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 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 / 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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TONIGHT: Ppoacher Ppoacher, Sevda Choir & NMSA

Ppoacher Ppoacher- Fearsome Friend Tour Launch- Matron Records- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Performance
ppoacher ppoacher & Sevda Choir

Thursday, September 6, 7:30-9 pm

The gallery will ask for a $5-$25 donation in support of the artists at the door.

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 Matron Records 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.

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New Mexico School for the Arts- First Thursdays Performance Series- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Performance
NMSA First Thursdays / September

Thursday, September 6, 6 pm

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 district. The arts high school presents a special performance series at form & concept, hosted by faculty members and showcasing student musicians, fiction writers and poets. This month’s event includes readings by three young writers, and a music program of small-set jazz duos curated by Jazz Studies teacher Orlando Madrid. Make sure to mark your calendar for NMSA performances on the first Thursday of each month.

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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.

June Performance: Young Masters | NMSA

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New Mexico School for the Arts will soon break ground on renovations for 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, creative writers and poets. 

Program

Keenan McDonald, vibraphone — Ballad (2018), Keenan McDonald
Myriah Duda, reading — His Soul’s Cemetery
Adam Griffo, alto saxophone — Tango Etude No. 3 (1987), Astor Piazzolla
Acacia Burnham, reading — Picture (The Theatre Basement)


Jada Baca, video; Lila Baca, music — In between a seamless fall and an infinite float (2017/2018)

Lila Baca, cello
John Mamula, cello
Julian Gonzales, cello
Keenan McDonald, percussion
Trevor Bass, percussion

Dates

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April 5May 3 & June 7, 2018 

THIS WEEK: Young Masters & Inner Orbit Artist Talk

Currents New Media Festival- Santa Fe Reporter- Santa Fe Railyard- New Mexico
CURRENTS New Media Festival

The Santa Fe Railyard is the place to be this weekend! The CURRENTS New Media Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a massive exhibition at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Institute hosts the inaugural Interplanetary Festival at the Railyard Plaza and other venues. Both festivals have partnered with numerous organizations around Santa Fe to present exhibitions and events that bring together art, science and technology. Check out Iris McLister’s article in this week’s Santa Fe Reporter to get it all straight, and make sure to stop by form & concept for two events on Thursday & Saturday. More details below!

New Mexico School for the Arts- Young Masters Performance Series- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Performance

Young Masters | NMSA

Thursday, June 7th, 6 – 7:30 pm

New Mexico School for the Arts will soon break ground on renovations for 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, creative writers and poets. Featured artists include Keenan McDonald, Myriah Duda, Adam Griffo, Acacia Burnham, Jada Baca and Lila Baca.

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Image: NMSA

Inner Orbit Artist Talk- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico

Artist Talk

Inner Orbit

Saturday, June 9th, 2 PM

Join Inner Orbit artists Matthew Mullins and Drew Lenihan for this interactive tour. They’ll engage with Frank Rose and Jordan Eddy of form & concept in a conversation about the show’s themes. Inner Orbit spotlights contemporary artists from across the United States who meld fine art and craft mediums with technology for deeply personal looks at the firmament. The show appears in conjunction with Santa Fe Futurition, the Currents New Media Festival, and the Santa Fe Institute’s Interplanetary Festival.

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Image: Marcus Zuñiga, lines, mural, led string lights, marker.

May Performance: Young Masters | NMSA

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New Mexico School for the Arts will soon break ground on renovations for 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, creative writers and poets. 

Additional details about the featured student artists for upcoming Young Masters events are forthcoming. Make sure to mark your calendar for Young Masters performances the first Thursday of each month, through the end of the school year. 

Music

-A new piece by Johnny Mamula for string quartet, scored in response to a video piece by visual art student Quinn Jonas.
-A new piece by Emily Quintana for solo soprano, which is set to her own text from the creative writing program.
-A vibraphone solo performed by Keenan McDonald.

Words

-Clara Spray: Feminism in Theater.
-John Helfrich: Grandma.
-Acacia Burnham: Of Birth, Science, Saints, and Transylvania.

Dates

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April 5May 3 & June 7, 2018 

Round Table with Bard College President Leon Botstein

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This event is free and open to the public. 

Join Bard College President Leon Botstein, PhD, and leaders of the Santa Fe creative community for this dynamic round table discussion. The event is moderated by Hakim Bellamy, Deputy Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Albuquerque. Dr. Botstein and a slate of special guests will examine innovative educational models, their impact on teachers and students, and their potential for generating solutions to complex modern-day challenges. This public event is part of a national gathering of Bardians in Santa Fe, hosted by form & concept. Gallery owner Sandy Zane is a Bard alumnus, along with represented artist Debra Baxter whose solo exhibition Tooth & Nail will be on view. Tea and other light refreshments will be served.

Leon Botstein

Leon Botstein has been president of Bard College since 1975, where he is also Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. He is chairman of the board of the Central European University and a board member of the Open Society Foundations. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He is coartistic director of the SummerScape and Bard Music Festivals at Bard College, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he served as music director from 2003 to 2010. Forthcoming publications: a sequel to his Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture (1997); an anthology of essays for the Bard Music Festival; the 2011 Tanner Lectures on The History of Listening from Oxford University Press; anthology of essays in German from Szolnay Verlag in Vienna, 2013. Other published works: The Compleat Brahms (ed. 1999); Jews and the City of Vienna, 1870–1938 (ed. 2004); Judentum und Modernität: Essays zur Rolle der Juden in der Deutschen und Österreichischen Kultur, 1848–1938 (1991; Russian edition 2003). Editor, The Musical Quarterly. Honors include the National Arts Club Gold Medal; the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences; the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art; the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award; American Philosophical Society in 2010; Longy Conservatory’s Leonard Bernstein Award, 2012.

Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2012-2014) and an award-winning author, actor, musician public speaker, television host and educator. During his two year tenure as Poet Laureate he delivered over 200 performances, workshops and presentations. Bellamy is currently the Deputy Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Albuquerque.

Mary Kershaw

As Director of the New Mexico Museum of Art, Mary Kershaw has raised the profile and broadened the audience for the museum through a community-wide 100th birthday celebration, as well as a newly imagined exhibition and events program and strategic partnerships locally and internationally. Drawing on national and international connections, exhibitions such as the current ‘Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now’ ; ‘Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain’ ; ‘First Folio! The Book that Brought us Shakespeare’ ; and ‘Medieval to Metal: the Art and Evolution of the Guitar’ have brought rare works by international masters to audiences in Santa Fe. Coming to New Mexico marked a return to the United States after more than 28 years working in the UK, most recently as Director of Collections for York Museums Trust and Head of Museums and Arts for Harrogate Borough Council. She served on the Board of the Museums Association and on national working groups including assessment for Museum Accreditation and advisory panels to the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). Mary has participated in international cultural initiatives including the USA, UK, Isle of Mann, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. Mary has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at Penn.  Her Master’s Degree is in Medieval Archaeology from University College London. Mary completed the Getty Leadership Institute program for museum executives in 2014, and was named a Fellow of the Museums Association in the UK recognizing outstanding leaders in the museum field. Mary has also worked as production on short independent films in the UK and New Mexico and has her own IMDb page.

John Flax

John Flax is the founding artistic director of Theater Grottesco. Formed in Paris in 1983, the Grottesco artists create plays collectively, crashing classical theatrical styles into modern form juxtaposed with a poetic research of culture and imagination. The plays are physically rigorous, often abstract experiences that can be ambiguous, disconcerting, humorous and beautiful. Nothing about a Theater Grottesco play is typical of traditional American theater. Grottesco has created 14 full length pieces and over 40 shorter works, and been awarded a dozen National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Rockefeller MAP fund grant, and 3 grants from the Duke and Mellon Foundations. Grottesco is currently one of six New England Foundation for the Art’s National Theatre Project recipients.  Outside of Grottesco, Flax has worked with the Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis and Paris, The Paris Circus, London’s Theatre Complicite and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Choreographer Della Davidson, the Sundance Playwriting Laboratory, the Out of Context Orchestra and the Sevda Balkan Choir. Flax has translated works from French into English, including Jacques Lecoq’s celebrated Lecture-Demonstration “Tout Bouge (Everything Moves)”. He has taught at theaters and colleges internationally and across the country including 8 years as a National Endowment for the Arts artist-in-the-schools. Flax is a graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he also studied with Phillipe Gaulier. He studied voice with Arthur Lessac, holds a BA in Environmental Education from Prescott College and All But Dissertation for a Doctorate of Education in Anthropology and Philosophy from the University of Northern Colorado. At the age of 12, Flax was a Minnesota state judo champion.  In 1975, he led a 2,000 mile kayaking expedition across Canada.

Cindy Montoya

Cindy Montoya is the President of New Mexico School for the Arts, and has worked in education and charter school development for over 20 years. She has worked closely with students as the institution’s Library Media Specialist, Principal, and Head of School. Montoya has spearheaded professional development and student-centered educational programs that helped secure NMSA’s designation as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2016.

April Performance: Young Masters | NMSA

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Santa Fe’s Railyard District has long been a hotbed for contemporary arts, and a new round of high profile ventures is upping the ante. SITE Santa Fe kicked it off with an ambitious renovation and expansion project that debuted last October, while the New Mexico Museum of Art will establish a contemporary art wing at the other end of the district by 2020.

New Mexico School for the Arts is also building new Railyard headquarters, in the former Sanbusco Center building. The arts high school is wasting no time injecting fresh creative energy into the district. NMSA presents a special performance series at form & concept on April 5, May 3 and June 7, 2018 at 6 pm. The events are hosted by NMSA faculty members, and showcase outstanding student musicians, creative writers and poets. Young Masters presages a new era of collaborative, crossdisciplinary arts projects in the Railyard. 

Additional details about the featured student artists for upcoming Young Masters events are forthcoming. Make sure to mark your calendar for Young Masters performances the first Thursday of each month, through the end of the school year. 

Dates

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April 5May 3 & June 7, 2018