Please join us for a rooftop performance by Emily Sundblad and Pete Drungle featuring Pheeroan akLaff, Lonnie Plaxico, and Jay Rodriguez, with visuals by Rita Ackermann. This performance is the next installment of ‘In Concert,’ Hauser & Wirth New York’s quarterly music series featuring local musicians who push the boundaries of their medium.
The concert will take place on Hauser & Wirth’s 22nd Street rooftop, which offers dramatic views of New York’s West Chelsea Arts District and the Hudson River.
The roof opens at 7 pm and performance begins at 8 pm. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase from the Roth Bar.
Emily Sundblad is an artist, gallerist and performer based in New York for 20 years. Her most recent big project was the erotic operetta Dichterliebe/Divine Bitches which premiered at The Kitchen in 2016, which featured singers from the Wall Street Trinity Choir, a set by Klara Liden, music and text contributions by Emily, Pete Drungle, Juliana Huxtable, Elsa de Rémur, Sophie Mörner, Ken Okiishi, Mariko Munro and others.
Pete Drungle is an award-winning composer, pianist and producer living in New York City. He has made music with Ornette Coleman, Yoko Ono, Les Claypool, The Kronos Quartet, The Decoding Society and many others. Possibly best known for his epic 24-HOUR CONTINUOUS SOLO PIANO IMPROVISATION, Wire magazine’s Alan Licht remarked, “…Drungle’s epic event pushed well beyond the limits usually imposed by the customary concert timetable; that he was still functioning at a high level of creativity after 23 hours of continuous playing pays new testimony to the improvisational mindset.”
Internationally acclaimed drummer Pheeroan akLaff was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Since 1975, his broad accompaniment work has been a foundation for award winning composers, and his musicality has contributed to many of music’s revolutionary figures, including Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill, Sonny Sharrock and Cecil Taylor. He is a founder of SeedArtists.org for the promotion of creative music.
Grammy-nominated saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist and composer Jay Rodriguez was born Hernan Ramiro Rodriguez-Sierra in Colombia, South America on September 17th. He grew up in NYC and is a seasoned NYC music veteran, a highly regarded soloist and stylist of his idioms. Rodriguez has collaborated with many high-profile artists, including Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, Prince, and the Wu-Tang Clan.
Lonnie Plaxico was born in Chicago, Illinois, into a musical family. His first recording was with his family’s band, and by the time he was twenty he had moved to New York City, playing with Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Junior Cook, and Hank Jones. Plaxico has also performed and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, David Murray, Alice Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine, Andrew Hill, Joe Sample, Abbey Lincoln, Bill Cosby, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ravi Coltrane, Scott Tixier, Barbara Dennerlein, Helen Sung and Nina Vidal. He won the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in 1978.