Lake Flower Landing receives NYSCA Community Arts grant

Tabla player kicks off Sound & Vision series May 25

Pakistani tabla player Alan Simon will perform in the first Sound & Vision music performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at Lake Flower Landing in Saranac Lake. (Photo provided)

SARANAC LAKE – Lake Flower Landing received funding from New York State Council on the Arts 2019 Decentralization Community Arts grant for its Sound & Vision music performances and film screenings.

Entry fees for each event are $10. Pre-concert workshops are $15.

The first concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25, features Pakistani tabla player, Alan Simon, in collaboration with area musicians; Stephanie Sears, Alex Marklund, and Clinton Green. A recent transplant to Saranac Lake, Simon is a math teacher at Mountain Lake Academy.

A pre-concert workshop will introduce participants — novice to intermediate– to Indian rhythmic techniques at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m., LFL presents an Electronic Music Summit. This event brings together regional and international artists active in the field of electronic music. Participants include professor of electronic music at Crane School of Music Jerod Sommerfeld (Potsdam), electro-acoustic ensemble, Figure From Ground (Malone/Pottsdam), trumpeter and EVI pioneer (electronic valve instrument) Taylor Haskins (Westport), instrument-builder/inventor, Brian Dewan (Catskill), and renowned theremin-player Pamelia Stickney (Vienna, Austria). A pre-concert workshop will introduce participants to the theremin and the Dewantron family of instruments.

In mid-October, two documentary films will be screened on consecutive evenings to bring together two artists. “The Art that Nature Makes: the Works of Photographer Rosamond Wolff Purcell” explores where aesthetics, nature, science, and biology meet. Purcell has collaborated on numerous publications with Stephan Jay Gould and Ricky Jay. “Dawson City, Frozen Time” will be screened with internationally celebrated filmmaker Bill Morrison. The documentary pieces together the history of a collection of nitrate film prints dating from the early 1900s found buried under in the permafrost. The story reveals the boom and bust at the center of the Gold Rush and the ramshackle dawn of cinema.

Both films celebrate the natural world’s attrition of man-made materials. Post-screening panel discussions will follow each film.

In the late fall, local 16mm film-collector Mark Ellis, will present vintage silent films with live soundtrack composed and performed by local bandleader Mark Hofschneider of Crackin’ Foxy.

Lake Flower Landing is at 421 Lake Flower Ave. in Saranac Lake. It is ADA accessible. Since 2016 a variety of concerts, film-screenings, book-signings and workshops have been offered in a dedicated event-space. Programming is by artist Peter Seward, the co-founder and programmer of Hobofest. Seward’s studio is onsite, as is the design studio of artistic director, Karen Davidson, which includes an art library reading room, and the archives of Davidson Design, Inc. For a complete listing, visit lakeflowerlanding.com.

Sound & Vision is made possible with the funds from the Decentralization

Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.