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thingNY Immediacies Series 2.5: Southern Gentlemen

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June 19, 2014 8:00 pm


thingNY‘s Immediacies Series continues to trudge the road of happy destiny with an evening of music from the amazing and wonderful southern gentleman of a composer, Justin Sharp, and thingNY‘s own beloved Andrew Livingston. Justin will be playing riveting solo piano music as well as some electronic gems from his arsenal of awesome sound. Andrew Livingston will perform as his alter ego, Piad Guyvessant, utilizing thingNY as the Piad Guyvessant Band. Piad Guyvessant is an experiment in avant-garde folk music with musical moments that are somewhere between “pieces” and “songs”. Please join us…

Composer and pianist Justin Sharp continually seeks new directions in his musical career, composing within the genre of the avant-garde, electronic music, working in early childhood music education, arranging and performing folk music, and working in many other varying genres. Sharp studied at the University of Texas at Austin where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree. As a doctoral student, he specialized in the fusion of poetry and music (non vocally) in a multi-layered approach of intertwining elements of a poem or poems into an instrumental composition. Many of Sharp’s compositions have received performance throughout the United States and internationally. When not composing, he is an avid photographer, records local talent in his home recording studio, and writes code for smart phone apps for children’s educational curriculum.

Piad Guyvessant is the ¬†alter ego of composer/performer Andrew Livingston. The project is a forum for Andrew to explore combining elements of psychedelic folk and avant-garde synth pop with a tinge of light-heartedness and absurd humor. None of the “songs” or “pieces” are ever finished works, although each one has enough set musical material to create a vibe or mood. Some songs are more through composed than others, but many of them rely on the spur-of-the-moment to determine how the musical material will unfold.

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