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May 16 Evripidis

A one-night stand with Evripidis and his Tragedies and special guests Dane Terry and Dalin

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A one-night stand with Evripidis and his Tragedies and special guests Dane Terry and Dalin
Start:
May 16, 2014 7:00 PM
End:
May 16, 2014 11:00 PM
Organizer:
Greg
Phone:
646 457 0859
contact@bgsqd.com
Updated:
May 2, 2014
Venue:
Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone:
646 457 0859
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83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
May 16 Evripidis

An introduction to the world of Evripidis Sabatis AKA Evripidis and his Tragedies, where music, writing and drawing intertwine to picture a world of love, lust and loss.

Evripidis will perform an acoustic concert and present an exhibition of his original artwork and his illustrated book “El Calamor y otros mitos de la intimidad” (Spanish only).

Musicians Dane Terry and Dalin will also perform.

 

Photo by Nicholas Prakas

Photo by Nicholas Prakas

Evripidis and his Tragedies is the alter ego of Evripidis Sabatis. This classically trained Athenian pianist, visual artist and writer shares not only his name with the great tragedian Euripides of antiquity but to some extent, his eye for storytelling, painted by splashes of tragic realism but also humor, that celebrates heroes who are overwhelmed by their passions and end up burning brightly.

In Evripidis and his Tragedies´songs, lovers ride the tidal waves in vain, teeth fall out one by one, summers are long and lazy and full of song (or are utterly blue), stray dogs are irresistible and treacherous, nights are sleepless and scary, little sisters grow up to be stronger than their brothers, lights are out, hearts are not pure, weddings turn into riots, ghosts take the living for car rides, death dances in the shadows of a hospital room, nightlife takes legendary proportions, homesickness is a necessary consequence of a life on the run, Sunday mornings are haunting, funerals are celebrated as parties, the sky is red above the harbour, the worst enemy and torturer is one´s self and pain comes in healthy doses. Evripidis worships what is no longer here, what has left just a scar. His world is a melancholy love affair where romanticism never died, where harmony is created with a intelligent view on contemporary life, for winners and losers, victims and victors, heroes and villains.

One Journalist stated that in Evripidis and his Tragedies’ music there are echoes of all kinds of western popular music from the last 120 years: classical impressionism, cabaret, 20´s, 30´s and 40´s American songs, musicals, folk, soundtracks and most of all, pop from the late 50´s until now. Add to this mix some touches of baroque music, an unconditional love for the 60´s, the indie pop and some unique, maverick songwriters, and Evripidis´ own distinctive piano-playing and you have a project that escapes a clear definition. The best way to understand it is to just listen to it.

Lyrically, Evripidis lingers among hopeless romanticism, dark humor and dry cyniscism. Love, lust and loss, as well as family, friends and death. These are the recurring themes in his songs but also in his writing and his visual artwork. As he wryly puts it, “The stuff that makes my world go round”. His turn of phrase exposes his literary background and this makes his lyrics pocket dramas on their own.

Evripidis´ drawings usually consist of nightmarish chimeras, monstruous flora, dramatic landscapes and twisted allegories. Surrealism, symbolism and grotesque play a big part in his art, as well as lived experiences and traumas.

His illstrated book “El Calamor y oros mitos de la intimidad” is the perfect merging between Evripidis major artistic disciplines, featuring drawings, original texts in Spanish and lyrics in English.

Since 2007 Evripidis and his Tragedies has released two full albums and various EPs as well as music for short movies and art projects. Lately, Evripidis has been living out and about, swinging among Barcelona, Athens, London, Berlin and NYC, something that is reflected in his new material and recent collaborations. He is currently finishing his third album with some of his long-time musical partners and some new entries in this crowded, creative musical family.

He has participated in various group exhibitions and in April 2010 he presented his first solo exhibition entitled “Why do lovers break each other’s hearts?” in the gallery
6 d.o.g.s in Athens. Since then he has exhibited in Madrid, Barcelona and Berlin. This will be the first time he is exhibiting his drawings in New York.

 

Dane Terry Portrait Shoot, 2013. ©Andy Spessard Photography

Dane Terry is a performer and composer based in NYC. Terry’s songs act as surreal theater miniatures that range from dark to funny. Colored with Sci-Fi themes and what he terms “Frillbilly” music, his performances often take the form of bizarre vignettes of music and monologue. He has performed as part of the HOT festival of queer theater at Dixon Place 3 times, toured internationally and he continues to perform in theaters and venues all around NYC including Joes Pub, Bowery Poetry and La Mama.

 

Jonathan Dalin

DALIN is a pop music act making happy, heartfelt, danceable tunes. Singer/writer/producer Jonathan Dalin grew up in a musical family from Detroit with connections to the Jazz and classical scenes as well as soul and gospel music. This summer Dalin will be releasing the video and Single YOU LOOK GOOD, as well as a collection of sexy, high-energy pop songs. Stay tuned for YOU LOOK GOOD and Listen for DALIN songs on playlists at your next BBQ or while you’re rockin’ your boo.

 

 

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