Week 1 in Banff

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Greetings from beautiful Banff, Canada! 

 

"Concert in the 21st Century" at the breathtaking Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is off to an amazing start! We feel pretty pampered living in luxury at the Banff Centre (we don't even need to make our beds!), and sharing this residency with 17 other artists from around the world is giving us lots of future travel ideas! Their stories and projects are astoundingly (though not unexpectedly) diverse, and with the help of the unstoppable production team, we're getting to see all these ideas come alive.

 

Pedja Muzijevic is our fearless residency leader (he fondly refers to himself as "mother" more days than not), hailing from NYC as a curator, pianist, and presenter. Through his dryly hilarious anecdotes, he's revealing such discernment of programming and concertizing within the performing arts industry. He performed a solo concert Friday, "Bach and Co.", featuring C.P.E. Bach, John Cage (screws, nuts, washers, tape purposefully set inside the piano), and Henry Cowell. What. ... It was such a beautifully cohesive program! Featuring Chris DePape's lighting design (more on him below...), we became part of Pedja's perfectly quirky and unquestionably intelligent world for the evening. Absolutely delightful

The prepared piano for John Cage's  Interludes

The prepared piano for John Cage's Interludes

 

A true display of community building and networking, Pedja has invited colleagues for a week at a time to share their quirks and anecdotes with us, and boy are there lots of them (colleagues, quirks, and anecdotes)! Last week we were joined by actor/director Daniel Pettrow and lighting designer Chris DePape.

 

Daniel Pettrow and Pedja Muzijevic

Daniel Pettrow and Pedja Muzijevic

Daniel Pettrow is an actor, director, and visual artist hailing from the Wooster Group (New York City), the Centres Dramatiques Nationaux (Paris), Bluemouth Inc (Toronto), and the Heifetz Institute (Virginia), just to name a few. Leading each planned workshop activity with "I have no idea what is going to happen", he heightened our awareness through physicality, spontaneity, and laughter (so much laughter), challenging our perspectives of performance limitations and interpersonal connection. We fully intend on maintaining this new depth (especially the laughter) in our rehearsal process and performance.  

 

Chris DePape

Chris DePape

Chris DePape comes from Calgary, Canada. A true master of lumens, Chris gave us an awesome glance into the world and language of lighting design. We were able to ask a ton of questions, even get DIY advice (tin foil triumphs again!), and see his artistry live at Pedja's recital. We are really looking forward working with him next week in prep for our concert!

 

 

 

 

 

Though that all sounds horribly boring, don't worry, we've had a little bit of fun while we're up here as well! As though there isn't enough beauty at the Banff Centre itself, we took a trip to the Fairmont resort at Lake Louise to spend the day. Cross country skiing, ice skating, snowball fights, and ice castles may have all been part of the day.

Lake Louise!

Lake Louise!

 

Stay tuned for Week 2, where you'll meet Chef Tessier from the Three Ravens Restaurant where we will be presenting our project performance for this residency!

 

 

  

  

Our rehearsal studio

Our rehearsal studio

A local music lover

A local music lover

 

For more pics, check out our instagram @bowandhammer.

Happy New Year! NEW photos, 2017 concert dates, and BANFF

happy new year!

We are super excited for 2017. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are ready to tackle 2017 with more great music, food, art, and community.

updates

  • Bow & Hammer is officially a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit! Look for our upcoming campaign to see how you can support B&H AND receive a tax-deductible "Thank you" from us!
     
  • This coming February, Bow & Hammer will attend Banff Centre for Arts for a residency in "Concertizing in the 21st Century". We are looking forward to this great opportunity, as we will be continuing to develop and further our "Industry Night" model. 
     
  • Stay tuned! We will be releasing our very first EP! Details of when coming soon!

upcoming dates

  • March 14th: Industry Night starts back up! We will be collaborating with Honey Butter Fried Chicken
    • First 25 to rsvp are free, after that tickets are $10 online or at the door.
  • March 22nd: Élevé: B&H+, our 2nd concert in our new series, Élevé, will feature our special guests: Hope Shepherd (cello) and Michael Schneider (viola). They'll be joining us for the amazing Piano Quartet no 2 by Gabriel Faure. B&H we'll start the concert off with Ravel's Violin Sonata No 2, featuring the ever popular "Blues" movement.
    • Tickets are $15, buy them here
  • Keep up with all of our other upcoming dates on our website and/or get all of your tickets purchased on our Brown Paper Tickets profile.

photos: another amazing shoot with RICH SHILKUS

check the photos from our shoot in Ganz Hall!

thanks again for all of your support. keep in touch. and we'll see you soon!

with food, love, and music,

b&h

industry night welcomes: SBK

industry night
tuesday, september 20th, 8p
2620 w washington blvd

Hurry to grab a free RSVP! Otherwise it's 10 bucks online or at the door. 

We are so excited to feature Sauce and Bread Kitchen for our #industrynight season opener! Sauce (Mike Bancroft, founder and master of the amazing line of hot saucesCo-op Hot Sauce) and Bread (Anne Kostroski, founder and master baker at Crumb Chicago ) is a cafe in Rogers Park on Clark near Devon. Everything is locally sourced, made from scratch, and on top of that has its roots working with Chicago Youth (read on that here). 

In addition to their cafe in Roger's Park, you can find Co-op Sauces (including salsas, poblano mustard, krautchi, and bloody mary mix) in most of Chicago's grocery stores, farmer's markets, and B&H's refrigerators. Many cafes carry Crumb Chicago's delicious croissants and scones (including where you often find B&H at the West Loop La Colombe). You can purchase bread from Anne directly at the Green City Farmer's Market and the Logan Square Farmer's Market, or at your local Green Grocer Chicago

Everything they do is not only delicious, but made with so much care, inspiration, and heart. Check these fabulous people out and join us at industry night where you can taste their amazing work!

photo cred: RICHARD SHILKUS

This past January we had the pleasure of having the coolest photo shoot ever (no seriously, it was -10 that day) with the amazing photographer and our dear friend, Rich Shilkus. Even though he's located in Chicago, he's captured so many awesome moments with his camera all over the world. Here are some of the shots from our photoshoot, and you can check out his work here. We can't recommend him enough!

Source: shilkus.com

out with the old, in with the new

hey folks. since we've changed the website (yay, squarespace!), we've also released some of the old formats we've been using for pdfs, blogs, etc. But just incase you are new to Bow & Hammer, here are some links to access our archives, so you can get a sense of what we've been up to the past few years.