This was our summer of 2016:
With initial renovations to the downstairs sleeping quarters and a new seating layout in the upstairs performance space complete, we were ready for our first resident artists, Brooklyn Puppetry Collective: "Eat Drink Tell Your Friends" the week after Memorial Day. Handmade puppet protagonist Phyllis and her colleagues brought to life a heartfelt and timely story about community and collective memory.
Back by popular demand, The Penny Knight Band entertained on the last Saturday of June.
In early July NYC's "Coyote Love" burnt off a musical fireworks of old school blues, funk, rock and soul.
On August 20, we closed out the season with an unforgettable evening of dance, music and video installation. Resident artists Esmé Boyce, Cori Kresge, Cody Boyce, Kit Boyce and Sue Julien premiered "Interrobang - Part II". Guest appearances by 2015 Resident Artists Ashur Rayis and Stivo Arnoczy rounded off the evening.
This was our summer of 2015:
Ashur Rayis opened our season in June working on Neighbor/Neighbor, a series of experimental folk songs based around the concept of communally-created music. Inspired by Irish and American folk music sessions, which depend on community participation, as well as John Cage’s piece, “Living Room Music”, a quartet played using objects commonly found in living rooms as instruments, these songs incorporate layers of “unintentional music” (keys jingling, footsteps, voices from the other room) and organize these layers around folk-based song forms, with the intention of playing back to the community space and thus creating an infinite music.
On June 27, the accomplished Penny Knight band helped the Church make its debut as a new and unusual performance venue.
In August, Stivo Arnoczy has been working on “green”, the first part of his short film trilogy with “white” and “red” to follow. Ultimately, it will be for the oculus rift, where the viewer will wear a headset and be able to choose what to watch, with most of the scenes playing simultaneously. Arnoczy explains: “It appears to want to be about the stages of 'the idea'. Maybe then these four characters: lamb, bride, dreamer, prophet represent four stages of the lifespan of an idea in a person's head: nativity, trial by fire, expansion, courage to share.”
Watch “green trailer 1”: https://vimeo.com/137898762
On August 15, the highly skilled double bassist Rich Mollin assembled an eclectic group of jazz instrumentalists for an evening of jazz.
Errin Delperdang on percussion - Otsego Music Festival 2010