"Greetings to the Motherland"
On June 16, 2013 at the Luminato Festival Ai Weiwei will skype in from Beijing and join Laurie for a dual rant about China and the United States. Joining them onstage for this historic exchange will be renowned musicians Greg Saunier, Eyvind Kang and Doug Wieselman. Says Laurie: "Writing songs with Ai Weiwei has been a blast. Since both of us share a fascination with our giant countries and the way they use power, images, public relations, lies, money, war and words we decided to do a kind of duet/rant about China and the United States. It's been really exciting to write in this context of the double superpowers. Ai Weiwei will also be describing his time in detention- a really hair raising personal story."
On June 18 at 7PM: STORIES
Laurie will be joined by the Annie Gosfield Trio - Annie Gosfield (sampler), Roger Kleier (guitar), Ches Smith (drums), Gerry Leonard (guitar), Doug Wieselman (horns), Eyvind Kang (viola) & special guests Steve Buscemi and Young Jean Lee.
On June 19 at 7 pm: SONGS
Laurie will be joined by Richard Devine (electronics), Doug Wieselman (horns), Eyvind Kang (viola), Jacob Garchik (horns) and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello). In the case of rain the concert will be held at the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center - 220 Vessey St, NYC.
Both of these special performances are free and open to the public as part of the 2013 edition of the annual River To River Festival, downtown's completely free summer arts festival, taking place in more than 25 indoor and outdoor locations from the Hudson River to the East River, from Governors Island to Chambers Street.
The first exhibition of Laurie's paintings in New York, Laurie Anderson: Boat is due to open Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 126 Leroy St in New York. On display will be a number of Laurie's works that bring the presence of the theater to the canvas. The show will also include a three-dimensional holographic reality entitled From the Air, as well as a series of drawings entitled Lolabelle in the Bardo depicting the 49 days between lives in The Tibetan Book of the Dead. For more info on the show, which will be running until June 23, click here.
The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at RPI announced May 9 that Laurie had been named its first distinguished artist in residence at RPI, with a three year term. Rensselaer's press release for the occasion stated that "The residency provides Anderson with wide access to space, technology, and support for creative experimentation, but as important, brings the artist into ongoing dialogue with students and faculty at Rensselaer." Laurie is delighted to be the first EMPAC artist-in-residence, and looks forward to working with EMPAC's crack technical and production teams. For the official announcement, click here.
Laurie will be featured as a 2011 Honoree at the 27th Annual Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Guild Hall awards "annually celebrate the creativity of an outstanding group of artists and visionaries on the East End whose work has consistently delighted and whose commitment to the arts has inspired us," according to the Academy of Arts' president. Lou Reed will be presenting the award. For more info, click here.
Laurie is set to deliver the 2012 Tim Hamill lecture at Boston University's School of Visual Arts on February 27th, 2012. The lecture will be free to the public. For more info, click here.
Laurie will be delivering the 2012 commencement address at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. For more information on the commencement, click here.
In a benefit for Green Gulch Farm's Hope Cottage, Laurie will be having a discussion with Tenshin Reb Anderson, Senior Dharma Teacher at San Francisco Zen Center and Dharma heir of Shinryu Suzuki-roshi. Tickets went on sale on 1/23/2012 - for more info, check out San Francisco Zen Center's blog entry on the topic.
Laurie will be playing at Tibet House's annual benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, February 13th. Other performers will include Philip Glass, James Blake, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Rahzel, and Lou Reed. Stay tuned for updates, and for more info, check out Carnegie Hall's website on the event.
Laurie's conversation with Amanda Stern of Believer magazine is featured in the January 2012 issue. Amanda, author of the novel The Long Haul, and Laurie discuss Buddhism, why artists create, and the anthropological possibilities of airports, among other topics. Click here to read the interview.
On November 1st, Laurie will be honored at Legends 2011, a Pratt Institute scholarship benefit honoring icons of art and design. The Legends Awards were conceived in 1999 by the Board of Trustees of the Pratt Institute to celebrate distinguished individuals and corporations in the world of art and design, whose accomplishments and values resonate with those of Pratt Institute.
Laurie will be introduced by author Salman Rushdie, and additional honorees will include Juan Montoya and William Wegman. The event will be preceded by a cocktail reception at 6:00 PM, and a dinner at 7. For ticket information, click here.
Laurie's new art exhibition, Forty Nine Days in the Bardo opens September 20th at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. A multimedia body of work, Forty Nine Days uses The Tibetan Book of the Dead as a structure to explore the themes of love, death, dreaming, and illusion. Installations include texts, drawing, sculpture, projection, and sound. The show will be running from September 20th until November 19th, and Laurie will be giving a performance and talk on October 13th--for more info click here.
Laurie's East Coast tour starts on September 27th, featuring dates in Boston, Montreal, Kansas City, Burlington, and Providence. See the "appearances" section for more information.
Final visitor numbers for Laurie's exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, I in U/Eu em Tu, were 535,929--a stunning average of 6960 a day! Hosted at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil and free to the public, the show ran from March 29th to June 26th and was Laurie's first solo show in Brazil. For more information on the exhibition, see this article.
Laurie will be playing at the Bearsville Theater Saturday, April 30th, in a benefit for the Woodstock Day School. The concert will also feature a performance from the Woodstock Day School Rock Ensemble. VIP Golden Circle tickets are available that include seating in the first 3 rows and a champagne meet and greet with Laurie. For more info or to buy tickets, click here.
Laurie and David Rothenberg will be discussing the role of music in exploration at the Explorer's Club in NYC on Monday the 25th. Admission is free to members and $20 to guests. For more information, click here
Laurie will be curating and emceeing an event at the 92nd Street Y on April 29th exploring the porous borders between poetry and music. Featured poets include John Burnside, Ernesto Cardenal, David-Dephy Gogibedashvili, Hasina Gul, Yusef Komunyakaa, Juan Carlos Mestre, Joachim Sartorius, Piotr Sommer, and Pia Tafdrup. Tickets are available here.
Laurie will be reading James Salter's new short story Raphael at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 631-283-2118, ext. 22 or 30. FOr more information, see the Parrish's website.
Laurie and Lou Reed will be playing at the Japan Society's 12-hour concert to benefit organizations directly helping those affected by the earthquake in Japan. Others playing will include Philip Glass, Hal Willner, John Zorn, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Bill Laswell with gigi band.
For three days in February, Laurie will be a resident performer and researcher at Georgia Tech, as part of the Accessible Aquarium series. This project's goal is to help the Aquarium to better serve the visually impaired by understanding how musicians such as Laurie translate visual stimuli into music. For more information, see the Accessible Aquarium Project's website.
We're proud to announce that Laurie will be the recipient of the 2011 SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award. SEAMUS, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, gives this award each year to acknowledge artists whose body of work has made significant contributions to the genre of electro-acoustic music. The award will be presented at the 26th annual SEAMUS National Conference, which will take place January 20-22 at the Frost School of Music-University of Miami in Miami, Florida. For more information, see the SEAMUS 2011 website.
"Flow," the haunting final track on Laurie's album Homeland, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance! Homeland, described by Pitchfork as "an exquisite state-of-the-union dispatch as only Anderson, America's darkly comic conscience, can provide," has already achieved critical acclaim, making NPR's list of The Five Best Genre-Defying Albums of 2010. The 53rd annual Grammy Awards will be presented on Feburary 13, 2011 in Los Angeles.