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April Artist in Residence: Yeon Jee

Paintings to Be Slept On
April 1 to April 30, 2013

Yeon Jee studied Industrial Design at Pratt Institute and Fashion at Fashion Institute of Technology. She was born in Seoul, Korea, and moved to America at the age of 15. She is currently living in New York painting, writing, and playing music.

Phone: 201 214 4373
Email: yjee86@yahoo.com

Paintings: http://yeonj.blogspot.com
Other Works: http://www.coroflot.com/yeonjee/Works-n-Wares
Accessories: http://adornedinaugust.etsy.com
Music: http://leafpilemusic.com

Please join us this Saturday April 6th at 7 pm for the opening party

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March Artist In Residence Elyse Brandau

There are three things I am crazy about- 1.) Creating 2.) Comedy 3.) Carrots. Not really carrots, but I am fond of them.

My first portrait was when I was 4 years old. It was a unicorn with six legs. My passion for people and animals has transformed into one of a kind portraits since then. After years of studying privately, I am now celebrating those who have influenced our lives with my personalized rendition. More importantly, I am grateful to be able to do this. Thanks for swinging by!

– Elyse

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February Artist in Residence Stephanie Ng

Stephanie was born in Hawaii and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in New York, most recently through Red Bull Curates, Openhouse Gallery, and Indiewalls. Specializing in portraits, she uses contours in a unique manner to capture the essence of each subject, whether its sensuality, stature, or even its simplicity. Her meandering lines seem to drift arbitrarily, yet they ultimately form a shape true to the subject. In her latest body of work, she adds a dimension of technical ambiguity in response to the new methods ushered in by the age of digital media. Blurring the distinctions between mediums, she invites the viewer to ponder the manner in which each piece was created and how the process of creation in itself influences both the intrinsic and aesthetic values of the work.”

www.stephaniemng.com

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And our favorite album of the year is…….

First and foremost, a happy new year to everyone.  Hope everyone stays safe this holiday season and we are super excited about all the things to come in Birchland in 2013.

With all the amazing albums that came out this year, our choice is going to have to be Kaki King’s Glow.  The purely instrumental album was both uplifting and inspiring and we have to agree with Kaki when she says it’s some of her best work.

 

Congrats Kaki!  All the best in 2013.

 

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October Music Picks

Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor

Released in 2001, this is Alicia Keys’s first album. It has aged quite well and I definitely appreciate it much more than when it was released. Alicia’s sound has changed a lot throughout her career but this record is a really great example of a what a very talented young woman might go through in day to day life outside of playing really beautiful piano. Her voice is calm, honest, and insightful, and her lyrics are clear. How Come You Don’t Call Me was a huge hit, and listening to it still makes me start grooving. The cool part about this album is how it has a variety of paces and attitudes so if you listen to it you can get up and dance (Girlfriend) and then when you’re tired you can sit down and chill (Troubles). Then when you gather up some more energy you can belt it all out again (A Woman’s Worth). Her record label repacked the album recently as a “10th Anniversary Edition” and added some remixes and unreleased tracks. Of those, Juiciest is hot. She brags, “I’m the juiciest girl around, and I got 999 men knockin’ down my door”, while Biggie’s beats play in the background.

Junior Kimbrough – God Knows I Tried

This blues album is calm and crazy at once. I like to listen to this while getting dressed and ready for the evening. I feel empowered and apathetic, which I guess is equally as much of a contradiction as how I characterize the album and probably what makes it a compelling listen. Junior Kimbrough’s guitar is smooth in the way that his voice is smooth. In other words it’s raspy—and completely cool. There’s a background beat in much of his songs that really drones on and on, and makes the album one of those special records that you can put on repeat and not notice it has played 4 times repeatedly. If he sounds vaguely familiar, maybe you saw the recent presentation for Saint Laurent SS2013 or you have listened to anything by The Black Keys.

Franz Schubert – Impromptus, D. 899 and D. 935

Sometimes I like to read or do things that are better with instrumental music. I also like to act like my apartment is just the left wing of a larger mansion and down the central corridor is my personal pianist, who specializes in Schubert. I admire anyone that can play Schubert because in my experience his works are some of the toughest. The Impromptus evoke a range of emotions; there are powerful chords, freaky staccatos, and just the most beautiful, undulating harmonies. My favorite is Opus 90, No. 3. It’s sumptuous, soothing, velvety and somehow a piece I would play at both a wedding and a funeral. Or in my case while eating breakfast, or reading. If you want more, go search for his Trios.

 

What I’m Looking forward to:

Amy Winehouse – Amy Winehouse at the BBC
It’s 4 discs and it’s a collection of her live recordings. I think one of the discs is a DVD. The thing about Amy is she’s statistically my favorite musician so…

Lana Del Rey – Paradise
I get what her management is doing and it’s a smart decision. She’s rereleasing her first album Born To Die with like 8ish more tracks and labeling those songs as a new album. Exactly the same as Lady Gaga did with The Fame Monster. So far, two of the songs from it have been playing repeatedly chez moi. Blue Velvet is obviously a cover but it has the window-vibrating bass and underwater murkiness that characterizes most of her music. Ride has a lot less Hip-Hop and is the kind of epic song you would somehow find in both the soundtracks for “Crossroads” (starring Britney Spears) and “No Country for Old Men.” And maybe if you add those two films together you get “Kill Bill”?

October Artist Residency: Marni Wandner

Marni first remembers picking up a camera around age 13 – the result was a lot of black and white photos of cats and people’s feet.  She slowly continued to develop her love for the captured image and has learned a lot along the way. She thinks of photography as her way of collecting visual memories they way she sees them and she hopes to convey a certain sentiment through each finished piece.
Please join us October 9th, 7 – 9 pm for Marni’s art opening party.

Music Monday

We know it’s been a while since our last Music Monday.  Sorry about that!  Well, it’s back and with a bit of a vengeance!  Today we’re going to dedicate our post to one of our favorite artists.  Kaki King has been making music for quite a while and has six albums under her belt.  Word on the street is that this is the best one to date.  We will let you be the judge of that.  You can get a sneak preview of the album Glow to comes out tomorrow by clicking here.  You can also get a copy of Glow which will be released on October 9th.

Kaki will be on tour for the month of October and November and she’ll be in NY on the 11th and 13th of November.  The Birch Coffee Crew will be in full attendance at the Nov. 13th show!!  Hope to see you there.

Oh, and a hearty congratulations to Kaki on her recent nuptials to Jessica Templin!  You Go Girls.

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