New book from Tony Award-winning Dancer and Choreographer Bill T. Jones captures the beauty and movement of dance in written form

07.23.14
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Princeton University Press

For over 40 years, Bill T. Jones has been generating new, hybrid art forms that flawlessly blend the spoken word, dance, and music to tell stories. STORY/TIME: The Life of an Idea(September 17. 2014) is a brilliant glimpse behind the scenes of this process.

Part memoir of Jones’s dance career; part rumination on the distinct and related roles of artist and audience; and part dialogue with the ideals and ideas of John Cage; STORY/TIME shares its name with the Jones-choreographed dance performance: Story/Time (New York Live Arts, November 4 – 8 & 11 – 15 at 7:30pm, details enclosed).

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On delectable new album Le Bonheur, soulful siren Storm Large flips classic songs head over heels

07.23.14
Storm Large

An epic orchestral rendition of Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” stark harmonies for an “Unchained Melody” and a barn-burning version of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love” are just some of the gems on Le Bonheur, the entrancing new album from Portland-based songstress Storm Large. Together with her band (also called Le Bonheur), the vocalist brings raw sophistication and a symphonic palette to a collage of American songbook, chanson française, glam rock and heavy metal. The album will be released on Pink Martini’s label Heinz Records on October 7, 2014.

Classic songs get a twist of what The New York Times called the “personality plus” of irrepressible vocalist Storm Large, whose singular career has traversed the West Coast club scene, reality television, symphony engagements and international concert halls with beloved retro-chic band Pink Martini. On this first release for Storm on Heinz Records, American songbook classics like Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and Richard Rodgers’ “The Lady is a Tramp” shimmy up next to Black Sabbath’s “N.I.B.” and Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love,” each reimagined in sparkling Technicolor arrangements. She shifts seamlessly between French and English during Jacques Brel’s famous heartbreaker “Ne me quitte pas” and adds honeyed harmonies while digging into the emotional core of “Unchained Melody,” then unleashes a brassy rendition of Cole Porter’s “It’s All Right With Me,” in which Weimar meets fiddle funk. Two original tunes penned by Storm—“A Woman’s Heart” and “Stand up for Me”—suspend her smoky tones in expansive gospel choruses.

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Bill T. Jones to receive National Medal of Arts

07.22.14
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
National Endowment for the Arts

Washington, DC — President Barack Obama will present the National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. ET, in an East Room ceremony at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend. The event will be live streamed at WH.gov/Live.

Bill T. Jones [is being honored] for his contributions as a dancer and choreographer. Renowned for provocative performances that blend an eclectic mix of modern and traditional dance, Mr. Jones creates works that challenge us to confront tough subjects and inspire us to greater heights.

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