Saturday, February 18, 2012




by Allard van Hoorn

sound design by Ryan Holsopple   

Closing Performance: Sat, Feb 18, 2012 7-9PM  


For the final week of Allard van Hoorn’s 007_Urban_Songline, Storefront for Art and Architecture presented a site-specific installation and performance that transforms the Acconci/Holl facade into a musical instrument. The project came to a close with a concert by five classical string-instrumentalist and two contemporary dancers.  Performers conducted a series of three minute long performances that were recorded live and sent to a vinyl-cutting company in mid-town New York City. Freshly cut dub-plates were then brought downtown by bicycle couriers to Storefront and used by a DJ to re-mix performances with  sounds generated during the reception through the installation and topography of Storefront. 


Artists included  Tomaz Capobianco (dancer); Karen Dekker (violinist); Stanichka Dimitrova (violinist); Janelle Gueits (dancer); Frantz Loriot (violinist); Pascal Niggenkemper (double base player); and Amber Docters van Leeuwen (cellist).   


About the Exhibition

The origin of Songlines [or Dreaming Tracks] can be traced to Australian indigenous systems for navigation and caretaking of land achieved by mapping space through the creation of music based on the topography of land. For 007_Urban_Songline, the artist creates a series of Dreaming Tracks utilizing the changing morphology of Storefront’s façade and the sounds that emerge from the urban sonic context of the gallery.  The installation consists of an interwoven network of strings throughout the façade and the gallery space that transform the gallery into an interactive, responsive musical instrument. When a panel of the façade moves, the strings physically activate the totality of the façade and acoustically transform the space of the gallery making the different spatial transformations audible for visitors. Visitors become performers and are encouraged to manipulate the installation as they transcend the space by moving the panels of the façade and stretching and playing the fields of strings with their hands and bodies, thus constructing and transforming the acoustic and visual topography of Storefront. 



About the Artists  

Allard van Hoorn is a Dutch contemporary performance, sound and installation artist collaborating across the disciplines of architecture, music, theater and design. Van Hoorn choreographs scripts and scenarios for the urban environment and spatial structures investigating the relationship between shared domains and the possibilities of negotiating co-ownership and appropriation of public space.

Van Hoorn has presented six exhibitions and performances that trace the tradition of the Songlines, including exhibitions at Flux-S in Eindhoven, NL; Gasworks in London, UK; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, NL; the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany and the Gwangju Design Biennale. 007_Urban_Songline will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York. For a sample of the artists’ former Urban Songline projects, please visit the following link: .    


Tomaz Capobianco is originally from São Paulo (Brazil) where he received a BA in architecture and urbanism. His broad interest towards space lead him to the fields of dance and performance art in parallel with his architecture studies. He worked in São Paulo with the dance group A CAVALLARIA, and with the experimental theatre group Teatro Oficina, with whom he performed at the 29th Biennial of São Paulo, 2010. After working with both groups he started his own performance pieces, which mostly take place at the streets of São Paulo, involving large amounts of passers-by blocking the traffic in ritualistic acts, as ephemeral retakes of the street as the genuine space for the social. In Capobianco’s work the body in movement is an instrument of phenomenological knowledge and symbolic interpretation of the territory, as well as an entity of architectural implications. Broaching urbanism and architecture from a micro-political point of view, Capobianco regards performance art as a means to re-signify urban spaces.


Karen Dekker, born and raised in the Netherlands, started her violin study at the age of six. Being active as a chamber musician and orchestra player, she performed in most of the major concert halls in Europe. Having finishing her Bachelor at the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2011, Dekker currently studies her Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music with Isaac Malkin, thanks to a scholarship and support of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.


Stanichika Dimitrova, whose playing has been described as “wonderfully full in tone and exuberant in performance” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, recently gave the American premiere of a newly found Clarinet Quintet movement by W.A. Mozart (completed by Dr. Robert Levin) at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida, where she got to collaborate with world renowned clarinetist Charles Niedich. A winner of the 2010 Concerto Competition at Stony Brook University, Ms. Dimitrova has also been a First Prize winner in the “Barbara Krakauer Scholarship Award” Competition at the Associated Music Teachers League in New York City, “Hopes, Talents, Masters” International Competition in Dobrich, Bulgaria, “Svetoslav Obretenov” National Competition in Provadia, Bulgaria, and was a Top Prize winner of the National Competition for Austrian and German Music in Burgas, Bulgaria. Stanichka Dimitrova is a recent graduate from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Sally Thomas. She is currently pursuing her DMA degree at Stony Brook University, studying with Philip Setzer, Pamela Frank, Soovin Kim and Philippe Graffin.    


Janelle Gueits worked and trained in NYC for eight years. Her defining need to explore the dimensions of expression and its ability to inspire began at an early age. Honing in on the concert stage, Gueits trained, choreographed and performed at the New World School of the Arts H.S., where she was honored by National Foundation of Advancement of Arts, the Julliard School, Who’s Who”, and the Ford Foundation. Upon graduation, she received a scholarship to join the first Alvin Ailey/ Fordham University BFA class. Gueit’s choreography “Lo Maximo” garnered support and gained her an invitation to study composition at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory with renowned composition professor Kazuko Hirabayashi. She graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance and a Minor in Communications. She later obtained a Certificate in Filmmaking from New York Film Academy.Gueits is versed in several dance techniques (i.e. Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Horton, Graham, Limón, Hip Hop, Jazz, West African, and Flamenco), but is most passionate about creating cutting-edge movement. As a performer and choreographer, she has been featured in music videos, worked with top choreographers, performed on national television, and won various arts competitions. After creating the choreography, “The Rest is Silence” on the Alvin Ailey dancers, she was encouraged to start a dance company, but the limitations of the stage and an impulse to push boundaries lead her to seek a greater stage, namely in film and multi-media.


French-Japanese violist Frantz Loriot performs solo as well as in various ensembles ranging from rock to contemporary music by way of improvisation and electronics. He is the creator and curater of Ze Couch Series in Brooklyn, NY, since early 2009. Frantz recently started modestly to shoot and make his own short movies and makes regular sessions of sound massage. He contributed to multidisciplinary projects connected to poetry, cinema/video and dance with different companies in Paris.Loriot began music studies in Paris on the violin with several professors (among them Mari Yasuda-Raclot, the Pons brothers, Nicolas Dupin, Ivry Gitlis, Yukari Tate & Pascal Robault). He was brought to improvisation by Régis Huby, Joëlle Léandre, Barre Phillips, David S. Ware & Marc Ducret and was initiated to the soundmassage by trombonist and sound massage creator Thierry Madiot. Frantz currently shares his time between Europe and New York since 2008.


German-french bassist Pascal Niggenkemper played from early age on the violin and the piano. At the age of 17, he experienced the impact of improvised music and started to play the double bass. In 1999 he moved to Cologne where he studied jazz and classical double bass at the Hochschule für Musik. He coleaded the audio visual dance project Turbo Pascale. This formation toured Germany, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Slovenia, and France, as well as appeared at Festivals such as the Moers Festival, Jazzmesse “Jazzahead Bremen” and the “WDR Jazznight” with live radio broadcast on WDR Radio.  In 2005 Pascal Niggenkemper was granted the DAAD Award and moved to New York. In NY that Pascal met Robin Verheyen and Tyshawn Sorey and formed the  PNTrio . The trio recorded the CD “pasàpas” (Konnex 2008) and “urban creatures” (JazzHausMusik 2010). PNTrio toured extensively in Europe (Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France and Austria) They performed at the Jazzcologne Festival and the Jazzherbst Konstanz. Their performances were recorded for the WDR and the BR Radio. In June 2010 the Trio performed at the  Kennedy Center  in Washington.


Amber Docters van Leeuwen (Seoul, S.Korea, 1984) began to study the cello at age 8. In 1992 she began her cello lessons at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Monique Bartels. In 2000, she continued her studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Maarten Mostert and in 2003 she started her Bachelor studies under the guidance of Dmitry Ferschtman at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In 2007 she finished her Bachelors degree with honours at the Conservatory of The Hague and, with the help of the Fulbright foundation continued her studies in New York where she studied with Colin Carr at Stony Brook University on a full scholarship. She received her masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with David Geber and where she received the President’s Award twice. She has been awarded the Pablo Casals award and the Van Lier Fellowship by the Manhattan School of Music, which is a career-advancing grant. On February 13th 2011, Amber had her debut concert at Carnegie Hall, Weill recital hall. She is a prizewinner at solo and chamber music competitions including the Princes Christina competition, Stichting Jong Muziek Talent Nederland, Inter Provinciaal muziek Concours and the Charles Hennen concours and is first prizewinner of the second edition of the National Cello Competition 2008 in Amsterdam.  



007_Urban_Songline was supported in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services and with the financial support of the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam. Urban Songlines was realized with generous support from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.    


General support for Storefront is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through the Warhol Initiative; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; by its Board of Directors, members and by individuals.