Yesterday I ran by luke kurtis‘ apartment in the West Village to pick up the proof of The Animal Book. He and I have been working on the book together for quite some time. Well, he has been doing the working part and I have been doing the “OHHH LAAAA LAAAAA IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL” part. It’s here. It’s done. Praise be to whomever you choose to praise, if anyone. Aside from one or two more adjustments, this mofo is DONE! Continue reading →
Brooklyn-based composer and performer Michael Harren combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work that walks the line between Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Dead Can Dance. He is artist-in-residence at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary where he created the solo multi-media theater pieceThe Animal Show, which premiered in New York City in 2016 and continues to be performed in venues throughout the United States.
In his first solo show, Tentative Armor, he combined piano, synthesizers, various electronics, and live musicians with his unique storytelling, resulting in a deeply moving, highly entertaining performance. Through his resonant, powerful, very personal stories, Harren envelops the audience in a funny, poignant, highly intimate tour of his own self-discovery through spirituality, sexuality, and grief. Music, text and photos from the show were released in an album and book of the same name.
Michael Harren has toured as pianist with Sandra Bernhard, is the musical director for Cabaret for a Cause, and has performed at Dixon Place, (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theater as well as numerous venues around the country. Michael is a Moogfest artist who presented No Permission Needed: Create with Senator Jaiz at Moogfest 2017.
“Michael Harren brings you brilliant piano stylings, a firm sense of the absurd, and a genuine originality that is refreshing and honest, and he’s a very lovely man.”
“Harren’s work takes the science of a composer like Eno, and the spirit of a composer like Oldfield, and combines the two in a bold display of human dichotomy.”
–Replicant Ears Magazine
“Awesome writing and very cool music and approach. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this.”
“There are few artists out there presenting their work with such a wonderful mix of courage and care, with a never ending eye toward giving the audience a wonderful experience and a sublime uniqueness of voice.”
“When Michael Harren’s writing isn’t smart and hilarious, it’s emotionally devastating. He is both a gifted musician and a great man. I am lucky to have worked with him.”
“…a beautiful sound artist and musician.”
“Fuck! You were great!”
How it began
Back in January, I saw that nutritionist Marc S. Wood and personal trainer Jamie Robinson were holding a contest to give away a free month of their 30 Days to Wellness program. The winner would have two sessions a week with each of these guys for a month, and all that was required to enter was to answer a handful of questions. Continue reading →
I protested a lot this weekend. There was a bull riding event at Madison Square Garden, and there were a bunch of activists who went out to demonstrate for three nights. It was extremely cold, and the crowd was pretty brutal. Lots of typical “mmmm bacon” type comments flying around, which we are all used to, but especially at the end of the day on Sunday, the activists were subjected to some hyper aggression from these cowboy dudes in the form of being charged by a man on a horse (on 34th street in Manhattan, no less), and I was grabbed by one of the guys and thrown on the ground. Literally. Continue reading →
I have been contemplating taking The Liberation Pledge for quite some time. On one hand it seems like something that could alienate people from me (and from veganism), but on the other, it’s very, very difficult for me to sit at a table where someone is consuming an animal without saying something, and silence = death. Right? In this case the death is quite literal and undeniably present. Continue reading →
I have always been one to avoid cliches, but in the case of this particular “year in review” for this particular artist person whose work has been supported by your particular generous energy this year, I can’t help but to look back and swell with gratitude. I have had a tremendous year creatively. Tremendous. Thanks to support of people like you, and a solid crew of generous folks on Patreon here’s what I was able to accomplish this year: Continue reading →