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For Immediate Release
A Thousand Ancestors: Michelle Arcila & Eivind Opsvik

New York Art Book Fair, Norway Focus: KUNSTNERBØKER MoMA PS1
September 26–28, 2014 

New York (September 27, 2014)— Photographer Michelle Arcila and musician Eivind Opsvik will be pre-releasing their newest project, A Thousand Ancestors, at the 2014 MOMA PS1 NY Art Book Fair, with an edition signing at noon on Saturday, September 27th. A Thousand Ancestors will be featured with the Jessica Williams + Friends group as part of Norway Focus: KUNSTNERBØKER.

Hailing from Costa Rica and Norway, two different countries with distinct cultural traditions and folklore, A Thousand Ancestors is an exploration of family history and the continuing influence of ancestral narratives on the present generation. The project is a limited edition box set (numbered edition of 500) designed by Espen Friberg containing a ten-track vinyl LP (plus a CD and download card), ten photographic prints, each of which correspond to a track on the record, and a poster. The box will be released by the Brooklyn based record label; Loyal Label.

A Thousand Ancestors is the culmination of an ongoing collaboration between Arcila and Opsvik which synthesize the strong influence of visual imagery on music, and vice versa. The artists aim to slow time for the observer, and allow him/her to perhaps uncover distant, buried memories of their own during the encounter. A beautiful example of this can be experienced in “A Strange Gratitude”-- the second track and print on A Thousand Ancestors pairs a steady, escalating tension of bass strings with a slightly ominous, dreamlike image of two silver-haired figures obscured by a thin veil of dying tree branches in the foreground, hazy snow-covered mountains stretching behind.

Michelle Arcila has been described as “a storyteller who uses very few words”. Arcila was born in New York and has a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts. Her images have been exhibited at international venues, including Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz in Paris, the National Arts Club, and Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City. She has also photographed and served as art director for several album covers. Publications featuring Arcila’s work include Vogue Korea, Time Out NY, Metro Pop, Les Inrockuptibles and DownBeat. Her work appears in a number of private collections. She currently works in Brooklyn, Norway, and Costa Rica.

Eivind Opsvik is a Norwegian bassist/musician living in New York. His main projects are his band Overseas, the instrumental chamber-pop duo Opsvik & Jennings, and his solo music , which appears on ‘A Thousand Ancestors’. Opsvik also mixes, composes and produces music, and runs the Loyal Label record label. He played his first solo show at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 2008 and has also performed solo at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Opsvik has performed internationally in the bands of Paul Motian, Anthony Braxton, Tony Malaby, David Binney, Kris Davis and Nate Wooley, and collaborated with Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Martha Wainwright, Daedelus, Paal Nilssen-Love, and Craig Taborn, among others. Downbeat magazine had this to say about his previous release, Overseas IV;
"Eivind Opsvik’s new opus belongs to a unique musical universe…”

About Norway Focus: KUNSTNERBØKER— This year the NY Art Book Fair, with support from the Norwegian Consulate General in New York, presents KUNSTNERBØKER, a curated selection of 23 Norwegian booksellers, institutions, artists and independent publishers, accompanied by programming, screenings, exhibitions and interventions related to this cross-section of Norway’s artist book community.

The ninth annual NY Art Book Fair, presented by Printed Matter, runs from September 26 to 28, 2014. Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. This year, the fair features over 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from twenty-eight countries. Last year’s fair was attended by more than 27,000 people.

Sunday, September 27, Noon: A Thousand Ancestors edition signing by Michelle Arcila and Eivind Opsvik

Address

MoMA PS1: 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY

Hours

Preview Thursday, September 25, 6–9 pm Friday, September 26, Noon–7 pm Saturday, September 27, 11 am–9 pm Sunday, September 28, 11 am–7 pm

Directions

MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Ave in Long Island City, Queens, across the Queensboro Bridge from midtown Manhattan and is easily accessible by bus and subway. Traveling by subway, take either the E or M to Court Square-23 Street; the 7 to 45 Road- Courthouse Square; or the G to Court Sq or 21 St-Van Alst. By bus, take the Q67 to Jackson and 46th Ave or the B62 to 46th Ave.

CALLISTO
It’s the first day of a new month again so it’s time for song #3 from the new Opsvik & Jennings album

Opsvik & Jennings are releasing a new ten track album as a digital download. The album will be released one song at a time on the first day of every month, beginning on July 1st, 2014.

Here is GANYMEDE the second track from the new Opsvik & Jennings album

Opsvik & Jennings are releasing Lune, a new ten track album as a digital download. The album will be released one song at a time on the first day of every month, beginning on July 1st, 2014.

Visit www.opsvikandjennings.com and sign up for our email list to get updates on new songs and more

Opsvik & Jennings are releasing Lune, a new ten track album as a digital download. The album will be released one song at a time on the first day of every month, beginning on July 1st, 2014.

This is the first track, Titan

Visit www.opsvikandjennings.com and sign up for our email list to get updates on new songs and more

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Dustin Dis took some photos from last nights debut show with SOLEN SPRAKER at Spectrum. It was a great experience, more to come for sure.

Will post some videos at some point also.

Kris Davis - prepared piano, Angelica Sanchez - moog synth, Dave LeBleu - modular synth, Eivind Opsvik - bass

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