Singing at the Newport Folk Festival

Filed under: Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on August 4, 2006 at 11:08 am

The Widow Jane Mine event last week was a great success. We had a very strong class of ten during the workshop and more than fifty people joined us for the performance/assembly in the mine. Feedback was good and we were able to document the performance in sound, video, and still image. I’ll be posting some of that documentation soon!

Meanwhile, this coming weekend, I’ll be singing with a large group of Sacred Harp singers at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. We’ll be singing at 11 AM on Sunday, August 6.

Read more about our appearance on the Newport Folk Festival web site. And come check us out if you’re in the area.

Singing in the Mines!

Filed under: Announcements,Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on July 14, 2006 at 1:14 pm

What: Shape note singing school of Subliminal History
Where: Widow Jane Mine, Century House Historical Society, Rosendale, NY, 668 Route 213.
When: July 30, 2-5 PM (Workshop), 6 PM (Performance/Assembly).

This July 30, come attend our Singing School Workshop inside the Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale, NY. Learn how to sing shape note music and discover for yourself the Rosendale edition of the Subliminal History of New York State, a narrative about living land and history being developed by Carrie Dashow and Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg.

From 2-5 PM, the singing workshop will mix instruction on how to sing shape note music, an early American singing style still in practice today, with stories communicated from the living land about Rosendale’s cement industry and the vast inland sea that covered much of the region in Cretaceous times. At 6 PM the class will perform with Carrie and Jesse.

Both events are open to the public. Registration required for the workshop. $10 donation. No musical experience necessary. Please bring a snack to eat between 5 and 6, and invite your family and friends to come to the assembly. To register call 845-658-9900 or email

Brought to you by the Society for a Subliminal State and the Century House Historical Society.

For more information, visit Subliminal State and you can email Carrie and Jesse.

Upgrade! New York

Filed under: Talks
Posted by jesse on June 29, 2006 at 10:33 am

Tonight, June 29 @ 7:30 PM, Eyebeam, 540-548 west 21st street
with Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, Micah Silver, Judy Dunaway

This month’s Upgrade! examines participatory performance and interactivity in the context of contemporary sound art and new music. The evening brings together three artists working with sound and music: Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, Micah Silver, and Judy Dunaway. Each of these artists draws their audience into the creation of their work.

Jesse will discuss Azariah: Whom Jehovah Helps, a new project weaving book arts, poetry, shape note singing, and storytelling into a participatory live event. Azariah turns its audience into an impromptu chorus and draws on Jesse’s experience working with shape note singing, audience participation, and New York’s religious history. Website:

Micah will talk about his recent installations The Phoenix, *Asterisk, and Carousels. Each piece draws from the local audience’s aural and physical experience of site as primary source material. Website:

Judy will talk about her work with balloons and how she draws her audience into music-making, and will be presenting her Balloon Symphony #2. Judy Dunaway’s BALLOON SYMPHONIES are audience-participation works. The Balloon Symphonies should not be performed by children under 8 years of age without adult supervision. Website:

Speaking about the Hollow Square at the GSIM Conference

Filed under: Talks
Posted by jesse on March 30, 2006 at 7:06 pm

This weekend I’m presenting a paper at the GSIM Conference on Musical Spaces at CUNY. I’ll be co-presenting with Dana Borrelli, an anthropologist from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Our paper is titled “Sounding the Hollow Square: Spatial Meaning in Sacred Harp Singing.” We will discuss how the hollow square seating arrangement of a Sacred Harp singing creates meaning for singers. Dana will talk about how the hollow square is a vital social institution that forms singers’ identities within the community. I will discuss how composers and artists working with Sacred Harp music utilize the spatial configuration of a Sacred Harp singing.

The conference is this Saturday, April 1, 2006, 9 AM to 5:00 PM. It’s at the CUNY Graduate Center, Martin Segal Theater, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016-4309.

Guest Blogging for networked_performance

Filed under: Announcements
Posted by jesse on March 19, 2006 at 4:13 pm

For the next few weeks, I’ll be filling in for Jo-Anne, Michelle, and Helen, blogging about networked performance, ubiquitous computing, augmented reality, net art, and more for’s networked_performance blog.

Tintinnabulate at Club Dome

Filed under: Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on March 15, 2006 at 3:57 pm

Something slumbers sunk, mid the tunnel mud,
Utterance arouse, lumps begin to show.
Tintinnabulate! Sight the air aware,
Forge a fort of tude, planetary ship.
–Carrie Dashow

Tintinnabulate is an ensemble of improvising artists founded by Pauline Oliveros at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2005. The members include Pauline Oliveros, Alex Chechile, Yael Kanarek, Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, and Bart Woodstrup.

When: 8 PM, Saturday March 18
Where: the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology, 250 Jordan Road, Troy, NY (in the Rensselaer Technology Park)

Azariah: Whom Jehovah Helps

Filed under: Announcements,Sacred Harp and Shape Note Music,Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on March 2, 2006 at 5:01 pm

My MFA Thesis Show, Azariah: Whom Jehovah Helps is this Saturday.

The show will be a participatory shape note singing, and begins at 2 PM on March fourth (please be on time) at the Old Songs Community Art Center at 37 South Main Street in Voorheesville, NY (directions).

The singing follows the story of a young man from the Burnt-over district in nineteenth century Western New York who begins to experience visions of singing prophets in the wake of the Great Disappointment.

After the singing, there will be a pot-luck supper (please bring dishes that can be served cold), and from 7:30-10:00 PM is the monthly, Albany-area Sacred Harp singing.

Visit my blog for more information on Azariah.

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