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After Hours, Ebe Oke

Inspired by the songs of birds, Ebe Oke shares new compositions with his electroacoustic ensemble while soaring just above the Times Square epicenter on The Lodge roof deck, Viacom’s legendary company cafeteria.

The event is SOLD OUT, but streaming LIVE here on Clocktower.org at 10:30pm EST.

From an early age Oke's artistic practice has been multi-disciplinary, with work in various media including photography, design, performance, poetry, video, and storytelling. Raised in southern Georgia, the artist mixes a sense of mythology with the traditional art of song. His otherworldly compositions often incorporate the sounds of birds and insects, echoing his childhood spent on an exotic bird farm. He has studied composition with Karlheinz Stockhausen, collaborated and performed with Brian Eno, and headlined at The Kitchen for Synth Nights, curated by Laurie Anderson.

View Ebe Oke's performance, Avian Avatar, curated by Laurie Anderson for Synth Nights at The Kitchen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub7ewiMSHP4

After Hours, a collaboration between Times Square Arts and Clocktower, brings experiential, multimedia programming to select venues around Times Square.

Guests are also invited to view the Midnight Moment, the nightly digital art gallery on the electronic billboards of Times Square from 11:57 p.m. to midnight. The July Midnight Moment features Chris Doyle's film Bright Canyon. Midnight Moment is a monthly presentation of the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.

Ebe Oke

During his Clocktower residency at Pioneer Works, Ebe Oke crafts exquisite, experimental compositions and seductive, avant-garde pop music exploring the idea of ''otherness.'' From an early age Oke's artistic practice has been multi-disciplinary, with work in various media including photography, design, performance, poetry, video, and storytelling. Raised in southern Georgia, the artist mixes a sense of mythology with the traditional art of song. His otherworldly compositions often incorporate the sounds of birds and insects, echoing his childhood spent on an exotic bird farm. He has studied composition with Karlheinz Stockhausen, collaborated and performed with Brian Eno, and headlined at The Kitchen for Synth Nights, curated by Laurie Anderson.
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After Hours, The Drums

The Drums share songs from their long-awaited new album due out Fall 2014 at the Supernova Terrace, Novotel New York Times Square. The audience is not only treated to the group's new music, but also the stunning panoramic views of Times Square that the Supernova has to offer. The performance is SOLD OUT but streaming LIVE here on Clocktower.org at 10:30pm EST. The Drums emerged from Brooklyn via Florida in 2009 and initially caught the ear of the indie world with their Summertime! EP, an escapist collection of beach pop fantasies; tracks suffused with a wistful, longing nostalgia that never pander to cheap sentimentality. Early buzz led to a prestigious spot on the BBC Sound of 2010 shortlist, followed by a slot on the Shockwaves NME Tour in 2009, and the publication’s Phillip Hall Radar Award in early 2010. Their upcoming album is full of "magic and surprise while maintaining a serious, more weighty tone throughout," says founding band member Jonny Pierce. After Hours, a collaboration between Times Square Arts and Clocktower, brings experiential, multimedia programming to select venues around Times Square.
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Ebe Oke, OBID

The composer, performer, poet, and Clocktower artist-in-residence premiered Movement I, the first of four planned movements for OBID, his string quartet inspired by birds and synæsthesia. The performance took place at Pioneer Works during the July 2014 Second Sundays festivities. Following the performance, Oke sat down with Clocktower Radio's David Weinstein to discuss the background of the piece and his own story of a life that began on an exotic bird farm in Georgia and a path that led him to Stockhausen, Brian Eno, and Laurie Anderson, for whom the piece is dedicated. The performing ensemble is Audrey Morse – violin, Andrew Pak – violin, Beth Holub – viola, and Luna Shyr – cello.
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After Hours: Ebe Oke

In this After Hours recording, the unearthly Ebe Oke steps out of the woods and into Viacom's legendary company headquarters at Times Square, The Lodge, to share new compositions for electroacoustic ensemble. The premiered work intertwines Oke's mythology with the music of birds and insects, in this transcendent live performance. After Hours, a collaboration between Times Square Arts and Clocktower, brings experiential, multimedia programming to select venues around Times Square. This event took place July 23, 2014.
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Times Square Arts

Times Square Arts is a Clocktower program partner, and co-producer of After Hours, a series of ephemeral installations and performances hidden amongst the Times Square district’s diverse venues, recorded for radio and video dissemination. Taking advantage of the twilight moment before midnight, and a surreal array of different settings nestled throughout the Times Square area, the Times Square Alliance and Clocktower come together to offer tantalizing glimpses of these spaces as creative catalysts. Pairing musicians and artists with each of these unique contexts, the artists create work specifically designed to draw on the neighborhood's history as a social and artistic melting pot. Times Square Arts collaborates with contemporary artists to experiment and engage with one of the world's most iconic urban places.
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