Tuesday, August 14, 2012

eyes cast down

April 1, 2012 - Chicago, Illinois - The Colorboration Project - 208 S. Wabash Ave.

We were well into our residency at this point. In fact we had just returned from a quick trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan for a gig with GR locals Bennett. So, what I mean to say is that we had a few weeks of all kinds of different musical inspiration at this point, so how better to switch things up, or down a few notches (however you want to look at it) other than to spend a Sunday afternoon with "eyes cast down" ?

Greg stopped into our space a couple weeks earlier to introduce himself as a friend and colleague of a good friend of ours Eve Brownstone. Greg left us with a CD sampler of his ambient music and the promise to come and play with on April 1. 

As previously mentioned, by this point we had worked with lots of different genres and styles so we were looking forward to the possibilities that we might encounter with eyes cast down.  Greg and his wife showed up with their little car filled to over-flowing with musical and electronic gear. Greg proceeded to apologize for only being able to bring his small rig today... Tali and I laughed as this one man band proceeded to take over the stage that had previously contained up to eight musicians at once.

I was wonderful to have a relaxed atmosphere in the space, the door was open the fresh air filled with all the smells of the city wafted in as Greg took all the time he needed to set up his gear and get all 
tuned up. 

eyes cast down

We of course knew that this would be pretty much and improvisational set, and just like the good old days, we really didn't know what to expect and it was exciting.

One of the beautiful things about ambient music is the subtle changes, and honestly between the sampled loops and layered textures those subtle changes and sometimes take many minutes to become apparent.

Greg is in heaven when he is making his music, it is obviously a passion that carries him away in the flow, and when he is playing that is the only place he is. When a musician is that into what he is doing it easy for us to be carried away as well. This session was just one of those times when time stood still, it just didn't matter anymore.

We were likewise carried away so that we just floated along and let the sounds and colors direct what would happen next.

eyes cast down paintings by Tali and Royce

No one other than Greg knows how long the session really lasted because he recorded it all, but it really didn't matter as when he finally faded things to zero, there was a completeness and extraordinary quiet and calm in the space. We all just pretty much sat down together and soaked as much of it in as we could without really saying any words at all.

Check out the eyes cast down web site.


Monday, July 9, 2012

The Colorboration Folk Fest (continued)

March 18th was the day, Chicago was the town and 208 S. Wabash Avenue was the address of the first ever Colorboration Folk Fest. In the prior blog post we started to tell, and here we hopefully will finish the deed. To recap, The day started off around noon with guitarist, Neil Dixon Smith, followed by Singer/Songwriter Erin Isaac and then Singer/Songwriter Linda M. Smith and her combo.


Vessy Mink


VESSY MINK
Next up was the ever delightfully creative and well travelled Vessy Mink playing her folk pop rocky tunes. Staying true to her latest motherly alliteration, Vessy performed the better part of her set with her lastest creation, just barely a few months old, strapped to her breast right above her guitar. Vessy pulled her Black Car out of the garage in the middle of her set to switch the pace up a lot.


And for her last song she mixed it up a little bit more by playing  a Bulgarian dance song and singing it in tongues. Go figure. Everyone smiled and, no surprise, but this resonated immediately with Tali's Bulgarian roots.

Bulgarian Dance by Tali

Music of Vessy Mink by Royce


ROTH MOBOT
The circuit bending fools that go by the name of Roth Mobot took the stage next. Tommy Stephenson and Patrick McCarthy make up this duo that quite simply amazed everyone in the place, present company included. As they set up they unloaded untold numbers of altered electronic toys that they have collected over the years and have clipped, snipped, drilled and soldered them into fantastic noisemakers that they can control to make music out of what appears to be chaos. Everyone was enchanted as the two electronic wizards allowed everyone to pick up and see what sort of sounds they might generate.

Roth Mobot


Roth Mobot is improvisation on another level of completely unusual proportions. I say that because they are not playing with any sort of conventional instruments that contain within them any sort of natural progressive set of scales. Unlike a piano that literally anyone can play a scale by walking their fingers up or down the keyboard, some of these altered toys may only make one unusual sound such as particular kind of squawk or static.

The magic occurs when the sounds begin and yeah it does sound a little like an auditory mess. But once they start sampling the sounds and you begin to hear rhythms being created you can't help but be a bit blown away that before long you are hearing music, that almost could be considered traditional. At least when you consider where it came from. 


Music of Roth Mobot by Royce
So, next New Year's Day when you are being driven completely out of your mind because you gave your kid the latest, and coolest toy that has been talking and making siren noises for the last week, and you are ready to throw it out the window. Don't!  Get it over to Roth Mobot, they will add it to their menagerie and make it sing in a way that you never thought possible.

Painting their music, was an experience every bit as unusual as Roth Mobot.

MIKE FELTON
Mike Felton, at this point we can refer to him as a long time collaborator and contributor to the Colorboration project. Mike took the stage with his seasoned presence and filled the room with tales from the city whose L tracks were running right over head adding a percussive beat to Mr. Felton's tunes.


Mike Felton - photo by Rob Gaczol


We met Mike in March 2011 when he showed up to play with in Logan Square at our first Colorboration Project - Chicago. Right away we liked the special place that his music took our paintings. There is a real life urban grittiness to his songs that rough you up while tugging at your your heartstrings.



Ghost in the House by Tali


By this time we have so many favorite tunes from Mike, Ghost in the House, Where'd You Get That Dress, The Buildings They Tore Down, and those were just a few of what he played that night. Mike came back two more times over the course of our stay in Chicago this time. It has gotten to be that it just isn't a visit to Chicago with a little bit of Mike Felton.

SHELLEY MILLER
This California transplant, Shelley Miller has found her place in Chicago. She fits in nicely with her raw approach to presenting a songwriting style that claws at the underbelly of relationships and pokes our humanity right where we live. The  great set of music that Shelley played in our little venue was a  real treat in that it was an acoustic set version of what she would play at her April 29th CD release party for her latest offering february. 


Shelley Miller - photo by Rob Gaczol


It has been said that Shelley is a singer's singer and a songwriter's songwriter and a guitarist's guitar player. We will add our vote to those accolades as well. Plus as painters we have to say that she is a painter's musician with her songs like Walk Away, and Bigger than Darkness that combine masterful guitar picking and a searingly soulful voice that create a tapestry of textures that are a joy to paint.


Music of Shelly Miller by Tali


KAVA
Marshall Greenhouse, percussionist, Wilson, guitar and Ryan Behling, bass and vocals make up KAVA that from the first electrically charged note make you wonder how they might have ended up on the bill of a folk festival. (But then we wondered about Roth Mobot too.) 


KAVA
We have always taken a come one, come all stance on what we do and KAVA was a welcome addition to what was getting to be the end of a long long day. So the energy this, dare I say, power trio injected into our studio was more than palpable even without a drum kit. 


KAVA by Tali


We will both admit that working non-stop all day like we were doing was a bit on the ridiculous side, but we seem to do that a lot. But exhausted as we might have been Marshall, Wilson and Ryan hit the ground running with some hard driving tunes that were executed with surgical precision. They also lightened up and gave us a kinder and gentler KAVA that showed a different side of the band and likewise gave even more complexity to our paintings.


Music of KAVA by Royce

near hemisphere
What better way to end up a folk festival than with the folk stylings of the West African influenced sounds of near hemisphere. Rick Neuhaus and his cast of characters round out this band of six to eight members. This night there only six and proved to be just enough. It really goes to show that more is not always necessarily better.

near hemisphere
By the end of the set and the evening everyone in the house had some sort of instrument and was being included in the impromptu band and improvisational session that is so typical of so many of shows that have anything to do with Rick Neuhaus. As a leader he knows where he wants to go and remains flexible enough to go with the variations that inevitably show in in most live performances.


Music of near hemisphere by Tali

Rick was not only instrumental in getting the Folk Fest musicians lined up through the Old Town School of Folk Music, but he also was a helping hand of untold proportions when it came to setting up our studio here on Wabash Ave. I might add that the painted stage is all his handy work, and I don't think it went unnoticed by anyone for the six weeks we were in that space.


So, Thanks to all the musicians that played and thanks to the Old Town School of Folk Music, thanks to FUZE for keeping us all hydrated and thanks to The Chicago Loop Alliance and The Pop-Up Art Loop and Tristan Hummel for all your support.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Colorboration Folk Fest

 "On a cold and gray Chicago mornin' anuther little baby child is born in the ghetto." - Elvis Presley
When Tali and I came out of the subway on State Street about to begin the first ever Colorboration Folk Fest all I could imagine were the lyrics to that infamous song by The King.

But, it wasn't that cold and we weren't in ghetto. We were just around the corner from there at 208 S. Wabash Avenue. Little did we know when we started out this day what it would end up like. There was no way of knowing.

I should tell a little about how this folk fest came to be. You see, about a month earlier we had a cancellation in our schedule by a musician and so we had a hole on our second day there that just happened to be a Friday night. So rather than do nothing we had a call put out for musicians, and as it was that call went out to and through the Old Town School of Folk Music and over the course of one weekend we had enough replies to have booked several sessions. But in typical Tali and Royce fashion; why do a simple one band on one night when you can do a whole day affair with lots of acts. Thus was born the Colorboration Folk Fest in cooperation with the Old Town School of Folk Music.

NEIL DIXON SMITH
We kicked things off around noon in the hopes that we would bring in a bit of the lunch crowd, which we soon learned is more interested in going to get lunch and get back to work than anything else. But today any people strolling by were being kept away by the monsoon rains that started about the time our lead off man, Neil Dixon Smith took the stage. There is always something special, or not about being the first on the bill.

Neil Dixon Smith with a Tali painting.


Neil most typically plays a lot of weddings and private parties. He expertly strums, plucks, picks and pounds his classical guitar melodies that are heavily seasoned with flavors of Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Spain.

Painting with Neil's music also tinted our paintings with influences that were completely unique to many of the musics we have worked with in the past.

Erin Issac
ERIN ISAAC
Erin has just recently moved back to Chicagoland in fact the day she played was like day two for her here from her former digs in Colorado. This was the first time the Erin had played out in years and I have to say that you would not have guessed it. Colorado's loss is Illinois' gain. She played some original tunes that she has been working without missing a beat even though her glasses where sliding down her nose and ended up having to include that bit of reality to her performance.


Erin's Music by Royce
LINDA M. SMITH LTD.
After these first two solo acts things got changed up a bit as Linda M. Smith, Ltd. moved onto the stage with her entourage, which included a video crew, as well as Robert Arendt on bass and Nikos Brisco on guitar.


Linda sang some of her older music but used our little stage to try out some of the new material that will be on her next album which is about the Celtic legend of the Selkies, inspired by The Seal Children by author/illustrator Jackie Morris.

Music of Linda M. Smith by Royce

Linda M. Smith by Royce
This new album's music did indeed transport us off to some other world and some other time. That is a great thing to have happen when you paint music. It never ceases to amaze, but just as soon as you think you have heard everything, someone else comes along and changes that for you. Thanks Linda.
Linda's Surrender to the Sea by Tali

Next post (tomorrow) will include all the rest of the acts- Vessy Mink, Roth Mobot, Mike Felton, Shelley Miller, Kava, and near hemisphere.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Kickstarter Campaign is Launched Today



Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, we hear what you are saying, "You don't even hardly get started reporting on your last project and you are already off to your next one!"


Well, that may be in fact true, but we have good reason. Our biological clocks are ticking, and the reality is, so is the every other clock in the world and if we don't start immediately, like as soon as we can, we end up behind the 8-ball. And that ain't no fun.


So, sure we will get back to telling you all about the Chicago Loop project, which by the way was really incredible.


So check out our Kickstarter page there are some really great rewards we have designed.


Thanks for your support, really, any amount will really help the project out.


...royce and tali...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

March 17th


Tali's Silver Bullet from O'Hare.
As the tale goes, Tali was whisked off the plane onto the L train and taken directly to the venue in Chicago's Loop where she would literally hit the ground running since March 17, 2012 is the day she landed and it is the day that we were officially kicking off The COLORboration Project - Loop.


How it all started.
It's all true, the space at 208 S. Wabash had been quickly transformed from a cramped gallery to something a lot more expansive. Thanks to the help of good friend and shlepping buddy Rick Neuhaus walls were moved and stages rearranged and painted just in time for Tali's arrival.  We she walked in the door the place actually sort of looked like a gallery and the buzz was on since we only had a couple hours to get things together for the first evening of many live painting with live music sessions.


Pretty much a proper gallery.
Do I need to remind you that March 17th is St. Patrick's Day, and if you know any thing about Chicago other than Al Capone, you will know that St. Patty's day is pretty much a no holes barred sort of a day that actually really gets started somewhere around the 10th. So the energy was high in the city as well as the venue.


St. Patty's Day revelers.
We started off mellow with the music of mitre, aka Scott Richardson. Interestingly enough we worked with Scott last year on the last day of our Colorboration Project in Logan Square. His atmospheric guitarscapes were a good way to ease on into the first night of this project.


Tali with her first painting of the project and the maker of the music, Scott Richardson
As Scott's set was winding up slowly the rhythms of Rick Neuhaus's near hemisphere were layered into the guitar of miter. First with hand claps and until most of near hemisphere which by now was all in the audience were beating on something.

near hemisphere
A minimal stage change up also changed the rhythms about 180º too. near hemisphere play a very special version of West African influenced beats. But more than that Mr. Neuhaus has taken these West African sensibilities and made them his own with lyrics that we can all pretty much latch on to but maybe not totally understand. Let's say this band has fun and by the end of the set everyone in the room is having fun too.


near hemisphere
Now, before all we do is talk about the music, which does by the way mean a lot to us, we want to talk about the paintings that we did. Like was mentioned earlier the change up between the first set and the second set was so definiate that it was obvious in Tali's art. She painted two separate paintings that night, while Royce painted on the same panel all evening.

Left- Tali's near hemisphere  Right- Royce's first night.

It is always amazing that when we get back in the studio that thing just start to fall into place. And as much as we wonder if we will remember how to do this painting thing, it is wonderfully reassuring that it is something that comes back to us the moment we start.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Colorboration Project - Loop 2012

Before any more time passes and everybody including us thinks it was just some wonderful dream, we thought it would be good to start posting some stories about The Colorboration Project - Loop that happened between March 15 and April 25, 2012. 


208 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago
There are many many stories that we will get around to telling here, but before we do we thought it would be appropriate to give a big Colorboration Project THANK YOU to all those that helped out in so many ways with sponsorships and generosity above and beyond the call of duty.



Thanks too all of you, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York and the Chicago Consulate. Thanks to the Chicago Loop Alliance for the Pop-Up Art Loop program that is really so vital to the art in the Loop. Tristan Hummel, the Pop-Up Art Loop director was great, thanks for believing in us and for you support throughout the time we were their. The first ever Colorboration Project Folk Fest was a success and would not have been possible with the help of the Old Town School of Folk Music. As always Alpha Bruton and the Phantom Gallery Network was there with necessary back up and support. Thanks to Josh Ginsberg and Chicago Art Leasing for help getting the word out. This project was also sponsored by Fuze, Ashley Brown was always Ms. Johnny on the spot when it came to keeping us and our musicians stocked up with the latest FUZE flavors.

Of course all the musicians, were amazing, as the blog posts go on you will hear about them specifically but you were all amazing. 

It also seriously goes without saying that all this craziness would not have been possible without the tireless support and other unspeakable generosities that were provided by Rick Neuhaus and his darling Sophia. We won't even start to list the many ways and means, but they know, and we know what and how and a bit more. 

So, stay tuned for some stories and some photos from all of the fun.



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Artist Reception

The gallery is open, traffic has been decent. The 17th was an amazing kick off night with Scott Richardson aka mitre and Rick Neuhaus with near hemisphere. We have have been painting and already have some new work to see. 


This Thursday,  March 22, at 2pm we have the pleasure of working with a very creative musician, Eliezer Kaplan. We worked with him last March in Logan Square, and we he will be with us twice this year with two different projects that he is heading up. Thursday he is going to surprise us with Lounge Piano and Lemon (RE)Duck(s). We can't wait.




Following that show at 5pm-10pm we will have an Artist Reception in the gallery.


Come down and say "Hi"


Check out our schedule at www.paintinaction.com/loop/schedule because it is going to get busy from here on out.


208 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago
231.883.1681

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Colorboration Project Line Up


The Colorboration Project - Loop
208 S. Wabash Avenue

Exhibit: March 17 - April 24 
Artist Reception: March 22, 5pm to 10pm
In association with the Pop-Up Loop, an initiative of the Chicago Loop Alliance.
This project is made possible by the generous support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Office of the Dutch Consulate-General in Chicago.

The Colorboration Project is a collaborative art studio and exhibition where the international artistic duo, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi will create and display their art which consists of painting the live music. The painters have been conducting similar sessions since 2007 where musicians of all sorts join the visual artists in their studio. The music created serves as the subject for what often ends up as expressionistic paintings. What outwardly occurs could most easily be defined as an artistic jam session where the two disciplines come together to surprise and inspire each other. What might otherwise end up as private studio session is now open for the public to observe and enjoy.

Wherever Farchi and Deans work together around the world they enjoy drawing on the flavors of local musicians and The Colorboration Project - Loop is no different. In March 2011, the artists completed a successful 11 day residency in Logan Square where they met and worked with many fine Chicago musicians. Several of those musicians and composers will join them again in the Loop.

March 17, 2012 - 7:30 pm - $8
Scott Richardson aka mitre - guitar
Scott Richardson has been recording and performing improvised guitar-based ambient music as mitre for more than a decade. He creates aural landscapes often conducive to reading, painting, meditating, and sleeping. He first collaborated with Royce and Tali in 2011 and is honored to work with them again. As the music of mitre is improvised and experimental, it is highly location- and situation-dependent. Results may vary.

Rick Neuhaus and near hemisphere - West African influenced percussion ensemble
near hemisphere is a musically shifty collaboration of less than likely suspects, each with a lively story to tell, each falling forward around a common rhythmic impulse to express.  Factors being what they are, talents of mysterious origins tend to rise to the surface.  No time should be wasted with polite apologies, some things just need to be said...some loudly, some softly...some within rhythm, some without and some over and over again.

March 18, 2012 - 6:30pm 
Wet Paint Event - The Art of the Nude
20 artists will be drawing and painting all day from live models in all different mediums. At 6:30pm the doors will open for a reception to meet the artists, models and see all the art that was created that day. It will be the wettest and freshest art in the city. All of it will be for sale, so come and get some.

Michael Tischauser - guitar
Solo jazz guitar is a style where the performer plays a whole song by himself on the guitar.  Melodies are done with chords and single notes while the frame of the song is held together with rhythmic figures and walking bass-lines.  Jazz music is American made and relates to the idea that different ethnicites can come together to play a sophisticated style of music. 
After graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Jazz Performance he has played professionally throughout the Chicagoland area.

March 22, 2012 - 2pm
Eliezer Kaplan - percussion
Eliezer Kaplan has given it all up to be a full-time musician. He has spent the last few years organizing bands that range from his take on growing up Jewish to rock and roll to free jazz perscussion.

March 22, 2012 - 5pm
The Colorboration Project - Artist Reception
The Colorboration Project is a constant work in progress with many many activities happening, some of them at the same time. This night will be an opportunity to stop by and meet the artists, Royce Deans, painter from Michigan, and Tali Farchi, painter from The Netherlands and Israel. The art work they have completed thus far will be on display.

March 23, 2012 - Noon to Midnight
The Colorboration Folk Fest
A 12-hour mini folk music festival featuring musicians from the Old Town School of Folk Music. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy. Visit www.paintinaction.com/loop/folkfest for details and the line up

March 24, 2012 - 9:30 pm - $8
the gHOST project plus
gHOST project is an in-the-moment improvising rock band. you can never tell what's going to happen- it depends on the mood of the space and the evening. A year ago they were more of a 'rock band'- but lately there has been much more of an 'anything goes' attitude about the project. With the gHOSTie nobody knows until they show up.

March 25, 2012 - 6:30pm -$8
Mike Felton - His original Chicago Folk
"Mike Felton is the real deal."  -Illinois Entertainer
Mike has been playing since the 1960's. That's right. A veteran of rock, country and blues bands. Mike sat in Muddy Waters bedroom, had Buddy Guy show him around the blues clubs where Willie Dixon, Junior Wells and Mighty Joe Young among others were hanging out. The 1970's found Mike playing folk gigs at places like the Fifth Peg and Orphans in Chicago.

March 26, 2012 - 8pm -$8
Renée Baker Ensemble
Renée Baker has been at the extreme forefront of creative/ avant garde music while developing this unique ensemble since 1991. Utilizing some of the finest musicians that cross the classical world as well as jazz greats, she has crafted a group of the best traditionalists and married them to dedicated improvisors. A true genre bending experience. Her skills as a conductor and musician coordinator have been used by some of the finest musical organizations in Chicago. Ms. Baker is also the Artistic Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble as well as Mantra Blue Free Orchestra.

March 27, 2012 - 8pm
O•VAD•YA
Ovadya has been around 10 years. It’s played before diverse audiences, from opening for Eric Burdon & the Animals to Piamenta (The “Chassidische Jimi Hendrix”) & synagogues, to live radio, from festivals to intimate coffee houses. Their music—has been featured on radio nationally. The main writer of Ovadya music has been featured in Guitar Worldmagazine and had label interest (with a current indie label interested in licensing instrumental as of this writing). The Sax player has recorded with major label artists. The drummer and bass player have been featured in many Chicago area bands as well.

March 29, 2012 - 8pm - $8
Renée Baker Ensemble
Renée Baker has been at the extreme forefront of creative/ avant garde music while developing this unique ensemble since 1991. Utilizing some of the finest musicians that cross the classical world as well as jazz greats, she has crafted a group of the best traditionalists and married them to dedicated improvisors. A true genre bending experience. Her skills as a conductor and musician coordinator have been used by some of the finest musical organizations in Chicago. Ms. Baker is also the Artistic Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble as well as Mantra Blue Free Orchestra.

April 3, 2012 - 2:00pm
Mike Felton - His original Chicago Folk
"Mike Felton is the real deal."  -Illinois Entertainer

April 4, 2012 - 8pm - $8
Michael Miles - banjo
Michael J. Miles is a composer and producer of 'musical documentaries for the stage' with a specialty in clawhammer banjo, fingerstyle guitar and vocals. He is one of America’s most inventive clawhammer banjo players. The Chicago Tribune’s critic Howard Reich said that, “Everything Miles plays is worth savoring.”

April 5, 2012 - 8pm - $8
Marbin
Marbin first started in 2007 as and improvised music duo consisting of Israeli-American guitarist, Dani Rabin and Israeli saxophonist, Danny Markovitch. The two musicians met shortly after Markovitch had completed his military service as an infantry sergeant and Rabin had graduated from Berklee College of Music. Since 2008, Marbin has been living in Chicago and performing all over the United States, playing over 250 shows a year with the accompaniment of drummer, Justyn Lawrence and bassist, Ian Stewart.

April 6, 2012 - 8pm - $8 
Rick Neuhaus and near hemisphere - West African influenced percussion ensemble
near hemisphere is a musically shifty collaboration of less than likely suspects, each with a lively story to tell, each falling forward around a common rhythmic impulse to express.  Factors being what they are, talents of mysterious origins tend to rise to the surface.  No time should be wasted with polite apologies, some things just need to be said...some loudly, some softly...some within rhythm, some without and some over and over again.

April 9, 2012 - 8pm - $8
Sid Yiddish and His Candystore HenchmenSid Yiddish And His Candy Store Henchmen catatonically captivates audiences with experimental conductible washes of perspiring unconventional atonal sonance harmonic improvisation. Sid Yiddish And His Candy Store Henchmen don't always understand what they are creating, they know that you will.
For more information and details, visit www.paintinaction.com/loop

Royce Deans Biography:
Royce Deans paints his way through just about everything that gets in his way. His paintings capture the essence of the moment. They are abstracted sights and or sounds portrayed in layers of color and texture, and always a celebration of the mark. A graduate Chicago's American Academy of Art in illustration and design, his work shows up in collections private and corporate, such as McDonald's. Deans was a founder of the record label 54º40' or Fight! and publisher of the now temporarily defunct magazine Copper Press. His current work of paintings of music and his surroundings that are both on display and in progress, are part of a collaborative project with painter, Tali Farchi. Deans currently lives in Traverse City, Michigan. www.roycedeans.com

Tali Farchi Biography:
Tali Farchi vd. Wouden, born and raised in Haifa, Israel, attended art school at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She paints every day and has taken her work and way of working around the world. Trained as an animator, her talents have been seen on Sesame Street in Israel and on gallery walls of the Amsterdam Jewish History Museum. The co-founder of the multi-media, multi-disciplined performance Mo(ve)ment in Holland, she is fearless in her approach to bending every possible rule of thumb. She is a tireless collaborator and thrives on inspiration from every climb which has driven The Colorboration Project with artist, Royce Deans to many new places. Art is her passion and her profession. When Farchi is not in the US or back home in Israel, she sleeps, rides her bicycle and works in Zwolle, The Netherlands. www.talifarchi.com

Media Contact:
Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

For Immediate Release


ARTISTS:
Royce Deans - Michigan
Tali Farchi - Netherlands/Israel

The Colorboration Project - Loop
208 S. Wabash Avenue

Exhibit: March 14 - April 24
Opening Reception: March 22
5pm to 10pm

In association with the Pop-Up Loop 
an initiative of the Chicago Loop Alliance.

This project is made possible by the generous support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Office of the Dutch Consulate-General in Chicago.

The Colorboration Project is a collaborative art studio installation and exhibition where the artists, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi create and display their art of painting the live music. The painters have been conducting similar sessions since 2007 where musicians of all sorts join the visual artists in their studio. The music created serves as the subject for their paintings. What outwardly occurs could most easily be defined as an artistic jam session where the two disciplines come together to surprise and inspire each other. What might otherwise end up as private studio session is now open for the public to observe and enjoy.

In March 2011, the artists had a successful 11 day residence in Logan Square where they met and worked with many fine Chicago musicians. Several of those musicians and composers will join them again in the Loop. Visit www.PaintinAction.com/loop for schedule of musicians with dates and times, $8 at the door.

A partial list of the musicians includes: The Chicago based Israeli duo, Marbin; Renee' Baker with an ensemble from the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project; Eliezer Kaplan and the gHOST project; Mike Felton with his own special version of Chicago Folk; composer, Sid Yiddish; Rick Neuhaus and Near Hemisphere; O•VAD•YA; Scott Richardson aka mitre; Columbia College music major, Erin Fay and Friends; and guitarist, Michael Tischauser.

Royce Deans Biography:
Royce Deans paints his way through just about everything that gets in his way. His paintings capture the essence of the moment. They are abstracted sights and or sounds portrayed in layers of color and texture, and always a celebration of the mark. A graduate Chicago's American Academy of Art in illustration and design, his work shows up in collections private and corporate, such as McDonald's. Deans was a founder of the record label 54º40' or Fight! and publisher of the now temporarily defunct magazine Copper Press. His current work of paintings of music and his surroundings that are both on display and in progress, are part of a collaborative project with painter, Tali Farchi. Deans currently lives in Traverse City, Michigan. www.roycedeans.com

Tali Farchi Biography:
Tali Farchi vd. Wouden, born and raised in Haifa, Israel, attended art school at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She paints every day and has taken her work and way of working around the world. Trained as an animator, her talents have been seen on Sesame Street in Israel and on gallery walls of the Amsterdam Jewish History Museum. The co-founder of the multi-media, multi-disciplined performance Mo(ve)ment in Holland, she is fearless in her approach to bending every possible rule of thumb. She is a tireless collaborator and thrives on inspiration from every climb which has driven The Colorboration Project with artist, Royce Deans to many new places. Art is her passion and her profession. When Farchi is not in the US or back home in Israel, she sleeps, rides her bicycle and works in Zwolle, The Netherlands. www.talifarchi.com

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Art of Letting Go

The Full Circle Seminars presents
The Art of Letting Go
March 31 to April 1, 2012
@ The Well Being Behavioral Health and Fitness Center
1118 Front Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

For years now we have been presenting various workshops such as The Painting with Music Workshop. In the last months we have spent a lot of time organizing our thoughts and efforts and resources so that we could continue to present and refine what has already found such great success.

We have assembled a top notch team of professionals that have brought with them, incredible skills passion and determination.

First of all therapists, Brendan Kelly and Timothy Pieri of The Well Being, LLC in Grand Rapids have been more than awesome. Their openness and drive to expand and expose new ways of thinking are truly inspiring to us. Please check out what they do at their web site.

The next member of the team is musician/percussionist, Rick Neuhaus. We collaborated with him last October in Chicago with a live painting with drum circle session/experiment. 



Rick has the ability to make everyone feel at ease as he facilitates getting everyone through some pretty complex artistically musical negotiations. Among other things Rick is the leader of the Chicago based percussion group, Near Hemisphere.

We want to introduce The Full Circle Seminars and present our first official presentation of The Art of Letting Go. We are going to focus on creative thought, mindfulness, cognitive therapy, letting go and happiness.



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