a great time to delve deeper into film music, meet new people, trade ideas and do some writing. “The Paris Film” — out latest film project — will be in Buenos Aires! Festival VideoDanzaBA 2010 has selected our film and it will screen on Tuesday, September 7 at 5:30pm at Microcine in Centro Cultural Recoleta. Check videodanzaba.com.ar for the latest info. “The Paris Film” is a visual short story inspired by the work of Argentine writer Julio Cortázar and stars Jimena Paz. Anja is excited to announce that her photography exhibition “Portraits of a City” will open in Salzburg, Austria, on July 8, 2010 (Anja will be there opening night). For this exhibit, part of the Sommerszene Festival Salzburg, she photographed 60 people from 60 different countries in 60 different locations throughout Salzburg, within two weeks. The photographer Anusha S. Yadav also photographed 60 people and her photos are part of the show as well. The opening is Thursday, July 8 at 8 pm, on the bridge Markatsteg in the center of town, and runs July 8–25 (on the bridges Markatsteg and Müllnersteg and along the river Salzach). More info at the Sommerszene website. We’re happy to announce that “The Paris Film” — our latest project — received its premiere screening in Korea at MODAFE Film, at the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture at 1pm on May 30, 2010. “The Paris Film” is a visual short story inspired by the work of Argentine writer Julio Cortázar and stars Jimena Paz. We performed “Barcelona in 48 Hours” with David Zambrano and Mat Voorter at MODAFE in 2008 and are happy our new film was presented there this year. Watch this space for more news. You can read three insightful reviews of Edward Ratliff’s new CD, “Those Moments Before,” here, here and here (scroll down a bit). The CD has also been getting good radio play across the US, in Canada and in Europe, as well as being featured in music breaks on different NPR programs (All Things Considered, Morning Edition, etc.). It’s available at the strudelmedia store (where there is a special sale on) as well as iTunes, Amazon.com and CDBaby. Join the mailing list if you’d like to hear about the upcoming CD release party and click here to hear clips from the CD. A photo of Anja’s is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of the International Center of Photography. The photograph is titled “Donut” from her “Pink” series. Edward Ratliff’s new CD, “Those Moments Before,” is out now and available at the strudelmedia store as well as iTunes, Amazon.com and CDBaby. It’s cinematic small ensemble music, inspired by Hong Kong movies, Johnny Hodges, an espresso-and-milk drink found in Barcelona, Henry Threadgill and more. The fine performers include Doug Wieselman, Michael Attias, Beth Schenck, Nate Radley, Sean Conly, Take Toriyama and Wes Matthews. The mix is by Grammy Award-winners Good and Evil. Join the mailing list if you’d like to be hear about the upcoming CD release party and click here to hear clips from the CD. Anja Hitzenberger is the featured artist this month in 180, a magazine about art and fashion photography. Her work will be up through the end of August, and then easily available through the archives on the site. Please take a look! Anja Hitzenberger presented new photographs and video (from her collaboration with Thom Fogarty and with Akos and Mimi Hargitay) in “Creative Migration,” a juried group exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. The exhibition ran from April 14–May 14, 2009. Anja Hitzenberger presented a series of photographs at Galerie Fotohof in Salzburg as part of a project called “Bild” (“Picture”), which she developed together with choreographer Lisa Hinterreithner in Warsaw (Poland) and Abtenau (Austria). Theorist Elke Krasny spoke about how (urban) landscapes define and alter the movement of the body. Thanks to a Swing Space grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Anja was able to expand her photography project “The Body and Space” by condensing it in ”Changing Room.” Hitzenberger explored the possibilities found in an abandoned storefront (a former photo lab) at 145 Nassau Street in Manhattan. Each week she photographed performers and dancers of different body shapes and movement backgrounds. Each week also brought a new installation by architect/designer Illya Azaroff, as well as live performances in the space. Visit the website for photo galleries and more information.