I’m experimenting with different ways to document my time at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary. I’m doing work on the show between visits, but I want to keep the residency active on my site and socials, so…. Here’s a new vlog! This was fun to do, and I’d really like to improve my video/film making skills so I am going to just put these up in a casual and experimental spirit. I’m open to feedback if you’ve got it and, of course, bring on the shares and likes! 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.
In his 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 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!”
Last week I launched a new subscription service on a website called Drip. I’ve been a member of Christopher Willits’ Drip for about a year now, but for most of that time I didn’t see any indication that they were opening up the service to new artists so I assumed it was a closely curated crew of bad-asses (Ghostly International, Michael Cena, and Domino Recording Co. to name a few). A couple of months ago, though, I noticed a little blue “start a drip” button at the bottom of the page. I clicked it, applied, and they said “come on over.” I did. It’s still a pretty small group of artists and record labels who are represented there, so I am especially honored they brought me on board.
So what is it? Continue reading →
A couple of weeks ago, my friend who has been doing my website and album art for more than a decade told me he can’t do the job anymore. Total bummer because he is brilliantly talented, but wonderful because the reasoning is that his more substantial work is taking off and he deserves it.
I have been working hard on all of websites and socials, getting everything uniform and rebranded in preparation for my Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary residency that starts next month, so it was rather frustrating timing. I moved forward quickly and met up with another graphic designing friend who has come up with an outstanding new logo for me, but she can’t really commit to designing the plethora of cover photos and headers and album art I need at once.
I found myself feeling so angry and frustrated yesterday. I really want to present myself as an artist in a professional way, but there is only so much I can expect from other artists on a budget/barter system. Honestly, that is exactly how it should be. As I work harder to respect my own work, it is imperative that I respect and lift up the work of others. But that left me feeling frustrated and discouraged. That nagging voice came back to me that says “This is why you should just stop this bullshit. You are making plenty of money as a teacher. You can’t be an artist. It’s too hard. It’s too complicated. You’re not good enough. Get a real job!”
I stewed about it most of the day, but at some point a little glimmer came through: “you can do it yourself.” Continue reading →
If you follow me on social media you have probably noticed a recent influx of cuddly animal photos. Specifically, photos of those animals who reside at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary. Perhaps you have been asking yourself what I’m up to, or maybe you have been too overwhelmed with the desire to cuddle said cuddly animals to think about anything else. Either way, I have some news: starting September 1st, I will be the first ever Artist-in-Residence at Tamerlaine Farm!
As you may recall I worked with Tenlegs Arts and Media Network to gather some producers to remix my album. I had a really great response, and added to that group some musicians I deeply respect. here we have it! Tentative Armor Reworks has arrived. I am really so thrilled with how this came out. Christopher Willits at Overlap Studios in San Francisco mastered the tracks. I think he is a genius and felt so honored to have him work on this project as well. Graphical guru John Ong designed the cover art. Always a pleasure to work with that guy! Read on for some information about each of the artists and their process around the work. Oh yeah, you can download the entire album for free right here. Continue reading →
Chris Buck’s “Five Tips For Becoming a Professional Photographer” came across my newsfeed a few days ago, and while I am not striving to become a professional photographer, I’m drawn to posts like this. I am always curious about what working artists have to say about how they got where they are. I found this quote especially compelling:
“It seems that there are two kinds of people in New York, those with a vision, and those without who work for peanuts for those who do.”
|28 Apr 2016||Michael Harren||New York, New York Judson Memorial Church||Judson Memorial Church||free|
|27 Oct 2016||Michael Harren||New York, New York Dixon Place||Dixon Place|
|28 Oct 2016||Michael Harren||New York, New York Dixon Place||Dixon Place|
|29 Oct 2016||Michael Harren||New York, New York Dixon Place||Dixon Place|