The Uncharted Concert Series Returns to Greenwich House Music School
Now entering its fourth year, the Uncharted Concert Series atGreenwich House Music School has emerged as one of New York's most exciting and unpredictable live concert series, drawing attention from tastemakers and curators from across the city. Every Uncharted performance features New York City-based artists premiering new projects or meeting with new collaborators for the first time on stage. Past featured performances include a piano duo by Aaron Diehl and Dan Tepfer, a collaboration between Marc Ribot and Emeline Michel, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings guitarist Binky Griptite, Sony Masterworks recording artist Bria Skonberg, acclaimed harpist Brandee Younger, vocalist Deva Mahal, jazz trumpeterSteven Bernstein, Broadway's Grace McLean (The Great Comet), avant-garde theater artists Erin Markey and Emily Bate, sound artist Bora Yoon, and many more.
The 2018 Uncharted season promises a continuation of eclectic programming that represents the melting pot of New York City, including Chilean-influenced jazz, contemporary rock and R&B, Balkan gypsy, Arabic folk, chamber music, and more.
Performances for Uncharted take place on Thursdays from March 22 to May 10 with performances beginning at 8:00 pm. Most performances are $15 for advance tickets. Complimentary beer and wine will be served prior to and during all concerts.
"This year's programming is a continued response to the divisiveness of our current political system and is meant to counteract misogyny, xenophobia, racism, and prejudice with art that amplifies the voices of women, immigrants, minorities, and LGBTQ communities," explains series curator Jennie Wasserman, formerly of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, Carnegie Hall, SFJAZZ, and currently with the Kennedy Center. "While booking Uncharted, I meditated on the idea of New York City as America's sanctuary city and of Greenwich House as an artistic and cultural sanctuary within the historically diverse West Village. My goal was to create a haven for artist and audiences alike, a space where we can put aside our preconceptions and embrace each other's culture and art without prejudice."
Rachel Black, Director of Greenwich House Music School, adds, "We envision the Uncharted Concert Series as a 'safe space' to take risks, providing established artists with room to work out raw artistry, experiment with new styles and cement new collaborations. I can think of no better place to host this type of experience than in a community music school that, for 113 years, has been an artistic home for thousands of students of all ages to learn, grow, create and perform."
The goal of GHMS is to teach students the beauty and transformative power of music, art and dance and to make them lifelong lovers of the arts. Greenwich House Music School's roots in New York City extend to the beginning of the 20th century, a time when the neighborhood and the needs of its populace were growing at an exponential pace. Today, the school continues to serve the musical needs of students of all ages with private lessons, group classes, ensembles and regular student and faculty recitals. In addition to educating its students, GHMS serves the community with a wide spectrum of concerts and readings in its Renee Weiler Concert Hall, hosts education workshops and meetings for local civic and cultural organizations, and provides affordable rehearsal and performance space for local musicians.
The year's Uncharted series will include a benefit concert featuring Brianna Thomas on April 12to support Greenwich House Music School's role as a true community resource and center of music. Since its founding in 1905, Greenwich House Music School has provided countless New Yorkers with their first experiences as performers as well as championing artists such as Virgil Thomson, Edgar Varèse, Henry Cowell, Meredith Monk, Peter Salett and Karl Berger among many others. Thomas will be joined by visual artist Michael Arthur, who will be live-sketching Thomas' performance. Visual artist Joan Chiverton will be live-sketching at all other Uncharted performances.
Uncharted concerts are staged at Greenwich House Music School's Renee Weiler Concert Hall, an intimate 100-seat room featuring excellent acoustics, a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere and a pair of Steinway grand pianos. Concerts are general admission, and seating is first-come, first-served.
The complete series lineup follows below. Tickets to performances are available online by visiting greenwichhouse.org/uncharted and, when not sold out, at the venue in-person on the night of the performance. Uncharted concerts often fill up in advance; early ticket purchase is strongly recommended.