Second Sundays
Sunday, October 11
4-10pm; $10 Suggested Donation

SECOND SUNDAYS is a monthly series of open studios, live music, and site-specific interventions presented by Pioneer Works the second Sunday of every month. The series showcases artists in residence along with musical performances and DJs, curated by Olivier Conan.

Stream the event live on Clocktower Radio at! Go to for the full Sunday menu of online listening.

IT WAS A TIME THAT WAS A TIME by Shezad Dawood, Main Gallery
Through an expansive presentation of new and recent works—collaborative film experiments, textile panels and neon wall pieces—It was a time that was a time explores speculative futures and questions traditional notions of history and ritual, image and icon, time and space. This exhibition marks London-based artist Shezad Dawood’s first solo exhibition in the US.

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Amelia Winger, Antonia Wright & Ruben Millares, Ana Bilankov, Azikiwe Mohammed, Benjamín Torres, Carmen Bouyer, Cassie Tarakajian, Ido Michaeli, Jesse Moretti, Louise Foo & Martha Skou, Radek Szlaga

#trashDAY: Say No To Drugs? 3-5pm, Clocktower Radio
Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon was the first American President to declare a “War on Drugs”, and ever since it has been an endless battle, a snake eating its own tail, and a whack-a-mole of the highest order. It seems you can’t stop people from sniffing, snorting, swallowing, binge-ing, smoking, injecting, and indulging. It’s almost like it feels good or something — compulsion on the real. Venerable hosts, k(Rob)and Doe Derek of #trashDAY explore the Minotaur maze of drug use at its most crackish and prescribed, serving up a crunk tight playlist from your most favored fiends.

I Love Vinyl: Erika Elliot 5-6PM, Clocktower Radio
SummerStage’s longest standing curator in its 30 year history, Erika Elliott, is in the studio with the I Love Vinyl crew to play some vinyl from her personal collection and a chat for October’s Second Sundays in-studio sessions. Elliot has worked with the City Parks Foundation since 2004, and was named Artistic Director in 2010, during the festival’s 25th Anniversary season when the series expanded its brand to include CityParks Concerts. Landmark bookings in her tenure include M.I.A, Vampire Weekend, Feist, Seu Jorge, Blood Orange, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, St. Vincent, Esperanza Spaulding, Alabama Shakes, Miguel, The xx, Gary Clark Jr., and Janelle Monae to name a few. Prior to City Parks Foundation, Elliott was the Talent Buyer at Sounds of Brazil (S.O.B’s) club.

Robotic Church 2:30 and 6:30, 111 Pioneer Street
The Robotic Church is a site-specific installation and performance created by Chico MacMurtrie / Amorphic Robot Works. Housed within a former Norwegian sailor’s church in Red Hook, located at 111 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, the studio of multimedia artist Chico MacMurtrie is filled with musical robots awaiting activation. The Robotic Church performance is an immersive experience featuring more than 50 kinetic robots ranging from 12 inches to 15 feet in size, hung from the walls, scattered on the floor, climbing to the ceiling and overpowering the space with an impressive soundscape.


Zenen Zeferino
Zenen Zeferino is a jarana player and poet from Veracruz. Mexico, who has been a pioneering force in Son Jarocho music for the last thirty years. Born in Jáltipan de Morelos, Veracruz, he was a founding member of the legendary group Chuchumbé in the 1990’s and later Quemayama. With this new formation, Zenen keeps pushing the boundaries of tradition, with roots in Afro-Mexican rhythms and an ear for related and un-related styles.

He will be accompanied by Esther Cruz Maranto, percussionist and dancer, and a selection of veteran New York-based Son Jarocho musicians.
Led by Benin-born singer. guitarist and producer Kaleta, Zozo Afrobeat is a 13-piece ensemble featuring musicians from around the world. Zozo,” taken from the Goun and Fon word for “something hot,” truly keeps the Afrobeat fires burning. The band is known for its remarkably energetic shows and its cascades of horns, hypnotic Benino-Nigerian rhythms, and captivating solos. They have performed at Central Park Summerstage and Lincoln Center.

Featuring Leon Kaleta Ligan-majek (Egypt-80, King Sunny Ade) on vocals and African drums, Mambo Stix (Egypt-80, Femi Kuti) on drums, Sade Emmanuel on vocals, Andrew Cowie on bari sax, Noah Dreiblatt, Joe Wilson on tenor sax, Ran Livneh on bass, Zach Cohen on guitar, and Daniel Berg on keys.

SONY DSCRoscoe Mitchell
In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM)
Friday, October 16
Doors Open at 7:30pm, 8pm
Tickets: $20 Advance/$25 Door, Click here to purchase tickets

I don’t stand to benefit when everybody is just trying to be like everyone else. All of us are highly individualized beings, different. -Roscoe Mitchell

Pioneer Works is honored to present legendary saxophonist, composer, and founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Roscoe Mitchell, in a unique quintet with Scott Robinson (woodwinds), Thomas Buckner (baritone), Tani Tabbal (drums), and Gerald Cleaver (marimba and drums).

2015 marks the 50th birthday of the AACM, an all-black music collective that for the past 50 years has been an icon of innovation, self-determination, and creativity’s power to transcend social and political barriers. At Pioneer Works, the group’s legacy has also served as a unique model in its approach to community based, creative education, and is prominently featured in the current issue of our magazine, Intercourse.

Mr. Mitchell, an uncanny improvisor and composer of granite conviction who was interviewed for the article, has been making music since the 60s that defies genre and consistently expands the potentials of the form. His work with the Art Ensemble of Chicago (a group comprised of several AACM members) was renowned for their use of costume, audience participation, and hundreds of on-stage instruments. His orchestral compositions and small improvisational groups rely heavily on the use of silence, and sounds not commonly heard in jazz and classical music.

We are thrilled to have Mr. Mitchell perform for our audience, and are sure that his unique approach to music will continue to inspire generations as a model for creative practice.

Thomas Buckner
For more than 40 years, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the world of new and improvised music. Buckner has collaborated with a host of new music composers including the late Robert Ashley, Noah Creshevsky, Tom Hamilton, Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Leroy Jenkins, Bun Ching Lam, Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Wadada Leo Smith, Chinary Ung, Christian Wolff and many others. He has made solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Harvard University, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Edinburgh Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Biennale Festival of Venice, presenting a repertoire that includes more than 100 compositions, written for, or dedicated to him. Buckner is featured on over 40 recordings, including six of his own solo albums. His most recent recording “Flowing Stream”, a trio collaboration with bassist Joelle Leandre and flutist Nicolle Mitchell, is available from Leo Records. He also appears on the newly released Mutable Music recording of Roscoe Mitchell’s concert music entitled “Not Yet”. Also active as a concert producer, Buckner has for the past twenty-five years produced the acclaimed Interpretations series in New York City.

Scott Robinson
One of today’s most wide-ranging instrumentalists, Scott Robinson has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton’s band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton’s quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D’Rivera’s clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments including theremin and ophicleide, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz’s greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. Primarily a tenor saxophonist, Scott placed directly below the great Sonny Rollins in this year’s DownBeat Readers Poll. Scott has been heard numerous times on film, radio and television, and his discography now includes more than 240 recordings. His releases as a leader have garnered five-star reviews from Leonard Feather, Down Beat Magazine and other sources worldwide, and have appeared in many “Best of the Year” lists. Scott’s collaborators on disc have included Frank Wess, Hank Jones, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, and Bob Brookmeyer, and he has been a member of Maria Schneider’s Orchestra for twenty years.

Tani Tbbal
Tani Tabbal began playing drums professionally as ateen, performing with Oscar Brown Jr., Phil Cohran, and Sun Ra and his Arkestra.

Tabbal has recorded, performed and toured with a wide range of musicians, including Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, Geri Allen, Cassandra Wilson, James Carter,Karl Berger, Dewey Redman, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, Douglas Ewart, Oliver Lake,
Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Richard Davis, Leroy Jenkins, Milt Jackson, and Jackie McLean.

Tani Tabbal is known as a dynamic, lyrical and energetic drummer. As a recording artist, he is on over 70 cd’s and has released three cd’s as a bandleader: Before Time After, Wizards and Mixed Motion.

Gerald Cleaver
Drummer Gerald Cleaver, born and raised in Detroit, is a product of the city’s rich music tradition. He earned a music education degree from the University of Michigan and taught public school in Detroit before joining the jazz faculty at both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Gerald moved to NYC in 2002. He has performed and recorded with Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Miroslav Vitous, Michael Formanek, Ralph Alessi, Jeremy Pelt, David Torn, Mario Pavone and Tomasz Stanko, among others.

American GothicAmerican Gothic
October 21, 22, 23
Tickets: $30, Click here to purchase tickets

American Gothic is an original chamber opera written by four composers on the theme of the “American Gothic”. It is a piece woven together by stories that counter the mainstream narratives of American identity. The opera is a one-man show for rising bass-baritone Davone Tines, who will be accompanied by the Canité String Quartet. Set within a multi-channel video installation by visual and performance artist Rachel Libeskind in conjunction with projection mapping pioneers Integrated Visions, the opera is sixty minutes of new dramatic music that takes as its mission the work of questioning familiar American symbols and the American Dream, by giving voice to those denied.

It is produced by AMANDA + JAMES as part of our commitment to bring the highest quality work from rising young practitioners across various media, and furthering our non-profit mission of supporting these young artists and their work.

Places of the HeartPlaces of the Heart
Walks, Book Launch and Panel Discussion
Friday, October 23 — Sunday, October 25

Our surroundings can powerfully affect our thoughts, emotions, and physical responses, whether we’re awed by the Grand Canyon or Hagia Sophia, panicked in a crowded room, soothed by a walk in the park, or tempted in casinos and shopping malls. In his new book, Places of the Heart, Colin Ellard explores how our homes, workplaces, cities, and nature—places we escape to and can’t escape from—have influenced us throughout history, and how our brains and bodies respond to different types of real and virtual space. As he describes the insight he and other scientists have gained from new technologies, he assesses the influence these technologies will have on our evolving environment and asks what kind of world we are, and should be, creating.

Over the course of the weekend researchers will take small groups of participants on walks designed to explore the psychology of urban life by measuring responses to a set of carefully curated locations throughout the Red Hook area. Participants will be asked to carry a specially programmed phone and to wear a small headband that records their patterns of brain activity. Our overall goal is to map the relationships between place, comfort, happiness, arousal (both negative and positive), perceptions of risk, responses to natural features and to urban design variables. The walk will take approximately one hour, following which participants will have an opportunity to discuss their experiences in a debriefing session.

On Sunday, October 25th a culminating discussion with Colin and other guests will consider the data collected from walks as a way of gaining insight into our urban environment and more specifically our connection to Red Hook.

Sign up for walk HERE.

Lightbulb EnsembleLightbulb Ensemble + Ghost Ensemble
Thursday, October 30
Tickets: $15, Click here to purchase tickets

Pioneer Works and Indexical present a night of hypnotic and meditative music from Lightbulb Ensemble (Oakland) and Ghost Ensemble (NYC). Lightbulb Ensemble performs on custom-built metallic and wooden bar instruments, built and tuned by ensemble director Brian Baumbusch after years of immersion into Balinese gamelan and its music. The ensemble’s music uses the intricate, interlocking rhythms of Balinese gamelan, filtered through the lenses of 1970s Downtown minimalism and the tuning and instrument-building tradition of Harry Partch. The ensemble will give the NYC premiere of the hour-long “Mikrokosma,” co-composed by Baumbusch with ensemble member and contemporary Balinese gamelan scholar Wayne Vitale.

The seven-member Ghost Ensemble performs meditative, experimental music, specializing in the introspective work of Pauline Oliveros and ensemble director Ben Richter. They will give the premiere performance of Andrew C. Smith’s “We remember not the word, but the sound of the word,” composed for the ensemble. Smith’s work takes language, its sound, and its rhythm, as a starting point for composition, using computer analysis techniques borrowed from linguistics and spectral music to shape fragments of language into music for instrumental performers. Ghost Ensemble will also perform Ben Richter’s “Healing Ghost,” written for the ensemble, as well as Pauline Oliveros’s “Angels & Demons,” Juste Janulyte’s “Psalms,” Alan Hohaness’s “Chahagir,” and Simon Steen-Anderson’s “Study for String Instruments #1.”

Lightbulb Ensemble is a new music percussion ensemble that champions experimental music, instrument building, and contemporary gamelan. The ensemble emerged from the culture of new music in the Bay Area centering around Mills College, and the longstanding artistic exchange between Bali and the United States fostered by Gamelan Sekar Jaya. The group performs on steel metallophones, wooden marimbas, and other instruments designed, tuned, and built by the founder and director Brian Baumbusch. Performing only new repertoire, the group presents in-house compositions and collaborates with other artists of the new music community, including The Paul Dresher Ensemble, The Jack Quartet, The Center for Contemporary Music, Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang, among others.

“Mikrokosma” is an hour­long suite of pieces that form a musical exploration of the microcosms of Bali­Hindu cosmology, where the universe is reflected and re­created, fractal­like, in all its parts. “Mikrokosma” is the conception and musical creation of Wayne Vitale – a founding member and past director of Gamelan Sekar Jaya – and Brian Baumbusch, director of the Lightbulb Ensemble as well as designer, tuner, and builder of the instruments. Both composers have been immersed in the music of Bali for many years, and in the world of experimental, hybrid music that is thriving in Bali and in the California Bay Area. “Mikrokosma” is a product of that interaction.

Ghost Ensemble performs experimental music that explores the experience of listening: the familiar can become unfamiliar, while unexpected and unexplored places offer new layers of beauty. Founded in 2012, the group draws from diverse contemporary and ancient practices to create a synthesis in which the unity of the sensory experience is paramount.

Ghost Ensemble is Martha Cargo (flutes), Sky Macklay (oboe), Ben Richter (accordion), Hannah Levinson (viola), and Joshua Morris (contrabass), with guests and collaborators including Meaghan Burke (cello), Somna M Bulist (harp), Damon Loren Baker (electronics), James Ilgenfritz (contrabass), and percussionists Joe Tucker, Ellery Trafford, and Brooks Frederickson. Composers who have created new works for the ensemble include Kyle Gann, John Rot, Leonie Roessler, Andrew C. Smith, and composer-members Ben Richter, Sky Macklay, Joshua Morris, and Somna M Bulist.

Lightbulb EnsembleCSA
Thursday evenings
5:00 to 7.30 pm

You can now join Pioneer Works’ weekly CSA in partnership with Red Hook Community Farm. Local fresh vegetable shares will be delivered to the Pioneer Works garden every Thursday evening between 5:00 and 7:30 pm.

For more information about prices and subscriptions, contact Carmen: For more information about Red Hook Community Farm, check out


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