By Joe Salas
Now entering its fourth year, the Uncharted Concert Series at Greenwich House Music School has emerged as one of New York’s most exciting and unpredictable live concert series, drawing attention from tastemakers and curators from across the city. Every Uncharted performance features New York City-based artists premiering new projects or meeting with new collaborators for the first time on stage. Past featured performances include a piano duo by Aaron Diehl and Dan Tepfer, a collaboration between Marc Ribot and Emeline Michel, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings guitarist, Binky Griptite, Sony Masterworks recording artist, Bria Skonberg, acclaimed harpist, Brandee Younger, vocalist, Deva Mahal, jazz trumpeter, Steven Bernstein and Broadway’s, Grace McLean (The Great Comet).
The 2018 Uncharted season promises a continuation of eclectic programming that represents the melting pot of New York City, including Chilean-influenced jazz, contemporary rock and R&B, Balkan gypsy, Arabic folk, chamber music and more.
“This year’s programming provides women a platform to respond to the divisiveness of our current political system and is meant to counteract misogyny, xenophobia, racism and prejudice with art that amplifies the voices of women, immigrants, minorities and LGBTQ communities,” explains series curator Jennie Wasserman, formerly of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Carnegie Hall, SFJAZZ and currently with the Kennedy Center. “While booking Uncharted, I meditated on the idea of New York City as America’s sanctuary city and of Greenwich House as an artistic and cultural sanctuary within the historically diverse West Village. My goal was to create a haven for artist and audiences alike, a space where we can put aside our preconceptions and embrace each other’s culture and art without prejudice.”
Rachel Black, Director of Greenwich House Music School, adds, “We envision the Uncharted Concert Series as a ‘safe space’ to take risks, providing established artists with room to work out raw artistry, experiment with new styles and cement new collaborations. I can think of no better place to host this type of experience than in a community music school that, for 113 years, has been an artistic home for thousands of students of all ages to learn, grow, create and perform.”
The year’s Uncharted series will also include a benefit concert featuring Brianna Thomas on April 12th to support Greenwich House Music School’s role as a true community resource and center of music. Since its founding in 1905, Greenwich House Music School has provided countless New Yorkers with their first experiences as performers as well as championing artists such as Virgil Thomson, Edgar Varèse, Henry Cowell, Meredith Monk, Peter Salett and Karl Berger among many others. Thomas will be joined by visual artist Michael Arthur, who will be live-sketching Thomas’ performance.
Performances for Uncharted take place on Thursdays from March 22th to May 10th with performances beginning at 8:00 p.m. Most performances are $15 for advance tickets. Complimentary beer and wine will be served prior to and during all concerts. Tickets to performances are available online by visiting greenwichhouse.org/