I’m happy to announce the publication of the 2nd edition of the Subliminal History of New York State: Route of Progress tunebook. Published by the Society of Subliminal State, this book features 53 original shape note compositions, with music written by me and lyrics by Carrie Dashow. I designed the book, and Carrie Dashow wrote the book’s words and contributed the illustrations.
For this new edition, roughly 20 songs have been improved or corrected, and the introductions and rudiments of music sections have been updated.
You can order copies of the book for $20 through the Society for a Subliminal State store. Read more about the tunebook in the artworks and compositions section of this site.
Beginning later this month on the 3rd Tuesday and continuing every month until October I will be teaching a singing school in Cambridge, NY in the Lovejoy Building at Hubbard Hall. The singing school will begin each month at 7 pm and last for about an hour. We’ll then take a break, followed by singing from the Sacred Harp until 9 or 9:30.
This singing school is an opportunity for individuals in the Cambridge area to learn more about Sacred Harp singing in advance of the New York State Sacred Harp Singing Convention, to be held at Hubbard Hall on October 17-18, 2009.
Visit the New York State Convention web site for more information.
The Boston Globe printed an article this January for their weekly Spiritual Life column, profiling the second Sunday Sacred Harp singing I help organize at Christ Church Unity in Brookline, MA.
The article, written by Rich Barlow, who attended January’s singing, explains the format of a Sacred Harp singing through the lens of the different faith backgrounds of members of our local singing community. The article follows how this music has brought us together for singing, fellowship, and in recognition of our common spirituality and religiosity.
I am quoted in the article as are two other Boston-area singers. You can read the article on the Boston Globe‘s web site. It’s title: In song, different faiths find harmony
Come to Eyebeam Sept. 27, 6 PM for the opening of Interference. Eyebeam is located at 540 West 21st Street, NYC.
The show includes Subliminal History of New York State: Route of Progress (2007) an installation of community-shot video, original shape note songs and ephemera from this summer’s Route of Progress tour.
Jesse and Carrie will lead a shape note singing workshop (1-4 PM) and performance (5-6 PM) at Eyebeam on October 13
The exhibition will run through Nov. 10.
Join me and Carrie Dashow on Thursday January 11, 2007, for a performance of Under Island and a shape note singing school at Gigantic ArtSpace in New York. The singing school will be held from 5-7 PM and the performance begins at 7:30 PM.
Singing school participants will learn the basics of shape note singing and will learn original shape note songs that will be featured in the performance later that evening. Carrie Dashow will join the singing school to give an introduction to the Under Island story and the practice of subliminal history.
During the performance of Carrie’s Under Island story, the singing school class will join Carrie, Jesse, and the audience in singing several shape note songs, from the workshop.
I’m proud to announce the release of a new CD, Under Island, in partnership with Gigantic ArtSpace. The CD, a collaboration with Carrie Dashow, features eleven original shape note songs telling the subliminal history of Roosevelt Island.
The limited edition CD comes packaged in a paperboard case with a screenprinted cover, and includes an editioned, hand-printed tunebook containing scores to the songs so you can sing along.
You can listen to the Under Island CD at Gigantic ArtSpace at 59 Franklin Street in Manhattan, where the disc is for sale through January. On December 9, you can buy the CD at La Superette at Eyebeam in Chelsea.
For this year’s Conflux (a psychogeography festival co-produced by Glowlab and iKatun) I’ve organized The Tune our Lips to Sing Quartet, a quartet of street-walking shape note singers. The Quartet will conduct a singing tour of Brooklyn, beginning and ending at the McCaig-Welles Gallery. We will sing songs from the Sacred Harp on pages corresponding with the numbers that members of the quartet recognize as they walk.
The Tune our Lips to Sing Quartet is Greg Mulkern, treble; Allison Schofield, alto; Aldo Ceresa, tenor; and Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, bass.
The Quartet will conduct two tours, beginning at noon and 6 PM on September 14. Visit the Quartet’s web site for more information.