Sunday, January 19, 2014

Improvisers: The Music Photography of Chandler, Dean, Miller, Robertson

Improvisers: Chandler, Dean, Miller, Robertson
Real Art Ways
Hartford, CT

Maurice Robertson
Byron Dean
Rob Miller
Joseph Chandler

Throughout the past few years of presenting at Real Art Ways, Joe Morris and I have been blessed by an abundance of witness.  Maurice Robertson, Byron Dean and Joseph Chandler - all from the Hartford area - and Rob Miller have worked long and hard to create, and share, a visual record of the Improvisations series.  As we planned our third year of concerts, it seemed only right to mount a showing of the work as part of the events planned for our third year of presenting at RAW. 

We paired the opening of the show with a concert (Nate Wooley/Ken Vandermark), and it was a real treat to watch the room fill with friends and followers, calling out to each other, sharing hugs and laughter, discussing the work and the process of making it.  Perhaps, someday, we will create a website for the series.  Until then, visit the Facebook page for Improvisations to follow our progress, plans and the presence/presents of our grassroots music witness.

It is worth saying, loudly and proudly, that none of this - the series or this showing of work - would have been possible without the steadfast support and vision of Will Wilkins and the staff at Real Art Ways.  Music needs a home to grow and develop, and RAW is that place for Joe and me, our visiting artists and our listeners here in Hartford.  We are thankful for that!

Images by Maurice Robertson
Title image by Charmaine Nav

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