FRI | FEB 7 | 7 PM (CHORD WARM-UP) & 8 PM (CONCERT)
$10/$8 Members & Students/FREE for Teens
(For general, member and student tickets, please click TICKETS above)
In an increasingly disconnected world, Guitar Mash (http://guitarmash.org/) creates community through its signature Urban Campfires -- participatory music and storytelling events led by world-class artists that change how we experience music and connect with each other.
“NYC Urban Campfire: QUEENS” will feature renowned guitarists and singer-songwriters sharing the songs and stories that shaped them. Like the annual Urban Campfires in Manhattan and Nashville, this event invites the audience to bring guitars and other acoustic string instruments, and all are encouraged to sing along. Note: instrument optional! Half of our audience comes without one.
With the boundary at the stage erased, the audience is integral to the performance, and this Urban Campfire, a reflection of Flushing Town Hall’s surrounding community: of varying cultures, ages, and musical abilities.
Mark Stewart - Mash Artistic Director, Queen Urban Campfire Co-Leader
Carlos Alomar (Puerto Rico) - Urban Campfire Co-Leader
Fernandito Ferrer (Puerto Rico)- Featured Guest Artist
Renee Goust (Mexico) - Featured Guest Artist
Haleh Liza (Iran)- Featured Guest Artist
Sofia Rei (Argentina) - Featured Guest Artist
“This is how music started, and this is how music should be.” - John Schaefer, WNYC
“Each Urban Campfire is a unique and immersive event that does away with lines between artist and audience, engendering a true collaborative community.”
Guitar Mash Artistic Director: Mark Stewart
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, song leader, composer and instrument designer Mark Stewart has been heard around the world performing old and new music. Since 2012, he has been the Artistic Director of Guitar Mash, leading the participatory communal Urban Campfires together with renowned artists sharing their favorite songs and life stories. Since 1998 he has recorded, toured and been Musical Director with Paul Simon. A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the comic duo Polygraph Lounge, Mark has also worked with Steve Reich, Sting, Anthony Braxton, Bob Dylan, Wynton Marsalis, Meredith Monk, Stevie Wonder, Phillip Glass, Iva Bittova, Bruce Springsteen, Terry Riley, Ornette Coleman, Don Byron, Joan Baez, Hugh Masakela, Paul McCartney, Cecil Taylor, Bill Frisell, Jimmy Cliff, the Everly Brothers, Fred Frith, Alison Krauss, David Krakauer, Bobby McFerrin, David Byrne, James Taylor, Aaron Neville, Bette Midler, and Marc Ribot. He has worked extensively with composer Elliot Goldenthal on music for film, often playing instruments of his own design and construction. He has designed instruments for Julie Taymor's Midsummer Night's Dream & Theater For A New Audience's production of King Lear, and is the inventor of the WhirlyCopter, a bicycle-powered Pythagorean choir of singing tubes and the Big Boing, a 24 ft. sonic banquet table Mbira that seats 30 children playing 490 found objects. Mark is a co-founder of SoundstewArt, an organization that designs & builds immersive musical environments. He is a Visiting Lecturer in musical instrument design at MIT and is also a curator at MASS MoCA of the immersive Gunnar Schonbeck exhibit of musical instruments. He lives in New York City making his living playing and writing popular music, semi-popular music and unpopular music, and designing instruments that everyone can play.
Special Guest Carlos Alomar
After 32 International gold and platinum records, Carlos Alomar’s place in music history is secure. The legendary guitarist burst upon the rock scene with David Bowie in the mid-1970s, when he, Bowie, and John Lennon co-wrote the hit song “Fame.” Over the course of the next 30 years, Alomar would record and tour the world as Bowie’s music director. His ability to play R&B, Philly soul, hard rock, and ambient music meant that he was always in demand – and able to keep up with Bowie’s quicksilver changes of musical persona. He also co-wrote Mick Jagger’s first solo effort, “She’s The Boss,” Iggy Pop’s comeback hit “Sister Midnight,” and played guitar for a Who’s Who of pop/rock royalty –some notables…Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Simple Minds, Yoko Ono, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Graham Parker, Mark Ronson “featuring Bruno Mars”, Mystikal, Duran Duran, …(see discography for more). As a rare Latino musician in the rock scene, Alomar also occupies a singular place in Latin music history. Over the years, as a producer, co-founder of the National Rock Movement of Puerto Rico, and advisor to the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (LARAS, the organization that does the Latin Grammy Awards), he has championed Latino rock musicians. As a producer Alomar maintained an involvement with the Latin music scene, producing the Argentine band Soda Stereo’s Doble Vida (in which he plays guitar – and raps). And as part of the National Rock Movement of Puerto Rico, he traveled throughout the island, producing and recording local rock bands. “Everyone just expected Puerto Rican musicians to play salsa,” he recalls. “So I came back with these incredible Rock tapes, and I brought them to the various record labels. And the response was amazing: NO.” Puerto Rican music, he was told, was salsa. Not rock. The irony of telling this to rock’s most successful Puerto Rican musician seems to have been lost on the label chiefs. This may seem like a surprising detour from a road that began with David Bowie’s Young Americans, but the whole of Carlos Alomar’s career has been a surprise. It’s the story of a Puerto Rican-born minister’s son who became the music director of some of the world’s most lavish and legendary rock tours; it’s the story of a musician who has stubbornly refused to be put in a box. “a box?…..Musicians don’t think that way,” Alomar says. “We have been impacted by everything we hear; we don’t put music in a box.” READ MORE at http://carlosalomar.com/bio.html
General Operating & Program Support
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State
Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Council Members Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Francisco Moya, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Booth Ferris Foundation.
Support for our programs is also provided by Acrobuffos/Seth Bloom & Christina Gelsone, Angela An, Robin Bell-Stevens, Dongjiang Bi, Cathay Bank, Douglass Chan, Amy Mak Chan, Sharon Chen, Ginger Chinn, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Exploring the Metropolis, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Matthew Goldner, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Lily Han, Heather Harrison, Belinda Pilin Hsu, Alice & Steve Huang, Hung Pin Hung, Investors Foundation, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Ellen Kodadek, the Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, Janet T. Leow, James S. Liao, Emily Lin / Lin & Loveall Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Frank Macchio, Materials for the Arts, William McClure / Queens College, Mets Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jassy Z. Min, New York Chinese Chorus, Northwell Health, Carlos Ortiz, Queens Art Education Center / Arthur Liu, Queens Courier, Resorts World, Camillo Reyes, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Helen Shieh, Richard Siu, Curtis Smith, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Michael Tang, Veronica Tsang, Tai & Tony Wang / Glow Foundation, Jay Wegman, Constance Wingate, Anna Wu, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, Sandy Yeh, Shane Yeh, and Angela Qi Zhang. Support at $500 and up for the 2020 fiscal year is included.
We are extremely grateful to the anonymous donor who contributed a $40,000 challenge gift in honor of our 40th anniversary and inspired so much generosity in others.