Lewis Achenbach

 

 

“Lew has spent the last few years documenting Chicago’s jazz and avant-garde music in his unique, spontaneous, explosive painting style. He truly captures the essence and magic of improvised music, because he himself improvises in real-time with the musicians. He has spent the time to cultivate his voice and place in the music in the same way musicians do – by showing up and sitting in, studying the music and the players, week after week, for years. He understands our mission not just in words and sounds, but also in feelings, shapes and colors.”

-Preyas Roy

THIS IS YOUR JAZZ OCCURRENCE. https://www.facebook.com/jazzoccurrence

LIVE PAINTING GIGS, NEXT UP:

8/17: Jazz Record Art Collective with the Christopher McBride 5

1821 W. Hubbard St. Chicago IL 9PM Achenbach shows artworks.

8/22-23: Glen Ellyn Arts Festival. Stage side painting.

9/3-6: Chicago Jazz Fest 2015

9/12: Thomas Mapfumo Rosa’s Lounge

CHICAGO ARTISTS MONTH:

10/1: Herb Alpert City Winery (unofficial)

1200 W RANDOLPH ST, CHICAGO, IL, 60607

10/2: The Thing Constellation Chicago 3111 N Western Ave

10/10: Jazz Occurrence Six with the Vincent Davis Percussion

Plus. Lewis Achenbach and the Urban Sketchers

10/17: William Parker Quartet (unofficial) Constellation

10/24: Jazz Occurrence Seven with Volcano Radar hosted by

High Concept Labs. Special guest artist Daniel Zalkus

11/22-24: CHICAGO TARDIS

 

Preyas Roy's Sticks and Stones (L to R)  Preyas Roy, Vito Rizzi, Vincent Davis, Matt Gold, Brent Griifin Jr. June 26th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS Live documentary painting. Acrylic on board. 36X48 inches. $400

Preyas Roy’s Sticks and Stones (L to R)
Preyas Roy, Vito Rizzi, Vincent Davis, Matt Gold, Brent Griifin Jr. June 26th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Live documentary painting. Acrylic on board. 36X48 inches. $400

Preyas Roy's Sticks and Stones (L to R)  Preyas Roy, Vito Rizzi, Vincent Davis, Matt Gold, Brent Griifin Jr. June 26th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS Live documentary painting. Acrylic on board. 36X48 inches. $400

Preyas Roy’s Sticks and Stones (L to R)
Preyas Roy, Vito Rizzi, Vincent Davis, Matt Gold, Brent Griifin Jr. June 26th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Live documentary painting. Acrylic on board. 36X48 inches. $400

Preyas Roy's Sticks and Stones (L to R)  Preyas Roy, Vito Rizzi, Vincent Davis, Matt Gold, Brent Griifin Jr. June 26th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS Live documentary painting. Acrylic on board. 36X48 inches. $400

Preyas Roy’s Sticks and Stones (L to R)
Preyas Roy, Vincent Davis, Brent Griifin Jr. June 26th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Live documentary painting. Acrylic on board. 36X48 inches. $400

Preyas Roy's Sticks and Stones (L to R)  Preyas Roy, Vito Rizzi, Vincent Davis, Matt Gold, Brent Griifin Jr. June 26th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS Live documentary painting. Acrylic on board. 36X48 inches. $400

Preyas Roy’s Sticks and Stones (L to R)
Preyas Roy, Vito Rizzi, Vincent Davis, Matt Gold, Brent Griifin Jr. June 26th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Live documentary painting. Acrylic on board. 36X48 inches. $400

Please go to the PRODUCTS page to make your purchase.  Original artworks are available for $100 (AACM’s are $200) and the funds will go directly to the artists of the Jazz Occurrence project.

If you’ve seen a drawing you would like, and it is not in the products section with a paypal button, please let me know (lewisachenbach@yahoo.com) and I will make that drawing yours.

Below are some of my most recent works, Bio, CV and a place to buy and see  HEAR THIS BOOK-Achenbach in Chicagoland-Documentary Sketches 2012-2014.

Thank you, for your interest and patronage. -LA

NEXT:

July 11th, I will documenting this: http://jazzinglenellyn.org

In front of Just The Bookstore and stage side.

 

 

James Sanders' Proyecto Libre at Elastic Arts 2014©lewisachenbach/ARS (L to R) James Sanders, Edward Wilkerson, Harrison Bankhead, Avreeyal Ra, Jean Christophe Leroy.

James Sanders’ Proyecto Libre at Elastic Arts 2014©lewisachenbach/ARS
(L to R) James Sanders, Edward Wilkerson, Harrison Bankhead, Avreeyal Ra, Jean Christophe Leroy.

James Sanders' Proyecto Libre at Elastic Arts 2014©lewisachenbach/ARS

James Sanders’ Proyecto Libre at Elastic Arts 2014©lewisachenbach/ARS

Jason Moran, Tarus Mateen, Nasheet Waits The Bandwagon. May 29th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS Logan Center, University of Chicago.

Jason Moran, Tarus Mateen, Nasheet Waits
The Bandwagon.
May 29th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Logan Center, University of Chicago.

AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS Original color drawing. $200

AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Original color drawing. $200

AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS Original color drawing. $200

AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Original color drawing. $200

AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS Original color drawing. $200

AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Original color drawing. $200

AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS Original color drawing. $200

AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Original color drawing. $200

AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS Original color drawing. $200

AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Original color drawing. SOLD

Rob Mazurek's Sao Paulo Underground at Constellation Chicago April 17th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS

Rob Mazurek’s Sao Paulo Underground at Constellation Chicago April 17th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS

Rob Mazurek's Sao Paulo Underground at Constellation Chicago April 17th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS

Rob Mazurek’s Sao Paulo Underground at Constellation Chicago April 17th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS

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.

The NEXT scheduled Jazz Occurrences are as follows (subject to change):

TBA

Through July 11th, 2015, at the Aurora Public Art Commission 3rd floor gallery (20 E Downer Place 60507), Jazz Occurrence Art Exhibition II featuring works by Renee Baker, Lewis Achenbach, Douglas R Ewart, Cameron Pfiffner, Perry Slade, Lisa Flahive, Jordi Pedrola, Bob Stickloon, Alberto Paniaya and an inner gallery installation by Lara Oppenheimer and Spencer Hutchinson.

Museum hours are W-SAT 12-4PM.

Through August 24th 2015, ART at CITY HALL, Occurrence Caravan.

 

 

 About the Artist:

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 book is available at the Glen Ellyn Bookstore and at the Dupage Art League in downtown Wheaton. 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.

 

 

Art

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Tarbaby: Orrin Evans, E Revis and Nasheet Waits at Constellation Chicago Nov 8th 2013©lewisachenbach/ARS
Pastel and Charcoal on Paper. 11X14 inches. Original artwork $100
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Colin Hay City Winery 
2015©lewisachenbach/ARS11X14 inches $100
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Colin Hay at City Winery
2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Next Year People
Original 11X14 in sketch $100
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Colin Hay and Cecilia Noel at City Winery 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
$100
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THE WESTERLIES
(L to R) Zubin Hensler, Riley Mulherkar, Andy Clausen, and Willem De Koch.
Constellation Chicago March 5th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Pastel and Charcoal on Paper. 11X14 inches. Original artwork $100
The Jazz Occurrence project needs you help. 

The Illinois state government has UN-FUNDED the Latin Jazz Occurrence Five 
with James Sanders’ Proyecto Libre, MAY 15th 2015 at the Aurora Public Art Commission.

I have a solution.  
Art for art. 
Artworks sold will fund the Jazz Occurrence. 
Sketches of the musicians will pay the musicians directly.
Patrons of the Arts can keep this event free to the public.

No kickstarter. No crowdfunding. No middle-man. 
Just art supporting art.

We don’t need the government to make the Latin JazzO5 happen.
We have a voice. 

I believe the Jazz Occurrence project is important; fundamentally essential.
Young minds need to hear jazz and see the inspiration it creates.

Please help by purchasing an original sketch for $100. 
We sell 20 sketches and the project is funded. 
Art for art. 

Thank you,
Lewis Achenbach, founder Jazz Occurrence

Please go to www.lewisachenbach.com/store and get your artwork today, using the Paypal button or by contacting me directly at lewisachenbach@yahoo.com

Each drawing is a one of a kind, and comes with authenticating paperwork.
The Jazz Occurrence project needs you help. 

The Illinois state government has UN-FUNDED the Latin Jazz Occurrence Five 
with James Sanders’ Proyecto Libre, MAY 15th 2015 at the Aurora Public Art Commission.

I have a solution.  
Art for art. 
Artworks sold will fund the Jazz Occurrence. 
Sketches of the musicians will pay the musicians directly.
All sketches are available. All funds go to the artists of the Jazz Occurrence. Email me with any questions at lewisachenbach@yahoo.com
Avreeyal Ra's Dream Stuff
$100
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James Sanders' Proyecto Libre at Elastic Arts 2014©lewisachenbach/ARS
(L to R) James Sanders, Edward Wilkerson, Harrison Bankhead, Avreeyal Ra, Jean Christophe Leroy.
James Sanders' Proyecto Libre at Elastic Arts 2014©lewisachenbach/ARS
Rob Mazurek's Sao Paulo Underground at Constellation Chicago April 17th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Rob Mazurek's Sao Paulo Underground at Constellation Chicago April 17th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Original color drawing. $200
AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Original color drawing. $200
AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Original color drawing. $200
AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Original color drawing. $200
AACM at 50. Mandel Hall at the Univ. Chicago April 26th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Original color drawing. $200
June 5th 2015 City Hall Aurora Artist Meet
Lazer Lloyd 
Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival No.3
May 19th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
House of Blues‬
329 N Dearborn St‬
Chicago, IL 60654‬
Lazer Lloyd 
Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival No.3
May 19th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
House of Blues‬
329 N Dearborn St‬
Chicago, IL 60654‬
Lazer Lloyd 
Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival No.3
May 19th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
House of Blues‬
329 N Dearborn St‬
Chicago, IL 60654‬
Lazer Lloyd 
Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival No.3
May 19th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
House of Blues‬
329 N Dearborn St‬
Chicago, IL 60654‬
Lazer5
Lazer Lloyd 
Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival No.3
May 19th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
House of Blues‬
329 N Dearborn St‬
Chicago, IL 60654‬
Lazer Lloyd 
Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival No.3
May 19th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
House of Blues‬
329 N Dearborn St‬
Chicago, IL 60654‬
Lazer Lloyd 
Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival No.3
May 19th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
House of Blues‬
329 N Dearborn St‬
Chicago, IL 60654‬
Lazer Lloyd 
Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival No.3
May 19th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
House of Blues‬
329 N Dearborn St‬
Chicago, IL 60654‬
Lazer Lloyd 
Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival No.3
May 19th, 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
House of Blues‬
329 N Dearborn St‬
Chicago, IL 60654‬
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Preyas Roy's Sticks and Stones (L to R) 
Preyas Roy, Vito Rizzi, Vincent Davis, Matt Gold, Brent Griifin Jr. June 26th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Live documentary painting. Acrylic on board. 36X48 inches. $400
Preyas Roy's Sticks and Stones (L to R) 
Preyas Roy, Vito Rizzi, Vincent Davis, Matt Gold, Brent Griifin Jr. June 26th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Live documentary painting. Acrylic on board. 36X48 inches. $400
Preyas Roy's Sticks and Stones (L to R) 
Preyas Roy, Vito Rizzi, Vincent Davis, Matt Gold, Brent Griifin Jr. June 26th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Live documentary painting. Acrylic on board. 36X48 inches. $400
Preyas Roy's Sticks and Stones (L to R) 
Preyas Roy, Vito Rizzi, Vincent Davis, Matt Gold, Brent Griifin Jr. June 26th 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS
Live documentary painting. Acrylic on board. 36X48 inches. $400
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