Good evening fellow brunchers!
Ian and I have been drinking heavily since 7pm because WE JUST LOVE YOU SO MUCH. #forart
We want to emphasize how important your presence is for our next event, Musicians Who Brunch at the Red Lion. We believe so strongly in networking amongst artists.
We want to showcase new and up-and-coming composers and brilliant performers. We can't do this without you. The pillar of our pursuits is the creation of art that reflects life as we know it. On this program you will find experimental music, musical theatre, multimedia art and social justice art music. We showcase everything from strings to voices to improvising silliness.
We will build a community of support of love and of the future. Come meet your next collaborator, coworker or friend at the Red Lion on Sunday. We'll be there. Will you?
More importantly, support new music and musicians!
The future of art starts with you. The future of art is dependent on supporting one another. Without each other, frankly, we won't have a platform to build amazing, moving, informative music upon. Thank you for your attention, your contributions and for your fervency.
$7/person, $5/person if you bring a friend. So bring a friend to the Red Lion on Sunday to hear new, kickass works by Hanee Park, Jonathan Hannau, Jordan Jenkins, Justus Richardson, Heidi Joosten and Cassandra Kaczor.
Never stop brunching,
-c & Ian.
Good evening, all!
We're so excited to have you at our next "brunch" on Sunday, November 20th at 6 p.m. at the Red Lion!
Check it out--tickets are only $7/person and $5/person if you bring a friend.
This series features prominent Chicago composers Hanee Park, Heidi Joosten*, Jonathan Hannau, Jordan Jenkins, Justus Richardson and Cassandra Kaczor with their talented performers. Also, you can have a f[r]ew brews and great food while you listen to their works.
Why is this event important, you might ask? On the surface, it just looks like some college kids jamming out in a bar. I see that.
I'll tell you. If you follow my nonsensically-lovely blog posts, you will notice that a common concern amongst them is the concept of peer patronage.
I believe so strongly in building a new art scene in Chicago. Our more traditional patrons who can only engage emotionally, socially and financially with Tchaikovsky's concerti are dying off. We will be left with nothing if we don't support one another. Arts attendance should no longer be about representing status. Rather, it should be a statement about how the arts inform culture and history, therefore, placing value on communication and innovation.
I listen to my peers' works and I am dumbfounded. We are making some intelligent and relevant shit, here in Chicago. We work with ridiculously talented performers. We take no prisoners.
We deserve to be heard.
So come to the second installation of MWB. Let's continue to connect and build our tiny empires of sound, dance, photography, 2D and 3D art and poetry... [etc.] We will construct this thing from the ground up, not dependent on genre or degree level.
Let good art continue to be good art.
See you in a week, loves.
-c and Ian.
*denotes world premiere
JUST KIDDING. THIS POST IS ACTUALLY ENTITLED "PEER PATRONAGE PT II!"
HA. We gotcha! Now you HAVE to read this! Seriously, commit, you guys.
After a few $3 margs with my dear friend, colleague, and all-around badass Heidi Joosten, I have been [yet again] riled up by the concept of the struggle surrounding peer patronage, especially cross-genre or cross-medium or cross-interest peer patronage.
Musicians Who Brunch II is a perfect opportunity for all of us Chicago vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers to get together in a casual space and share what we've been working on. For those of you who attended the first MWB event, there is a common understanding around the [extremely high] skill level of those who were involved, and the aftermath of the event-- a true and excited (and I mean this in the best way possible) hunting grounds for future collaborations. However, I could only split the door evenly in increments of $25.
From here, and from other programs that I have worked on, I can conclude that the best way to really define your aesthetic as either a creator or a commissioner [performer, admin, other-media artist] is to continue religiously attending events that help to define what you NEED. I'm not asking you to come to Musicians Who Brunch events because it makes me and Ian look good...not at all. In fact, we won't be taking a cut off of these events until the turnover makes it worth everyones' whiles. I'm asking you to come to my Musicians Who Brunch events, along with my series at The Awakenings Foundation, and every Student Composers Concert and every Opera Fest performance and every student recital and every bar show and every hole-in-the-wall event because I truly think that it will help us build a stronger and more supportive artistic community here in the city of Chicago.
If we plan to live and work here, we must continue to support one another, especially when it's a networking event handed out to every attendee on a silver platter.
I cannot stress enough that the Art Scene here in Chicago is shifting--it must be redefined. We are lacking in the patronage system that once supported the CSO, the Lyric, etc... so the only thing that I can see as a true revolution in patronage is for us to support one another.
Old money is turning over, and new money is apathetic. Will you join us in building something meaningful?
If any of this doesn't make sense, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be more than happy to go into depth with you.
But otherwise, this is my challenge to each and every one of you:
Put 7 music events on your calendar every month.
Delegate them as such:
-3 events that I want to attend
-2 events that I am obligated to attend
-2 events that I am not sure about/don't feel welcome at/am not represented by [by medium, aesthetic, etc]
...and that, my friends, as a rule--if we all yield to it--will be seen in ticket sales. It will be seen in your own audiences as people understand the value of returning a favor.
We are screwed if we don't build this thing from the ground up. Will you join us?
Anyway. Didn't mean to get too heavy. *pours another glass of wine*
... FOR ART!