Category Archives: Musician

Greg Tate


Greg Tate Photo by Nisha Sondhe

Greg Tate is a writer,musician and producer, who lives in Harlem. From 1987-2005 he was a Staff Writer at The Village Voice. Tate’s  writings on culture and politics have also been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Artforum and  Rolling Stone. He has been recognized as one of the ‘Godfathers of Hiphop Journalism’. His books include Flyboy In The Buttermilk, Brooklyn Kings-New York’s Black Bikers(with Martin Dixon), Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and The Black Experience, and Everything But The Burden–What White People Are Taking From Black Culture  His most recent book was published by  Duke University Press:  Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate ReaderHis forthcoming book,Beast Mode: 20 Iconic Gods and Monsters of the Late Twentieth Century Black Atlantic is contracted to FS&G  Since 1999, Tate has led the Black Futurist big band,  Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber who have traveled throughout Europe and The States, and  have released 17 albums on their own Avant Groidd  Records imprint. for more.

The books mentioned in the interview are  Charcoal Joe: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley and A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel by Marlon James and The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry by Ned and Constance Sublette.

George M. Haddad, aka Cousin George


George Haddad aka Cousin George, Watercolor on Paper, Til Friwald

George M. Haddad, aka Cousin George is a New York based Singer/Songwriter and founder of Wall Street Refugee Studios (WSRS). 

Cuz G & T no logoGeorge’s mission is to combine Contemporary Art, Music and Design in ways that have not been done before.  An avid art collector, George began collaborating with various artists to create both music videos and art. For example the video done with Richard Dupont for the song “One Hit Wonder” combines artifacts of artists that have one hit and produces a  Dupont “garbage bag sculpture” in lucite that weighs 70lbs. George has written over 200 songs and is currently producing them with Tony Salvatore and Rich Pagano (of The Fab Faux fame).  In addition to art and music, George has recently designed a bronze table with artist Aaron Spangler.  

Learn more on his website – Cousin George.

Kate Stryker and Lucas Millard for Oomh

Kalup Linzy and Nate Lowman 

Odeya Nini

B&W_Odeya_HeadshotOdeya Nini is a Los Angeles based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer. At the locus of her interests are textural harmony, gesture, tonal animation, and the illumination of minute sounds, in works spanning chamber music to vocal pieces and collages of musique concrète. Her solo vocal work extends the dimension and expression of the voice and body, creating a sonic and physical panorama of silence to noise and tenderness to grandeur. 

Odeya has collaborated extensively with dancers, visual artist, filmmakers and theater directors as both a composer and soloist and has worked with artists such as Meredith Monk, Butch Morris and LA’s contemporary orchestra – Wild Up.

Odeya’s work has been presented at venues and festivals across the US and internationally, such as The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Joyce Soho and Art Basel Miami, from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Canada, Mongolia and Vietnam. She has lectured as a guest artist on contemporary vocal techniques and composition, leads workshops on voice and movement, and most recently was a composer in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada. 

Odeya holds a BFA from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where she studied with vocalist Theo Bleckmann, and an MFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts. Her debut album Vougheauxyice (Voice), for solo voice, was released in April of 2014 on pfMENTUM records.

See her Performance on August 7th, 2015 , and see the Opera in Fall 2015

Iceland Tubes_Odeya

A piece for musical pipes and voice : Iceland – June 2015

Odeya Nini at Roulette

A Solo Voice : Roulette, NYC March 2015

Jack Early

Bio Pic

Jack Early, 2014. Photo, Jeremiah Wilson

Early was born in 1962 in Raleigh, North Carolina. His ascent to fame began in the late 1980s as one-half of the duo Pruitt-Early. Pruitt-Early’s irreverent work challenged prevailing orthodoxies and blurred the boundaries between low culture and high art.

Their first solo show, Artwork for Teenage Boys, was held in 1990 at 303 Gallery, New York. Pruitt-Early quickly garnered attention, and in 1992 they presented an exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery. Following the Castelli show, which was misunderstood and infamously panned, Early went into a self-imposed exile from the art world. In recent years, Pruitt-Early’s artworks have been reappraised and increasingly hailed by collectors, critics, and museums.

Early began writing songs, which have become integral to many of his new art objects. Since 2009, he has been making objects that explore the breadth of American pop culture. Glenn O’Brien describes Early as a “new sort of bluesman . . . making work that reflects the lonesome road he’s been on, a road that goes through Jesus, Jesus Christ Superstar, John and Yoko, protest movements, and the United Federation of Planets.”

Jack Early graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Recent exhibitions have included Pop Life: Art in a Material World, Tate Modern, London, 2009–10; Mapping the Studio: Artists from the François Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, 2009–11; Jack Early: WWJD, Southfirst, Brooklyn, 2012; and Jack Early: Gallery Peace, McCaffrey Fine Art, New York, 2012. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

Watch “What to do with a Drunken Sailor, a  video of his here, and learn more or connect on his Facebook page.

Gallery_Fergus McCaffrey_12032014

A picture of the Victrola and Early at the booth in Miami

Sock and Balls

“Sock and Balls” 2014, Oil on silkscreened canvas, 34 × 85 inches (86.4 × 215.9 cm).

Allard van Hoorn

allard_van_hoorn_pressAllard van Hoorn was born on February 29th 1968 in Leiden, the Netherlands. 

Allard van Hoorn is a performance, sound, and installation artist who creates work that examines our relationship with urban landscapes and our systems of classification. He visually and acoustically translates the built environment and nature to call to question our preconceived notions and perceptions of the spaces we inhabit. (Newlin Tillotson)

He has been and will be shown at institutions and events like the biennales of Istanbul (Art – 2013), Gwangju (Design – 2011), Shenzhen (Urbanism and Architecture – 2013), ISCP Open Studios November 2014, Art Rotterdam 2014 as Focused Artist, Blaffer art Museum – Houston, Rothko Chapel – Houston, Centro Centro – Madrid, MaCRO – Rosario, Rosenthal CAC – Cincinnati, de Appel arts centre – Amsterdam, Storefront for Art and Architecture – NYC, Stedelijk Museum – Amsterdam, Pinakothek der Moderne – Munich, Gasworks – London, the MoCA – Shanghai, Van Abbemuseum – Eindhoven (NL), MAM – Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), Open/Invited EV+A – Limerick (Ireland), Botkyrka konsthall – Tumba (Sweden), The Moore Space – Miami, Museo de la Ciudad de México, the German Architectural Centre (DAZ) – Berlin, the Zendai MoMA – Shanghai and CCCB – Barcelona.

Learn more on his website. Also, please see this link as well as this one for more information.


2014 _ 024 Urban Songline | Latitude: 40.714163° N – 40.714340° N / Longitude: -73.934317° W – -73.934786° W – ISCP Open Studios – Brooklyn – US


2014 _ 020 Urban Songline | Latitude: 39.102759° N – 39.102907° N / Longitude: -84.511896° W – -84.512164° W – Rosenthal Contemporary Art Center – Cincinnati – US

Jeff Talman

jtInternational artist Jeff Talman has created installations with the sound of the stars and the Sun, with the polymetric rhythms of pulsars, the hum of the Earth, the sound of the ocean’s depths, and that of a single kiss. His installations, often collaborations with scientists, have been presented in Cathedral Square, Cologne, Germany; the MIT Media Lab, The Kitchen, St James Cathedral in Chicago, Eyebeam and others including four installations in the Bavarian Forest. Recent installations were in Marc Straus Gallery, NYC (2013), at St Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University (2014), and in Rothko Chapel, Houston (2014) in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Huber, an astrophysicist with NASA.

Cited by Intute at Oxford University as a ‘pioneer of the use of resonance in artworks,’ his major achievement is the +15 year exploration of reflexive resonance, a process he developed in which ambient resonance of an installation site becomes the installation’s sound source. Talman’s installation Vanishing Point 1.1 (1999) first used this process and The New York Times, Wired Magazine and other publications soon noted the installations. Awards include artist residencies internationally and New York Foundation for the Arts and Guggenheim Foundation fellowships.

Listen to samples of his sounds here.  Watch videos with sound by clicking here.  The Rothko Chapel mini-doc examines the production of the installation, watch it here.

Come to the upcoming sound installation, When Soaring Sings.

Michael David

Michael_David_Cluster of Blessings_Encaustic-and-Mixed-Media-on-Panel_2008-2013_WEB

Michael David. Cluster of Blessings. Encaustic and Mixed Media on Panel 2008-2013

Michael David, was born Michael David Singer  in Reno, Nevada. David’s family relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where he was raised. David is classified as an abstract painter, best known for his use of the encaustic technique, which incorporates pigment with heated beeswax.  He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Edward Albee Foundations, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Learn more on his website here. He is the curator at the Life on Mars gallery, learn more here.

Gary Lucas


Gary Lucas is an American guitarist, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, a soundtrack composer for film and television, and an international recording artist with more than twenty solo albums to date.  He is also associated with vocalist Jeff Buckley, who performed for a year in Lucas’ band, Gods and Monsters, early in his career. Learn more on his website. His book, Touched by Grace can be found on amazon.