After Hours: An Evening at the Lambs Club: Michael Hanf, Joseph Keckler & Helga Davis
Excerpts from an evening of unexpected performances at unusual spaces in the Times Square district. In this case, the legendary Lambs Club venue on West 44th Street on March 26, 2014. Three performers, composer/vibraphist Michael Hanf solo, storyteller and operatic baritone Joseph Keckler, and vocalist Helga Davis, with mutli-channel processing, presented short sets as part of the After Hours series co-produced by Clocktower Productions and Times Square Arts.
Helga Davis is presently starring in the 25th anniversary production Einstein on the Beach by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass. In last season's Next Wave Festival, Davis' second appearance was in Elsewhere, a new multi-media opera featuring cellist Maya Beiser with music by Missy Mazzoli. In December 2012, she performed at the Park Avenue Armory in Ann Hamilton's The Event of a Thread with music by David Lang, and in a new opera by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Andrew Ondrejcak, You Us We All.
Joseph Keckler is a singer, musician, and interdisciplinary artist. Keckler’s live performances have been seen at SXSW Music, New Museum, Issue Project Room, BAM Fischer Center, Joe’s Pub, Afterglow Festival, and many other venues. His most recent performance piece, I am an Opera unravels his travels on a bad trip on hallucinogenic mushrooms and was commissioned by Dixon Place. He has received residencies from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as a Franklin Furnace Grant and a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work from New York Foundation for the Arts. The Village Voice recently named him “Best Downtown Performance Artist, 2013.”
Michael Hanf is a performer, composer, engineer and occasional actor currently based in Brooklyn. If you ever get the chance to hear Hanf play his vibraphone in an intimate, solo setting, you'll notice there's something more going on than just the cool, resounding harmonies of the thick, metal keys on his instrument. Along with the light squeak of his pedal, methodically dampening the keys that would otherwise vibrate for minutes, there's an audible sound from his mouth. Even in a wildly energetic free-improvisation, he's singing what he's playing, his whole body and mind fully immersed in his creation.
The Lambs Club, housed in the iconic Stanford White-designed building on 44th Street, originally opened in 1905 as home to the prestigious Lambs, America's first professional theatrical club. Since the club's founding, there have been more than 6,000 Lambs, with an elite roster reading like a Who's Who of American theater and film: Lionel and John Barrymore, Irving Berlin, Cecil B. DeMille, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, John Wayne, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Spencer Tracy, and Fred Astaire, who was famously quoted as stating, "When I was made a Lamb, I felt I had been knighted."
Originally aired 4/7/14
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