Harvest Works Digital Media & West Harlem Art Fund Present Cutting-Edge Jazz

Harvestworks Digital Media Arts and West Harlem Art Fund will feature jazz artist William Hooker on Governors Island at Nolan Park, Buildings 10A and 10B.

Silver Fleece, commissioned by Harvestworks and funded by the NY State Council of the Arts, is experimental new music at the cutting edge of jazz. This performance will take place on Saturday September 3, 2022 at 3 p.m.

According to jazz saxophonist Thomas Stanley, “Hooker’s ability to find fertile ground for soulful music in a variety of contexts that blur gender distinctions offers a much-needed statement of social optimism in the arts.”

PERFORMANCE DURATION: One and a half hours (approximately)

Buildings 10a and 10B, Nolan Park, Governors Island

Ensemble: William Hooker, drums/composer

On Kaa Davis, guitar,

Hans Tammen, guitar,

Kevin Ramsey, electronics,

Theodore Woodward, electronics

William Hooker – “William Hooker’s uninterrupted work from the mid-1970s defines him as one of jazz’s most important composers and performers. As a bandleader, Hooker formed ensembles across an incredibly wide range diversity of setups. Each collaboration brought serious investigation into his songwriting program and the science of modern drumming.”

On Kaa Davis – Longtime Resident Artist and Activist of New York’s Lower East Side (LES), On has been a consistent contributor to her cutting-edge creative aesthetic. We perform primarily as a guitarist, exploring music through the worlds of classical guitar, creative improvisation, “jazzes”, and interpreting root cultural patterns and 21st century thoro-compound patterns.

Hans Tammen – Hans Tammen likes to set sounds in motion and then sit back to watch the movements unfold. Using textures, timbre and dynamics as the main elements, his music continually changes, with different layers floating to the fore while others fade away.

Kevin Ramsey – Born and based in Brooklyn, Ramsay’s work focuses primarily on the theoretical and practical aspects of sound recording/reproduction with unpredictable pairings of acoustic and electronic instruments.

Founded as a non-profit organization by artists in 1977, Harvestworks has helped a generation of artists create new work using technology. Our mission is to support the creation and presentation of works of art made through the use of new and evolving technologies. Our goals are to create an environment where artists can create works inspired and realized by electronic media; create a responsive public context for the appreciation of new works by showcasing and disseminating finished works; advancing the “agenda” of the arts community and the public for the use of technology in art; and to bring together innovative practitioners from all branches of the arts collaborating in the use of electronic media. We assist with commissions and residencies, production services, education and information programs, and the presentation and distribution of their work.

The West Harlem Art Fund (WHAF) is a twenty-four-year-old public art and new media organization. Like explorers of the past, who sought out new lands and new people, WHAF seeks opportunities for artists and creative professionals in New York City and beyond wishing to showcase and share their talent. The West Harlem Art Fund showcases art and culture in open, public spaces to add aesthetic interest; promote historical and cultural heritage; and support community participation in local development. Our heritage symbol Afuntummireku-denkyemmtreku: is the West African double crocodile Ghana which signifies unity in diversity.

Daniel C. Williams