Busy as a bee..

Sarah snapped a pic of me enjoying a much deserved popsicle.

Sarah snapped a pic of me enjoying a much deserved popsicle.

Hey there Blind Date enthusiasts!

Between all the ruckus of moving & working on my new home, I’ve been doing my best to keep up with the arts.

The Speed Art Museum just hired their new Curator of Contemporary Art, Miranda Lash. This ‘star curator’ (what she was dubbed by folks back when she was with NOMA) Lash will begin her new role at the Speed on Aug. 18. Previous curator, Suzanne Weaver, departed in January and is now an independent curator with the Zephyr Gallery. I’m super excited to see what she brings to the table when the Speed re-opens its doors. It is slated to reopen in spring 2016.

Also, on recommendation, I finally looked into the music of MA Turner. I’m a little ashamed to admit it has taken me this long; I’ve known of his work with his bands Cross and Salad Influence for quite a time. And most of the music sites I frequent mention him often enough. He just released a reconfiguration of the “ZOZ COLLECTION” box set on Vinyl titled ZOZ. Consisting of twelve cassettes cased inside a handmade box, the collection features eighty-three compositions and makes for roughly six hours of sound. Debuting on display at Lexington, Kentucky’s Institute 193 gallery in March of 2014, the boxes as well as tape covers, accompanying booklets and flags have all been hand drawn, screen printed, collaged, painted, and assembled by Turner himself. This is out today on Sophomore Lounge. Sophomore Lounge is a Louisville based record label with releases from many hometown heroes, as well as some of our neighbors. Other artists on SL include Tropical Trash, Phantom Family Halo, and Fielded.

Speaking of music, for those of us music appreciators on a budget, there are lots of options for you this weekend. One such would be Forecastle’s lesser known sister fest, Poorcastle. A bushel of local music for only $ 5. From what I gather, it’s a more down to earth, inexpensive response to Forecastle. This happens both this Saturday and Sunday at Apocalypse Brew Works. For more info, you can see the lineup here. Many Blind Date alumni on the bill.

If you’re free Friday night, you should also check out Chervon’s Oso osO night at OPEN Gallery (located on 2801 S. Floyd St). Doors at 7:30p. $5 cover. Music by tHingsHape, Jonathan Wood, and Camera Lucida to name a few.

I’ve heard through the grapevine that Shakespeare in the Park has been great this year. These are free performances in Central Park, each weekend in the summer. This weekend is the performance of Hamlet. I hope to catch it.

There’s much more I would love to mention but I’d be spending all night trying to type it all up.

Enjoy the weekend! Go see some art.

 

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April 23rd, 2014

It’s the middle of the week, listeners. You know what that means….

I figured since the Blind Date Anniversary Party is coming up, and the fact that I’ve been interviewing like mad, I’d give you extra tidbits to hold you over. Today’s guest should more than do. Chervon Koeune is her name, and she is a local experimental musician who also has started the Oso osO  series of experimental music nights. Above is a clip of a recent live performance of ‘Kilik’ that transitions into ‘Anywhere’. Video by MaryLiz Guillemi.

In the world of experimental music, much of it is about pushing boundaries; for the musicians themselves and for the listeners. The results usually challenge the listener and, in some cases, endanger their health ( have you ever heard of Danger music?). Chervon is definitely on the lighter side of the spectrum, as she has considered her audience but with little compromise in what she wants creatively. With her latest EP,  Klik. Klak., she has managed to create music that is accessible, melodic, and playful.

Thematically, she is more concerned with creating a mood and with the composition of each piece. The percussion is mainly comprised of found sounds pieced together to create the rhythm section. This backed by Chervon’s vocal harmonies and flourishes with a dash of guitar make for a very lush sonic environment. The feel is a touch of the mystical and calm psychedelia.

You can see this potential in her first EP Banyan Tree…kind of like she’s promising you more. And I think she’s made good on that.

I look forward future releases.

To learn more about her you can visit her website here, check out the interview below, or catch her at the Blind Date Anniversary Party…June 20th, at the Rudyard Kipling! I was lucky enough to get her on the boat. I’ll be filling you guys in with the finer details of this celebration as it draws closer. For now, enjoy my chat with Chervon and wait in much anticipation…