[members-announce] Mark Whitecage's BushWacked - A Spoken Opera at Mana Fine Arts Gallery 11/7

Rozanne Levine rozmark at bellatlantic.net
Sun Oct 8 15:49:14 EDT 2006


October 8, 2006
For Immediate Release

To:  Listings/Critics/Features
From:  Acoustics



Contact:
Rozanne Levine
ACOUSTICS
230 Union Street, First Fl.
Boonton, NJ 07005-1748 (USA)
Tel/Fax:  973-335-5720
rozmark at bellatlantic.net




Mark Whitecage's BushWacked ­ A Spoken Opera
at Mana Fine Arts Gallery

"When the dust has settled and these mad times are just a bad memory,
'BushWacked' will still be standing tall."  - Robert Iannapollo, Signal to
Noise

"Archie Shepp and ragtime, Frank Zappa and off-Broadway, anarchy and
democracy:  it's all here for your mental and auditive pleasure."  Massimo
Ricci, Touching Extremes

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Performance and filming of Mark Whitecage's BUSHWACKED ­ A SPOKEN OPERA at
the closing reception for What Have YOU Got To Say? 2006:  An Exhibition of
Political Art

Date:          Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Time:          8:00PM

Place:          Mana Fine Arts Gallery, 227 Coles Street, Jersey City, NJ
07310
(located 5 minutes from the Holland Tunnel, under the overpass at 12th
Street between Monmouth & Coles Streets; accessible via PATH and Light Rail
­ Pavonia/Newport station)

Admission:    Free

Information:  telephone 1-800-330-9659; What Have YOU Got To Say? 2006 web
site ­ www.snortandchortle.com; Mark Whitecage web site -
www.erjn.it/mus/whitecage.htm


Boonton, NJ ­ October 8, 2006 -- Acoustics announces the performance and
filming of Mark Whitecage's BushWacked - A Spoken Opera at the closing
reception for What Have YOU Got To Say? 2006:  An Exhibition of Political
Art.  Scheduled to coincide with fall election night, Whitecage's passionate
and lively spoken word opera features four notables of creative improvised
music:  Mark Whitecage - alto sax and Bb clarinet, Perry Robinson ­ Bb and
sopranino clarinets, Rozanne Levine - Bb and alto clarinets, and Rosi
Hertlein ­ violin and voice.

In creating BushWacked, Mark Whitecage focused his outrage at the criminal
gang in Washington, gathered text and like-minded musicians, and produced a
hard-hitting and sometimes angry indictment of the Bush Crime Family, all
without losing the sense of swing and intensity he is known for!!

What Have YOU Got To Say? 2006 is the second edition of the grass-roots
biannual exhibition of politics in art that debuted in Jersey City in 2004.
This year¹s exhibit presents 165 artworks by 75 artists split between the
4,500 square foot exhibition space and media displays of additional works
including still images, film, and video.  Works addressing such issues as
war, the American government, religion, the environment, economics, race and
sexuality in a wide spectrum of media are presented.

"Without Maximum Participation, Democracy is a Wrap!!" is the keynote of the
exhibit.  Whitecage exemplifies this attitude by inviting audience members
to recite text he will be handing out during the Fugue section of the opera.
Filmmaker Michael Hull brings his expertise to record what promises to be a
compelling, thought-provoking and musically wide-ranging evening.

For those who want to take home a piece of the action, Whitecage's CD of the
opera will be available for purchase at the event.

What the critics are saying about the Winter 2005 release, BushWacked - A
Spoken Opera on the Acoustics label:

"Mark Whitecage and The Bi-Coastal Orchestra step up to the podium and
deliver the statement of sanity many have been waiting on for five years.
Whitecage's broad stylistic background is well represented by his ensemble,
creating a lively listenable soundtrack equal to the seething passion in the
composer's text." 
- Rex Butters, All About Jazz - LA

"Even after five years of Bush and his cronies' systematic dismantling of
our governmental system, there's been little overt protest music within the
field of creative jazz. Along comes saxophonist Mark Whitecage with a
healthy dose of indignation. The music runs the gamut from freebop to
collective improv to straight ahead swing, and every player gets a moment to
shine. When the dust has settled and these mad times are just a bad memory,
'BushWacked' will still be standing tall."  - Robert Iannapollo, Signal to
Noise 

"The 'jazz-and-much-more' raging authority unleashed by Whitecage [and
company] will curl up your toes:  a show-stopping virtuosity does not waste
an ounce of the pulsating conceptual energy of the group, whose components
encapsulate hundreds of different artistic experiences with sardonic smiles
and thoroughly irreverent musicianship. Archie Shepp and ragtime, Frank
Zappa and off-Broadway, anarchy and democracy: it's all here for your mental
and auditive pleasure." - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

One of the Top Ten Releases of 2005 ­ Rex Butters, All About Jazz - LA

"What a splendid and healing joy to listen to this CD!  I just can't put it
down, it's terrific and explosive stuff." - Sandile Ngidi, freelance
journalist and independent producer, South Africa

PICK HIT
"Except for one lyric written in 1776, the spoken words come from news
reports, but they rivet your attention.  The intent is outrage, but I find
the words, so unflinchingly rooted in the real world, calming -- compared to
the anarchic jazz swirling around them."  [A-] - Tom Hull, ³Jazz Consumer
Guide², The Village Voice

"BushWacked' is an impressive, bold and timely work from alto sax wiz, Mark
Whitecage, and his new crew." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Proprietor, Downtown
Music Gallery 

====================

What Have YOU Got To Say? 2006 web site:  www.snortandchortle.com

Mark Whitecage web site:  www.erjn.it/mus/whitecage.htm

======

For photos, interviews and more information, please contact Rozanne Levine
at Acoustics, tel/fax 973-335-5720, e-mail: rozmark at bellatlantic.net.




More information about the members-announce mailing list