dug the setup - perched on that stool, I felt like I was having somebody else’s out of body experience
DIORAMA is now sold out for January 6-7! If you want to get on the waiting list, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A SOLO CONCERT PERFORMED FOR ONE LISTENER AT A TIME
@ Chashama 266, New York, NY
Friday, January 6, 5-7 PM and 8-10 PM
Saturday, January 7, 1-4 PM and 8-10 PM
Tickets are free, but reservations required
Chashama and Art of Franza, Inc. present Bobby Previte: Diorama, a solo drum set concert performed for one listener at a time at Chashama 266, an empty storefront in midtown Manhattan.
In Previte’s Diorama, each listener enters a small room and sits directly behind the drum set. Unaware of their identity, Previte plays an improvised 10-minute piece for his solo audience member. The strange, heightened intimacy of the interaction and the publicly exposed space create a concert of extremes and oppositions.
“Not unlike a sex scene in a Milan Kundera novel…a totally weird experience.” –New Music Box
TICKETS ARE FREE, but reservations are required. You will first arrive at a waiting area before going to Chashama. Complete information and directions will be given to you when you make your reservation and will also be listed in your confirmation email.
The second installment of Bobby Previte’s DIORAMA will be performed at a site specific location in New York City, January 5-7, 2012. Details coming soon!
Three cymbals radiating, blending, gathering harmony… Singing… Drums later following, listening, understanding the questions… Crying…
It was all very clear…
The view west over Bobby and the drums was fantastic with night falling in that deep blue. Hearing just Bobby’s drumming—to be right in the center of it like that—was like having headphones on all over your body.
About half way through my time though, I realized that what we were looking over, was the World Trade site. I had to work hard to re-focus. Maybe if you’re down there a lot, you get used to it—it’s always a ‘before and after’ experience for me. A marker in history. So this concert was too, for me. The adjustment was: Here we are-now. Night’s falling, and here’s this beautiful, singular, experience.
I have such a deep respect for Bobby’s playing and the choices he makes as an artist and musician. I was given the insight up there that everything he was doing, everything that he does when he plays, is a choice: constant, considered, and measured, and I never looked at it that way before. I guess being behind the kit allows that. Thank you for sharing this. I wonder what it was like from your perspective, Bobby?
It was a great experience that I’ll never forget. At one point during the solo my heart started racing with excitement. I’ve been listening to live music over 20 years, I don’t recall that ever happening before. Would love sit in on another session. Thank you for the gift, Bobby.
It was such a gift to give a solo audience such a tremendous performance. The space and size of the event were so well-planned—I loved sitting behind the drummer, seeing what he was seeing and hearing the music in such a personal way. It was great to just sit there and recieve this intense communication from him and to not be watched or conscious of my own reaction. The fact that the drummer is this seminal musician was almost gravy, but he was really incredible. That was a tremendous experience.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is pleased to present Swing Space artist Bobby Previte’s Diorama, a solo drum concert performed for one listener at a time in our newest Swing Space location on the 31st floor of 14 Wall Street. This landmark site was formerly the private residence of legendary financier J.P. Morgan, and most recently existed as a French bar and restaurant.
In Previte’s Diorama, each listener enters a small room and sits directly behind the drum set. Unaware of their identity, Previte plays an improvised piece for his solo audience member. The strange, heightened intimacy of the interaction and the expansive, panoramic view of Lower Manhattan from the space create a concert of extremes and oppositions.
DATES & TIMES
Friday, March 12, 6-10PM
Saturday, March 13, 1-5PM
Friday, March 19, 6-10PM