The Tara + Rhonda Show 2018

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“I must be fearless in improvisation, fully committed and fully present,” says Las Cruces saxophonist Rhonda Taylor. “Otherwise the quality of the moment is diminished.” For a leap of faith like this, it helps to have a buddy. Enter Santa Fe soprano and theatre-maker Tara Khozein, who collaborates with Taylor on this evening of performance at form & concept. They will debut improvisational scores that incorporate instrumentals, vocals, and gestures. 

“Tara and I have a sort of Venn diagram of skill sets,” Taylor says. “What I love about working and performing with her is how we both are able to push and pull the other one beyond her comfort zone, in what I believe is a very beautiful and unpredictable way.” The Tara + Rhonda Show 2018 is the duo’s second performance at form & concept, following last December’s The Tara + Rhonda Show: Fully Clothed and Highly Introverted. The gallery will ask for a sliding scale donation of $5-$25 at the door in support of the artists. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the performance begins at 7:00 pm.

P S I R E N S & Dinos

Paris Mancini- PSIRENS- Matron Records- Santa Fe New Mexico
Image courtesy Paris Mancini.

Despite snowy days in Santa Fe earlier this week, the Railyard Arts District is launching straight into spring with the Last Friday Art Walk on March 31st. The event unfolds from 5-7 pm in diverse contemporary art spaces throughout the neighborhood. At form & concept, we’ve invited P S I R E N S of Matron Records to perform in our atrium. P S I R E N S is the solo project of vocalist and musician Paris Mancini, who splits her time between Santa Fe and New York City. This week, Alex De Vore of Santa Fe Reporter described her ethereal, looping sound in a preview of the performance:

Mancini brings a hefty dose of earnestness to her performances. It’s actually quite hard to explain, but it’s like an eerie blend of art project and Bjork weirdness with the challenging musicality (or sometimes lack thereof) of a band like Oakland’s Clipd Beaks—though there absolutely is a more cohesive vision in Mancini’s work.

Read the rest of the piece here, and click over to the Matron Records website to watch some P S I R E N S music videos. Our leg of the art walk will also feature the debut of new porcelain dinosaurs by Brett Kern. Scroll down to see charming new work by the West Virginia ceramicist, and mark your calendar to meet the dinos in person this Friday. RSVP to the event on Facebook for updates.

Brett Kern Ceramics- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brett Kern, Large Blue T-Rex, porcelain, 15 x 9 x 14 in.
Brett Kern Ceramics- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brett Kern, Red Corythosaurus, porcelain, 14 x 5 x 11 in.
Brett Kern Ceramics- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brett Kern, Small Green Carnotaurus, porcelain, 6.5 x 5 x 8 in.
Brett Kern Ceramics- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brett Kern, Small Blue T-Rex, porcelain, 7 x 5.5 x 8 in.
Brett Kern Ceramics- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brett Kern, Small Red Parasaurolophus, porcelain, 7.5 x 8 x 4.5 in.