I CONCENTRATE ON YOU

 

I CONCENTRATE ON YOU

by Charles R. Hale

 

 

Cole Porter

Cole Porter

Cole Porter wrote “I Concentrate on You” on the eve of America’s entrance into WWII.  During the war Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist, and author of “Man’s Search For Meaning,” and his wife, Tilly, spent time in a number of concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. I never considered the parallel nature of Porter’s lyrics or the words Frankl penned until quite recently.

 

Frankl recorded his memories in his book after the war ended.  At the core of Frankl’s theory is the belief that man’s primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

 

Man's Search for Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning

Here’s a passage from his book:

 

I was struggling to find the reason for my sufferings, my slow dying.  In a last violent protest against the helplessness of imminent death, I sensed my spirit piercing through the enveloping gloom.  I felt it transcend that hopeless, meaningless world, and from somewhere I heard a victorious “Yes” in answer to my question of the existence of an ultimate purpose….For hours I stood hacking at the icy ground.  The guard passed by, insulting me, and once again I communed with my beloved.  More and more I felt that she was present, that she was with me: I had the feeling that I was able to touch her, able to stretch out my hand and grasp hers.  The feeling was very strong: she was there.”

 

Frankl was continually seeking solace in the last thing he had control of, the only freedom he hadn’t relinquished, his capacity to love.  When his only positive achievement was enduring his suffering, when in utter desolation he was surrounded by death, he clung to the thought of his beloved wife, Tilly, who died in Bergen-Belsen at the age of twenty-four.  They stripped him of his writings and research, his clothing, and even his hair; he retained the freedom of his private thoughts.  He created his own reality. That sustained him.

 

Cole Porter (right)

Cole Porter (right)

I thought of this passage one morning while I was working out Cole Porter’s “I Concentrate on You” on the piano. I was familiar with the song; I’d heard a number of artists perform it, including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. But this time, as I began playing the song, I spoke the words aloud and they moved me in a way they never had.

 

Whenever skies look gray to me and trouble begins to brew

Whenever the winter-winds become too strong, I Concentrate on You

On your smile so sweet, so tender. when at first your kiss I decline.

On the light in your eyes when you surrender and once again our arms intertwine.

 

When fortune cries “nay, nay” to me and people declare, “You’re through,”

Whenever the blues become my only song, I Concentrate on You.

And so when wise men say to me that love’s young dream never comes true.

To prove that even wise men can be wrong, I concentrate, and concentrate on you.

 

Tilly and Viktor Frankl

Tilly and Viktor Frankl

During the war years Porter moved between Hollywood and New York City, while Frankl moved between camps in Theresienstadt, in what is now the Czech Republic, Auschwitz, Poland, and Turkheim in Bavaria, Germany. For years I thought of Porter’s lyrics as everyday words of love and adoration, painted with loving attention. Yet, when I read Frankl’s words describing the profound love he felt for his wife, Tilly, words that are quite similar to Porter’s, somehow I felt his words were sacred. And now I wonder, why do I make distinctions between the sacred and the everyday? There are none.

 

STELLAR PERFORMANCES at ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ JUNE SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE

“Performing at Artists Without Walls is a deep privilege and a pleasure.  To appear as part of a lineup of such talented artists is simultaneously thrilling and humbling.  I always leave AWoW with a soaring spirit, full of gratitude for the gifts of my fellow artists, and newly energized and encouraged in my own work. Mille Grazie to Charles Hale and Niamh Hyland for creating this warm, welcoming community.” Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, poet/author

 

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Angela Alaimo O'Donnell

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell began Artists Without Walls’ June Showcase at The Cell Theatre by delighting the crowd with her recitation of “Crossing Irish,”  a sequence of poems exploring her predicament as a Sicilian woman fatally in love with Ireland.  Full of echoes of Irish poetry and the music of everyday speech, the poems were by turns sharp-witted and humorous, poignant and full of longing, culminating in a final recognition of her double-minded state: “I don’t belong. / I could make myself a life there.”  (This sequence of poems appeared on Artists Without Walls blog in March 2014.)

 

 

Michelle Macau and Sarah Hammer

Michelle Macau and Sarah Hammer

Michelle Macau and Sarah Hammer brought to vivid life the story of a break-up in Burying Elephant, a one-act play by Robin Rice Lichtig.  The dramatic and vibrant performances were genuine and poignant, bringing as some viewers remarked, laughter and a few tears.  “Artists Without Walls is a muse, a gift to artists stimulating the creative life energy,” said Michelle. “We are given the opportunity to share our creative work and be received by a truly supportive and empathetic audience of fellow AWoW members and their guests. AWoW’s talented artists revitalize my spirit giving me strength and passion as I pursue my craft.”

 

 

Scott Brieden, Phoebe Farber and Ruby Hankey

Scott Brieden, Phoebe Farber and Ruby Hankey

First time performer and new member Phoebe Farber presented a wonderful short play, Class Reunion, about a high school reunion that goes awry– starring two fine actors Ruby Hankey and Scott Breiden.  “I had a great time at AWoW’s Showcase. So wonderful to be in the midst of talented and supportive artists.  I’m hooked!” said Phoebe. 

 

 

Allison Sylvia

Allison Sylvia

Allison Sylvia performed two more pieces – L to the A and aDAm(BEcoming)eDEn – for an appreciative audience, once again incorporating spoken word, song, chant and dance.  Said, Allison, “Artists Without Walls is a warm supportive community of fellow artists – every showcase brings in new, exciting talent and new work from familiar faces. It is always an event to look forward to for inspiration.”

 

Serena Jost

Serena Jost

 

 

 

Serena Jost wowed AWoW with her new whimsical voice-cello songs. She also sang an affecting ballad commemorating the 100th anniversary of WW1.  “Performing for an always attentive AWoW audience inspires me,” said Serena.  “Every showcase is a delight!”

 

 

Michael Muller, Niamh Hyland, Deni Bonet and Cecil Hooker

Michael Muller, Niamh Hyland, Deni Bonet and Cecil Hooker

 

The final act of this great night, Too Many Lauras, featured AWoW members singer/songwriter Peter Nolan (aka Peter Chance) on guitar, Cecil Hooker on violin and Mike Muller on bass, performing original compositions.  The songs range from discovering new love to life as a vampire to helping a distressed friend.  A big surprise was spoken word artist Allison Sylvia returning during the third song, “Holding On,” to dance during the solo and sing on the last verse and chorus. The showcase ended with a cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” with Niamh Hyland and Deni Bonet joining the band and the entire audience singing along in the refrains.  

 

 

Peter Nolan aka Peter Chance

Peter Nolan aka Peter Chance

Another brilliant evening.

 

The next Artists Without Walls’ Showcase will be on July 28th, 6:45pm at The Cell Theatre, 338 W23rd St. 

 

All photos by Vera Hoar

VERA HOAR’S PHOTOS from AWoW’S JUNE SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE

Vera Hoar’s photos from the Artists Without Walls’ June Showcase.

 

Michael Muller

Michael Muller

Scott Brieden, Phoebe Farber and Ruby Hankey

Scott Brieden, Phoebe Farber and Ruby Hankey

Allison Sylvia

Allison Sylvia

 

Peter Chance, Niamh Hyland, Michael Muller, Cecil Hooker and Deni Bonet

Peter Chance, Niamh Hyland, Michael Muller, Cecil Hooker and Deni Bonet

Michelle Macau and Sarah Hammer

Michelle Macau and Sarah Hammer

Connie Roberts and Angela Alaimo O'Donnell

Connie Roberts and Angela Alaimo O’Donnell

Serena Jost

Serena Jost

JOIN ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS for its SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE, TUESDAY, JUNE 23RD.

Michael Muller

Michael Muller

Here’s what bassist Michael Muller, who will be part of Tuesday’s Showcase at The Cell, said of a recent AWoW gathering, ““Lovely and talented! Brilliant across the board; Martina, Allison, Kathleen, and Annette. Happy I was able to attend; super sounds, sights and words – magical evening it was!” 

 

 

We have a great lineup planned:

 

 

Phoebe Farber

Phoebe Farber

 

Phoebe Farber is a playwright living in Montclair, New Jersey. Her plays have been seen in New York and New Jersey, including Luna Stage, Strangedog, Horse Trade Theater, The Players Theatre, Short Play Lab, The Chain Theater, and The Depot Theater in Garrison NY. This fall she will begin a residency at Playwrights Theater of New Jersey’s Emerging Women Playwrights. Phoebe will be presenting a scene from her short play “Class Reunion.

 

 

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell

 

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell will be returning for her second Showcase presentation. Angela is the author of six books of poems, three books of prose, essays about poetic craft, contemporary poetry and the nexus between faith, art and literature. Her work is highly personal and always powerfully presented. If you haven’t heard or met Angela, here’s your chance. She’s wonderful. 

 

Michelle Macau

Michelle Macau

 

Michelle Macau actor, theater director and producer with a passion for storytelling, who adapts and applies her skills to train non-performers in the techniques of improvisational acting, will be doing a two-character, ten-minute play with Sarah Hammer and written by Robin Rice Lichtig entitled Burying Elephants

 

Serena Jost

Serena Jost

 

 

 

Here’s what “Time Out NY” wrote about singer/songwriter/cellist Serena Jost. “”Serena Jost writes gently eccentric songs and sings them in an elegant alto, often accompanying herself on cello, but it isn’t quite right to call her a singer-songwriter. The term art song—normally tied to 19th-century concert music—usefully characterizes Jost’s carefully arranged pieces and succinct lyrics, neither quite rock nor folk”

 

Allison Sylvia

Allison Sylvia

 

 

Allison Syliva, a recent graduate of NYU, is a thinking young woman who melds song, dance, poetry, and chant  in her work, which often ends with the crowd on the edge of their seats. Allison enthralls her audience with her character dramatizations be they cello players or unrequited lovers, transforming scraps of script into art. It’s exciting to watch her perform. If you haven’t seen her you’re in for a treat. 

 

Peter Chance and Cecil Hooker

Peter Chance and Cecil Hooker

 

 

Closing out the show will be musicians Cecil Hooker, Peter Chance and Michael Muller. Their first piece will be “Wide Open,” a duo with Cecil and Peter. Michael will join them for two more tunes, “Holding On” and “Ancient Curse.” Knowing how talented and creative these fellows are, and knowing how creative and collaborative some of our members are–particularly Allison and Niamh Hyland–it wouldnt surprise me if this act takes a few twists or turns. Join us and find out. 

 

The Cell Theatre is located at 338 W23rd St. The  doors open at 6:45  See you then. 

 

 

“ON THE TOWN” with ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS: THE WEEK of JUNE 14, 2015

Kira Simring and Nancy Manocherian

Kira Simring and Nancy Manocherian

Nancy Manocherian’s play “Hey Jude,” directed by Kira Simring at Urban Stages. Tickets are $45, but AWoW members can get them for $20 by emailing info@artistswithoutwalls.com Performances at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Fri -Performances: June 14 – June 21 Tues. & Wed. at 7:30, Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 2pm.

 

Noah Hoffeld

Noah Hoffeld

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Cellist/pianist Noah Hoffeld will be performing at Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery at Joey Ramone, Place, Wednesday, June 17th, 7:45. Noah will be playing songs from his upcoming album- Play Human. Also ‘save the date, Wednesday August 5th, 8pm for what is sure to be an  amazing CD release party at the Bowery Electric. 

 

 

Annette Homann

Annette Homann

 

 

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Annette Homann will be performing with the North/South Consonance (Chamber Orchestra) at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th Street (between Broadway & Columbus), New York City, June 16th, 8 pm. Free admission.

 

 

 

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Out By Ten

Out By Ten

What do you get when you throw 3 Moth SLAM Champions together — Adam Wade, David Crabb, Tricia Rose Burt — and mix in a singer/songwriter — Ann Klein — who played with Ani DiFranco and the B-52s and on Broadway with Kinky Boots?  A mind-bending night with a barely-legal dose of hilarity.  Plus there’s an Open Mic at the end (and Open Mic-ers get a 25% discount — 50% if they bring a friend). Friday, June 19, 2015, 8:30 – 10 PM at Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow St. (betw. Delancey & Rivington).

 

 

Block Party in Greenwich Village

Block Party in Greenwich Village

Big Block Party in Greenwich Village! AWoW member Deborah Monlux presents: Catahoula Cajun Band at a street dance set in Manhattan on Sunday, June 21st at 4PM on West 8th Street at MacDougal Street (between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue). Dance to the band’s “Northern Fried” Cajun music of Southern Louisiana or sit at a bistro table near the stage and enjoy food and drink from nearby restaurants as you listen. In addition to musical performances, there will be dance, art, and games at the all-day party. Bring your father—and your kids—and celebrate Father’s Day at this pop-up Louisiana dance hall right in the middle of Greenwich Village!

AWoW MEMBERS PERFORMING in NYC THIS WEEK

Kira Simring and Nancy Manocherian

Kira Simring and Nancy Manocherian

Nancy Manocherian’s play “Hey Jude,” directed by Kira Simring at Urban Stages.  Tickets are $45, but AWoW members can get them for $20 by emailing info@artistswithoutwalls.com   Performances at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.  Fri -Wed @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 2pm Performances: June 4 – June 21  Tues. & Wed. at 7:30, Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 2pm.

 

Annette Homann

Annette Homann

 

 

Today, Sunday, June 7th, 2 pm, Annette Homann is performing with the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International at Carnegie Hall, W57th, St., NYC. The orchestra will be performing works of  FAURÉ, DURUFLÉ, DINOS CONSTANTINIDES

 

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Sasha Papernik

Sasha Papernik

 

On Thursday, June 11th, 6pm at Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City, Sasha Papernik and Alexander Wu will be officially launching their album, “Four Hand Band.” You can celebrate with them and hear them perform the new album live in its entirety. Poulenc, Gershwin, Bernstein, Berlin, Mozart, Bizet, Chopin…it’s going to be a wonderful night.

 

Click here for tickets, which are $10. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

 

Richard Stillman

Richard Stillman

Richard Stillman and Flip Peters’ “Spirit of Vaudeville” at The Concert Space at Beethoven Piano – NYC – June 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | 211 West 58th St. (Between Broadway & 7th Ave.) – 10019. Richard’s Show the “Spirit Of Vaudeville” won the Best Concert award at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC. This Show takes place in the waning days of vaudeville when the jazz age was in full swing & the Charleston was all the rage. The tale is told through banjo strumming, eccentric tap dancing, vaudeville stories, ukulele & mandolin solos & the Charleston Dance! Concert Charge – $10.00 at the door

 

 

 

Noah Hoffeld

Noah Hoffeld

Cellist/pianist Noah Hoffeld will be performing at Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery at Joey Ramone, Place, Wednesday, June 17th, 7:45.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NANCY MANOCHERIAN’S, “HEY JUDE.” REVIEW by ERIN LAYTON

Hey Jude

Written by Nancy Manocherian; directed by Kira Simring

Review by Erin Layton

 

Adam Weppler, Deborah Offner and Larry Cahn

Adam Weppler, Deborah Offner and Larry Cahn

As soon as you walk through the doors of Urban Stages Theatre where Nancy Manocherian’s family drama, HEY JUDE is currently playing through June 21st, you are immediately embraced by another dimension. If you grew up in the suburbs, it’s a familiar place filled with the sort of nostalgia that might remind you of your childhood home. There is a Christmas tree, a large, soft, comfortable sofa, the quiet mumblings of a television, even dad is there, fast asleep and snoring in his plush pajama pants. This stage picture is a sweet memory until the play begins. Dad doesn’t wake up and mom rushes into the picture, nervously tackling a large cardboard box and channeling her alter-personality.

 

Catherine Dupont and Deborah Offna

Catherine Dupont and Deborah Offner

HEY JUDE is rife with tension. Anna’s troubled. Henry, Anna’s husband is despondent and passive. Jude, Anna and Henry’s son is on the edge of adulthood, questioning his identity and seeking to draw closer to the truth – his truth. Jude is adopted. He’s a young man, eager to discover himself and understand more about his roots but it’s bad timing. Anna has slipped into some sort of delusional reality colored by Beatles songs and disturbing machinations which was possibly prompted by a religious conversion, which may have been prompted by regrets about her past. Henry doesn’t care and his health and mind are slipping as well. Jude is left to his own devices, trapped in a world that should be safe but is instead completely unhinged. Christmas cheer cannot bring joy to their story. The only way out is to acknowledge the truth but no one in this play is able to.  

 

Kira Simring and Nancy Manocherian

Kira Simring and Nancy Manocherian

Director, Kira Simring and her production team – set designer, Peiyi Wong, lighting designer,  Gertjan Houben and M. Florian Staab on sound, have crafted an environment that match Anna’s state of mind – a place as surreal as it is hyper-realistic. This clash is both disturbing and oddly comforting. Both the production design and performances (particularly Adam Weppler in his tragic portrayal as Jude and Larry Cahn as Henry) come together to expertly portray the reality of family dysfunction. Behind the walls of a broken home, you have two choices. You either fight the pain or you disengage from it altogether. While HEY JUDE is difficult to witness, it’s only because of its stunning accuracy. I applaud playwright, Nancy Manocherian’s bravery for transporting us there.

PHOTOS from “ERIN LAYTON’S MAGDALEN BENEFIT,” PRESENTED by ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS

Eric Wolfe’s photos from “Erin Layton’s MAGDALEN Benefit” at The Cell Theatre, Sunday, May 31, 2015.

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Erin performing a scene from MAGDALEN

Erin performing a scene from MAGDALEN

 

Erin pictured here with the playwriting, producing collective, The Geese.

Erin pictured here with the playwriting, producing collective, The Geese.

 

Charles R. Hale delivers a moving and powerful testimony

Charles R. Hale delivers a moving and powerful testimony

 

David Fahy and Bernadette Fee warming up the audience.

David Fahy and Bernadette Fee warming up the audience.

 

Honor Molloy

Honor Molloy waits in the wings

 

Volunteers Misti Wills and Julie Layton man the raffle table.

Volunteers Misti Wills and Julie Layton man the raffle table.

 

Honor Finnegan and Carl Money performing Joanie Mitchell's "Magdalen Laundry"

Honor Finnegan and Carl Money performing Joni Mitchell’s “Magdalen Laundry”

 

Actor Jack O'Connell with Erin Layton and director Julie Kline

Actor Jack O’Connell with Erin Layton and director Julie Kline

 

Solo actress/playwright, Rhonda Musak and actor, Anthony Rapp.

Solo actress/playwright, Rhonda Musak and actor, Anthony Rapp.

FROM A GREEK ISLE LUTIST to an EX ‘MAD MEN’ POET to B-BOY MELDING IRISH HOOFERS: AN EXCITING NIGHT WITH AWoW

“I’ve been working as an actor for at least twenty five years now and I’ve never before been involved in anything quite like this. AWoW is a unique blessing. So happy to be a member.” Jack O’Connell, actor

 

“What a night…a jam packed evening of talent journeying from a Greek isle lutist, to an Ex ‘Mad Men’ like poet, to B-Boy Melding Irish Hoofers.”  John Munnelly, singer/songwriter

 

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Hammerstep co-founders Jason Oremus and Garrett Coleman, who have performed at Lincoln Center and the Palace Theatre in London, brought their incredible dance act to  AWoW’s May showcase. (Rather than speak about it, check out the short video below.) As a company that strives to embrace traditional elements of culturally rebellious dance forms, while breaking down barriers to how they may be integrated and presented to the public, Hammerstep felt right at home alongside AWoW’s other genre-bending artists who like to think outside the box. “AWoW is a uniquely communal place for artists to celebrate and share in that common goal, and Hammerstep looks forward to having AWoW supporters at its premier run of the company’s NYC-based immersive theater experience INDIGO GREY, next Spring,” said Garrett. For updates on the company’s work, check out Hammerstep on Facebook or at their website by clicking here

 

 

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Ron Vazzano

Ron Vazzano

Ron Vazzano offered a quartet of poems that played thematically with a couple of current pop culture events: the concluding of the Mad Men series—as Ron once toiled at an ad agency on Madison Avenue in the late 60’s —and horse racing, which is in the midst of its “Triple Crown” season. He ended with a “sendup poem” about our esteemed group (“…a gathering that called itself “Artists Without Walls”/Though they performed in a space called The Cell”) that was both hilarious and poignant, and enthusiastically received by an audience of fellow artists.

 

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Maritri Garrett

Maritri Garrett

Maritri  Garrett performed one of her hits from the album Soulfolk Experience volume one, “No Regrets,” an anthem for living life to the fullest. She followed that up with a compelling cover of “Royal” by Lorde, which takes on a whole different meaning when taken out of the teen demographic for which it was intended and sung by a mature artist. Maritri finished off her set with Police’s popular tune “Message in a Bottle,” by the Police, which had the audience singing along.  This extremely talented women moves from the guitar to the piano to cello–all with a her beautiful voice–with shocking ease. And she’s a delight as well. 

 

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Liv Mammone

Liv Mammone

Liv Mammone is a poet who attacks life with a strange combination of joy and rage; humor and pathos. Improvising jokes to set the audience after an accidental fall, she then led them deep into her experience as a disabled woman in a variety of ways–a blues song about her chronic pain; a gripping letter to her grandmother about the death of her friend; a loose litany of images from the morning prior to an operation closed out with an encore of “Vagina Resigning” to lift us back up. With honesty and freshness of image, she shows us the universality of the body’s breakdown and how we rise above those changes.

 

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John Munnelly

John Munnelly

John Munnelly compacted the life, times and death of Julius Caesar into a witty three verses and a very catchy sing-along refrain. 

John is as creative and as strong a writer as his award winning stripes attest to. He sang a paean to love while addressing the escapist daydreams we all have, finally realizing he would be ‘Nowhere without You’.

 For the final geography  lesson John took us to the world’s most hipster borough in his song ‘Brooklyn’ for a gentle dig at the local hood sighing and singing though the eyes of a wide eyed newbie who ‘knew she’d like it here’ – now she’s living in Brooklyn. This one had the crowd laughing and singing along. 

 

 

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Dennis Demakos

Dennis Demakos

In the true spirit of multiculturalism, Dennis Demakos, who has been playing traditional Greek music and singing the tradtional folk music of dozens of countries from Europe, Asia, and the Middle and Near East for many years, began his performance with a traditional from the island of Karpathos-Gori To Maksellari Sou, My Lass, Your Pillow- a common themed tune in which a young woman usually gives an embroidered handkerchief to a young lad as a token of her affection. The second tune is a traditional from the island of Kassos-To Pathos, Passion- and is another common themed tune about the heartbreak of living in foreign lands away from one’s Mother and homeland. Beautiful and evocative. 

 

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The next Artists Without Walls’ Showcase will be at The Cell Theatre on Tuesday, June 23, 6:45pm. For more info on the group please contact info@artistswithoutwalls.com

 

Photos by Vera Hoar. 

 

 

 

ALL ABOUT MITCH TRAPHAGEN: PHOTOGRAPHER and PHOTOJOURNALIST


1219106_300x300-1“With the web and social media, imagery is more important than ever. When I was a Congressional press secretary, I probably shot 10,000 frames of just one person (itself a challenge). But imagery sticks in the minds of viewers – and my goal is always to accurately show people whom my subject truly is. Through imagery, I’ve tried hard to convey that. With artists – an accurate image showing their passion and talent is worth well more than a thousand words. “
Mitch Traphagen

 

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We’ve had the great pleasure to get to know Mitch Traphagen through his photographs and films taken at Artists Without Walls’ Showcases and now with his photo work on the Artists Without Walls/Charles R. Hale production of a short film, “A Moment.”

 

A Moment Charles Hale Production

 

Who is Mitch?  Mitch is a photojournalist, a former Congressional press secretary, and a former systems developer and senior executive for a Fortune 30 corporation.

 

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He’s based in both the NYC and the Tampa Bay area. He is available to performing artists and for editorial, feature and documentary services — both photography and the written word.  For artists, he will work to not only document their unique talents but will also work within their budget.

 

A Moment Charles Hale Production

 

Since 2011 he has primarily gone to Leica for documentary photography with both the Leica M240 and the Leica M Monochrom cameras. In addition, he has a full compliment of professional Canon gear for both still photography and videography. His equipment also includes full professional audio recording capability and a full video editing suite.

 

A Moment Charles Hale Production

 

Over the years, Mitch has documented hundreds of lives, places and events. He works hard to ensure the images and words he uses accurately portray the subject. Borrowing from Gay Talese, he tells the truth in an interesting way.

 

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Since 2002, he has won more than 70 awards for excellence for editorial writing and photography from the Community Papers of Florida, an organization of newspapers with a combined readership of nine million people. Mitch is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. 

 

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You can learn more about Mitch and see his work by clicking here

 

You can contact Mitch at:

Tampa: (813) 426-4177 (text message preferred)

New York: (646) 926-7309 (text message preferred)