“CRAFTED MODERN: 15 Years OF Making” – Hammerschlag Design Series continues

(posted from Art Architecture and Design (AAD) Department)

64244_650717491711205_5980157497115919412_nHammerschlag Design Series – Lecture
Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:00 p.m. Chandler-Ullmann Hall-Room 230
Lehigh Alumni – Andrew Kotchen ’94 & Matthew Berman ’94 present:
“CRAFTED MODERN: 15 Years OF Making”

In 2014, workshop/apd celebrates 15 years as a thriving design practice. Since founding the firm, partners Andrew Kotchen & Matthew Berman have built an enviable roster of work that runs the gamut from sleek urban lofts to luxurious family homes, high-end multi-family developments to attention-grabbing restaurants, and inventive affordable housing for Hurricane Katrina victims to reinvigorated urban landmarks like the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Through these wildly varied projects, we have earned recognition for our ability to solve a variety of present-day design challenges with a timeless aesthetic.

For us, “crafted modern” is the idea that materials – any material – have a worked quality to them, whether the work is done by hand (layers of encaustic or Venetian plaster), or machine (computer milled Corian or water-jet-cut steel), or even by time and weather (the patina of aged wood). We like things that have been transformed and that continue to change over time and we celebrate the subtle variations that result. We believe that things are beautiful because of their imperfections, adding to the character and decorative quality – the knots of a floorboard, the slump of a silk curtain, or the oil marks on a sheet of hot-rolled steel. We like things that invite investigation – materials, textures, processes that say, “do touch.” (And we believe you can “touch” things with your eyes as well as with your hands.) This is the essence of “craft.” For us, “modern” implies a new or unexpected way of designing with these elements. Whether a building façade, a doorway, a handrail, or a light fixture, we strive to create memorable moments in every project.

Wherever possible, we seek out seasoned artisans, craftsmen, and tradespeople to collaborate with us. We celebrate their skills and technical abilities and recognize that their contributions make a tangible difference in every project. Whenever we can, we source local or indigenous materials and repurpose discarded elements, transforming overlooked objects into something unexpected and meaningful. We hope that our ability to merge processes and techniques from the past with 21st-century ingenuity will result in a lasting legacy.

Lehigh University Jazz Repertory Concert – Saturday, 10/18th 8pm

10690344_10153200326793765_7699280811509477479_nLehigh University Music Department presents its annual jazz performance dedicated to Big Band music with the Lehigh University Jazz Repertory Orchestra on Saturday, October 18 at 8 pm at Baker Hall. Tickets are $15. Admission is free to Lehigh University students with ID. WDIY is the 2014-2015 Lehigh University Music Department media sponsor.

In Tribute to the Swing Era, the Lehigh University Jazz Repertory Orchestra salutes greats like Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Claude Thornhill, Charlie Barnet and Benny Goodman. The orchestra is dedicated to the recreation of classics, as well as the creation of new jazz, funk and Latin music. The band is composed of Lehigh University jazz faculty and studio musicians performing under the guidance of director Warfield.

Bill Warfield has a site on Reverb Nation where you can hear some great tracks from this group. Check them out here.

A Lehigh University jazz student group will be playing in the lobby before the concert at 7:00 pm.

Director Bill Warfield is a full-time faculty member of the Lehigh University Music Department. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he won the Maynard Ferguson Scholarship, the William H. Borden Award for outstanding accomplishment in Jazz/Commercial Music, and the Carmine Caruso Award for Outstanding Trumpet Performance. Warfield has distinguished himself as a successful musician, performing with such diverse artists as Ornette Coleman, Mel Torme, David Sanborn, Lew Soloff, Mel Lewis, David Liebman and Sonny Stitt. Warfield is a successful bandleader and composer and his own band (the Bill Warfield Big Band) has performed at Birdland, The Blue Note, and The Cutting Room in New York City. Warfield was recently included in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz compiled by Ira Gitler and Leonard Feather.

For tickets, call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), visit Zoellner Ticket Services Tues.12-6pm, Wed.- Fri. 12-5pm, or Sat. 11am-1pm, and 90 minutes before curtain ticketed events or order online at www.zoellnerartscenter.org.  Senior, student, group and LVAIC discounts are available.

Red Baraat is coming to Lehigh ~ ! ~ ! ~ !


(press release from Zoellner Arts Center) enhanced by internet resources for readers who like to click!

From Brooklyn, Red Baraat have been called ‘The best party band in years’ (NPR) and blend high energy North Indian Bhangra with New Orleans brass, DC go-go rhythms and R&B.  Simply put, there is nothing like Red Baraat- whose incredible high energy shows — and ethos of pluralism and the proliferation of joy — have brought them to stages as diverse as Bonnaroo, Central Park, and The White House. The group has played at the personal request of leaders of the free world, business, and sport – including performing at the flagship TED Conference, at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Trafalgar Square, and on Google’s Mountain View Campus, while maintaining a non-stop club and theatre worldwide tour. The Fall 2014 Red Baraat tour indicates the wide array of audiences they will be reaching in venues ranging from clubs to universities to world-renowned music festivals.

Zoellner Arts Center recognizes corporate performance sponsor: EXPOSED and media sponsor WRTI.

Let’s let the band’s music play:

Tickets are $22; go to www.zoellnerartscenter.org or 610-758-2787, ext. 0.  Psssssst. Hey!~ (Lehigh student reading this) go to the box office directly. Trust me on this. It will be so worth your effort. Hours are Tues.12-6pm, Wed.- Fri. 12-5pm

The group will have its debut performance at Zoellner Arts Center amidst a heavy tour schedule of festivals and club dates. Red Baraat Tour Dates:
8/30 Louisville, KY – World Music Festival (headline)
9/6 Arlington, VA – Rosslyn Jazz Festival
9/7 Richmond, VA – Modlin Center for the Arts
9/13 Millersville, PA – Millersville University
9/18 Minneapolis, MN – The Dakota
9/19 & 20 Monterey, CA – Monterey Jazz Festival
10/3 Northridge, CA – Valley Performing Arts Center (w/ Angelique Kidjo)
10/4 San Francisco, CA – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
10/12 Washington, DC – The Hamilton
10/16 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10/17 Bethlehem, PA – Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University
10/18 Princeton, NJ – Berlind Theatre, Princeton University
10/25 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
10/31 New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Fest
11/1 Austin, TX – TBA

On June 21, 2014 Red Baraat was at the center of the biggest musical event of New York City’s summer season. The pioneering Brooklyn band was commissioned by NPR to produce a new composition – the sheet music for which was posted on NPR and other high traffic websites – with the direction to readers and amateur players to learn the music and be a part of the premiere of the performance on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library. The incredible results of this experiment, (first attempted two years ago by NPR with a new work and performance by the legendary Phillip Glass) can be seen in a short film on NPR.

Check out the gallery to help sway your interest..

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Not only will this be an awesome show – you can even learn a few Bhangra moves before the show!

At 7pm there is a pre-show Lobby Show titled “Bhangra Basics with Tahya“: Try a few easy moves to loosen up and get in the spirit for the dance-friendly, high-energy, funky music of Red Baraat, facilitated by the Lehigh Valley’s leading ethnic dance authority, Tahya!

Tickets for the October 17 performance at 8:00pm are $22 and General Admission.  For tickets, call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), visit Zoellner Ticket Services Tues.12-6pm, Wed.- Fri. 12-5pm, or Sat. 11am-1pm, and 90 minutes before curtain ticketed events or order online atwww.zoellnerartscenter.org.  Senior, student, group and LVAIC discounts are available.

Pssst. Lehigh students. Remember that hint we wrote about? Go to the box office this week in person.

A peek at Fabric Folding

I was able to sneak a peek at the results of the second Art, Architecture and Design department Hammerschlag Design Series Lectures. The invited artist, Kentaro Tsubaki presented a lecture, “Foldout Drawing: A Projective Drawing for Fabric Forming.” You can read more about this pedagogical approach in his article of the same title in the Journal of Architectural Education. Students were also invited to participate in a design/build workshop complementing the lecture. The workshop was done over three days. Students made forms, filled them with wet plaster, gave the wet plaster time to cure, and then released the forms by Saturday morning. Many of the students participating the workshop had to master skills on equipment they had never touched before – like… sewing machines! (do we pine the loss of home economics courses in high school now?)

The forms were a bit of a Tromp Le Touche (my made up phrase for fool the expected sense of touch, a modification of Trompe-l’œil; “an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.” – thank you Wikipedia). You might see what I mean from some of the images I took of the unveiling Saturday morning.

Thanks to Professors Tony Viscardi and Nik Nikolov for letting me witness the moment.

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Sharing what and HOW we know stuff.

Day 10 of National #ArtsandHumanities Month

It’s been a pretty active arts month on Lehigh’s Campus. In just 10 days, we’ve seen theatrical productions, concerts, lectures, speakers, exhibits, dancing, circus arts, singing, writing, photography, video….

The truth is – it’s like that here EVERY DAY! Ok, the circus arts were a special guest artist presented at Zoellner last weekend. But still… Circus arts on campus! Arts@Lehigh is a program that finds information about the arts, creativity and aesthetic wonderings on campus and in the community geographically nearby. We present a weekly newsletter that helps readers plan their weekend and weekly activities. You can see the latest version of the newsletter <HERE>.

If you’d like to subscribe, please email sus205@lehigh.edu with the subject: SUBSCRIBE TO ARTS@LEHIGH NEWSLETTER. That way you’ll get all the information we know about what’s happening in the arts and culture on campus between Wednesday and the Tuesday of the following week.

How do we know about all the arts and culture on campus and our local community? First; it’s our mission to find what’s going on and share it as widely as possible. We use listening tools, and follow faculty, departments, university programs, venues, and student initiatives. We “scan the internets” as it is. There’s no secret to the work. It takes lots of time and attention. And we love doing it – because there is nothing cooler than seeing art impact the lives of people who engage with it. Art is truly a way of learning and living on campus. It’s not just for arts majors. It’s for everyone: students, staff, faculty, administrators, school aged children, citizens, visitors….

Koji_T-shirt_artwork_003_400x400Just as we share the content we find, today we will share our tools. Here’s one – if you’re on Twitter, you may know that you can create lists to be able to filter information on that channel as well as hashtags for content. The Arts@Lehigh twitter handle has a list of arts related groups to help us scan. The groups are either departments, programs, student clubs, or even venues that sometimes present art. It’s comprehensive; but there may be a handle we haven’t found yet. You can subscribe to the list, if you wish.

We welcome anyone interested in seeing the curated list of arts related profiles at Lehigh University – <CLICK HERE>

Or, print this:

Arts at Lehigh Twitter



Faculty Research in the arts – a query

[note from director, Silagh White]

aa1s3tyuqss7i1o7Have you ever had a random conversation with a faculty member that haunts you? I had such a one yesterday with architecture faculty, Nik Nikolov. He’s been at Lehigh for a couple of years and has done some impressive research. Two of his projects have been built in response to community invitation; the first with the 2013 annual Playhouse Design Competition of the Eastern PA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the second for the Christmas City Village for the Downtown Bethlehem Association.

So what haunted me? The conversation was about the balance of teaching and research. Academic arts disciplines (music, theater, visual art, creative writing, poetry, design, architecture) define research through production. Music professors compose music or perform recitals and concerts. Theater professors act, direct, design lights, scenery, costumes. Et cetera..

University faculty / artists also balance a rigorous teaching role in that they not only offer quality training in these disciplines for students, but come up with innovative ways to facilitate student discovery. They don’t just say, “do this like me.” They offer challenges for students to find creative solutions. They encourage students to find barriers in their thinking and break them. It’s not just what they teach, it’s HOW they facilitate student learning. Faculty who are passionate about what they make, and how they encourage future generations to be creative problem solvers takes investigation, rigor and training in itself. The lingering question is why pedagogy is not also considered research? This is what haunts me.

Faculty are evaluated on the quality of their research and teaching, as well as service to the institution. The lines between all three areas blur. But for all of the work, creation and service- Lehigh is always better in that we get a close connection to their expertise.

Response and thoughts are most welcome in the comments below.

UPDATE to the conversation.

This is what I love about making thoughts transparent. People actually read these posts and respond with new information. What did I learn from my public query? Pedagogy DOES count as research. There is also a Journal of Architectural Education, in which Prof. Nikolov has had two papers on teaching design were published. Since Prof Nikolov was so generous in reading this post, I also learned that he has done extensive research in computation and environmental simulation. He also continues to practice as a certified architect on his “off” hours from Lehigh responsibilities.

Prof. Nikolov’s work is impressive, as is the work of all the architecture faculty at Lehigh. They are also excellent human beings; ready to embrace the challenges of new building design while also nursing the creativity and problems solving skills in our students.

I can’t wait to see what happens with the Hammerschalg Design Lecture Series that Professors Viscardi and Nikolov are doing. Find out more about these here.