Posts Tagged ‘interview’

A&E | Mar. 29 4:10 pm EST

Paul Bloom, CC ’17, of iiii talks forming a band, jazz, and teddy bears

Courtesy of Cooper Vacheron / iiii

Paul Bloom, CC ’17, plays piano in iiii, alongside Laila Smith, Jeremy Dutton, and Connor Schultze. Bloom sat down with Spectrum to talk about iiii’s self-titled debut album, getting married to teddy bears, and tonight’s show at the West End at 7:30 p.m.

Responses were edited for clarity and length. 

KM: When did iiii get together?

PB: The bass player, Connor, and I met about five or six years ago through a high school jazz band. Then we did this music program in California the summer after junior year, and met Laila and Jeremy there, and played with them a little bit, but didn’t really get to know each other. The summer after graduation, a mutual friend of ours from California invited us to play music at his house. He had this nice music studio room, and we all ended up writing this song together. After that, we decided that we should probably be a band and play more music together.

KM: And you all attend different colleges?

PB: Yeah. Connor goes to the Manhattan School of Music, Jeremy, our drummer, goes to the New School, and Laila goes to Harvard and the New England Conservatory in this joint program.

Run iiii Cover

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A&E | Nov. 19 7:07 pm EST
College (Cat)walk

College (Cat)walk, featuring Siddhartha Shah

Sometimes, off the beaten path outfits miraculously appear on the most beaten paths of campus. College Cat(walk) will regularly feature the people who wear them. 

With the change of seasons, Columbia students have unpacked their winter gear to prep for the cold. Winter gear isn’t limited to parkas and fleece, though—fashionable choices are well within reach! After venturing onto college walk to search for stylish students, I found Siddhartha Shah, a 1st year Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences studying art history. He may or may not be from Brooklyn.

Spec / Pooja Pandey

Spec / Pooja Pandey

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A&E | Nov. 16 3:04 pm EST
Questions with XMAS!8

XMAS!8 team talks with Spectrum—Part 2

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‘Tis the season for Q&As with XMAS!8. For the second part of Spectrum’s conversation with them, we interviewed Sophie Solomon O’Connell, director, and Renée Kraiem, co-producer. You can find the first part of the interview here. Read below for the history of XMAS! and what’s different this year.

What is the concept/theme behind this year’s XMAS!?

Renée: One of the things that I don’t know if they told you, but would help toward answering, is that we have the largest cast ever for an XMAS!. We have 17 cast members and three dancers which puts us at 20. Which, as you might think, suggest that we are looking at a plot that involves a lot of people, a lot of union, and a lot of banding together of people.

Sophie: The second I start to answer I’m giving away everything. More »


The Eye | Dec. 3 5:47 pm EST
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Morgan Library curator talks about century-spanning exhibit

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Dürer to de Kooning: 100 Master Drawings from Munich,” currently at the Morgan Library & Museum features drawings from Picasso, Michelangelo and Munich, represent a rich variety of masterworks from renaissance to the modern periods. The Eye talked to Jennifer Tonkovich, curator at The Morgan Library & Museum about the show.

Which drawings are the ones you are most excited to see personally?
One of the groups that I was excited to see were the eighteenth century German drawings, because there are not many of them in this country, and they really represent some of the greatest achievements of the German Baroque and Rococo period. And Munich has such a wonderful collection and these artists are a revelation.

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The Eye | Sep. 29 5:53 pm EST
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Blaine Swen: All the world’s a stage

Courtesy Improvised Shakespeare Company

Blaine Swen is the creator and the director of the Improvised Shakespeare Company, a comedy company that will be performing at Theater 80 in New York from October 3rd-5th.

Noel Gutierrez-Morfin sat down with Swen to talk about his work and all the fun that comes along with Shakesperean improv. 

How did you get the idea to start it in the first place?

I started doing improv in California years ago when I was a teenager, and I played for comedy sport, a show that does short-form improv, or short-scene games that have some sort of twist or goal, like what you would see on “Whose Line is it Anyways?”

One of the games we played was a game where you do a scene in the style of Shakespeare, which was a style that came up a lot. I was part of a group out there that decided to take the Shakespeare scenes and turn them into a longer show. We did that a couple of times.

When I was in LA, some people from that group started another group called the Backstreet Bards that performed Shakespearean improv shows at iO West [Theater]. When I moved to Chicago, I started a Shakespearean improv group in 2005, which was the ISC. More »


The Eye | May. 9 10:45 am EST
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Alrick Brown talks about Kinyarwanda with The Eye

Courtesy Kinyarwanda Press Kit

April 7 marked the 18th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, which took the lives of 800,000 people. The Eye sat down with Alrick Brown, director and writer of the documentary KINYARWANDA, to discuss his role in the remembrance of the tragedy.

First, could you talk about the film Kinyarwanda in general? Start with the content.

The film is based on some of the actual happenings during the Rwanda genocide. We took stories from different sources: from a child, from a couple, from two soldiers, from a priest and an imam, and that will give the audience a more comprehensive look at what actually happened during the genocide. And it was our intention to tell a more significant story, not to portray heroes or villains but just people, caught up in the horror of a crazy situation. More »


The Eye | Apr. 2 5:59 pm EST

The Eye chats with Keep Shelly in Athens

Your music has been called down tempo electronica.  Where do you see your style fitting in within the electronica genre?

We like to say we are making downbeat pop. That means that there are many genres that can be identified in our music. There is a wide range of influences we share and that reflects on our tunes. We are more ambient and no one would call us a band that makes dance music, [but] our up tempo songs are still down tempo-ed. I think that is [what we are] all about: creating a dreamy atmosphere that makes people calm down and get in a trip, guided by intricate electronics and soft voices…

Where does the name for the band come from?

There is a neighborhood in Athens called Kipseli. But somewhere in Athens there might be our Shelly… More »


The Eye | Dec. 3 2:50 pm EST
The White Cube

Speaking with Noah Fischer, Occupy Museums creator

Courtesy Jerry Saltz via Artinfo

Noah Fischer is a Brooklyn-based artist who graduated from Columbia’s School of the Arts in 2004. Fischer has often focused on alternative and public space as subject for his works, and so, this past October, he instigated the “Occupy Museums” movement. Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, the group hoped to both create awareness about and fundamentally change “the pyramid schemes” on which “the temples of cultural elitism controlled by the 1%” operate, according to the movement’s manifesto.

In a recent issue of The Eye, Ravenna Koenig wrote on this intersection between activism and the art world. Check out her interview with Fischer after the jump, in which they discuss artists’ salaries, private wealth, and where exactly, it all went wrong. More »


The Eye | Jun. 30 4:06 pm EST
New Kid on the block

14 questions for Jacob Wysocki

Jacob Wysocki in Terri. Courtesy ScreenCrave.

Comedian Jacob Wysocki makes his feature film debut this summer in the Sundance hit Terri. Alongside Creed from the office and indie stalwart John C. Reilly, he plays a charming obese teenager struggling to navigate the loneliness of high school. The Eye met with Jacob to discuss his newfound fame. Later he invited us to a party. So we think he’s a nice guy and he made a good movie.

So, this is your big break, huh?

Yes, this is it. This is the moment people want.

You dropped out of UCLA? We assume to join the ranks of Jim Morrison and James Dean and sail away into famous infamy.

That is false. But I love that they printed that. So I’m going to say yes. But it is not true. I dropped out of school. But not UCLA. I dropped out of community college that had the same initials. I read it, I was like yeah. I think it makes me seem way smarter. So I’ll stick with the lie. More »