SCHLANGER a New York City native,
graduate of Music & Art High School and ceramic art student of
Maija Grotell at Cranbrook, has created public
art projects on three interrelated subjects : Peace, War and Music.
music Witness® paintings and sculpture have been part of all 20 annual Vision Festivals held each spring in New York City. In 2010-14projections of performance paintings were integrated with live performances on stage. In 2010, a long scroll of thirty paintings was created live over eight nights of avantjazz concerts while an exhibition of paintings honoring Muhal Richard Abrams, Rashied Ali and Billy Bang was installed just outside the auditorium. musicWitness®¬¬ was awarded Vision Festival Lifetime Recognition in 2014.
music Witness® was performance painter at InterPlay!Berlin 2006, at the Tampere, Finland Jazz Happening 2000—2003, 2006 & 2012, at Sons d’hiver in Paris 2004, AIMToronto in 2007 and 2010 and resident artist at the Guelph, Canada Jazz Festival 2013 and graphics artist there in 2002 & 2005.
musicWitness® exhibitions have also been held at the Academy of the Arts Berlin, Hunterdon NJ Art Museum, Webster University-St. Louis, and at El Bohio, the Improvisors Collective, the Learning Alliance, Abrons Arts Center and the Orensanz Art Center on New York’s Lower East Side. Four exhibitions were integrated into the old Knitting Factory on Houston Street from 1993 to 1995 and three major works installed in the Knitting Factory on Leonard Street in New York. Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco held a solo exhibition along with two live painting-demonstration concerts and a BlueGuitar sculpture with related works were created during a live concert in Sonoma, California Art Center. A musicWitness® print exhibition was held at Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center in 2015.
A 40 x 30-foot outdoor mural of Bob Stewart’s Tuba solo Steal Away was installed opposite the public Library in New Rochelle, NY 2008-2014.
A comprehensive music Witness® painting and sculpture installation was presented in New York at the CUE Art Foundation in 2005 with two Witnessed live concerts in the charged space. The second concert, featuring William Parker, Oluyemi Thomas, Joe McPhee and Lisa Sokolov, is now documented on DVD as SPIRITWORLD, premiered in June 2006 in Berlin at the Academy of the Arts and in New York City at Anthology Film Archives.
CHILE•NEW YORK•AfghanIRAQ, a film featuring William Parker & Roy Campbell
playing in a monumental sculpture installation was screened at the Guelph Jazz Festival in 2013, at the 2014 Vision Festival in New York City and is now available on DVD.
Recording covers, produced at the request of many leading musicians, include:
World Saxophone Quartet -Live in Brooklyn, Billy Bang Sextet -Live at Carlos 1,
Muhal Richard Abrams & Roscoe Mitchell-Duets and Solos, Borah Bergman - The Fire Tale & The Stone House, Charles Gayle -Consecration & More Live, William Parker’s 3 Solo CDs -Testimony, Lifting the Sanctions and Live at Somewhere There 2010and small groups: In Order to Survive, Compassion and, with Kidd Jordan & Alan Silva, Emancipation; also Invisible Wisdom with Kidd Jordan & Oluyemi Thomas. In addition, four covers were made for the late Hall of Fame musician Julius Hemphill: Trio Live, two Sextet recordings, Fat Man & The Hard Blues and Five Chord Stud, and the sound environment for Schlanger’s 42nd street ceramic sculpture installation of 400 Faces, CHILE NEW YORK.
An extensive series of performance pictures are integrated into the book of William Parker’s CENTERING Box, 2012 and his WOOD FLUTE SONGS Quartet Box Centerfold, Epic Poet, 2013. The massive William Parker Sessionography book, 2014, features musicWitness® art throughout and in color on its front cover.
William Parker’s 2015 Conversations II book, published by RogueArt in Paris includes 28 color reproductions of performance paintings of the musicians interviewed and William Parker’s interview with musicWitness®.
A World Percussion Summit picture wraps around the cover of the Improvisation Studies reader edited by Ajay Heble & Rebecca Caines published by Routledge in 2014.
A musicWitness® picture of Cecil Taylor in performance is featured on the cover of JAZZING: New York City’s Unseen Scene and another can be found inside Thomas Greenland’s 2016 University of Illinois Press book.