Each Friday I curate and host a series at Mondrian Soho called Beyond the Bookcase where I bring the best musicians and artists together for a night of creativity, performance and cocktails.

Friday, February 6th I launched a new exhibition by fashion photographer Christian Ferretti.  You have likely seen many of his covers for W Magazine and Elle in addition to his ads for designers such as Tommy Hifiger and Tom Ford.  He has studied under some of the best photographers of our time like Annie Leibovitz and David LaChapelle yet he has a visual style all his own.  His exhibition entitled SUBMERGED began as a beauty shoot for Creme Magazine but was later expanded into a fine-art photo series currently on display at Beyond the Bookcase at Mondrian Soho through the end of February.  You can read my interview with Christian on Morgans Hotel Group’s online magazine Back of House by clicking here.

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Pairing such bold images with live music was no easy task.  I needed a band that was equally powerful, with their own distinct style, but one who, like Christian, has a certain playfulness and willingness to color outside the lines.  Luckily, I had seen such a band before.

I discovered Lazer Cake on a Monday night at Brooklyn Bowl and was immediately impressed.  First, it was the fact that their lead singer is also the drummer, a rare line up for a band likely due to the sheer difficulty of doing both of those things at once.  Most people struggle to rub their stomach and tap their head at the same time.  Imagine tapping your foot to one rhythm, having one hand rub your stomach, while the other taps your head double time, all while singing a melody.  Once I got past this novelty though, what really captured me was their incredible songwriting, musicianship and their sense of fun on stage.  Robby Sinclair, the drummer and lead singer always appears to be having the time of his life, maintaining an ear-to-ear grin for the entirety of each show, pulling the crowd into the excitement as if it is the first and last show they will ever play.   The band is tight, clearly well rehearsed and their indie-pop sound seamlessly integrates electronic and live elements, a bit reminiscent of music from the 80’s but with a modern twist.  I’ve listened now to just about all of their recordings and while they are indeed great, Lazer Cake is a band that is best appreciated live.

Find out more about Lazer Cake here:  lazercake.com

 

Join me every Friday at 10pm for Beyond the Bookcase at Mondrian Soho.  Next week, February 13th check out live music by The Bowery Riots.

Each Friday night I curate a creative series at Mondrian Soho called Beyond the Bookcase. I started the series as a way to bring art and music together, to give a platform to the many talented artists out there looking to share their work.

Choosing which artists to showcase is an art in itself. I look online, visit my favorite music venues, search instagram and I ask sources I trust for recommendations. The best are chosen to exhibit their work, or perform their music. This past Friday featured art by Angela China and music by Brian Dunne.

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I first discovered Brian Dunne when I stopped into Rockwood Music Hall a few months ago. It’s one of my favorite music venues to play and also to discover new artists. With a line up of numerous musicians each night, seven days a week, you never know what you will find. Sometimes you hear music that is good, often times you hear unpolished work from artists still working to find their voice. Every once in awhile you hear something great, something that moves you. The songwriting, music, vocals and band all come together to create a powerful energy that stays with you long after you leave. Brian Dunne has this kind of talent and when I saw him perform, I knew I had to get him to play at Beyond the Bookcase. One of my favorite songs is Brooklyn Bridge but I encourage you to look him up and listen to more than just this song.

 

Join us every Friday night at 9pm for Beyond the Bookcase at Mondrian Soho.