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Stoop Series /

Every Song Ever: Ben Ratliff in Conversation with Ronen Givony


Feb 14, 2017 • 7:00 PM




BRIC House Stoop
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Ben Ratcliff by Kate Fox Reynolds (left)

What is music in the age of the cloud? Come and hear Ben Ratliff, veteran New York Times music critic and author of the newly released book Every Song Ever along with Ronen Givony, the founder of Wordless Music reimagine the very idea of music appreciation for our times. In Every Song Ever, Ratliff proposes that in an age where genre of the recording and the intention of the composer matter less and less, listeners are able to savor their own experiences more directly, taking stock of qualities like repetition, speed, density, or loudness. The result, Ratliff shows is a new mode of listening that can lead to unexpected connections, creating astonishing possibilities—as well as dangers.

Ben Ratliff has been a jazz and pop critic for The New York Times since 1996. He has written three books: The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music (2008); Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (2007) (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award); and Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings (2002). He lives with his wife and two sons in the Bronx.

Ronen Givony is the founder of the Wordless Music series and orchestra which was founded in 2006, pairing artists from the sound worlds of so-called classical, electronic, and rock music. To date, the orchestra has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Barbican Centre, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park, and Library of Congress. In 2016-17, Wordless Music Orchestra performs world premiere live scores for Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight," Terrence Malick’s "The Tree of Life," and Stanley Kubrick’s "Barry Lyndon." Ronen is a curator for the Big Ears festival in Knoxville, Tennessee; was the founding music director the music venue Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. His first book, "24 Hour Revenge Therapy (or, The Strange Death of Selling Out)" is forthcoming.

This event is in collaboration with Greenlight Bookstore.

Illuminating the arts and life around us, BRIC’s Stoop Series explores   music, theater, visual art, media, literature, comedy, and other creative fields, through performances, presentations, participatory activities and dynamic conversations. There’s something different every week!

This spring the Stoop Series includes a special mini-series of How To evenings speaking directly to BRIC’s artist community. These panel discussions bring artists and cultural workers together to share stories about exciting successes and instructive failures in the process of finding resources, collaborating and engaging community around their work.

Venue Information:

The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work.