Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sebastian Blanck at Chez Andre

Acclaimed visual artist Sebastian Blanck was born in 1976 in New Haven, Connecticut, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1998 after studies at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Since 2002, he has been best known in New York for his solo exhibitions and group shows. Blanck is also a musician, however. He was a founding member of the experimental electronic group Black Dice (1997 – 1999), contributed music for the films Adelaide and About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now, and released a folk-influenced solo album in 2010 entitled Alibi Coast. He and his wife, fellow artist Isca Greenfield-Sanders, live and work in New York City.

In the early 1960s, after Bob Dylan changed the face of folk music by plugging in an electric guitar, a plethora of folk pop groups became radio favorites. Tonight at Chez Andre in the Standard Hotel, East Village, Blanck was not a canvas artist but a musician, composer and bandleader, who recreated the early folk rock sound, only faster and louder. Composition-wise and through multi-part harmonies, Blanck and his band recalled early 1960s bands like the Cyrkle and the Association. His songs sounded like they originated as simple, sentimental material that evolved into boppers through band input. As a result, the songs fit the niches of both singer-songwriter works and rock club bangers. Many in his audience were aficionados of the art world; Blanck may be the artist to unite the New York art and music communities.

Visit Sebastian Blanck at www.sebastianblanck.com.