Monday, June 30, 2014

Seb Leon & the Flâneurs at Chez Andre

Sebastien Leon Agneessens, also known as Seb Leon or SL., is a New York-based installation artist from Orleans, France. For his day job, museums and fashion houses commission him for multimedia installations in which he directs sound, video, design, music, environment and performance concepts. In the evenings, however, Leon also moonlights as the leader of a jazz-pop band, Seb Leon & the Flâneurs. His musical explorations began in 2008 when he was commissioned by Bono's fashion label Edun to create a sound installation in collaboration with spoken-word artist Saul Williams and musician Kyle Fischer of Rainer Maria. Leon's second album is Jeux d’Artifices.

The noun "flâneur" in French tradition identifies a person who is a stroller, a lounger, or a loafer; it is the man of leisure, the idler, and the connoisseur of the street. The flâneur became the cultural symbol for scholars, artists and writers. The name was appropriate for Leon's performance tonight at Chez Andre in the Standard Hotel, East Village. Leon played guitar with a small band, singing songs in French and English, including a bare interpretation of the Moody Blues' "Knights in White Satin." The softly meandering music also played as backdrop for several guests who came on stage to sing a few songs or recite poetry.

Visit Seb Leon at www.studiosebastienleon.com.