When we talk about Art, we typically talk about one creative genre or another. Dance, music, painting, poetry, performance art these are traditionally based creative genre’s that have their own creative communities that have developed around them. But, what happens when you’re inspired by other genres and start looking for a way to bridge these communities?
Some explore multiple disciplines on their own, while others create an event to explore this intersection by bring different artists together. “All Together Now” is a variety style multimedia show that was created, and is being produced, by Anna Rae a local musician and arts organizer. The event will feature a rotating schedule of performers who will be showcased in three separate events that take will place between April 23rd and the end of August at the Lily Pad in Cambridge.
The idea started when Rae visited New York and was inspired by some Asian American artists. She explained that they weren’t just making great art but they were both advocating for, and creating a collaborative space in which Asian Americans could perform. Her idea quickly evolved and expanded to include the possibility of a more eclectic lineup. “I wanted to pull in more genres,” Rae said, “and I was discovering more artists that were doing things that were musical plus, or not musical, and who I thought were awesome.”
Rae who has been a performing musician for years, explained to me that she’s booked shows for herself and others, but never done something quite like this. But inspired to bring people together she decided to produce a show where she could reach out to different groups and open up a performance space that could be more all inclusive and pull in artists from genre’s outside of music such as video, performance art, experimental film, and maybe some magic and drag. ”So I decided to make it a series of three and try to bring in more artists and I also want to make space for women, people of color, gender non-conforming.“
Her passion for this project was tangible even if she’s not sure exactly sure what kind of response the show is going to get, but she’s open to the possibility of holding future events. ”Basically I’m going to try these three shows and see how they play in Boston. See if people like them, see if they’re successful in terms of turnout see how the out of town artists feel about it, see if they’re viable,” Rae said.
By the end of our conversation I felt pretty excited to see the kind of performances that were going to be presented. The thing is, even though we’ve seen so much increased interest in the arts in Boston over the past year, and even though there seems to be an ever increasing number of arts festivals getting the opportunity to see an artist, or artists, present their work is still pretty unique. In particular giving artists who might not be part of the bigger festivals the area an opportunity to present their work to an audience, is crucial for maintaining the freshness of an arts scene, developing new interest and opening up new dialogues.
What I find really exciting about this project is probably what has made it so challenging to produce, and that is the fact that it is exploring an intersection of creative genres and bringing artists from two very creative cities together.
All Together Now is showcasing artists from Boston and NYC. The first show will feature music by Hemway, performance art and video by Crichton Atkinson, music by The Grownup Noise, experimental film by Jeremy Stamas and music by Jenee Halstead. Shows are currently scheduled every other month and are happening at the Lily Pad in Cambridge Saturday April 23rd, June 25 and August 27th. Tickets are available for purchase in advance.
For more information and updates about All Together Now can be found on its Facebook page
Advance tickets are available via Brown Paper tickets at: http://alltogethernowboston.brownpapertickets.com/
Follow the event on Twitter handle: @AllTogetherBos
The Lily Pad in Cambridge http://lilypadinman.com/
Performer Info & Bios (Provided by All Together Now)
The Grownup Noise :: Boston :: Music – Website: http://www.thegrownupnoise.com
Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2007, Boston’s The Grownup Noise have evolved into a rousing and innovative pop-music outfit, bridging the gap between americana and indie music. With a genuine respect for every style of music, this band and its songwriter Paul Hansen, are song obsessed. And more than happy to garner quotes like this from The Onion A.V. Club: “The Grownup Noise’s best asset, however is the songwritng, with lines of love and the changing seasons coming out as gently and colorful as the music itself”. Or this from The Boston Globe: “one of Boston’s most promising outfits…a sense of sincerity, wonder, and poetry beats at the heart of skewed folk-pop songs”.
Crichton Atkinson :: NYC :: Performance Art + Video – Website: http://www.crichtonatkinson.com
Crichton Atkinson director and performer. Her work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Pittsburg, Santa Fe, Shanghai and London. Her video work has been exhibited at the AC Institute in Chelsea, Apparition or Illumination: Video Art from the Underground and Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2014 at Nothing Space, Bushwick, NY; Crush the Serpent at The Tea Factory in Bushwick, NY; N2NM: Exchange in Santa Fe, NM; Space Witch, Bushwick, NY; It Is What It Is, 331 Gallery, Beacon NY. She has performed in The Golfing Party of Brancusi, Satie, & John Quinn at Dia:Beacon, The Missing Book of Spurs by Marianne Vitale for Performa 13; at the New Museum she was in Spartacus Chetwynd: Home Made Tasers; Bona Park’s The box in the plastic bag (la boîte-en-sac plastique) New York version (2012); and Positions: An Action by Public Movement which was part of Performa11. Atkinson has participated in films- songwriting for Dave Boyel’s Man from Reno, acting in Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament, staring in Joel Clark’s Xmas in July, and writing and appearing in Ben Popik’s The Exquisite Corpse Project. Atkinson has directed Oedipus after Colonus at HERE and the Byrdcliffe, and NARRATOR at The Paradise Factory with funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. With Dangerous Ground Productions Atkinson assistant directed The Distance from Here, The Madness of Day, and produced Last Tango in Paris at the Paradise Factory. She performed in Beware of a Holy Whore and was production manager for John Cassavetes’ ‘Husbands’ at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, the production was called ‘interesting to think about’ by the New York Times. Atkinson is a freelance museum educator at Dia:Beacon and the New Museum. She is the Founding Director of Nothing Space, where she curated De-Script, Shadow Sign: Dance/Performance, Apparition or Illumination: Video Art from the Underground, and Sketches: Propositions and Potentials.
Jeremy Stamas :: Boston :: Experimental Film
Jenee Halstead :: Boston :: Music – website: http://jeneehalstead.com
Her latest release, “Edge of the World,” adds to the indefinable soundscape in which her soft and supple voice floats so exquisitely that the Boston Herald felt it “like sorceress music, rings of smoke through the trees and the bells of Rhymney,” while comparing Jenee’s working relationship with new producer Sean McLaughlin to that of Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois for the way it “embedded a tremendous voice in an otherworldly, shadowy soundscape.” Spot on. With her gift for wonderfully evocative lyrical imagery, delivered with such a compelling voice, it’s easy to foresee that Jenee’s unfettered songwriting will continue to rise — like those swirling rings of smoke — into the expansive sky, and far beyond the edge of the world.
Hemway :: Boston :: Music – website: http://www.hemwayband.com
Hemway is a melodic, song-oriented alternative/modern rock band from Boston. Their songs feature emotionally rich lyrics and unusual instrument voicing and relationships. Band members, James Brooks, Shaun Utter, and Anna Rae draw on years of performing and touring experience to bring audiences an energetic and eclectic mix of songs that reference multiple genres including rock, pop, blues, folk, and reggae.