Christopher Pelham

Writing

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On November 25, 2023 I had the pleasure of attending the closing reception for “Alix Bailey: Recent Paintings” at The Painting Center in Chelsea. The show, her fourth at The Painting Center, consisted mostly of large paintings of one particular model whom Bailey painted repeatedly throughout the years of the pandemic, evoking the inner light of the model while at the same time capturing the diffuse natural light of her studio and the way that it illuminates everything in the frame.

#alixbailey #alixbaileypainter #thepaintingcenter #thepaintingcenternyc #femalepainter #artwriting #onlyloveart #painting
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From Sept 21 – 23, Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³) held its 2nd annual M³ Festival at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, NY. The event brought together musicians from around the world from M³’s 3rd and 4th cohorts, many of them meeting and performing together in person for the first time. One of two public events that M³ held this year, the festival provides a showcase both for its cohort participants and for the organization itself and its mission.
#mutualmentorshipformusicians #roulette #rouletteintermedium #jenshyu #saraserpa #womeninmusic #womeninjazz #womensempowerment #jazz #newmusic #musicwriting
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Having presented violinist/composer Sita Chay as part of Shoko Nagai’s trio Tokala with percussionist Satoshi Takeishi in the White Room at CRS and having seen them perform several times at Barbès, I was very interested to see Chay’s program, featuring the same musicians but responding to a very different concept, presented by Joe’s Pub on May 20, 2023 as the culmination of her residency there. Unlike Tokala, which draws on music of the Silk Road, this program, titled “When My Exile Sees Me,” was said to draw on the psychotherapy modality Internal Family Systems (IFS).

Chay and Nikolai Chapochnikov (her husband), who is a neuroscientist and IFS practitioner, have been experimenting, in a series of performances they call “Multidimensionally Human,” with expressing psychological states through music, dance, and theatrical elements. As Chay describes it, “We believe that love pervades all human hearts and that when parts of us are rejected they can express themselves in a hurtful way to others.Through music, dance, and conscious exploration, we create a loving and accepting space to invite healing and acceptance of all our inner exiled parts.”

#joespub #sitachay #shokonagai #satoshitakeishi #womeninmusic #womeninjazz #musicwriting #musicphotography #onlyloveart
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Nahoko Sugiyama, Orchard Beach, 10/6/23
Photo by Christopher Pelham

#veildance #nahokosugiyama #dancephotography #orchardbeach

Nahoko Sugiyama, Orchard Beach, 10/6/23
Photo by Christopher Pelham

#veildance #nahokosugiyama #dancephotography #orchardbeach
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On https://onlylove.ART this month, I profile the evolution of an exciting young artist and their band, Maya Keren's Careful in the Sun, which draws on elements of jazz and lush pop to create an irresistible sonic dream world that expresses some big ideas. The band is about to embark on its first East Coast mini-tour with support from CRS, culminating in a show on 3/17 at Public Records in Brooklyn.
https://onlylove.art/archives/564 #carefulinthesun #mayakeren #onlyloveart #publicrecordsnyc #womeninjazz #womeninmusic

On https://onlylove.ART this month, I profile the evolution of an exciting young artist and their band, Maya Keren`s Careful in the Sun, which draws on elements of jazz and lush pop to create an irresistible sonic dream world that expresses some big ideas. The band is about to embark on its first East Coast mini-tour with support from CRS, culminating in a show on 3/17 at Public Records in Brooklyn.
https://onlylove.art/archives/564 #carefulinthesun #mayakeren #onlyloveart #publicrecordsnyc #womeninjazz #womeninmusic
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Morio Agata at Flat Flamingo, 4/25/23
Photo by Christopher Pelham

Morio is the guitar player who plays in the restaurant in the new Wim Wenders film “Perfect Days.”
#morioagata #perfectdays #musicphotography #folksinger #flatflamingo

Morio Agata at Flat Flamingo, 4/25/23
Photo by Christopher Pelham

Morio is the guitar player who plays in the restaurant in the new Wim Wenders film “Perfect Days.”
#morioagata #perfectdays #musicphotography #folksinger #flatflamingo
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Happy birthday, Sara Serpa!
Photo taken Feb 12, 2023 at Brooklyn Botanic Garden 
Photo by Christopher Pelham

Sara is currently on tour with Linda May Han Oh.
https://www.saraserpa.com/?post_type=audiotheme_gig

She recently released a new duo album, “Night Birds,” with husband André Matos. 

A native from Lisboa, Portuguese Sara Serpa is a singer, composer, improviser, who through her practice and performance, explores the use of the voice as an instrument. Serpa has been working in the field of jazz, improvised and experimental music, since moving to New York in 2008. Literature, film, visual arts, nature and history inspire Serpa in the creative process and development of her music. Described by the New York Times as “a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook,” and by the JazzTimes magazine as “a master of wordless landscapes,” Serpa started her recording and performing career with jazz luminaries such as Grammy-nominated pianist, Danilo Perez, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow pianist, Ran Blake, and Greg Osby.

Her ethereal music draws from a broad variety of inspirations including literature, film, visual arts as well as history and nature. As a leader, she has produced and released ten albums, the latest being Intimate Strangers (2021) and Recognition (2020). Serpa has been active in gender equity in music and is the co-founder (along with fellow musician Jen Shyu) of Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³), an organization created to empower and elevate women and non-binary musicians. 

#saraserpa #lindamayhanoh #mutualmentorshipformusicians #brooklynbotanicgarden🌸

Happy birthday, Sara Serpa!
Photo taken Feb 12, 2023 at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photo by Christopher Pelham

Sara is currently on tour with Linda May Han Oh.
https://www.saraserpa.com/?post_type=audiotheme_gig

She recently released a new duo album, “Night Birds,” with husband André Matos.

A native from Lisboa, Portuguese Sara Serpa is a singer, composer, improviser, who through her practice and performance, explores the use of the voice as an instrument. Serpa has been working in the field of jazz, improvised and experimental music, since moving to New York in 2008. Literature, film, visual arts, nature and history inspire Serpa in the creative process and development of her music. Described by the New York Times as “a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook,” and by the JazzTimes magazine as “a master of wordless landscapes,” Serpa started her recording and performing career with jazz luminaries such as Grammy-nominated pianist, Danilo Perez, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow pianist, Ran Blake, and Greg Osby.

Her ethereal music draws from a broad variety of inspirations including literature, film, visual arts as well as history and nature. As a leader, she has produced and released ten albums, the latest being Intimate Strangers (2021) and Recognition (2020). Serpa has been active in gender equity in music and is the co-founder (along with fellow musician Jen Shyu) of Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³), an organization created to empower and elevate women and non-binary musicians.

#saraserpa #lindamayhanoh #mutualmentorshipformusicians #brooklynbotanicgarden🌸
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Rehearsal in the Underground Theater 
@Abrons Presents Series
https://www.abronsartscenter.org/programs/crossing-boundaries-21

Rehearsal in the Underground Theater
@Abrons Presents Series
https://www.abronsartscenter.org/programs/crossing-boundaries-21
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Country singer Keiko Walker, 
4/22/23 at Back in Town in Tokyo, Japan
Photo by Christopher Pelham 

Born February 17, in Yokohama, Japan, Keiko Walker is of Japanese-British descent. She was influenced early in life by her mother’s love of country music and by her uncle, James Walker who was a country music singer and an actor in Japan. She performs only in English, and her style has developed over the years to include various influences and sounds from country, rock, bluegrass, and folk to Celtic.

http://keikowalker.com
http://keikowalker.officialblog.jp

#countrysinger #countrymusic #backintown #backintowntokyo #keikowalker #japanesesinger #musicphotography

Country singer Keiko Walker,
4/22/23 at Back in Town in Tokyo, Japan
Photo by Christopher Pelham

Born February 17, in Yokohama, Japan, Keiko Walker is of Japanese-British descent. She was influenced early in life by her mother’s love of country music and by her uncle, James Walker who was a country music singer and an actor in Japan. She performs only in English, and her style has developed over the years to include various influences and sounds from country, rock, bluegrass, and folk to Celtic.

http://keikowalker.com
http://keikowalker.officialblog.jp

#countrysinger #countrymusic #backintown #backintowntokyo #keikowalker #japanesesinger #musicphotography
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