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10/11/12 PR

THURSDAY OCTOBER 11, 2012, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution

Craig Shepard: On Foot, Brooklyn

The Old Stone House
336 Third Street, bet. 4th/5th Avenues
Park Slope, Brooklyn
718-768-3195 –

Musical Ecologies is a new monthly symposium on music and sound held every 2nd Thursday at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event focuses on a single artist who presents a work or project either in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by a 30-minute conversation with the curator and audience. Admission is by contribution and a reception follows.

The first Musical Ecologies concert features Brooklyn-based composer Craig Shepard in an evening of music, images and conversation drawn from his work “On Foot: Brooklyn,” a 91-day 780-mile trek in New York City on which Shepard composed a new piece each of the 13 weeks. Joined by photographer Beth O’Brien, and musicians Tyler Wilcox (saxophone) and Jack Callahan (melodica), Shepard will give a talk about his work with music in public spaces that will be followed a performance of several works from the project with projected images.

From February 21 to May 21, 2012, Craig Shepard got everywhere he went on foot. Each week, he composed a new piece, and wrote it down. Every Sunday, he led a silent, cell-phone free walk to a different location in Brooklyn and performed the new piece in an outdoor public space. Compositions were named for the date and location of the first performance. More information is found on his website

About the artists:Craig Shepard is member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble. He has realized a 250-mile walking tour across Switzerland, a 21-day live-installation at a Zurich commuter hub, and a one-hour live installation of 18 trumpets on the shores of Lake Zurich. He has worked with Christian Wolff, Christian Kesten, Larry Polansky, Alred Zimmerlin, Tim Parkinson, Antoine Beuger, Jürg Frey, and many others. His teachers include Frank Crisafulli (trombone), Ulrich Eichenberger (sacbut), Corrado Bossard (trumpet), as well as Ammnon Wolman, Alan Stout, and Michael Pisaro (composition). He lives in Brooklyn.

Beth O’Brien is a photographer and film-maker. She continually observes and collects imagery photographically, later mining her vast archives for source material to build projects with. Her films have shown in numerous festivals and venues including “Fever Dreams” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, “20,000 Leagues Under the Industry”, the Echo Park Film Center in LA, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, the Presents Gallery in New York, and the Cornell/Ithaca College Film Festival.

Tyler Wilcox, saxophone, began composing glacial drone based tape music in 2001. He switched to reeds in 2003 with a desire to embody fleeting sound phenomena. He lived in Washington State from 2005-2012, where he experienced true silence and the white noise in the wild nature of the cascades which slowed and opened his music. He currently collaborates with Gust Burns, Jeffrey Allport, Kelvin PIttman, Paul Neidhardt, Mara Sedlins, Wilson Shook, and Mark Collins.

Jack Callahan, melodica, studied music at Hampshire College and composition with Jürg Frey. He has performed with Thurston Moore, the Dream Team Ensemble, and many others.