Brooklyn Academy of Music—Brooklyn’s one stop cultural shop

For all those who were beginning to fear too many of New
York’s cultural institutions had lost their edge, succumbed to the temptation
of higher tickets sales and mass entertainment, BAM’s New Wave Festival should
put their minds at ease as it celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this

Despite its name, the Brooklyn Academy of Music exhibits the
work of visual artists, filmmakers, and poets as well as performance artists
and musicians. All of which is equally represented at the Academy’s acclaimed
New Wave Festival, which showcases the work of both emerging and established
artists. As a symbol of the cultural mecca BAM has become, this year’s Festival
includes the work of New York visual artist and sculptor, Leo Villareal. The
work commissioned by the Academy adorns the large windows of the Peter Jay
Sharp Building, which serves as BAM’s main entrance.


This year’s New Wave Festival runs from September—December, and will include live music and dance performances from groups like Judah Tribe and Amjad. Film screenings of films such as Tout est pardonne (All is Forgiven), and artist talks with the likes of choreographer Edouard Lock and Lynn Garafola, dance critic, historian and professor at Barnard College.

Below, is a sample of what one might expect at this year’s New Wave. Singer, songwriter, and musician Bora Yoon performs one of here multi-instrumental pieces which she composes using “soundscapes from everyday found objects and digital devices.”

Bora Yoon's 2007 BAM performance

 Today’s guest speaker, Becky Dingsor joins us from BAM and
Celebrate Brooklyn, where she has previously worked in the development sector,
surely contributing to the continued success of such programs and special
projects like the New Wave Festival.  

–Michala Kepple


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