Sassetta was a Sienese painter, one of my favorites painters of the renaissance. This painting is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and I visit it whenever I am there. The composition of this painting is very mysterious, with the monkey, the stork and the central figure. Sassetta’s landscapes are always really barren and strangely beautiful.
This is a magnificent work of art, a portrait in silver of a Sassanian King, that resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It is a little smaller than life size. The Sassanians were the rulers of ancient Iran, and had a taste for amazing works in silver. The Kings were differentiated by each having a different and interesting crown.
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Joel Garten in Concert
November 27, 2013 at 8 pm $18.00 / $14.00 Students/Artists/
Musideum 401 Richmond St. W Main Floor Toronto, Ontario (at Richmond St. W. and Spadina) FREE PARKING in rear of building.
Joel Garten: “the Jackson Pollock of the piano”
Hear emerging composer and pianist Joel Garten take the stage to play an engrossing concert of piano improvisations. His spellbinding work sounds like a meeting of Keith Jarrett and Morton Feldman, two of Garten’s main musical influences.. An accomplished musician, Garten was invited by Bryan Adams to give a concert at Adams’ recording studio in Vancouver. Garten has an interesting and engrossing unique musical sensibility, forged over two decades of engagement with music. He has studied gamelan in Bali, Indonesia, played an impromptu concert in Uzbekistan, and played an improvised concert in a tiny rice farming village in Japan as part of the Echigo-Tsumari Triennial. He had his first CD produced by Jazz FM 91′s Jaymz Bee, when Garten was just 13.
Garten’s music is inspired and influenced by such visual artists as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Giorgio Morandi. Garten is also a painter, writer and entrepreneur, as well as a textile collector.
He is in the currently writing a series of artist profiles of new music performers and composers which have been published on the Huffington Post, including an article and interview with Esprit Orchestra conductor Alex Pauk.
The Musideum is a musical instrument museum and concert venue in the 401 Richmond building at Richmond and Spadina in downtown Toronto. It boasts a C. Bechstein grand piano, one of the top pianos in the city. It hosts a wide variety of jazz, classical and improvised music.
Today I am the featured composer on Composer’s Circle!
here is the permalink incase you missed it http://composerscircle.com/joel-garten/
They featured a beautiful piano improvisation I performed at a concert last year in Toronto.