Philadelphia, PA (December 2011)—When the holidays have passed and winter settles in, Art After 5 continues to celebrate great art and music every Friday night. With award-winning performers and engaging events each week in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Great Stair Hall, visitors experience live performance and enjoy the galleries while the Museum’s culinary team of STARR Events prepares specialty cocktails, appetizers, and small plates that complement the flavor of each performance.
This winter, ‘tis the season to celebrate acclaimed Philadelphia-native photographer Zoe Strauss and her forthcoming exhibition Zoe Strauss: Ten Years. Art After 5 joins the city-focused festivities by hosting three related dance parties. On January 20, legendary DJs King Britt and Jerry Blavat turn the Great Stair Hall into a great dance hall. On February 3, nationally known DJ Cosmo Baker blends hip-hop, disco, rock, funk, and reggae with nods to his Philly roots. On March 2, Art After 5 hosts a Philadelphia Dance Party with the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Drummer Chris Powell, organized by the artist duo Megawords, who will play an integral role in the Strauss exhibition.
The remainder of the season’s line-up offers Art After 5’s known caliber of jazz greats and themed-nights. Pianist Eldar Djangirov was first signed to a major label at age seventeen and has since worked with the likes of Marian McPartland and Wynton Marsalis and will grace the Art After 5 stage on January 13. On January 27, the Django-a-Go-Go Festival, inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, presents an evening of French gypsy jazz featuring guitarist Stephane Wrembel who composed the theme to Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”. Saxophonist/composer Marco Pignataro, featuring Bassist John Patitucci, performs on February 10. Pignataro has worked with Danilo Pérez and Paquito D’Rivera. For a change of pace, rhythm, and sound, on March 9, Art After 5,’s Japan Night brings a blend of pop, dance, punk, and garage rock to the Museum with “riot grrls” Rie and Saori Suzuki. And on March 16, Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista performs, mixing music and humor with instruments from Brazil, the Middle East, Indonesia, Africa, and the United States.
Following is the complete schedule of the ART AFTER 5 Winter 2012 lineup:
(press interviews and photos available upon request)
Join us for a romantic evening celebrating the golden age of Argentine tango. Dance to live music by JP Jofre New Tango Quartet and enjoy dance performances by Dances of Vice as well as Sergio Segura and the Strictly Tango Dance Company.
When the pianist Eldar Djangirov was signed to Sony Classical at the age of seventeen, he was already well-known for his pyrotechnics and knowledge of bebop. Along the way, he’s had the good fortune to work with jazz masters Dr. Billy Taylor, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, and Wynton Marsalis, among others.
Celebrate Zoe Strauss: Ten Years
Philadelphia Dance Party with DJs King Britt and Jerry Blavat
Join us for the first of three dance parties offered in conjunction with the exhibition Zoe Strauss: Ten Years. Mixing funk, hip-hop, house, and Afro-tech music, King Britt is the first DJ to receive a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Radio legend Jerry Blavat (“The Geator with the Heater”) helped establish Philadelphia as a center of pop and R&B.
Inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, guitarist Stephane Wrembel with musicians Biel Ballester, Kyle Dillingham, John Intrator, and Howard Alden offer an evening of French gypsy jazz—with no set break. Wrembel composed the theme to Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and the soundtrack to Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
Celebrate Zoe Strauss: Ten Years
Philadelphia Dance Party with DJ Cosmo Baker
Enjoy a night dedicated to Philadelphia music with celebrated DJ Cosmo Baker, who blends hip-hop, disco, rock, funk, and reggae while staying true to his Philadelphia roots. Now based in Brooklyn, he helped found The Rub, an internationally known DJ/remix collective.
Marco Pignataro Trio Featuring Bassist John Patitucci
Saxophonist/composer Marco Pignataro is a member of the Eddie Gomez Quintet and the leader of the Marco Pignataro Jazzet. He has performed with Danilo Pérez, Arturo Sandoval, and Paquito D’Rivera, among others. With Pérez, he leads the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music, Boston.
Ralph Peterson Featuring the Curtis Brothers
Ralph Peterson is one of the most distinctive drummers in jazz, his talents as a musician, composer, arranger, and bandleader setting him apart as a master. The Curtis Brothers present modern Latin jazz with a social and political consciousness.
Singer-songwriter Avi Wisnia finds inspiration in bossa nova, American folk music, 1950s West Coast jazz, and pop. He returns to Philadelphia after touring for his debut album, Something New, performing at the Kennedy Center, and sharing the stage with artists such as Ani DiFranco and The Roots.
Celebrate Zoe Strauss: Ten Years
Philadelphia Dance Party with the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Drummer Chris Powell
Organized by the artist duo Megawords, this dance party features the West Philadelphia Orchestra and drummer Chris Powell. The West Philadelphia Orchestra has been influenced by Eastern European brass bands, free jazz, punk, blues, and Middle Eastern and Brazilian music. Chris Powell leads Adventuredrum, an experimental band that combines sampled sound, percussion, synthesizers, traditional drums, and drum kits.
Self-proclaimed “riot grrrls,” the Suzan are a Japanese, all-girl, indie band led by sisters Rie and Saori Suzuki. Their unique songs combine pop, dance, punk, garage rock, and more. This event is sponsored by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia.
Since arriving in the United States in 1980 from Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. With Beat the Donkey, his percussion and dance ensemble, Baptista mixes music, humor, and theatricality with instruments from Brazil, the Middle East, Indonesia, Africa, and the U.S.
Orrin Evans has been recognized as one of the most distinctive and inventive pianist of his generation. Described by The New York Times as “a poised artist with an impressive template of ideas at his command,” he is at the forefront of the music scene.
The Other Philly Sound
We often hear about “The Sound of Philadelphia” but there is another Philly sound: the innovative jazz of McCoy Tyner, Philly Joe Jones, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, and The Heath Brothers. The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will explore the music and philosophy of some of these pioneers, offering entertaining histories and anecdotes.