The Ukrainian and American Poetry Happening focuses on Ukrainian and American connections throughout poetry and music and addresses the concept of home/cultural belonging. What role does language play in that, and how do the memories of emigrant families interfere with one’s present? A tree surrounded by 4 elements, that is, a tetramorph will be the central symbol representing home, and the wave of readings will circulate within the shape of a sandglass creating a feeling of an ongoing exchange between the American and Ukrainian experiences.
SONGS OF PROTEST AITQR Displaced
Performance 7 pm
FRIDAY, SEPT 13th, 2019
CARRIE BEEHAN & A.I.T.Q.R
1022 LEXINGTON AVE, NYC
CHASHAMA ARTISTS SPACE FEAT.
GARRY NICHOLS TASMANIAN DEVIL
From the underground clubs of divided Berlin to today’s US/Mexican border, multi-hyphenate Carrie Beehan maps the stories of the displaced through visceral, personal art.
Where It Came From
This is the culmination of years of notebooks, lyrics, melodies and ideas that finally found their song/storyline when Carrie Beehan honored the passing of her father and decided to record her introspective reflections. Instruments are kept to a minimum, voice, and lyrics are key, and Beehan 'controlled' the urge to wash it out with layers of electronica and heavy bass lines present on her previous releases.
New Zealand born, Ms. Beehan is an established international multi-media performer and artist residing in New York City since the early 2000s. Her creative style combines music, paint, performance, and video. Ms. Beehan's technical background had her working as a news and documentary editor for German television in Berlin during 1986-1992. It was in this city she had her first electronica release Tryst/Tryst (BMG/Universal) in the late 90's. This Berlin style merged with that of American collaborators on her 2006 CD, "Deepest Part of My Soul" which included duets with the legendary bassist T.M. Stevens.
2012, Beehan composed several short satirical musicals for DVD establishing her interest in the "Alazon" (Alazon is a stock character in Greek drama, a braggart easily tricked) and Alazon In The Quiet Room's narrative of introspective songs, somewhat removed from her previous electronic upbeat releases, led with the first featured single, "Ass In The Middle."
The following interview reveals the meaning of this unusual song, "Ass In The Middle."
Ignited by an artist's residency in the historic copper mining town of Bisbee, AZ, in 2014, shortly after her father's death, this sets the foundation and autobiographical account for the album which chronicles Beehan’s journey by blending subliminal emotional crossings with that of displacement and resettlement.
This new album is both a soundtrack to her latest musical theater performance and a statement about displacement.
Co-produced in New York by Oscar &Grammy winning producer/engineer Robert L Smith of Defy Recordings,
“Alazon In The Quiet Room” released on BNS Sessions/Cargo Records Uk.
DISPLACED 1 & 2
Part One of Alazon In The Quiet Room - DISPLACED
A musical, multimedia-performance about Displacement - departing in 1978 with defection from behind the Iron Curtain. Exploring the underworld, shrouded by a Black Velvet Curtain in London's Kings Road 1979, you are transferred to the Television Newsrooms of Berlin, Germany, surrounded by a mural-heavy wall in 1984.
Reawakened in 2017, with one solid mile of children’s murals painted on the Mexican Wall in the small town of Naco Sonora, Immigrant Artists, who eventually landed in New York, leave their quiet rooms of contemplation to remember entry and exits, stamps and visas, borders and walls, through songs and stories depicting the many facets of displacement.
Part Two of Alazon In The Quiet Room - DISPLACED
In November at Pangea NY. This next multi-media music episode looks at "Othering," hears from the formidable transgender Venus De Mars, offers amusing financial advice on American Jubilees and shoots electro jolts from Sweden to New York when a targeted piece of mail arrives reminding you it is time to leave!. Through songs and stories, the many facets of displacement demand our attention.