October 29th – THE SHINING at The Frying Pan

October 6th, 2014

Our first show on water.  We are working toward playing songs about books in all the elements.

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Flyer by Tom Bayne.

Songwriters/performers:

Casey Holford – songwriter/producer–thoughtful and melodic folk/rock songs, caseyholford.com
Debe Dalton — banjo player, singer/songwriter, legend, debedalton.bandcamp.com
Phoebe Novak – singular singer/songwriter, phoebenovak.bandcamp.com/
Susannah Pryce – fire dancer, rapper
Kung Fu Crime Wave – band of Kellys (The Kellys of Brooklyn – Luke, Joanna, Neil) and Preston Spurlock, www.kungfucrimewave.com
Sanam Erfani – playwright, actor
Adrian Cohen – pianist, songwriter – jazz and middle eastern influences; now exploring electronic music, www.carrollgardenspiano.com
Leslie Graves – ethereal singer songwriter, lesliegraves.bandcamp.com
Alex Norelli – multi-media conceptual artist and musician, alexnorelliart.com
Clayton Colwell – composer, producer, musician from band, Hector on Stilts —   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hector_on_Stilts
Nicola Yvette – dancer, http://www.nicolayvette.com/
Jessie Kilguss – singer/songwriter, alt country spectrum from sweet to dark, jessiekilguss.com
Hilary Downes — singer/songwriter – beautiful voice and presence, not to mention hair, hilaryedownes.com
Pearl Rhein — singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, pearlrhein.com
Susan Hwang – hosting, curating, singing, accordioning, susanhwanglalala.com

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Good times with Swedes and hello THE SHINING.

September 29th, 2014

Our next show is inspired by Stephen King’s The Shining.  The date is October 29th, 8pm at The Frying Pan–the historical lightship built in 1929 that is now docked at pier 66 in Manhattan.  This will be our first show on water.

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Meanwhile, we said goodbye to our Swedish partners in songs about books.  Kristian Carlsson and Thomas Teller returned to Malmo last week after a month here in NYC where we were able to collaborate on two shows together inspired by the work of Swedish author, Reidar Jonsson– My Life As A Dog and American author, Maya Angelou — I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.  Both were coming of age stories that juxtapose hard realities, loss and grief with humor and insight.  Sweden and NYC got to know each other through songs about books — not the most common way to intersect, but as we found out, very satisfying.

Here are some artifacts from our show at City Winery inspired by My Life As A Dog.  We played a game where we picked out questions or dilemmas from the audience and paired them randomly with quotes from the book.  We called it the “Ingemar Oracle.”  Let’s look back wistfully at some of the questions and answers:

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Maybe these should be tarot cards.  The Ingemar Deck.

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And… the selfie we took at the very first show.  We’re looking forward to more international collaborations in the future.  In My Life As A Dog, Ingemar explains how being kin is essential to survival.  It was wonderful to meet and spend time with our Swedish kin in songs about books.   Here’s to more creativity-inspired creativity – ”Skål!”

You can listen to the songs from both these nights on our bandcamp page:  bushwickbookclub.bandcamp.com.

Photos are up on our facebook:  facebook.com/bushwickbookclub

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September 19th – Maya Angelou’s I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS

September 5th, 2014

Our next show will present new music and performances inspired by the words of Maya Angelou.

September 19th, 8pm
Dixon Place
161 Christie Street
New York, NY 10002
ph: 212-219-0736

Performers:

Debe Dalton – singer-songwriter, banjo player
Prince Akeem – hip hop artist, rapper
Phoebe Novak – singer-songwriter
Sanam Erfani – actress, playwright
spiritchild – hip hop artist, activist
Susannah Pryce – performer, fire dancer, rapper
Pierre de Gaillande – composer, musician,

Hosted by BBC founder, Susan Hwang and BBC Malmo, Sweden founders Kristian Carlsson and Thomas Teller who will also be performing their original work inspired by Angelou’s book and life.  Thomas Teller is accompanied by Swedish musicians Christoffer Larsson and Marcus Sjögren.

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AND, you can listen to songs from our last show on bushwickbookclub.bandcamp.com:

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some pictures from our first NYC/Malmo show

August 25th, 2014

Thanks Dag, for these lovely shots of our first experience presenting with BBC Malmo (and our first Swedish author).  What a time…

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Our first collaboration with BBC Malmo – presenting My Life As A Dog in August

July 22nd, 2014

Wednesday, August 20th, musical nerdery reaches new heights as we present our first international collaboration of songs about books at City Winery.  The founder of Bushwick Book Club Malmo (our Swedish Chapter) will be in New York to present new songs and performance inspired by Reidar Jonsson’s My Life As A Dog.

The night will feature original music and performances by:

Sunny Sanam - performance artist, actor
Julie Lamendola – Ching Ching
Sam James – The Wowz
Charlie Nieland – www.hervanishedgrace.com
Christy Davis – GOLD
Casey Holfordwww.caseyholford.com
Sophie Malleret
Early Riser – Heidi Vanderlee, Kiri Oliver https://www.facebook.com/earlyriserrr
Susan Hwangwww.susanhwanglalala.com
Summer Morse
Jessie Kilguss –  jessiekilguss.com
Hilary Downes - hilaryedownes.com
Pierre de Gaillande - www.pierredegaillande.com/
Pearl Rhein - pearlrhein.com
Sweet Soubrettesweetsoubrette.com

 

Hosted by Susan Hwang with the founder of Bushwick Book Club Malmo – Kristian Carlsson, http://bushwick.se/

August 20th, 8pm
City Winery
155 Varick St.
New York, NY 10013
Ph: 212 608-0555
Door: $10
Tickets: http://www.citywinery.com/newyork/tickets/bushwickbookclub082014.html

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“The Bushwick Book Club takes humdrum book reading to a new level.” — The New York Times


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Our next show – Philip Roth in the Park!

July 8th, 2014

Okay, it’s on this time.  July 20th in Propect Park.  Join us in the southern end of the Big Lawn in Prospect Park under the tree on top of the hill with the Teddy Roosevelt Boy Scout Tablet.  We’ll be the ones playing songs inspired by Goodbye Columbus by Philip Roth.  

Sunday, July 20th, 3 pm
Prospect ParkTeddy Roosevelt Boy Scout Tablet

Performers: Pierre de Gaillande, Jessie Kilguss, Susan Hwang, Leslie Graves, Dave Voigt, Chris Rael, Don Rauf, Geoffrey Scott Diesel, Julie Lynn, Mark Lessereaux

 

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Moving our Philip Roth in the Park show to July

May 28th, 2014

This is going to be like kimchi–even better if you bury it in the backyard and wait a few weeks.

Our Philip Roth in the Park show is being rescheduled for July 20th, 3pm.  Please join us then!

Meanwhile, our next regularly scheduled performance is June 25th at Barbes.  The book that will inspire new music is Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

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Philip Roth in the Park

May 20th, 2014

Our next show is May 29th, 7:30pm in Prospect Park.  Meet us at the Teddy Roosevelt Boy Scout Tablet.  We’ll be the ones under the tree playing songs inspired by Philip Roth’s Goodbye Columbus.

Songwriter/performers:  Pierre de Gaillande, Jessie Kilguss, Susan Hwang, Sweet Soubrette, Jacob Jiles, Sophie Malleret and Bob Holman, David Voigt and Sean Eden.

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Our next book: “Wake Up, Sir!” by Jonathan Ames

March 25th, 2014

Our next show is April 30th, 8pm at Barbes in Brooklyn.  376 9th Street, ph: 347-422-0248

Performers include:  Pearl Rhein, Susan Hwang, Hilary Downes, Pierre de Gaillande, Wanda Phipps, Jonathan Vincent, Bob Holman, Jessie Kilguss, Charlie Nieland, Lords of Lichtenstein.

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Listen to songs from our last show!

March 6th, 2014

The songs inspired by Howard Feinstein’s civil rights memoir are in a new album on our Bandcamp page.  As spiritchild said, “Rise up and up rise.”

http://bushwickbookclub.bandcamp.com/album/bushwick-book-club-presents-fire-on-the-bayou-by-howard-feinstein

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