IlluminArts and Oolite Arts present:
Sasha Wortzel: Rising
February 1, 2021
North Beach Bandshell & Online
IlluminArts and Oolite Arts are thrilled to present the GRAMMY winning Attacca Quartet and Pulitzer Prize winning composer and singer Caroline Shaw in a performance inspired by the work of Oolite Arts resident artist, Sasha Wortzel.
Born and raised in Southwest Florida, Sasha Wortzel is an artist and filmmaker working between Miami and New York City. In their Oolite Arts solo exhibition DREAMS OF UNKNOWN ISLANDS, Wortzel references cycles of life be they natural, influenced, extracted or at times accelerated by human interference. As voices and sea levels rise, Wortzel marks and distorts time all the while calling out for some semblance of peace, care for the land, care for each other, and eventual liberation.
The Attacca Quartet's latest recording, Orange, won the 2020 GRAMMY® award for “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance,” and features string quartet works by composer Caroline Shaw: the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Shaw's career defies categorization—she performs as a violin soloist, chamber musician, and as a vocalist in the Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. In a musical program anchored by the works of Caroline Shaw, this performance will tell the rising story of the intersection between nature and humanity.
This curated performance event will be live-streamed from New York City with an exclusive in-person screening held at the North Beach Bandshell on January 31st at 7:00PM for the first 100 patrons to RSVP. The performance will also be available simultaneously for online viewing, and will remain online from January 31 - February 7, 2021. All CDC guidelines will be upheld to ensure the health and safety of those attending the in-person screening at the bandshell.
Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member. Recent commissions include new works for Renée Fleming with Inon Barnatan, Dawn Upshaw with Sō Percussion and Gil Kalish, Seattle Symphony, Anne Sofie von Otter with Philharmonia Baroque, the LA Philharmonic, Juilliard 415, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with John Lithgow, the Dover Quartet, TENET, The Crossing, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Calidore Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, the Baltimore Symphony, and Roomful of Teeth with A Far Cry. She has produced for Kanye West (The Life of Pablo; Ye) and Nas (NASIR), and has contributed to records by The National, and by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Caroline has studied at Rice, Yale, and Princeton, currently teaches at NYU, and is a Creative Associate at the Juilliard School. She has held residencies at Dumbarton Oaks, the Banff Centre, Music on Main, and the Vail Dance Festival. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, Kinhaven, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin.
Artist and Filmmaker
Wortzel is an artist and filmmaker working between Brooklyn and Miami. Blending documentary and narrative storytelling, her films, installations, and performances explore how structures of power shape our lives around race, gender, desire, and landscape. Her most recent project, RIVER OF GRASS, is a time traveling guide channeled by the land recounts the Everglades’ violent past and warns of Florida's precarious future. Reimagining Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s groundbreaking non-fiction book The Everglades: River of Grass (1947), Wortzel's film explores how Florida’s climate crisis is historically rooted in the Everglades’ ongoing legacies of colonization.
Passionate advocates of contemporary repertoire, the Attacca Quartet's latest recording, Orange, features string quartet works by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Caroline Shaw. Greatly received by the critics, Attacca Quartet won the 2020 Grammy award in the category “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance” in recognition for their work on this album. The Nation describes the quartet as, “liv[ing] in the present aesthetically, without rejecting the virtues of the musical past”, and it is this dexterity to glide between the music of the 18th through to 21st century living composer’s repertoire that has placed them as one of the most versatile and outstanding ensembles of the moment – a quartet for modern times. Touring extensively in the US, recent and upcoming highlights include Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, New York Philharmonic’s Nightcap series, Lincoln Center White Lights Festival and Miller Theatre, both with Caroline Shaw, Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, and Trinity Church at Wall Street where they will perform the complete cycle of the Beethoven String Quartets.