Artists in need

August 19th, 2009, 3:29 pm by Greg

During the past couple of First Friday arts walks in Albany, we’ve ended up down at the Contompasis Gallery at 40 North Broadway. It’s off the beaten path, to say the least, but there’s a wonderful energy there. Artwork covers nearly every inch of wall space, spilling out into the hallway with canvases sometimes stacked up three or four deep.

So it was with a heavy heart that we learned of the fire there yesterday.

But it hasn’t taken long for fellow artists and musicians to come to their aid. Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany will be hosting a two-day marathon benefit bash on Friday and Saturday, September 4-5 in conjunction with next month’s First Friday. Lots of artwork on exhibit, lots of music on the stage, and lots of help for those in need.

Contact Tess’ Lark Tavern to make donations of artwork, time, talent or funds.

Samson Contompasis: Gorillas

Samson Contompasis: Gorillas


Yes, But Could Your Kid Light A Better Fire Than This One?

July 1st, 2009, 3:26 pm by Sara

image by Matthias Wassermann

image by Matthias Wassermann

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
smashing a perfectly good guitar.
I don’t know who they think they are
smashing a perfectly good guitar..

John Hiatt’s lamentation about the instrument-smashing Kurt Cobains of the world can apparently now be applied to performance art as well – witness the controversy over Annea Lockwood’s performance piece, “Burning Piano” that originally premiered in 1968 and the tribute to it performed at Carlton College. For further insight, here’s a New Music Box interview with Annea Lockwood about her “Piano Transplants” series.

Japanese jazz pianist Yosuke Yamashita has also apparently done this kind of thing before. The comments under this Youtube video echo the polarization seen in the Star Tribune arguments:

As an aside, NASCAR driver Kyle Busch managed to stir up a lot of controversy when he tried to smash a painstakingly customized Gibson guitar within seconds of receiving it. Ouch. Dude, you’re not Pete Townshend. You’re not even Trent Reznor.

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