about the project
Diorama is an ongoing performance work in the form of a series of solo drum concerts performed by drummer/composer Bobby Previte for one listener at a time.
Diorama premiered in March 2010 at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space on the 31st floor of 14 Wall Street in New York City. The next installment will be in January 2012 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 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.
Diorama 2012 was made possible, in part, by Franklin Furnace with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support of the Franklin Furnace Fund was provided in 2010-11 by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation and Jerome Foundation. Space was provided by Chashama.
Diorama 2010 was made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program; space at 14 Wall Street was donated by Capstone Equities; and in part by public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
A production of Art of Franza, Inc.