Icebox Project Space
Performance: Saturday March 25th 1pm – 5pm
RENAISSANCE REPORT LIVE &
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK SCORING SESSIONS
The Icebox Project Space is proud to begin a new series of short artist residencies with Taji Ra’oof Nahl. These residencies will focus on an intense, radical expansion of practice through the free and full use of the Icebox and its facilities. We are pleased to begin with such a vital member of Philadelphia’s arts community.
“AMPLIFIED REPERTOIRE – BATON”, an open studio exhibition.
In a conversation with George Lewis, Ben Patterson states: ” Sound is a by-product of activity.”
Taji Ra’oof Nahl will investigate the unique acoustic dynamic of Icebox Project Space with field recording via analog & digital methods of capturing the vast sonic frequencies thru installation construction, film & video projection, human exchange, and a marathon of “Art Happenings” to be conducted during his open studio stay.
Collaborations by way of Taji’s third Iteration of – Renaissance Report Live /with host Noah Smalls. Taji invites artists of various disciplines to contribute to his practice using the formats of Johnny Carson Show /Dave Chappell Show.
With Guest including Sherman Fleming, Theodore Harris, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Marc Zajack, Raphael Xavier, Shawn Theodore, Ivanco Talevski, Charles Lloyd, Kimberly Camp, Moshie Black, Ernel Martinez, George Lewis & others.
Futhermore, Taji will cultivate his “Defenders of the Republic” rubrics with new video works & Live “Original Soundtrack Scoring Sessions”. Subjects & muses to include Charles Blockson, Ben Patterson, and Lawrence D Butch Morris.
Taji Ra’oof Nahl is a Philadelphia based, interdisciplinary artist whose vocabulary delves into social commentary via historical & futurist aesthetic. Installation, video, performance art, sculpture, painting, are utilities that embodies poetic & abstract narrative for his oeuvre.
His work has been in exhibitions at, The Italian Palace – Tangier Morocco, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Kelly Writers House at University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery at Columbia College of Chicago. African American Art Museum Philadelphia
Solo exhibitions include Pageant Soloveev Gallery Philadelphia, Indigo Bleu Design & Cultural Center, and the Little Berlin Annex Space. Group showing at West Chester University, Goggleworks Reading Pa., Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia Pa., National Archive, Philadelphia. Pa., University of Pennsylvania, James Dupree Gallery, Philadelphia City Hall, and others.
Taji also spearheads 2Spiral Art Collective, collaborating with artists of vast disciplines to develop art that explores the transformative elements of compassion, freedom, justice and productive activism.
November 20, 2016 @ 4:00PM
Zwischen Leben und Tod: twenty-two pieces after images by Peter Weiss (PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE)
Carolyn Huebl and Mark Wait perform
$20 ad the door/ $10 student
N.G.O. – Nakatani Gong Orchestra
Tuesday, April 4th 8:00 PM
$7-10 sliding scale
Fire Museum Presents:
Nakatani Gong Orchestra
Tatsuya Nakatani (solo)
A contemporary live art sound project, N.G.O. has toured all over North and Central America. This is an ongoing, growing community engagement project and the only bowed-Gong orchestra in existence in the world today. The rich harmonies produced from multiple layers of bowed gongs are simply magic to anyone, engaging and inspiring the spirits of both the player and all who attend.
For each performance in a given city, gong players are selected by a local curator. Most are new to N.G.O. Nakatani gives a specialized training workshop to selected players in preparation for the performance. Players will also experience Nakatani’s own unique point of view regarding Gong techniques, and will experience undiscovered dimensions while immersed in the vibrations and sounds during a training workshop. Nakatani is the composer and conductor for the performance.
Nakatani began germinating ideas for N.G.O. in early 2002, and finally took the project to on the road in April 2011. He had performed 87 concerts with N.G.O. all over the USA and Mexico by December 2015. Notable venues include John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., MOCA Cleveland, OH, Tigertail productions presented at Miami Dade County Auditorium in FL, Bemis Contemporary Art Center in Omaha NE, Columbia Museum of Art in SC, and The Issue Project Room in New York City.
Many listeners have said “I have never experienced anything like this before!”, along with describing a feeling of cleansing a sort of purification after the event. Today, sound based therapy practices use singing bowls and gongs, which result in similar euphonious waves and energies. The primary purpose of N.G.O. is not for spiritual ceremonial purposes or “gong bathing”, but the fact is that with over 14 various gong sizes, ranging in diameters from 10 to 50 inches, one can’t avoid some of these amazing secondary results.
Penn Treaty Special Services District
The Icebox Project Space is proud to announce its Sound Residency Series
The Icebox is hosting sound-based artists within the space for periods between a few hours and up to 6 weeks, with a focus on experimentation and exploration of the unique acoustic properties of the Icebox (formerly an enormous walk-in freezer, which accounts for some of its unusual characteristics). At the end of each residency, the Icebox will release a track online and at the end of 2016, we intend to compile the tracks onto an LP, as a sonic document.