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After Hours Nomi Ruiz Borough Gypsy BB Kings photo by Ka-Man Tse

Nomi Ruiz at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill;  photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts

Nomi Ruiz, Borough Gypsy

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

237 W 42 St New York, NY 10036

For reasons unrelated to our event, the NYPD shut down the original venue moments before the show.   The kind people at B.B. King's offered to host us at their venue.


As part of Times Square Arts and Clocktower's After Hours series, singer-songwriter-producer Nomi Ruiz performed preview tracks from her new album Borough Gypsy.

Nomi Ruiz’s sophomore solo release, Borough Gypsy, is a lo-fi cassette tape trip down memory lane. Using the grit of 90’s Hip Hop combined with R&B and acoustic folk elements, Ruiz relives intimate moments of her life growing up in Brooklyn through song. Topped with her somber vocal arrangements as well as catty alter-ego rhymes, Ruiz weaves the tale of an urban gypsy who wheels and deals in sex, love, drugs, and darkness.  

Ruiz’s performance will feature self-directed video portraits, as well as costumes and set choreography inspired by the gritty, sexy, and transient nature of life in New York City.  Borough Gypsy, an album 10 years in the making, was completed during Ruiz’s two month residency at the Clocktower Gallery.  The album will be released on May 14 as a free download on Clocktower.org


Music: Nomi Ruiz

DJ David Azzone

Jim Orso (Drums)

Lasers: Seva Granik

Click here to hear the Radio Program on Clocktower.org


About the Artist

After an extensive world tour with Hercules & Love Affair, Nomi Ruiz began performing as Jessica 6.  In 2011 the full length album 'See The Light' was released on Peace Frog Records along with the single 'White Horse' accompanied by a video directed by Marco Ovando which has since received over 1.5 million hits.   Visit www.nomionline.com.  


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 Spring 2013 series takes place once a month across four unique locations.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 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 Times Square Arts

Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance, presents leading contemporary art and performances in multiple forms and media to more than 400,000 daily visitors to New York City’s Times Square, making it one of the highest profile public arts programs in the United States. Since its inception, Times Square Arts has featured works by a diverse group of more than five dozen prominent and emerging artists.  Working in partnership with cultural institutions and festivals, the program is further supported by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund, which works to spur and support cultural innovation in New York City’s creative sector.


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 Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic is an award-winning art blogazine that serves as a forum for serious, playful and radical thinking about art in the world today. The leading site for art-related ideas, opinions, reviews, and news, Hyperallergic is the meeting place for art lovers from around the world. Hyperallergic.com

After Hours Nomi Ruiz Borough Gypsy BB Kings photo by Nadia Witte

Nomi Ruiz at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill;  photograph by Nadia Witte for @TSqArts

After Hours Nomi Ruiz Borough Gypsy BB Kings photo by Nadia WitteNomi Ruiz at B.B. King Blue Club & Grill;  photograph by Nadia Witte for @TSqArts

After Hours Nomi Ruiz Borough Gypsy BB Kings photo by Ka-Man TseNomi Ruiz at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill;  photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts

After Hours Nomi Ruiz Borough Gypsy BB Kings photo by Ka-Man TseNomi Ruiz at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill;  photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts