Baisley Powell Elebash Artist-in-Residence Program Provides Financial and Creative Support to NYC-Based Performers’ Projects
A fresh slate of New York musicians and composers is set to debut original work and take a few creative risks in a series of one-night-only performances at the 9th annual Uncharted concert series this spring at the Greenwich House Music School.
This year’s lineup of Uncharted artists includes concerts from Endea Owens & The Cookout (April 6), Keyanna Hutchinson (April 13), Mafer Bandola (April 20), Nour Harkati (April 27, presented with Habibi Festival), Dana Lyn’s Animal Revenge (May 4) and Oran Etkin Duo with Sasha Berliner (May 11). General entry tickets to all shows are $20 or less with 100% of sales going directly to the artists. Advance ticket sales include an open wine and beer bar.
“This year’s cohort of musicians represents some of the most genre-diverse and creatively original performers to take part in our program,” said Rachel Black, Uncharted co-founder and Director of Greenwich House Music School. A staple in the New York City music scene, Uncharted offers New York-based musicians a platform to develop original material, foster new collaborations, and premiere first-look projects in an intimate concert setting.
“Every artist is taking advantage of this opportunity to try something unique and outside the boundaries of what they are used to making,” Black added. “Hearing those risks come to life at these one-night-only performances in our Recital Hall is what makes Uncharted‘s programming so reliably exciting.”
Over the past decade, Uncharted‘s resources have proven deeply vital to the professional and personal lives of performing arts creators. A generous multi-year grant from the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund provides all 2023 artists with a paid residency that provides free rehearsal space along with technical assistance and backline, compensation for rehearsal time, individual marketing assistance, and unrestricted use of high-quality audio, video, and photographic records of their performance to further develop and promote their work.
“We consider ourselves to be as much an artist career development program as we are a concert series,” explains Uncharted co-founder and curator Jennie Wasserman (NJPAC, The Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall). “These events are always audience-pleasers, but they also provide musicians with a potentially career-enhancing opportunity and a platform to prove themselves in front of the programming staff from major venues around the city. Many of our artists over the years have credited Uncharted as having a long-ranging impact on their creative and financial sustainability.”
The 2023 Uncharted lineup of performers join growing alumni of popular artists from across the musical spectrum; including jazz pianists Aaron Diehl and Dan Tepfer; vocalist, pianist, and Broadway composer Shaina Taub; acclaimed jazz harpist Brandee Younger; avant-cabaret performer Migguel Anggelo, Molly Pope and Erin Markey; guitarist and singer/songwriter Celisse; saxophonist and bandleader Camille Thurman; guitarist Marc Ribot and many more. The full series performance history is available at www.greenwichhouse.org/uncharted.
In 2019, as an outgrowth of the Uncharted series, Black and Wasserman founded the New York Presenters Consortium (NYPC) to leverage the collective resources of a network of New York City non-profit arts organizations in support of New York-based performing artists and the cultural ecosystem. In addition to GHMS, this year’s NYPC partners include Joe’s Pub, the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, and Bryant Park Corporation.