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Nora York's concert, Power/Play, explores shifts in the American narrative by mixing metaphors through music. She derived inspiration from history, pop culture, and everyday emotional experiences. The pieces illustrate the confusions abounding in people's shared relationship to power, work, threat, and social liberty.

The original concert had its genesis in 2002 as a Brooklyn Academy of Music commission for the BamCafe as a companion to the film series From Hanoi to Hollywood. Nora continued to evolve and change Power/Play to reflect the shifts in culture and economy. She recorded a free download which can be located at

This musical recollection is a combination of original compositions and 1960s set-piece conflations. The two are woven together by remixed verses of Bob Dylan’s declarative tome Master’s of War.

York is joined by her Amazing Band :
Jamie Lawrence keyboards
Steve Tarshis guitar
Dave Hofstra bass
Peter Grant drums
Sherryl Marshall vocals
Claire Daly baritone sax

Sunday Nov. 10 2013, Nora will write a song cycle titled Water Water Everywhere/Nay Any Drop to Drink as a part of the Marfa Dialogues/NY. Details for this free event can be located at

Marfa Dialogues/NY, taking place October and November of 2013 in New York, is an examination of climate change science, environmental activism, and artistic practice. This event is a collaboration between the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concert Foundation. Marfa Dialogues/NY will feature more than 20 program partners, including Joe’s Pub presents Nora York, Water Water Everywhere/ Nay Any Drop To Drink, as well as a spectrum of exhibitions, performance, and interdisciplinary discussions at the intersection of the arts and climate change.
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