Born to national heroes in a country that no longer exists (Yugoslavia), Marina Abramović has carved the path for performance artists with forty years of groundbreaking work. “The Artist is Present,” a 2010 survey of her career at the Museum of Modern Art, included Abramović’s most intense duration performance, in which she silently sat during museum hours in the atrium across a table from visitors, one at a time, for three months. The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, a biographical theatre piece created with Robert Wilson which includes original music by Antony and co-stars Willem Dafoe, premieres July 9 at the Manchester International Festival and will travel around the world over the next few years.
How many New Yorkers recognize this track? Does ‘The Quiet Storm’ ring any bells?
The Quiet Storm was four hours of melodically soulful music that provided an intimate, laid-back mood tailor-made for late-night listening, and that was the key to its tremendous appeal among adult audiences. The format was an immediate success, becoming so popular that within a few years, virtually every station in the U.S. with an urban listenership adopted a similar format for its graveyard slot.
Today, quiet storm is also a broad term given to an array of mellow, slow-groove rhythm and blues/soul music and smooth jazz offerings of the type featured on Melvin Lindsey’s WHUR program, and on myriad other stations that followed his lead.
Amazing how this one song has had so much influence over the years and continues to leave its mark on contemporary music. To hear how this song has either influenced or has been sampled, click the links below:
Here are the rules: Each tagged person must post ten things about themselves. You have to choose and tag ten people. Go to their blogs and tell them you tagged them. No tag backs.
Okay, here are 10 quirky facts about me:
1. I’m Colombian-American.
2. My grandfather was a politician of a small town in Colombia for quite a number of years. I don’t think that constitutes me as being a ‘debutante’ (by any means) but it sure does raise a few eyebrows whenever I visit family - makes me feel all warm inside.
3. I’m bilingual in Spanish and English. I used to speak Italian but it’s been years and without much practice, ya tend to forget thangs.
4. I have a huge fascination with Southern twangs…I blame Blanche Devereaux & Whitley Gilbert. Damn you ladies and that Southern charm! ;?
5. I’m a rookie vegetarian…six months and still going strong.
6. I’m a huge soccer fan, but oddly only during the world cup. Any other time and I’d be bored to tears.
7. I’m a huge indie film and doc nerd. Does that make me a celluloid snob? Maybe, but I really don’t give a rat’s ass what anyone thinks.
8. I like to think of myself as artistically inclined so anything creative will automatically excite me.
9. Music is my life. Honestly, I can’t think of one moment in my life where music hasn’t been present. It’s as important to me as having limbs. And I don’t put limitations on myself. I’m neither loyal nor disloyal to any particular genre -my musical palette is colorfully endless.
10. I have an odd fascination with the color red. It’s always been that way ever since I was a kid. I know the color red evokes feelings of passion and/or aggression…so I guess that makes me aggressively passionate or passionately aggressive. Either way, it sure as hell makes for interesting conversation, don’t it?
Okay y’all, that’s me in a nutshell. Hope you like it! :P