The Brick Elephant on the Cutting Edge

June 18th, 2010, 11:30 am by Greg

Sadly, the performance of thingNY’s experimental comic book opera “ADDDDDDDDD” – which was slated to take place at the Brick Elephant in Valley Falls on Sunday afternoon – has been cancelled. We had absolutely no idea what to expect, but we were definitely looking forward to it. Now we’re bummed…

Fortunately, there’s still more on the calendar for the Brick Elephant, a fabulous former church that’s been re-utilized as a performance space by avant composer-musician Mary Jane Leach.

At 3pm on Sunday, June 27, the DownTown Ensemble will perform “Determinacy/Indeterminacy.” Featuring Daniel Goode, Larry Polansky and Peter Zummo, the DownTown Ensemble is one of the last surviving performance groups of the ’70s-’80s associated with the envelope-pushing musical styles that emerged around the SoHo loft concert scene and venues such as the Kitchen, Experimental Intermedia, the Alternative Museum and the Clocktower.

The Brick Elephant program will feature improvisatory works by noted jazz composer-keyboardist Carla Bley, as well as one of John Cage’s best known works “Indeterminacy,” performed by narrator William Hellermann and pianist Joseph Kubera.

A reception and conversation with the performers will follow the performance. Admission is by donation.

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