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This next IndustryNight will be so much fun! Our dear friend Shaunna McCarthy (whiskey guardian for Angel's Envy and all around amazing human being) is coming over and presenting 3 (yes THREE) cocktails highlighting the delicious bourbon that is ANGEL's ENVY. What are the cocktails, you ask? That you'll have to see for yourself. All I can say is: punch, stir, and DIY...
Now this pairing we find especially on point because we'll be performing the 3rd Sonata by Johannes Brahms. This sonata is jam-packed with all of the ups and downs in any brilliant novel, and we are so excited to share this work with you, as it is super near and dear to our hearts. And of course, last IndustryNight winner, Poulenc: I. Allegro Fuoco will be performed!
tickets to industry night are still available online or at the door for $10. NOTE: attendees must be 21+years to attend!
rootbuilt performance | experience | process
We've had an incredibly thoughtful and reflective week. We have launched a new campaign to help fund and expand our infrastructure, and in the process, we took a moment to think about our mission, our process, and how to share with you why we believe our projects, collaborations, and trajectories are so important. We thought of how we could describe our process for creating performances and experiences, and ultimately, we found that rootbuilt says it all.
what is rootbuilt, you ask?
Rootbuilt describes the process of constructing a live artistic performance that is only possible when built upon the roots of respect, skill, and relevance.
what's the big deal about artistic performance?
Through the abstract nature of performance, art provides a larger and potentially removed perspective of everyday occurrences, creating space and a unique opportunity for us all to process everyday life differently.
why do I need the artistic performance to be rootbuilt?
We have found through our experience that this model consistently creates the highest quality with the greatest efficiency. What a combo!
how does this rootbuilt thing happen?
Imagine a triangle with these three points: Performer, the Art, Audience. Each of these points is critical to the rootbuilt experience, and each point is connected with the two-way channels that intertwine each component’s Relevance (opportunity), Skill (responsibility), and Respect (fulfillment).
Each point is critical to the success of the other two. When one becomes disconnected, the whole process deteriorates.
YOU have the power
Together, and only together, we actively connect all three points. As the Performer presenting the Art, we pledge to you to keep those communication channels open tirelessly and earnestly. If you’ll participate and take up your role as the Audience, we can connect all three points and sustain this rootbuilt experience indefinitely. We will have no limits on where we travel, who collaborates with us, and how we can document the successes of this truly interactive performance model. Be part of this movement! Make a pledge!
what's an example of rootbuilt?
At our home-base of Chicago, we have a couple running performance series that already use this rootbuilt foundation to collaborate with something very relevant in Chicago: food. Through “Industry Night” and “Élevé”, we collaborate with chefs, farmers, distillers, and brewers for interdisciplinary performances that satiate all 5 senses in one night.
At the Banff Centre, in Banff, Canada, we recently presented another rootbuilt collaboration with their restaurant, and you can read about that here.
We have so many other plans up our sleeves, and can share them if you believe that rootbuilt is the way to go, and will join our efforts by making a monthly pledge for this movement! The more you pledge, the more channels of communication we are able to open to you. Check out our goals to see more specifically how your support directly affects our success.
Thanks SO much for taking a stand in this rootbuilt movement. It means the world to us. You are the world to us.
We're in it together.
Industry Night, season 3 begins September 20th!
We have 4 (four) events this year in which we'll hang at b&h studios at 2620 Lofts with a local Chicago restaurant while we share a musical work from our season.
Some may have noticed mid-season last year, we implemented a ticket system. We still offer free tickets. All you need to do is click on the brown paper ticket link and reserve your free ticket. We only have 25 free rsvp's for each industry night. If you don't reserve a ticket, no worries, tickets online or at the door are just 10 bucks.
At the end of each industry night, we have a nice, little, corrupt, popular vote. This is not only a chance to ensure you hear your favorite piece next time, but it also tells us which one y'all liked the best. We repeat the winner at the next industry night. At the final industry night in June, we'll perform all of the winners. The popular vote also serves as a way to hear songs again. If you think about how often you listen to a favorite album that consists of 3-5min songs, just think how useful repetition is for a 30min work! So please, listen again and often :)
Here are the dates for industry night, 2016-2017:
sept 20 * mar 14 * may 9 * june 13
all the shows start with food and mingling at 8:00pm. we begin playing at 9. the set usually lasts 40-50min. afterwards we have the vote, drink a little more, and conclude the evening.
We're really looking forward to a fun year. Keep in touch with us on instagram, fbook, and twitter. Leading up to each industry night, we'll list our Top 5 favorite dishes and delights from each restaurant. Be sure to keep track for your own enjoyment next time you visit!
see you then,
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.