Thursday, December 9, 2021
I Put a Spell on You
As part of Sessions, a new spin-off of Gagosian Premieres, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Alice Smith delivers an unforgettable interpretation of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic “I Put a Spell on You” (1956) inside the exhibition Social Works II at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Hawkins’s song was famously covered by Nina Simone in 1965 and has since been performed and recorded by many other artists, from Bette Midler to Marilyn Manson. In 2015, Smith’s haunting rendition was featured on the album Nina Revisited... A Tribute to Nina Simone.
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Sessions is a spin-off of Gagosian Premieres featuring short-form videos of performances with music, dance, and poetry by some of today’s most acclaimed creative voices. Sessions can be newly commissioned performances or outtakes from Premieres episodes.
Saturday, March 4, 2023
To Neptune, Ruler of the Seas Profound
As part of Sessions, a spin-off of Gagosian Premieres, musician, producer, and film and television composer Isabella Summers, a founding member of Florence and the Machine, performs inside the exhibition Cy Twombly at Gagosian, Beverly Hills. Summers presents three chapters from a piece she composed, titled To Neptune, Ruler of the Seas Profound, that is inspired by Twombly’s life and work. The music is interwoven with quotations from poems and literary texts by authors who have served as muses or subjects for Twombly, including Homer, Stéphane Mallarmé, and William Butler Yeats.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
As part of Sessions, a spin-off of Gagosian Premieres, Bessie Award–winning composer and pianist Pete Drungle performs an improvised piece for piano created in response to Urs Fischer’s exhibition of digital sculptures at Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles, which was presented by Gagosian. Previously, Drungle has made music with Ornette Coleman, Craig Harris, Yoko Ono, and others, and has collaborated with visual artists including Lilibeth Cuenca-Rasmussen, Rudolf Stingel, and Spencer Sweeney. In CHAOS, he responds to five hundred unique works from Fischer’s series CHAOS #1–#501, which are displayed in the exhibition on a trio of colossal suspended screens. Wielding his mastery of multiple genres and techniques, Drungle explores polyrhythm and polytonality in the context of a maximalist visual presentation.