June 2019

10 meditations in an emergency

 

 

Performed at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, 6/5/2019

10 meditations in an emergency is a piece of music for cello, voice, and recorded sound that doubles as a series of meditation exercises for living through modernity’s ongoing emergencies. Beginning with a series of textual shards from Frank O’Hara’s 1957 Meditations in an Emergency (“in times of crisis we must all decide again and again whom we love,” “everything is turbulent and green,” “the open flesh of the world,” “I could never be a boy,” “once you are helpless you are free”), the piece submerges O’Hara’s text in morphing sonic environments in an attempt to pay attention to what O’Hara’s ghost might have to offer us in the present.

Filmed by Amelia Golden

 

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Klezmer for Beginners at Abrons Arts Center

 

 

 

Excerpts from Morgan Bassichis & Ethan Philbrick “Klezmer for Beginners,” April 13, 2019, Abrons Arts Center, NYC. Featuring Morgan Bassichis (voice), Eva Boodman (trumpet), Christina Crowder (accordion), Debra Kreisberg (clarinet), Ethan Philbrick (cello). Video by Amelia Golden.

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10 meditations in an emergency at the poetry project

Ethan Philbrick (1)10 meditations in an emergency is a piece of music for cello, voice, and recorded sound that doubles as a series of meditation exercises for living through modernity’s ongoing emergencies. Beginning with a series of textual shards from Frank O’Hara’s 1957 Meditations in an Emergency (“in times of crisis we must all decide again and again whom we love,” “everything is turbulent and green,” “the open flesh of the world,” “I could never be a boy,” “once you are helpless you are free”), the piece submerges O’Hara’s text in morphing sonic environments in an attempt to pay attention to what O’Hara’s ghost might have to offer us in the present.

For tickets: https://www.poetryproject.org/events/10-meditations-in-an-emergency-ethan-philbrick/

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