spiritual reflections on art

When the Sun ComesPhoto © by Alex Joseph

When the Sun Comes

Maya Keren’s five-piece band Careful in the Sun is about to embark on its first mini tour, with support from CRS, and I reached out to Maya to learn more about their music and vision, which fuses elements of jazz and pop and draws inspiration from black queer liberation literature.

I first saw them in June 2022 at the M³ Festival, produced by Mutual Mentorship for Musicians. While still an undergrad at Princeton University, Maya (they/them) had participated in M³’s first cohort of duo commission grantees back in the summer of 2020. In this concert, Maya led the band from the piano, and I was struck by their dreamy sound, camaraderie, and joie de vivre onstage. I found myself exhaling, expanding, drawn in and drawn inward. I softened.

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Alix Bailey Reminds Us That Painting Is Light and So Are WePhoto © by Alix Bailey 2022, “Alex and Pink” 42” x 60”

Alix Bailey Reminds Us That Painting Is Light and So Are We

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...

M³ Festival Demonstrates the Power of InclusivityPhoto © by Christopher Pelham

M³ Festival Demonstrates the Power of Inclusivity

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...

When My Exile Sees MePhoto © by Christopher Pelham

When My Exile Sees Me

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...