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Events: public conversation with Robert Lepage at BAM

September 14, 2013

Next Saturday I will be conducting a public conversation with the legendary Quebecois stage director Robert Lepage (above) as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Iconic Artists Talks” series. Lepage will be performing onstage at BAM Sept. 18-21 in the cast of his company Ex Machina’s latest work, The Blue Dragon, a sequel to The Dragons’ Trilogy, the 1985 epic that put him on the map of internationally acclaimed artists. I interviewed Lepage once before, over lunch with Peter Gabriel, for a New York Times article about Zulu Time, a show he made for which Gabriel wrote some music. The show didn’t play its scheduled run in New York — it was supposed to have opened the week that 9/11 transformed Lower Manhattan, and the known world — but I found Lepage to be a very lively interview subject. He was extremely quick, intelligent, verbal, and unpretentious — he amazed everyone at the table by dropping the French word hétéroclite into the conversation and then making fun of himself for using such a hifalutin and dirty-sounding expression.

The talk will take place at the Hillman Studio on the 4th Floor of the BAM Fisher building at 321 Ashland Place (around the corner from the main BAM building). The event will last about an hour. Tickets at $10 for BAM members, $20 for non-members. For more information and to buy tickets, go here.

Events: PARIS, TEXAS at the Rubin Museum next Friday, February 24

February 17, 2012

The Rubin Museum of Art, one of New York City’s finest small museums, specializes in Himalayan arts and culture, and its multimedia programming, curated by Tim McHenry, is extraordinarily inventive and delicious. Every Friday night there’s a Cabaret Cinema, movie night with cocktails. Next Friday, February 24, the series will feature Wim Wenders’ 1984 Paris, Texas, whose screenplay came from Sam Shepard. As a Shepard scholar, I’ve been asked to introduce the film (i.e., talk about the film beforehand for nine minutes — and ONLY nine!). Feel free to join me for the occasion.


Concert: Gamelan Kusuma Laras in Oneonta, NY, Saturday April 23

April 17, 2011

Gamelan Kusuma Laras
, the Javanese music group that I play with, will be giving a concert at Anderson Center for the Arts at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, next Saturday April 23. If you’re in that neck of the woods, or know someone who lives around there, feel free to come and spread the word. Tickets are cheap: $10.

Javanese gamelan is strange and lovely music. Laurie Anderson came to our concert in December and e-mailed me afterwards to say it was “beautiful — meditative but with a lot of detail.” Good description! For more information, contact Lynda Clark at 607-431-4800 or

Event: Gamelan Kusuma Laras, December 11 & 12

November 29, 2010

Several months ago, I finally got up the nerve to seriously pursue my interest in learning to play gamelan, which is a kind of Indonesian percussion ensemble that makes a distinct and hauntingly beautiful music. By great good fortune (thanks to Rachel Cooper, director of programming at the Asia Society), I found my way to Gamelan Kusuma Laras (above) and have been studying and rehearsing with this group, which takes its repertoire from Javanese gamelan (specifically from Solo in Central Java). And now I’m getting the chance to perform with the group in two concerts at the Indonesian Consulate on East 68th Street. As a beginner, I will be playing on only one number but singing on three others (in a large chorus — in ancient Javanese!). Please come!

Gamelan Kusuma Laras
New York City’s Premier Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
Presents Music and Dance of Central Java

Directed by I.M. Harjito
with Triwik Harjito and Shoko Yamamura, Guest Dancers

Saturday, December 11 at 8 pm
Sunday, December 12 at 3 pm

Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia
5 East 68th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues
Suggested Donation: $20

Tickets may be reserved by contacting

Originally formed 26 years ago, Gamelan Kusuma Laras has entranced audiences in the United States and  Indonesia with its authentic performances of music, dance and theater from the classical repertoire of the courts of Central Java.

The ensemble has been active in the New York City cultural scene since its inception, performing at the Arts at St. Ann’s in Brooklyn, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Bronx Zoo of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Bard College, Vassar College, Wesleyan University, Princeton University, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Cooper Hewitt Museum, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, and the Jogjakarta International Gamelan Festival, to name a few.

For this concert, Triwik Harjito and Shoko Yamamura will be performing Adaninggar Kelaswara, a Javanese dance that depicts a duel between two female warriors: Adaninggar, a Chinese princess, and Kelaswara, a Javanese princess.

“…shifting timbres that floated and surged in a mesmerizing flow”
-The New York Post

“…a skilled ensemble…a treat to watch.”
-The New York Times

Events: Carole Shelley interview at the Bruno Walter Auditorium

May 16, 2010

I’ll be doing a public interview with Carole Shelley, the magnificent veteran comic actress (currently on Broadway in Billy Elliott though perhaps more widely known and beloved as the original Madame Morrible in Wicked, above), at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts tonight, Monday May 17. The event is sponsored by the League of Professional Theater Women, admission is free, and it starts at 6:00. The interview will be recorded for the Library of the Performing Arts’ Theater on Film and Tape archive, and it’s open to the public.

The auditorium entrance is at 111 Amsterdam Ave., just below 65th St.
For further information, please call (212) 642-0142 or visit
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