Performance: Maurice Oliver | Santa Fe Suite

“This is my emerging from the cocoon, as it were,” says Maurice Oliver. The musician, originally from New York City, will perform pieces from his latest album, “Santa Fe Suite. It’s the first music the multi-disciplinary artist has produced since moving to Eldorado and undergoing a triple-bypass surgery—all in less than a year. Accompanied by his brother Steve and bassist Gary Paul Hermus, Oliver unveils his reactions to his new environment and perspective in an immersive concert experience forged from abstract visuals and unconventional, highly eclectic music.

 

“The surgery is the most significant thing that has happened in my life,” Oliver explains. “I was able to come back as a completely different person. It makes every day a fresh experience.” Oliver reflects on driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque for the surgery, when he was unsure if he would ever return. He was hyper-aware of the landscape, the sky, and the fauna of New Mexico.  “This wonderful place informs everything about the music from what sounds I program in the synthesizers to what other instruments I’m putting together.” 

Oliver’s music incorporates elements of electronica, downtempo, house, techno, jazz, funk, soul, and worldbeat. He draws from a wide range of influences, beginning with the summer conga drums and church gospel music he heard growing up on Staten Island and leading to his study of orchestral percussion at the Juilliard School of Music. Living in Amsterdam in the late 1980’s, when the city was a burgeoning center of electronic production, introduced Oliver to influences from across the world. The result is the musician’s unique, texturized aesthetic: a modern music which is neither exclusively organic nor exclusively electronic.

 

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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.

Performance: NMSA First Thursdays / December

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New Mexico School for the Arts is in the midst of renovating and repurposing their new Railyard location, and they’re wasting no time injecting fresh creative energy into the arts district. The arts high school collaborates with form & concept on NMSA First Thursdays, a monthly performance series featuring new, experimental, and collaborative work by NMSA students and faculty. The series was co-founded by Kurt Isaacson, Hakim Bellamy, and Sandy Zane in spring of 2018, and has featured student performances from all five arts departments at NMSA: visual art, theater, dance, music, and creative writing.

Program

The Art of Text Painting

NMSA  students share both poetry and music inspired by their work on “text painting,” the technique of evoking the emotions present in musical composition. The evening will feature student readings and performances curated by Denise Hinson, Coordinator of Creative Writing, and supported by Darci Balkcom, Voice Instructor & Vocal Division Coordinator.

Performance: NMSA First Thursdays / October

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New Mexico School for the Arts is in the midst of renovating and repurposing their new Railyard location, and they’re wasting no time injecting fresh creative energy into the arts district. The arts high school presents a special performance series at form & concept, hosted by faculty members and showcasing outstanding student musicians, fiction writers and poets. Make sure to mark your calendar for NMSA performances on the first Thursday of each month.

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Performance: NMSA First Thursdays / September

New Mexico School for the Arts is in the midst of renovating and repurposing their new Railyard location, and they’re wasting no time injecting fresh creative energy into the arts district. The arts high school presents a special performance series at form & concept, hosted by faculty members and showcasing outstanding student musicians, fiction writers and poets. Make sure to mark your calendar for NMSA performances on the first Thursday of each month.

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Preview: Fearsome Friend Tour Launch

ppoacher ppoacher- Fearsome Friend Tour Launch- Matron Records- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
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Caitlin Brothers is going places—specifically, all across the Southeastern United States. “The new tour passes through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas,” says the Santa Fe musician, who performs under the moniker ppoacher ppoacher. “I’m trying to split it between familiar territory and places I’ve never explored.” That’s a good way to describe her musical repertoire for an upcoming tour launch event at form & concept. Brothers and her new bandmate Nathan Smerage will perform songs from the band’s 2017 debut album, along with some new material they’ve written together. She’ll also sing traditional Balkan music with Santa Fe’s Sevda Choir, which welcomed her into its ranks a few months ago. ppoacher ppoacher’s Fearsome Friend Tour Launch is on Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 pm. The gallery will ask for a $5-$25 donation in support of the artists at the door.

Brothers released her debut solo album, ppoacher ppoacher & the Concrete Dragonfly (Matron Records), last July. In the year since, she started composing new songs with Santa Fe-based musician Nathan Smerage. Both of them studied music at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and play in the band Storming the Beaches with Logos in Hand. “Nate and I were talking, and he said, ‘I think everyone should take a year off of making music and playing shows, and just listen to music,” says Brothers. It got her thinking about her college days. “My whole college career, I was slowly building the ppoacher ppoacher sound,” she says. “But I was also playing and listening to traditional music a lot more. It was really good for me.”

Sevda Choir- Fearsome Friend Tour Launch- Matron Records- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Sevda Choir.

Earlier this summer, Brothers joined Sevda Choir and began learning ancestral songs of Eastern Europe and the Balkans, the Black Sea region, and the Mediterranean. It gave her a chance to trace the roots of an age-old musical tradition at the same time that she was finessing fresh material with Smerage. “It’s been like coming home,” Brothers says. “I’m sort of examining how I can exist with a foot in both worlds, and Sevda has really given me that.” The Fearsome Friend Tour Launch is a real-world representation of this emerging musical philosophy. Sevda Choir will kick off the concert with Brothers among them, and then she’ll split off for a set of old and new ppoacher ppoacher songs with Smerage. Soon after the event, Brothers and Smerage will hit the road. “I think it’s the best tour I’ve ever done,” says Brothers. “And this is the perfect start.”

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NMSA First Thursdays / August

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New Mexico School for the Arts is in the midst of renovating their new Railyard location, and they’re wasting no time injecting fresh creative energy into the arts district. The arts high school presents a special performance series at form & concept, hosted by faculty members and showcasing outstanding student musicians, fiction writers and poets.

PROGRAM

This month’s program is curated by NMSA faculty members Kurt Isaacson (Music) and Denise Hinson (Creative Writing).

Theme: Spoken & Sung
Music: Shondalee Perez & Molly Rosenshein
Words: Rachel Pearson & Kara McGee-Russell

Make sure to mark your calendar for Young Masters performances the first Thursday of each month.

Performance: Jesse Tatum & Tara Khozein

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Flutist Jesse Tatum and vocalist Tara Khozein join forces for a performance of new compositions in form & concept’s atrium. The New Mexico-based artists met while performing in Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return art installation in summer of 2017. They carried the colorful, experimental energy of that project into a new collaboration, weaving together woodwinds and vocals, music and theater. “We trade off being accompaniment to each other,” says Khozein. “We are two melodic-slash-percussive wind instruments in conversation.” Tickets priced at a sliding scale of $5-$25 are available at https://fluteandvoice.bpt.me

The duo will present a broad and diverse program that combines elegant melodic and textural materials with comedy and absurdity. Tatum, who serves as Principal Flute of the Santa Fe Symphony among other prestigious appointments, will play flute, bass flute and piccolo. Khozein will provide vocals and flex the theater skills that she also employs in her work with the local, experimental troupe Theater Grottesco. “I speak often, there is lots of play of vocal percussion through consonants,” says Khozein. “Jesse plays lots of florid fast things that only woodwinds can do, and uses lots of extended techniques, and we trade off being accompaniment to each other. With this instrumentation, the playing field is so level. We are two melodic slash percussive wind instruments in conversation.”

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Preview: Jesse Tatum & Tara Khozein Perform.

Jesse Tatum and Tara Khozein- Performance- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

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Tara Khozein and Jesse Tatum first met in an alternate universe. Khozein was dressed from head to toe in black-and-white, with matching makeup covering every inch of exposed skin. Tatum sported a transparent raincoat and fairy makeup, and wielded a flute. They were both solo performers in Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return, for the local art installation’s 2017 Summer in the Multiverse event series, and something instantly clicked between them. “We had a few interactions in character in the exhibition and backstage, and I developed a big artist crush on her,” Khozein explains.

That initial creative attraction blossomed into a full-fledged collaboration, which makes its Santa Fe debut at form & concept on Saturday, July 14 at 7 pm. The New Mexico artists, both sopranos, will perform a new series of duets that combine melodic and percussive instrumentals and vocals. Tickets priced at a sliding scale of $5-$25 are available at https://fluteandvoice.bpt.me.

Tara Khozein and Jesse Tatum- Performance- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Art making is social for me,” says Khozein. “I watch other artists in admiration, and then I kind of shyly approach them, the way you’d approach a middle school crush.” In recent years, she has collaborated closely with acclaimed saxophonist Rhonda Taylor and dancer Emmaly Wiederholt. She’ll often approach artists who are interested in reframing classical music for contemporary audiences.

“Seeing Jesse in that raincoat shredding virtuosic music on her flute made me be like, ‘That’s someone I could do an amazing recital with,’” Khozein says. “Later I saw her perform at SITE with David Felberg, and the casual way she connected to the audience was really in line with how I like to perform. I was like, ‘That’s someone who is tearing down the pretension surrounding classical music.’”

Tara Khozein and Jesse Tatum- Performance- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

The new duo built a broad and diverse program that combines elegant melodic and textural materials with comedy and absurdity. Tatum, who serves as Principal Flute of the Santa Fe Symphony among other prestigious appointments, will play flute, bass flute and piccolo. Khozein will provide vocals and flex the theater skills that she also employs in her work with the local, experimental troupe Theater Grottesco.

“I speak often, there is lots of play of vocal percussion through consonants,” says Khozein. “Jesse plays lots of florid fast things that only woodwinds can do, and uses lots of extended techniques, and we trade off being accompaniment to each other. With this instrumentation, the playing field is so level. We are two melodic slash percussive wind instruments in conversation.”

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