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Stoop Series /

Of Sight and Sound: Ford Crull & Brandon Ross

A live, improvised collaboration between blindfolded painter Ford Crull and musician Brandon Ross from the band Harriet Tubman. With musicians Chris Eddleton and Hardedge.


Tue, Feb 27, 2018 | 7PM




BRIC House Stoop
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Ford Crull (L) and Brandon Ross (R)

How does improvisation manifest between disciplines? How does creative practice shift when our senses are altered? This evening’s program explores these questions through a live artistic collaboration between painter and visual artist Ford Crull and musician Brandon Ross from the band Harriet Tubman, along with musicians Chris Eddleton and Hardedge. Starting from a state of vulnerability and possibility, both artists are influenced by the other as they improvise the performance: Crull, creating a large-scale painting while blindfolded, and Ross and his ensemble building an evolving musical environment. In a time of increasing interest in advanced technologies outside of ourselves (artificial intelligence and virtual reality, for example), this collaboration asks: what power can be harnessed from of our inner human technologies of consciousness, wonder, and imagination?

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* Admittance is still first come, first serve (whether you have RSVP'ed or not).
* The Stoop has a limited capacity and seating is NOT guaranteed.


Ford Crull was raised in Seattle, where he graduated from the University of Washington. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery, Dayton Art Institute, and the Brooklyn Museum. His paintings were included in the important 1989 Moscow exhibition, Painting After the Death of Painting, curated by Donald Kuspit. Recent exhibitions have included shows in Shanghai, London, Milan, and Seattle. 

Brandon Ross is a New York City-based guitarist/composer/singer/songwriter. As a performing and recording artist, Ross has collaborated with many innovative voices in modern music, such as Wadada Leo Smith, Cassandra Wilson, Henry Threadgill, Me’Shell N’degeocello, and many others. Ross also leads For Living Lovers, his Chamber Music for Improvisers acoustic duo with acoustic bass guitarist, Stomu Takeishi, and is a co-leader of the power trio Harriet Tubman (with bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer JT Lewis). Ross is a 2014 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grantee, an ASCAP Foundation commissioned composer, Rockefeller Foundation MAP Grant recipient, NYSCA Composition grant recipient, and ASCAP writer and publisher member. 

BRIC’s Stoop Series welcomes audiences for dynamic conversations that connect art, performance, media, and other creative fields with big ideas that are important to Brooklynites. The Stoop Series highlights voices we don’t hear enough, creative solutions that deserve more attention, artistic endeavors that make you see the world differently, and tools for enhancing your own creativity.

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.