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After Hours Rooftop Music Series

ebeokePhoto by Sara Kerens for @TSqArts

Ebe Oke

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Lodge at Viacom
1515 Broadway

The last rooftop After Hours event happened on July 23 at The Lodge, Viacom’s legendary company cafeteria. Inspired by the songs of birds, Ebe Oke shared new compositions with his electroacoustic ensemble while soaring just above the Times Square epicentre.

Curated by Clocktower in partnership with Times Square Arts. The curatorial team is Alanna Heiss, Clocktower Director; Joe Ahearn, Clocktower Curator of Performance and Installation; Beatrice Johnson, Managing Director and Associate Curator; and Jim Toth, Curatorial advisor.

video by Jay Buim for @TSqArts

After Hours, a series of ephemeral installations and performances presented in Times Square, returns in July with a summer music series featuring performances in the district’s unique rooftop venues by an eclectic mix of musical acts: Bouquet (July 9 at Bar 54, Hyatt Times Square), The Drums (July 16 at Supernova Terrace, Novotel New York Times Square), and Ebe Oke (July 23 at The Lodge at Viacom).

After Hours, a collaboration between Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, and Clocktower, the legendary alternative art project, brings experiential, multimedia programming to select venues around Times Square. All events are free in partnership with Flavorpill.  Each event will be live streamed on Clocktower.org, Clocktower’s online radio station, audio archive and website.The live radio stream and broadcast are organized by the Clocktower Radio and production team, David Weinstein, Jeannie Hopper, and Willis Arnold.

Listen to the live radio streamcast at Clocktower.org

ebeokePhoto by Sara Kerens for @TSqArts

ebe okePhoto by Sara Kerens for @TSqArts

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About After Hours

After Hours is a series of ephemeral installations and performances hidden amongst the Times Square district’s diverse venues, recorded for radio and video dissemination. The July 2014 Rooftop Performances take place on three consecutive Wednesdays in July. Taking advantage of the twilight moment before midnight, and a surreal array of different settings nestled throughout the Times Square area, the Times Square Alliance, in partnership with the Clocktower, offer tantalizing glimpses of these spaces as creative catalysts. Pairing musicians and artists with each of these unique contexts, the artists create work specifically designed to draw on the neighborhood's history as a social and artistic melting pot. The fleeting nature of these late night experiences highlights the power found in taking the synchronicity and spontaneity of an After Hours encounter beneath the bright lights, and using it to inspire and indicate future audio, video, and performance work.

About Clocktower Productions

Clocktower Productions is an art production institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, and radio. Founded in 1972 in Lower Manhattan by Alanna Heiss, Clocktower is the oldest alternative art project in New York. For 40 years, the institution has produced seminal exhibitions and performances by some of the most important artists of our time. After leaving its historic Tribeca tower in December 2013, Clocktower immediately engaged in contracted program partnerships with six cultural institutions in three boroughs. Clocktower produces multidisciplinary art projects all over the city through these creative collaborations with Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Knockdown Center in Queens, Playland Motel & Gallery in Far Rockaway, and Times Square Arts, Neuehouse, and Red Bull Studios in Manhattan. These spaces host Clocktower exhibitions, performances, residencies, radio, and administrative activities. Visit Clocktower.org for more information. Follow @Clocktower_NYC.

About Ebe Oke

Ebe Oke crafts exquisite pop music. From an early age his artistic practice has been multi-disciplinary with work in various media including photography, design, performance, poetry, video, and storytelling. Born in southern Georgia, the musician mixes a sense of mythology with the traditional art of song. “As if floating in a balloon, he drifts gorgeously through an exotic world – sometimes the song is immersed in the sounds of birds and insects, which may connect with his childhood spent on an exotic bird farm. Vocally, there are tinges of David Grubbs and David Sylvian, and like these artists, Ebe is at ease with avant garde procedures, having studied in Germany with Karlheinz Stockhausen. This is heady, almost narcotic music, based on a strongly poetic sensibility and purity of vision.” –Clive Bell, Wired magazine

About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form video, apps, games, consumer products, social media and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 160 countries and territories. Viacom's media networks, including MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, TV Land, SPIKE, Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA, reach approximately 700 million households worldwide. Paramount Pictures, America's oldest film studio, is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.