Park Avenue Armory

Artists Studio

“…It was a block of music that made you think, as the room does: Take note. Listen deeply. The rest of the world is not like this.” – The New York Times

A monument of late 19th-century decorative arts, the Veterans Room is the most significant remaining intact interior in the world by Louis C. Tiffany and Co., Associated Artists. The design of the room by these artisans was exotic, eclectic, and full of experimentation; as noted by Decorator and Furnisher: “the prepondering styles appear to be the Greek, Moresque and Celtic, with a dash of Egyptian, the Persian and the Japanese in the appropriate places.”

This season, the series adds a new voice to the eclectic styles found in the space, with performances by a diverse mix of musicians, composers, and artists that infuse their own work with a multitude of various references and source material, from Japan, India, and West Africa to the American South and Harlem. Curated by jazz pianist, composer, and MacArthur fellow Jason Moran, these interventions explore the culture of sound that can be visibly seen in the newly reopened space, while allowing these creative thinkers to actively explore bold new directions of global influence in contemporary music.

Rashaad Newsome Image

Rashaad Newsome

November 7

“[Newsome’s] work is irreverent and brazen. It is deeply referential. It is decisive. It is disruptive. It is king.”

Multidisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome creates a site-specific work in the Veterans Room, bringing together video installation, collage, sculpture, and live performance to create a truly interdisciplinary experience in his ongoing exploration of questions around pedigree, gender, and race.

Jo Lawry & Kavita Shah Image

Jo Lawry & Kavita Shah

November 21

“[Lawry is] an Australian jazz singer with a spring-like tone, a nimble technique and a grasp of shading and pacing…”
–The New York Times

Jazz meets folk while heartbreak meets humor in the sparkling original songs of Australian-born Jo Lawry, and Kavita Shah places seemingly eclectic songs, instruments, and artists in dialogue with one another to create a new type of jazz with global sensibilities in this thrilling double bill.

2017 Season Sponsors:

Current Sponsor Images