Friday, June 19, 2015

Mayor Proclaims June 19, 2015, a citywide Day of Photography

Glazer's Camera was the site of a press conference announcing Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s proclamation designating June 19, 2015, as a citywide Day of Photography. 

Among those making remarks was Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director of Photo Center Northwest (PCNW). A full weekend of photography related activities will activate Seattle over the next three days, included Long Shot, a one-day activity and fundraising event for PCNW, and PHOTOFEST 2015, a weekend of photography events celebrating Glazer’s Camera's 80th anniversary.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Leo Saul Berk at the Frye Art Museum

“Structure and Ornament,” an exhibition of work by Leo Saul Berk, opened at the Frye Art Museum, in Seattle, on May 30, 2015. The sculpture and video comprising the show address issues of architecture and imagination, paying  homage to the mid-century American architect, painter and musician Bruce Goff (1904–82). “Structure and Ornament” runs through September 6, 2015.

Frye director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker & Leo Saul Berk

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque at Jazz Alley

On May 12 and May 13, Jazz Alley, in Seattle, welcomed Jane Bunnett and Maqueque to the stage. Band members the Canadian bandleader Jane Bunnett (sax/flute), Dayme (percussion), Yissey (drums), Danae (piano), Celia (guitar/bass) and Magdelys (batas/congos). Except for Bunnett all members of the band are from Cuba.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Ester Rada at the Stroum Jewish Community Center

On May 3, 2015, Israeli-Ethiopian vocalist Ester Rada led her band into the Stroum Jewish Community Center Arts Stage, on Mercer Island. 

Earlier this year, BBC News described her as follows:

“Ester Rada is an arresting young singer-songwriter with a rich musical heritage. Her Ethiopian roots are clearly audible in her music. But so is the influence of Israel where she grew up and now lives.

“Her EP, Life Happens, released in 2013, was a confident debut showcasing her powerful, soulful voice and seductive combination of Ethiopian Jazz, funk and R&B.”

After experiencing her performance, I'm buying the BBC News description, only adding that African American female vocalists, perhaps especially Nina Simone, also strongly inform her approach.