Ovation Chicago

Teamwork = Dreamwork

Last week we had our first Élevé of the season. Tickets sold, people purchased our newly available coffee roast, there were smiles all around! Yasmin’s work was stunning (as always), and Ovation and Rhine Hall were (again, as always) spot on for supporting a beautifully received evening. After finally decompressing for a day (amazing and rare to have a day off), I was able to reflect on everything this means and how it exemplifies us as a duo. The actual event is just the tip of the iceberg, and for Élevé to happen, we needed to navigate so many moving parts.

Rather than bore you with the details of everything we did (though I am a sucker for spreadsheets, agendas, and timelines, and am very proud of all of the meetings and documentation from Élevé), I am more impressed by the “how” of our functioning, and I think it’s a great snapshot of Bow & Hammer as a whole.

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Elizabeth and I are admittedly a great team. This may seem a rudimentary comment, as we have been playing together for 5 years now, but each year we strengthen that statement. There are so many ways this statement applies (musically, professionally, personally), but I think it (sort of) boils down to a single fact: We’re really different.

There are so many benefits to having a partner-in-crime who is very different: We constantly refresh each other’s perspectives, curate diverse programs, tag team being supportive and leading, and are, overall, good at presenting well-rounded projects. It’s a constantly spinning top of productivity and progress. But what is really mind blowing to me is how we have learned to value our differences, and everything that comes from being different. One observer might notice that we don’t agree on most things during a meeting/rehearsal, that there is often a point or few of tension. Someone else might think that we don’t argue at all.

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Both are true. There is rarely a topic of discussion without disagreement. But we don’t argue that much anymore. Trusting that we both want to communicate effectively as performers, we are able to value our disagreements as necessary for becoming more effective together, and reach more people.

It takes trust that neither of us would knowingly jeopardize the other out of mutual respect.

It takes patience and confidence to explain our side in times of conflict, without condescending or patronizing the other, and vulnerability in hearing about our blind-spots or weaknesses.

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It takes the admittance that we make something really great as Bow & Hammer, and that we’re equal parts in that duo no matter how different we can be.

I’m not sure ours is the most popular interpersonal plan floating around these days, but it sure works for us, and I think it shows through everything B&H creates. Each time we put it to the test, whether it be for Élevé, Industry Night, Patreon, launching a non-profit, rehearsing, traveling, or getting lunch, I am increasingly grateful and reassured, and can’t imagine Bow & Hammer without it.

So, thanks to all who came! We’d love to see you November 7 for IndustryNight with Dearborn Denim. We need you guys, and hopefully provide you with something you need too.

 

Élevé: the Finale, Myths, and HAROLD GREEN

it's the finale...

We have quite a line up to end our first season of Élevé. This series has been an awesome platform for us to invite colleagues from several disciplines to collaborate with us for an evening of artistry, beautiful aesthetics, and one heck of a good time. 

For the finale, we'll be performing the MYTHES by K. Szymanowski. Arethusa, Narcissus, and the Nymphs and Pan are the mythical characters that inspired the 3 movements of the MYTHES. You'll for sure hear quite the soundscape that explores the stories, emotions, and trajectories of each mythical creature.

We're not stopping there. We are also adding another artist for this exploration of the MYTHES. Harold Green, the amazing spoken word artist, will be joining us and performing original work within our performance of the MYTHES. We're so excited to not only work with Mr. Green, but his incredible storytelling will completely take this experience beyond the original source by adding elements of modern word, experience, and culture. 

Harold Green III

Harold Green III

Tickets are available for Élevé via Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets include admission with either 2 or 3 drinks tickets for the amazing cocktails provided by Rhine Hall Distillery. 

wednesday, june 7th
doors open at 7:30p, music starts at 8pm
tickets $15-$20
@ Ovation Chicago: 2324 W Fulton


We're so looking forward to seeing you at the finale!

love, 

B&H

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