January 2015 Session

January 2015 session – 1/31/2015 – 8:00 PM
The Three Jewels, NYC

DANIEL CARTER [flutes, saxophones + trumpet]
RANJIT BHATNAGAR [twitter/vine, self-made instruments]
Curated by WvS / Produced by WvS & Miah Artola

DANIEL CARTER, born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1945, is a musician and writer. Since coming to New York City, in 1970, he has sought out musicians and situations that encourage free expression. In the 1950s he sang in so-called doo-wop groups, took clarinet lessons, played in school bands (into the 60s), and the 49th Army Band (ca. 1967-69). When he first came to NYC, he played in soul bands as well as so-called avant-garde jazz groups. He has always tried to transcend genre-boundaries, which is, today, as daunting a challenge as ever, but he’s found that the many musicians he’s met and played with, and the invaluable treasure of a huge, ever-growing, number of recordings and videos (so many, readily available on the internet, cable t.v., and radio), have recharged and renewed him, all along the way. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, visual artist, Marilyn Sontag, and their two cats, Minnie and Sophie.

Some of his writing can be found in the following publications: The Tinker: Innovative Arts and Literature Magazine, 50 Miles of Elbow Room, Number One (2000), Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, Dyed-in-the-Wool (2000), Intervalsss: The Poems and Words of Musicians (2000), Sex Sells Magazine (1997), Wandering Archive One (1998).

He has performed, recorded, and/or toured, with many musicians, through the decades, since the mid 60s, including TEST, Other Dimensions in Music, Reuben Radding, Federico Ughi,  Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor,  Sam Rivers, Alan Silva, Ras Moshe, Jeffrey Shurdut, David Newbro, David Henderson, Sabir Mateen, Marianne Giosa, David Miller, Billy Bang, C. Spencer Yeh, ROTC, Rakalam (Bob Moses), Earl Freeman, Karl Berger, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, William Parker, Earl Cross, David S. Ware, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Billy Martin, Margie Beals, Adam Lane, Miriam Atkins, Anne Waldman, Jair-Rohm Parker, Alfonia Tims, Don Cherry, Matthew Shipp, Hamiet Bluiette, Nate Wooley, Hamid Drake, Billy Bang, Federico Ughi, John Blum, Tom Bruno, Kurt Ralske, Demian Richardson, Jeremy Slater, Jonathan Wood Vincent, Andrew Cyrille, David Moss, D.J. Logic, LP, Connie Crothers, Joan Miller, Greg Fox, Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Ed Schuller, Spring Heel Jack, Ninni Morgia, Jade Dylan, Daniel Lavine, Margo Grib, Laurie Hockman, Steve, Dalachinsky, Rebecca, Schmoyer, David Moss, Jeff Platz, Vernon Reid, Margaret Beals, Bern Nix, Dissipated Face, Devin Waldman, Patricia Nicholson Parker, Sana Nagano, Jonah Rosenberg, Margaret Beals, Michael T.A. Thompson, Kevin Shea, Warren Smith, Joanna Mattrey, Larry Roland, Mike Wimberly, Ava Mendoza, Christopher Dean Sullivan, Charles Gayle, Kyp Malone, Ryan Sawyer, Ted Daniels, XBOP, Ryan Sawyer, Dewey Johnson, Thurston Moore, Roy Campbell, WAKE UP!, Earl Cross, Vernon Reid, Wilber Morris, Eri Yamamoto, Matt Lavelle, Atiba Wilson, Matthew Heyner,  The No Neck Blues Band, Yo La Tengo, Raphe Malik, Okkyung Lee, Denis Charles, David S. Ware, Steve Swell, Gunter Hampel, David Grubbs, Alan Silva, Susie Ibarra, Butch Morris, and many others.

Daniel Carter / William Parker / Federico Ughi: The Dream (2006):

MICHAEL JAY has trained extensively in the healing arts. He is dedicated to helping others thrive through both his private wellness practice and volunteer work. Recently he has reinvigorated his commitment to using sound for its immense healing power and has been studying with the Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux. He performs regularly around the city, with the Brothers of the Gong and also with his collective SVAHA


JOEL SCHLEMOWITZ is an experimental filmmaker based in Brooklyn who works in 16mm film, shadowplay, and stereographic media. His latest film project is a feature film 78rpm, an experimental documentary about the gramophone. His short works have been shown at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival and have received awards from the Chicago Underground Film Festival, The Dallas Video Festival, and elsewhere. Shows of installation artworks include Anthology Film Archives, and Microscope Gallery. He teaches experimental filmmaking at The New School.


RANJIT BHATNAGAR is a sound artist who works with technology, language, and found materials to create interactive installations and musical instruments.  His works have been exhibited across the United States and in Europe and appeared in performances as far away as Shanghai.  In an annual project, he creates a new homemade musical instrument each day of the month of February — the Instrument-a-day project is now in its sixth year.

Ranjit participated in phase one of Dithyrambalina, The Music Box, creating the Noise floor. Based on Japanese nightingale floors, this instrument allowed visitors to play tuned squeaks and creaks by jumping on floating floor boards. Ranjit is one of the sound artists who will be inventing more instruments of musical architecture for the forthcoming phases of Dithyrambalina.

This summer, Ranjit worked with the art collectives Flux Factory and Rabid Hands to build a large-scale musical installation at the Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris this summer.  His interactive sound work Singing Room for a Shy Person, commissioned by Amsterdam’s Métamatic Research Initiative, premiered at NYC’s Clocktower Gallery this Spring, and moved to the Jean Tinguely Museum in Basel, Switzerland in October 2013 for the exhibition Métamatic Reloaded. He’ll be performing in the Uncaged Toy Piano Festival and in Qubit’s Machine Music Festival this winter, and building an outdoor sound sculpture for the Caramoor Center’s sound art festival in the spring.


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