Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 830pm, Lewis Achenbach will be ‘documentary paint performing’ with the Fonema Consort at the Canvas Theater Chicago (2313 W North Ave). As usual, I have no idea what wonders await the ears and eyes for this one. Save the date.
A Jazz Occurrence is defined as a union of the Sonic Arts and the Visual Arts. A JAZZO is a performance in a creative environment of something close to complete freedom, forming, essentially, a third hybrid exponential enlightening art-form. The idea is to capture the ‘frequency in the room’ on canvas.
The Jazz Occurrence is a documentary in progress, combining concert footage, painting performance, audience reaction, musician interviews and animations.
The Jazz Occurrence project supports the notion that creative music is vital and progressively positive and therapeutic.
The JOAE (Jazz Occurrence Art Exhibition) is a traveling show; a caravan of artistic experimentation.
About the Author:
Achenbach has collaborated with master filmmaker Michael Sporn on several storybook-to-film shorts, such as Chris Raschke’s “Yo! Yes?” for Weston Woods and “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble”, as well as numerous spots for HBO and WGBH’s Between the Lions. He has a background working with drug addicted teens and mentally ill elders as a behavioral health specialist. RHSA Inc. sponsored a solo show of 100 Achenbach works in June, 2008 in Ashland, Pennsylvania in the historic Masonic Opera House as ‘Contained Chaos’; a self-curated, magnetic wall, site specific installation. Collaborative mental health based efforts were displayed on the street level, as part of the event. At the SCCA (Schuylkill County Center for the Arts) Achenbach showed work with Geoffrey Beadle and Michael Mahalchick, and later with NY artist Lance Rautzan in 2010, curated by artist Missi Allen of Walker Street Studios. In New York, he participated in the Brooklyn Artillery in the fall of 2009, curated by Alison Brady, and took part in the Brooklyn Artists Gallery 50/50 Fundraiser June 2011 NYC. Achenbach has been a supporter and participant of Pottsville, PA’s Block of Art from 2010-present, curated by Jack Hirshfeld. In Illinois, his ArtXposium Railway Station site-specific installation happened in May 2011 in West Chicago, curated by People Made Visible. Achenbach created a raw footage film titled TSVARNOHARNO which premiered April 13th 2012 @LaSpiaza Downtown Wheaton Illinois, live soundtracked by Preyas Roy of Eigenfunk and the Vincent Davis Ensemble. Lewis was asked to teach graffiti arts at the ArtCrew/studio in schools project : May 18th 2012, Pleasant Hill Elementary School. Lewis Achenbach’s documentary paintings of Jazz in Chicagoland have shown at Gallery200 West Chicago twice solo as “Off the Golden Map” and as “Prestissimo and Preciosismo”, at the Elastic Arts Foundation Chicago as “Achenbach in Chicagoland” and at the Fulton Street Collective as part of their ‘Jazz Record” series curated by Maya Haddad. He has been the on point artist for the first two Israeli Jazz and World Music Festivals, supported by the Israeli Consulate of the Midwest. On May 23rd of 2014, Achenbach began to record his “Jazz Occurrence” project with filmmaker David Weathersby of SubVerseStudios and David Zuchowski of Davernoise, beginning with the Vincent Davis Achtet (Ari Brown, Harrison Bankhead, Mars Williams, Scott Hesse, Preyas Roy, Jim Baker, Vincent Davis and Lewis Achenbach). The Second and Four Jazz Occurrences featured members of VOLCANO RADAR (Julia Miller, Elbio Barilari, Tim Davis, Rollo Radford, Edward Wilkerson Jr., Harrison Bankhead and Lou Ciccotelli). This blastocystical Jazz Occurrence film curates the marriage of the Sonic Arts and Visual Arts, in a free form documentary style composed of interviews with artists and visitors, multi-venue performance footage and Achenbach’s own animations derived from his live sketching gigs. Like Jodorowsky in his early films, Lewis is present out of necessity to the creation, but hardly the focus. The subject is the experience created and the reactive ‘take away’.
Achenbach published a book of his jazz artworks in HEAR THIS BOOK/Achenbach in Chicagoland/Documentary Drawings 2012-2014. The book is a sketchbook document supported by quotes from the venue organizers and depicted musicians. The Glen Ellyn Bookstore is hosting a book signing and performance on Nov 18th, 2014 from 6-8pm, also Ladies’ Night in Glen Ellyn. In a sense, all the shows draw have been ‘jazz occurrences’ building up to the film and volumes with CDs of jazz in Chicago. He also illustrated Macbeth and Gilgamesh for the Chicago Public Schools in 2013/2014 with “Play in a Book.”
Lewis Achenbach, founder and producer of the Jazz Occurrence, was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Fort Bragg in 1971. He has a BFA in Film/Animation from NYU.