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CLOUDS AND CROWDS for 12 singers.

The Highline at 14th Street (in the tunnel)
Thu, 06/04/2015 - 6:30pm

next thursday, june 4th from 6-8pm david reinfurt and shannon ebner will be presenting their year collaborative project for the high line called A HUDSON YARD.
please stop by and stay for alex waterman's performance CLOUDS and CROWDS at
6:30pm sharp. you will find us at the tunnels at the 14th street entrance,
walk to the top of the stairs and face south.


This publication is part of A HUDSON YARD, a project by Shannon Ebner with
David Reinfurt, commissioned by High Line Art and presented by Friends of
the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

From May 2014 to April 2015, a series of twelve wheat-pasted posters were
installed at various locations around the High Line in Chelsea and the
Meatpacking District. Each poster featured a photograph of a capital letter
³A² as found in different commercial settings on the side of a building as
an advertisement, on the awning of a brake shop as a logo, under an
overgrown plant on a city wall as a municipal mural. A most anemic
advertising campaign, the four by six foot posters were installed one by one
at the beginning of each month for twelve months, each lasting between one

A James Tenney Concert

Abrons Art Center
Sat, 04/11/2015 - 4:00pm

At the center of this concert are Tenney's Postal Pieces from 1965-71. The program also features two of his earliest instrumental solo pieces, electronic tape music and a rare screening of Viet Flakes (1967), a film by Carolee Schneemann with music by Tenney.

Eric Smigel from San Diego State University will give a talk at 4pm followed by the performance. For more information on this concert or on the Carolee Schneemann season at The Artist's Institute, go to: www.theartistsinstitute.org

"Yes, but is it Edible?" book tour in Europe

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:00am - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 12:00am

The music of Robert Ashley, for two or more voices

Edited by Will Holder and Alex Waterman.
Published by New Documents, 2014.

For this tour, Will Holder and Alex Waterman will be reading an hour of duets from Robert Ashley's opera's "Dust" and "Celestial Excursions".

Friday March 6th, 7pm
Tramway (w/ LUX Scotland)
25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday March 7th, 2pm
Leeds Library (w/ Pavilion)
18 Commercial Street, Leeds LS1 6AL

Sunday March 8th, 3.30pm
Café Oto
18-22 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
£5 door, £4 advance

Tuesday March 10th, 7pm
Fondation Lafayette
46 rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie 75004 Paris

Wednesday March 11th, 7pm
La Loge
Kluisstraat / Rue de l’Ermitage 86 1050 Brussels

Friday March 13th, 7pm
De Rode Bioscoop (w/ Kunstverein Amsterdam)
Haarlemmerpln 7, 1013 HP Amsterdam

Sunday March 15th, 7pm
Skalitzer Straße 68 10997 Berlin

Alex Waterman at White Columns Annual

I installed a video installation version of VIDAS PERFECTAS at the White Columns annual. It features two episodes from the television opera, the iconic neon and the mirror from the Whitney Museum set.


Looking Back / The 9th White Columns Annual - Selected by Cleopatra's
Participating artists include:

Dennis Adams, Etel Adnan, Sam Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum, BFFA3AE, Sarah Charlesworth, Mike Cloud, Anne Doran, Koji Enokura, Peter Fend, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Charles Gaines, Guy Goodwin, Sheila Hicks, Gordon Hall, Van Hanos, David Hartt, Stanya Kahn, Annette Kelm, Josh Kline, Justine Kurland, Maria Lassnig, Louise Lawler, Robert Longo, Jeanette Mundt, Sigmar Polke, Mira Schendel, Trevor Shimizu, Greg Parma Smith, Frances Stark, Keiichi Tanaami, Malick Sidibé, Lily van der Stokker, Orlando Tirado – FLEX, Alex Waterman, Carrie Mae Weems, and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein.

Screening of The Trial of Anne Opie Wehrer by Robert Ashley, Directed by Alex Waterman

Kunstverein Toronto
Sun, 01/18/2015 - 7:00pm

The Trial of Anne Opie Wehrer and Other Unknown Accomplices For Crimes Against Humanity (1968) is a “speaking opera” by Robert Ashley originally staged in 1968, in which the main speaker is asked to publicly answer one hundred questions about her life by an interrogator offstage. A series of improvised interruptions, diversions, and cross-examinations by two pairs of men and women creates a cacophonous and complicated score, with sounds of evasions, sarcastic questions and answers, laughter, and a huge, complex “story” about life as they all have lived it. 

As Ashley recalls,“Audience reactions went from wonder to sheer outrage—as we learned from a lot of letters that came to us after performances.”

In 1974, Anne Opie Wehrer wrote a letter to Marcia Tucker at the Whitney Museum explaining her wish to reproduce the opera at the Whitney as a live performance and installation. Forty years later, Waterman used this letter as the template for his staging and production of the piece at the 2014 Whitney Biennial..

Performance for the Opening of Akira Yoshikawa | Reciprocity & John Kissick | Sugar & Splice

Sat, 01/17/2015 (All day)

EXHIBITION DATES: January 17 to February 14, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 17 from 2 – 5 p

The artists will be present. Special guest Alex Waterman (NYC) will perform a short (15-20 min.) cello set that will be recorded as part of a limited edition CD to accompany each of Yoshikawa’s “Notation Drawings.”

PERFORMANCE AND DINNER WITH AKIRA AND ALEX: Saturday, January 17 from 7 – 11 p

Please join us for an exclusive evening with Akira Yoshikawa and Alex Waterman. Waterman will perform a longer (45-60 min.) cello set that will be recorded as part of a limited edition CD to accompany each of Yoshikawa’s “Notation Drawings.” Yoshikawa will also speak about the inspiration and realization of his exhibition. Tickets are $100 per person all-inclusive. Kindly RSVP your interest in attending by Wednesday, January 15 to info@katzmancontemporary.com.

more info: http://www.katzmancontemporary.com/yoshikiss-press-release


I have uploaded video documentation from two of the four performances at the Whitney Biennial 2014. These are the versions starring AMY SILLMAN and MARY FARLEY.






The Courtyard, State Theatre Centre of WA, 174-176 William Street,
Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:00am - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 12:00am

'Dans le Jardin' is a site-specific duet piece for outdoor space performed by Michael Schumacher (dance) and Alex Waterman (cello).

For this special Perth season, Waterman will compose a new score for cello and electronics for Schumacher to perform in the State Theatre Centre’s Courtyard. As always the work will unfold in real time in an improvised manner, drawing on
the feedback and flow of the audience itself.

Originally conceived for the Lyon Biennale,Dans le Jardin was performed in the courtyard of the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon. At that location, Alex and Michael worked with the geometry of the formal garden, the flow of the public, the statuaries, and the acoustics of the arches around the garden, as well as the open air of the courtyard setting.

LAUNCHING Yes, But is it Edible? The music of Robert Ashley, for two or more voices

Ooga Booga, CCA WATTIS, Mother Foucault's Portlan, and WESTERN FRONT
Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:00am - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 12:00am

Yes, But Is It Edible?
The music of Robert Ashley, for two or more voices

New Documents is pleased to announce a series of launch events in conjunction with the upcoming release of Yes, But Is It Edible?, a new book on the American composer Robert Ashley edited by Will Holder and Alex Waterman.

For the launches, Holder and Waterman will read duets from the operas. Please join us as we celebrate what has been a book seven years in the making!

September 30: Los Angeles
Tuesday, 7 pm
356 Mission / Ooga Booga
356 S. Mission Road

October 1: San Francisco
Wednesday, 7 pm
CCA Wattis Institute
360 Kansas Street

October 3: Portland
Friday, 7 pm
Mother Foucault's Bookstore
523 SE Morrison St

October 5: Vancouver
Sunday, 7 pm
Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue

Yes, But Is It Edible?

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