Cool Factor 10: The Art and Performances of C. Ryder Cooley

October 6th, 2010, 5:00 pm by Sara

Reconstruction. Exit Art, NYC. April 2007

C. Ryder Cooley: Reconstruction. Exit Art, NYC. April 2007

C. Ryder Cooley is a multidisciplary artist who focuses on issues of gender, animals, body and sustainability. Her haunting and ethereal works are reminicent of dreamlike fairy tales, combining the cool aesthetics of modern technology with a delicate, handmade touch.

We caught up with her recently and she graciously agreed to answer some of our questions:

You’re currently finishing up Animalia, an animation and book project with collaborator Bart Woodstrup based on your multimedia performance project. How is that going?

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Live: Fall Harbor @ Dennis Herbert’s Folk Art Gallery, 7/18/10

July 23rd, 2010, 3:18 pm by Greg

Fall Harbor

Fall Harbor – the magical, musical duo of vocalist-accordionist C. Ryder Cooley and vocalist-banjoist Todd Chandler – made a very strong first impression with their performance in Cooley’s hypnotic, multimedia, inter-species fairytale “Animalia” at RPI in Troy in early 2008, and later at Proctors in Schenectady.

Within the year, the twosome had released their debut album, “Songs from Fall Harbor,” and now they’re back with their sophomore disc, “Meet Me at the Water.”

For their CD release party in at Dennis Herbert’s Folk Art Gallery in Hudson last Sunday, Cooley and Chandler expanded their ensemble in order to more fully replicate the broader palette of sounds reflected on the new album. The duo’s hushed folk sounds were gently prodded by bassist Pete Toigo and drummer Otto Hauser.

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