Last year, I was in Zimbabwe performing at an amazing festival, HIFA, in Harare. On a perfect night, filled with the good energy from a great show, I ventured out to hear an act that I was told would be great. Hearing an energetic, young woman with an amazing band, Netsayi and Black Pressure, ended [...]
It has been one year since I was appointed creative director of OMW, (which incidentally always gets autocorrected to “On my way!” each time I write it!), and so many great moments have transpired.
Welcome to the OMW blog. I will be posting often here about our progress and activities. I am proud to be part of helping to manifest the vision and spirit of OMW through an artistic program. I have so many ideas on how this will unfold. First, are the programs. We will provide artists with a space that [...]
Grammy-nominated vocalist Theo Bleckmann performed amidst the construction for the second in a series of films documenting musicians at the Original Music Workshop site. (Photo courtesy of Jill Steinberg Photography.)
The Original Music Workshop Building in 1980, courtesy of the Municipal Archives. There was a railroad crossing nearby it seems…and perhaps an air of danger. Another photograph courtesy of the Municipal Archives from 1940.
Here are some photographs of the construction site for the Original Music Workshop. The interior and most of the roof have been demolished and the existing walls are held in place by a giant steel frame. Progress.
As part of our process of documenting the construction of the Original Music Workshop, we are staging a series of films documenting musical performances at the space throughout construction. Here, performance artist Helga Davis improvises during demolition at the OMW site. (Photo courtesy of Jill Steinberg Photography.)
After more than two years of research, planning, and design, construction has begun on the Original Music Workshop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.