Ryder & Hazel with Karen Cole of Dust Bowl Faeries
NAME: C. Ryder Cooley
BAND AFFILIATION: Ryder, Hazel & the Dust Bowl Faeries
INSTRUMENT: Vocals, ukukele, singing saw, accordion, kazoo
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Soundtrack to the movie “Pete’s Dragon.” (I was about 10.)
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … I went to a lot of classical music concerts as a kid. The first rock concert I went to was a Christian rock concert for kids in the psyche ward at a mental hospital. That ruined rock concerts for awhile.
Hudson music scene faves Lady Moon and Ryder Cooley & Hazel join forces as MoonRyder, who will grace the stage at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Friday (March 15). They’ll be accompanied by with percussionist Nkula Badila, guitarist Corey Aldrich and keyboardists Sara Ayers and Cameron Melville. Old-timey, foot-stompin’ trio Pocatello – featuring Liv Carrow, Baby Willis and Sasha Pearl – will open the show. Tickets are $10.
We already have Friday, July 15 circled on our calendar. That’s when musician-performance artist-aerialist Ryder Cooley will be premiering her new major work, “Xmalia,” at Proctors in Schenectady.
Last Friday, Cooley squeezed into the fabulously funky Warren Street corner art space (Hi)story Labor(atory) in Hudson to offer a sneak preview of the show amid a standing-room-only crowd and the captivating artwork of Limor Gasko, Dennis Herbert, Kahn & Selesnick and others (including a rather unsettling display of bejeweled deer skulls by Cooley herself).
OK, Cooley’s multimedia performance art masterwork “Animalia” was originally presented at RPI in Troy back in March, ’08, and was later re-invented on the mainstage at Proctors in Schenectady in September, ’08. Now, thanks to artist Bart Woodstrup, “Animalia” has been animated – or perhaps re-animated – as you can see in the above video.
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?
All this week, we’ve been highlighting some of the fall season’s most promising arts, music and entertainment events around Nippertown. Mark your calendars.
Today’s spotlight is on unusual, unclassifiable, off-the-wall events:
Ryder Cooley @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Saturday, October 9. Artist-trapeze performer-accordionist-musical saw player Ryder Cooley presents her new installation “Faunal Respirations” (12noon-5pm Friday-Monday, October 8-11), as well as a special performance from 6:30-9pm Saturday, October 9. FREE. (Related story: Fall Harbor concert review)
Performance artists/community activists Linda Mussmann and Claudia Bruce, founders of Time + Space Limited in Hudson, are presenting a new (and probably undefinable) work of original theater: War & Peace: Thoughts and Notes, a work that focuses on “ideas about Napoleon, war, fact, and fiction, and bugles.”
The production features Linda Mussmann’s writing, directing and set design along with performances and music by Mussmann’s long-time collaborator Claudia Bruce, as well as special guest artist accordionist, musical saw virtuoso (and sometimes trapeze performer) Ryder Cooley.
Set up in the east gallery space at TSL, Claudia Bruce and Ryder Cooley are the actors, readers and musicians (playing accordion, piano, guitar, ukulele, drums and bugles) who guide the audience through a text that Mussmann constructed after thinking about the novels of Grossman and Tolstoy.
War & Peace: Thoughts And Notes @ Time + Space, Hudson
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