Upcoming Awesomeness

8 10 2009

We’re a little starstruck here in the Public Programs office, not only because Ben Affleck was filming his newest movie right outside our door last week, but also because DJ Rekha is going to be spinning from the Gardner Museum Courtyard! Suffice it to say, we’re pretty pumped that she’ll be at After Hours next week. If you don’t get enough of her at the Gardner, you can always head over to the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge where she’ll be spinning post AH. To hear a little more about her work, check out this interview from NPR.

October 15, Remix:

We’re going to remix tonight with the museum’s galleries as inspiration. Ever notice how Gardner layered unusual things together? Chinese sculptures with early Italian paintings or Venetian lace against Spanish and French leather wall upholstery – total remix!

  • Courtyard Music: DJ Rekha joins us straight from Brooklyn to spin Bhangra-style! From 5:30-7pm and then again from 8:15-9pm.
  • Gallery Talk @ 7pm: Gallery Talk @ 7pm: Join Jane Farver, Director of the Vera List Center at MIT, for a talk about Floating Memories
  • Viewfinder Conversations: Join a discussion about John S. Sargent’s famous portrait of Isabella Gardner (every half-hour), plus other impromptu gallery discussions (6 to 8:30PM)
  • Sketching in the Galleries: Drop by the Titian Room and sketch for a while, from 6-9pm.

And whatever else lies in store!


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Pics from August’s “Summer Night”

8 09 2009

Before the next Gardner After Hours is upon us in just one short week- we wanted to give a little shout out to everyone who came in August and there are pics too! Thanks for coming!

Check it here online at Stuff Magazine – all photos by the talented Erica Magliaro, Stuff Magazine


Niko Hafkenscheid performing in the musuem's courtyard. Photo by Erica Magliaro.

Gardner After Hours-ites. Photo by Erica

Gardner After Hours-ites. Photo by Erica Magliaro.

Cheers, cheers and see you soon!

The circus comes to the Gardner

6 02 2009

Peter Bufano, far right, with members of Cirkestra

Peter Bufano, far right, with members of Cirkestra

Venice is our inspiration for Gardner After Hours this month and it’s time to celebrate Carnevale di Venezia! In that spirit, we’re bringing you a performance by CIRKESTRA, an ensemble made up of the best circus musicians in America that plays an eclectic mix of gypsy, jazz, tango, klezmer, and the ultimately creepy circus waltz.

The Gardner’s Brittany Duncan sat down with Peter Bufano, former circus clown/bandleader/accordionist, to talk about Cirkestra, circus music, and more!

Brittany Duncan: A lot of kids dream of running away to join the circus, but you actually did. How did you get started in the circus?

Peter Bufano: I was born in Bridgeport, CT, the home of P.T. Barnum and the Barnum Museum. My parents took me to the Ringling Brothers circus each year, but they were not circus people or performers of any sort.

My parents really just thought of me as another one of those kids who dreamed about running away with the circus. For my part, no one ever told me that I had to face reality at some point and find something “realistic” to do.

In 1986 I was accepted to Clown College. I was 17 years old.

BD: When and why did you decide to form Cirkestra?

PB: After a performance with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus in late 2004, Jeff Jenkins, a classmate from Clown College, asked me, “Do you want to do a score for a small European Style bigtop tour this summer?”

That’s when I formed Cirkestra. I told my girlfriend at the time that I wanted to name the band something that could convey a “Circus Orchestra.” She said: “Cirkestra.”

BD: What do you think it is about circus music that people respond to?

PB: In the circus the emotion comes from the music. It works on the audience subconsciously. A circus bandleader is like OZ: “Pay no mind to the man behind the screen.”

BD: How do you think audiences experience your music differently without the visual element of the circus performance?

PB: When started presenting our circus music without the circus, I thought, “This will be cool, because we’ll be able to showcase what we do without being upstaged by the giraffes and acrobats.” Ironically people always come up to me after the show and say, “I can see the giraffes and acrobats in my imagination.”

BD: How do you go about writing a piece of music for a particular circus act?

PB: I watch the act during rehearsal and try to imagine what my music can add to it that’s not already there. I try to get the character or the performer in there so that the music will sound like the person who is performing.

BD: Do you still perform with circuses?

PB: This spring we’re working with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Dobson, the drummer, is playing with The Big Apple Circus this. I don’t know when the next time I’ll go out on the road for a few years at a time, if ever, but I guess people will always call me a circus musician.

BD: Tell me a little more about the other four performers who will be joining you for the concert on the 19th.

PB: Käthe Hostetter is the violinist. I have a note I wrote to myself about 4 years ago of “5 year goals” and number one was “play as good as Käthe”. Two years ago, we were on tour with Circus Smirkus, and Käthe found a barber chair in the trash and dragged it from town to town for the rest of the tour. In each town, in the back lot, near the trailers, you could see this out-of-place barber chair out in the field, sometimes with her sitting in it reading a book.

Mike Dobson is the drummer. The thing that really sets him apart is how sensitive he is to melody and phrasing. He is the antithesis of a drum machine. He joined us on Circus Smirkus in 2005. He turned me on to Kanye West.

Sammy Lett (Saxophone, clarinet, flute) was introduced to me by his wife who used to play saxophone in the band. He’s very creative at improvising. Sammy never runs out of ideas, I’m trying to learn how he does it.

Mike Milnarik is a tuba player who just started with Cirkestra. We found him on the internet and he’s never played with a circus, but he’s going to this spring for the first time.

BD: What Cirkestra is up to next?

PB: Keep an eye out for the documentary “Circus Dreams.” We created the soundtrack and we’re releasing it on CD as soon as the movie is released on cable TV.

Cirkestra plays at 7PM on Thursday, February 19th in the Gardner’s Tapestry Room. Intrigued? Buy tickets here! <link to: http://www.museumtix.com/ticket/ord_eventcat.asp?pvt=isgm&vid=759&pid=2521679&eid=2899813&otd=&evd=02-19-2009&evt=0700PM&gt;

Musicians talk about Hemphill

15 10 2007

For Duke Ellington, the pinnacle of praise was to describe a musician as “beyond category.” The late Texas-born saxophonist and composer Julius Hemphill, who came up through the worlds of R&B and jazz, merits the full measure of that Ellingtonian encomium. Read more.

For an article in yesterday’s Globe, jazz correspondent Kevin Lowenthal interviewed a number of the musicians performing this Thursday at After Hours about saxophonist Julius Hemphill’s legacy and impact. Click the link above to read more about what pianist Ursula Oppens and saxophonist Marty Ehrlich, both playing in the 7pm concert “Music of Julius Hemphill,” had to say. You’ll also get another perspective from saxophonist Russ Gershon, who will be playing live in the courtyard from 5-7pm.

Tickets to the 7pm concert are going fast, so act soon if you’re interested in hearing some of Hemphill’s music. The courtyard performance is included with After Hours admission.

Photo Roundup

25 09 2007

This just in–our photos!

The courtyard from above

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A penny for your thoughts

21 09 2007

Okay, so we’re not actually paying, but we would love to hear more about what you thought of our first After Hours event last night. Personally, we were thrilled. More than 600 people came to our premiere to take in the art & ambiance, catch up with friends old and new, and enjoy live music and drinks around the courtyard, and we hear you had a great time.

Our friends over at Yelp are already buzzing about the evening, and a little bird tells us that Going will soon be posting pictures from the night. Keep an eye out for the next Improper, and if you’re lucky, your mug may just show up there, too. We’ll have our own Flickr album up on Monday, but in the meantime: what did you think? Add a comment below and let us know.

A couple words from people who attended:

“I think it’s great that one of the best museums in Boston is appealing to a wider audience & offering something to appeal to all 5 senses.”

The best aspect: “Feeling like I was at a private party at this beautiful museum!”

“Wonderful chance to mingle and enjoy the museum in an intimate atmosphere.”

“Relaxed and social vibe, good people watching and the most beautiful venue in the city.”

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