THE SCHEHERAZADE PROJECT
The Scheherazade Project (TSP) brings together indie rock duo Hollands (www.HOLLANDSSS.com), string quartet PUBLIQuartet (www.PUBLIQuartet.com), and visual artist Amy Khoshbin (www.TinyScissors.com) — for a daring genre-bending performance of original music and art infusing rock ‘n’ roll, classical music, original folk songs, electronics, improvisations, live storytelling, and collage-style multichannel video projections. TSP was awarded a 2015 Sphinx M Power Artist Grant, a commission that enabled the creation, production and performance of a new multimedia collaborative work of music and art. TSP received its premiere performance at National Sawdust as part New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and The New Philharmonic Biennial Celebration. Since then it has been featured in art installations at Abrons Art Center in New York and "24:7" a public art piece in Times Square NYC.
The project takes its inspiration from feminist icon Scheherazade, who crafts well-known folklore to suit her needs, saving her own life as well as the lives of thousands of women from a virgin-killing king in the the classical Persian allegory One Thousand and One Nights. Re-imagined through a contemporary western "lens", TSP conceives a disillusioned dictator wooed by media stories, and slowly seduced into the realm of the screen where "reality" and "fiction" become indiscernible. The project pays homage to Rimsky Korsakov’s magical composition Scheherazade both in the song-writing and musical interludes. HOLLANDS captures Scheherazade's stories through a collection of original songs comprised of vocals, electric / acoustic guitar, and electric violin with amplified acoustic string quartet.
In the style of their MIND | THE | GAP compositions, PUBLIQuartet creates a soundscape that re-imagines musical ideas, integrating Rimsky Korsakov’s original material into the songs and improvisations. Amy Khoshbin creates fantastical imagery through on stage-projections with multiple channels/screens that conjure a visual landscape. Incorporating elements from Persian miniature paintings, and original artwork, the projections utilize stop motion animation, as well as video footage featuring Detroit dancer Justin Alensa, and cameos from the musicians on stage. The presentation reflects elements of the artist’s cultural identities represented in a modern visual and sonic context, yet set within the framework of original folk tales. TSP is supported by MAC Cosmetics and DPA Microphones.
Amy Khoshbin is a Brooklyn-based artist. She creates hybrid works using performance, video, and interactive media to explore the production and transmission of narratives both personal and cultural. Using a collage-style approach to create works across mediums, she uses imagery from different sources to assemble mythologies that evade a unified understanding. She has shown her solo and collaborative work at venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Blanton Art Museum, and festivals such as South by Southwest and MakerFaire. Amy has collaborated with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Robert Wilson, Karen Finley, Tina Barney, and poets Anne Carson & Bob Currie among others. Past solo performances include Mantrap, The Glad Café, Glasgow, Scotland (2014); The Myth of Layla, Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff, Canada (2013); and PRACTICE, The Stone, NY (2011). She was also the co-creator of the Power Bike Parade, DUMBO Arts Festival, NY (2009). She is currently a 2014-2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Resident, and has a forthcoming residency at The Watermill Center, Water Mill, NY (2015). She has completed residencies at Team Effort!, Glasgow, Scotland (2014); Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada (2013); and the Research Artist Residency, New York University, NY (2010). She holds bachelor’s degrees in Film and Media Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. Read more
“It’s pretty much worth the cost of admission just to discover what kind of artist, like Khoshbin or Fray, attracts the attention of downtown’s most illustrious artistic and domestic couple, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed.” — Time Out Magazine
“Khoshbin’s Coin‑Slot Detector one‑ups the “Backtackular,” which is meant to bedazzle your exposed bum crack, and Saturday Night Live’s classic “Coin Slot Cream” sketch, don’t you think?” — Glamour Magazine
Praised for their multi-faceted sound, HOLLANDS has been described as "provocative poetry sung over instrumentals laid out with such compositional intent" by Relix Magazine and "a is cherry mix of folk punk and free noise ... breezy melodies and whimsical cuteness" by Christopher Weingarten of the Village Voice. HOLLANDS has self-produced and co-engineered two EPs both receiving enthusiastic media response and breaking into the top 200 on CMJ College Radio chards. Their recent LP debut "Restless Youth" was profiled by BBC Music as "pulsing indie pop that really puts a spring in your step ... mixing fun, folk, rock and elements of classical."
HOLLANDS was recognized internationally as one of six top bands by the Banff Centre in Canada and completed a two-week artist residency at the Banff Centre working with Canada's DJ Champion. Past highlights include the NXNE Music Festival in Toronto, Sets on the Edge at the Banff Centre and shows in support of Dean and Gene Ween, Christina Courtin, and Dean and Britta. HOLLANDS has been featured in performances on Breakthru Radio Live @ Pianos NYC, Jezz Harkin's "Get in the Van." Pratt University's "The Rodent Hour," WICB Ithaca College Radio, and "Open Tunings" on WXXI in Rochester. Read more
Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New Yorker, PUBLIQuartet presents creative, interactive programming and through a deep commitment to audience inclusion, bringing a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Since their inception in 2010, PUBLIQuartet has been dedicated to dedicated to presenting innovative programs spanning music from the classical repertoire to contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations that expand the role and techniques for the traditional string quartet. It was recently announced that PUBLIQuartet will hold the prestigious title of Quartet in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for the 2016-2017 season.
PQ was selected as the Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble as well as the winner of the 2013 Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. They were awarded Chamber Music America's 2015 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming for their outstanding programming of contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music. PUBLIQuartet’s original program, MIND|THE|GAP, touches on deeper connections between traditional, modern and contemporary music by juxtaposing compositions from diverse genres through improvisation and group composition. PQ’s MIND|THE|GAP compositions have been toted as “ingenious hybrids” by Strad Magazine and “innovative music making without any condescension or compromise” by new music blog Feast of Music. In 2014, PUBLIQuartet’s commitment to supporting emerging composers inspired the development of their innovative program, PUBLIQ Access. PQA is a genre-independent program designed to promote under-represented music for the string quartet and to support composers at the most formative point in their careers. PQ has performed in a diverse range of venues from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to SubCulture, the Detroit Institute of Arts and Rockwood Music Hall. They have been presented by such organizations as The American Composers Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Queens College, Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space, and The Under the Radar Festival presented by the Public Theater. PQ recently released their debut album produced and engineered by Q2 Radio’s Alex Overington and Nadia Sirota. In addition to their Met Residency, highlights for the 2016-2017 season include performances at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Strathmore and Lincoln Center on their "Great Performers" Series.