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Michael Harren's Tentative Armor
Judson Memorial Church
New York City , NY
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Michael Harren's Tentative Armor
In Tentative Armor, Michael Harren combines piano, synthesizers, laptop and live string players to tell his stories of spirituality, sexuality and grief. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes emotionally raw, always honest to a fault -Michael uniquely captures the essence of being human.

Michael Harren (michaelharren.com) is a Brooklyn based composer, pianist, electronic musician and performance artist, as well as synth bassist
for the synth punk band ATTACK.WAV. He has appeared at Theater 1010, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Joe's Pub, Don't Tell Mama's, The Laurie Beechman Theater and (Le) Poisson Rouge both as a Musical Director and Pianist in a variety of cabaret and theater projects. Most recenty, he toured with Sandra Bernhard as her pianist. As a solo artist, Michael combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work.

Adam Fitzgerald (Director) is the Artistic Director of kef theatrical productions and a founding partner of FIFTY2&NINE. With kef Adam recently directed the critically acclaimed MEHTHTACULAR!, (Time Out NY Critics' Pick) KILLING WOMEN (with Lisa Brescia) and LYRIC IS WAITING. Other recent directing credits include Victor L Cahn's GETTING THE BUSINESS (Rachel Reiner Productions) Marc Castle's FRIENDS AND RELATIONS, Michael I Walker's LETTER FROM ALGERIA and the concert of Carner and Gregor's ISLAND SONG for 92YTribeca. Adam was the 2008-09 Directing Resident at Playwrights Horizons assisting Wilson Milam, Bartlett Sher and Kate Whoriskey on plays by Nicky Silver (THREE CHANGES with Maura Tierney), Craig Lucas (PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY with Victoria Clark, Michele Pawk and Jonathan Groff) and Christina Anderson (INKED BABY with LaChanze) and served as the 2007-08 Artistic Associate Playhouse West (where his production of DEFIANCE garnered Critics Circle nominations for Director and Production). With FIFTY2&NINE, Adam wrote and directed the PSA for the Ad Council and GLSEN which won a national Talent House competition judged by Brett Ratner and Tom Ford and directed FIFTY2&NINE's first web series, CONVERSATIONS W/ MY EX

Leah Coloff (Cello) is a cellist and singer of loud, soft, punk, rock, pretty, crazy songs. The New York Times called her singing and playing "a combination of artful angularity and a rock-inflected assertiveness." Another reviewer said of her, "She does everything she can think of with that cello, short of setting it on fire." Leah veered off the road of rigorous traditional training after earning a degree in cello performance from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and doing a stint of graduate school at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Over the years, Leah has played with many wonderful musicians including, Phillip Glass, David Bowie, Patty Smith, Michael Cerveris, Mark Mulcahy, Rufus Wainwright, Linda Thompson, and Trey Anastasio. As the cellist for The Scorchio Electric String Quartet, you can hear Leah playing during the last moments of the upcoming season of Nurse Jackie. (love Nurse Jackie!) The new song, Deserving, from Leah's upcoming solo record, This Tree, can be freely downloaded on her website:leahcoloff.com.

David Packer (viola) lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Melissa. In his spare time, he manages the fantasy/social commentary blog http://polypspride.blogspot.com and watches a lot of movies.

Gabryel Smith (violin) began his studies at the age of five with his mother, Egmont Trio member Susan Slowick. A native of the Boston area, he attended the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and the Young Artists program at Tanglewood. At the age of seventeen, he made his solo d├ębut, performing Lalo's Symphonie ├ęspagnole with the Salem Philharmonic in Salem, Mass.

A frequent performer in the New York and Boston areas, Gabe holds a dual degree in Violin Performance and History from N.Y.U. He is a member of The Chelsea Symphony, Concertmaster of the Riverside Orchestra, and is an active freelance musician, performing most recently at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space, Barge Music, and Le Poisson Rouge.  He is also a regular guest at the Cape Ann Chamber Music Series in Gloucester, Mass., where he has performed an annual solo recital for the past four seasons.

Apart from his work as a musician, Gabe is the Assistant Archivist for the New York Philharmonic.

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Judson Memorial Church (View)
55 Washington Square South
New York City , NY 10012
United States


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Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Classical
Music > Experimental

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!

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