Laurie & Friends: A Concert to Launch the BAM Next Stage Campaign Set for January

News   Laurie & Friends: A Concert to Launch the BAM Next Stage Campaign Set for January Award-winning musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson will present a one-night-only concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Jan. 21, 2009.

Entitled Laurie & Friends: A Concert to Launch the BAM Next Stage Campaign, the 8 PM event will include work by White Oak choreographer Sarah Michelson (DOGS at BAM), the folk-rock group Brightblack Morning Light, cabaret artist Poor Baby Bree, and the Brooklyn-based choir James Hall Worship & Praise. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

"Our show is the day after the Presidential inauguration, so I've asked a few of my favorite artists to perform on the theme of beginning," Anderson said in a statement. "The evening represents real variety — from rising cabaret star Bree Benton, whose work resurrects songs from the turn of the 20th century, to contemporary choreographer Sarah Michelson — it's a typically eclectic BAM mixture. I'm hoping for a wild and fun and illuminating evening."

The concert will have lighting design by Matt Frey and sound design by David Meschter.

Laurie Anderson combines her skills as a visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics aficionado, vocalist and instrumentalist to create multimedia performance art. She was named NASA's first artist-in-residence in 2002, creating the solo piece The End of the Moon.

Anderson rose to fame with her song "O Superman" in 1980, which appeared on the album "Big Science." Her stage work includes United States I-V, Empty Places, The Nerve Bible; and Songs and Stories for Moby Dick, based on the Herman Melville novel. Her work as a composer has led to collaborations with choreographers Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, Molissa Fenley and filmmakers Jonathan Demme and Wim Wenders. For tickets and further information phone (718) 636-4100 or visit www.BAM.org.

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