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June 13, 2021
David Adjmi
Writer David Adjmi shares a playlist of songs from his adolescence he’d rediscovered while writing his 2020 memoir, Lot Six. From his insular Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn to the discos of Bay Ridge, Adjmi guides us though his melancholy youth with much wit and many stories.

Complete playlist below; tracks in yellow were cut for time.

  1. I (Who Have Nothing), Shirley Bassey, 1963
  2. Prisoner (Love Theme from Eyes of Laura Mars), Barbra Streisand, 1978
  3. Nasty, Janet Jackson, 1986
  4. Time (Clock of the Heart), Culture Club, 1982
  5. Ship of Fools, Erasure, 1988
  6. Hells Bells, AC/DC, 1980
  7. King’s Cross, Pet Shop Boys, 1987
  8. We Do What We’re Told (Milgrim’s 37), Peter Gabriel, 1986
  9. Stripped, Depeche Mode, 1986
  10. Babe, We’re Gonna Love Tonight, Lime, 1982
  11. Give Me Tonight, Shannon, 1984
  12. Too Turned On, Alisha, 1985
  13. Break 4 Love, Raze, 1988
  14. Gigantic, Pixies, 1988
  15. Blue Bell Knoll, Cocteau Twins, 1988
  16. If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, The Cure, 1987
  17. Cloudbusting, Kate Bush, 1985
  18. Third Uncle, Bauhaus, 1982

David Adjmi’s plays have been produced at such theatres at Steppenwolf, Lincoln Center, the Royal Court, the R.S.C., and Soho Rep, where he was the Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence for three years. His play Stereophonic is scheduled to premiere on Broadway next season, and a new play, The Stumble, was commissioned by Lincoln Center Theatre, and recently excerpted in The Paris Review. David was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Steinberg Playwright Award (the “Mimi”) among others. His memoirLot Six was recently published by HarperCollins, and his two play collections, Stunning and Other Plays and Marie Antoinette/3C are published by TCG.

May 16, 2021
Hanna Pylväinen

It is recommended that this playlist be listened to
with headphones or in a very quiet room.
Complete playlist below; tracks in yellow were cut for time.

  1. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: II. Death of Åsa (arr. for accordion), Edvard Grieg, Mie Miki, 1888
  2. Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 (1988 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio - Moderato, Edward Elgar, Jacqueline de Pré, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli, 1919
  3. Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 / Act 2: “Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena!”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, 1791
  4. Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 / Act 2: “Papagena! Papagena! Papagena!”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, 1791 *these SHOULD be switched in order :)
  5. 24  Caprices, Op. 1: No. 24 in A Minor (Tema con variazioni. Quasi presto), Niccolò Paganini, Itzhak Perlman, 1802 - 1817
  6. Fratres, Arvo Pärt, Angela Yoffe, Vadim Gluzman, 1977
  7. Stabat Mater: I. Stabat Mater dolorosa, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Phillippe Jaroussky, Julia Lezhneva, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, 1736
  8. Jesu, der du meine Seele, BMV 78: Duet Aria: Wir eilen mit schwachen (Soprano, Alto), Johann Sebastian Bach, Peter Kooji, Yuakri Nonoshita, Makoto Sakurada, Daniel Taylor, Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, 1724
  9. Violin Concerto in A Minor, BMV 1041: III. Allegro assai, Johann Sebastian Bach, Isabelle Faust, Christoph Poppen, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling, finished by 1730
  10. The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus XIV, Johann Sebastian Bach, Juilliard String Quartet, c. 1740s
  11. Täällä Pohjantähden alla, Petri Laaksonen, 1994
  12. Bier Andin, Sancuari, 2012
  13. Bogoróditse Devo, Sergei Vasilievitch Rachmaninoff, Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus, 1915
  14. Lieder, Op. 27: Morgen!, Richard Strauss, Andreas Schmidt, 1894
  15. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 6: III. Rondo (Allegro spirituoso), Niccolò Paganini,Gil Shaham, New York Philharmonic, Giuseppe Sinopoli, 1817 - 1818
  16. Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto, Ludwig von Beethoven, Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber, 1811 - 1812
  17. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pace pacem (Chorus), Johann Sebastian Bach, Carolyn Sampson, Rachel Nicholls, Robin Blaze, Gerd Türk, Peter Kooji, Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, 1749
  18. Germanico in Germania: Parto ti lascio, o cara, Nicoloa Porpora, Cecilia Bartoli, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini, 1732
  19. Nimrod from Enigma Variations, Edward Elgar, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philip Ellis, 1898 - 1899

Hanna Pylväinen is the author of We Sinners, a novel, which received the Whiting Writers’ Award. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. She is the recipient of residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo, and fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University; currently, she is a Fellow at the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library. Her second novel is forthcoming from Henry Holt & Co. in Fall 2022.

May 2, 2021
B. Wurtz
Visual artist B.  Wurtz takes us on a personal history, with music from every phase of his life beginning at childhood and culminating in his 2020 album “Some Songs.” I have loved B.’s artwork since I first encountered it—specific, precise, sometimes uncomfortably honest—and his stories of childood and of his process of making his album were truly illumunating to my understanding of his sensibility and his sculptures. We get to hear some gen-u-ine historical gems as well as a number of B.’s own songs! 

Complete playlist below; tracks in yellow were cut for time.

  1. The Shady Road, B. Wurtz, 2020
  2. Tennessee Waltz, Patti Page, 1950
  3. Shadrack, The Golden Gate Quartet, 1947
  4. Mule Train, Frankie Laine, 1949
  5. Minuet in G Major, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Alessandro Deljavan), 1761-2
  6. Für Elise, Ludwig von Beethoven (Nelly Kokinos), 1810
  7. El Jarabe Loco, Los Pregoneros Del Puerto, c. 1960s
  8. Nottamun Town, Jean Ritchie, c. 1950s
  9. Movin’ on Down the River, Jean Ritchie, 1965
  10. The Last Time, The Rolling Stones, 1965
  11. Days of Long Ago, B. Wurtz, 2020
  12. Today, B. Wurtz, 2020
  13. October Song, The Incredible String Band, 1966
  14. I’m Going Home, The Sacred Harp Singers, date of recording unknown; collection released on CD by Bibletone in 1994
  15. The Bridge, B. Wurtz, 2020
  16. Rakim, Dead Can Dance, 1994
  17. Tumbling Dice, The Rolling Stones, 1972
  18. A Love so True, Sunny War, 2021
  19. Water, B. Wurtz, 2020
  20. Music (Playing the Machine), Particle Kid, 2017
  21. The Clock, B. Wurtz, 2020
  22. Purple Green Ice, Milo Gonzalez, 2019
  23. Little Birds, B. Wurtz, 2020
  24. Start Here, B. Wurtz, 2020
  25. The Statue, B. Wurtz, 2020
  26. Minuet in C, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Dinara Klinton), 1761-2

B. Wurtz was born in 1948 in Pasadena, California, and lives and works in New York. He opened a major solo exhibition This Has No Name at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2018 while simultaneously presenting his first public commission, Kitchen Trees, through the New York City Public Art Fund. In 2015 he was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom. In 2016 the exhibition traveled to La Casa Encendida, Madrid. He has had additional solo exhibitions at Kunstverein Freiburg; White Flag Projects, St. Louis; and Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago. His work has been included in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon.


April 18, 2021
Adam Henry

Complete playlist below; tracks in yellow were cut for time.

  1. Rumble, Link Wray & The Wraymen, 1958
  2. The Big Ship - 2004 Digital Remaster, Brian Eno, 1975
  3. To Love Somebody, Bee Gees, 1967
  4. 2nd Thought - 2003 Digital Remaster, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, 1980
  5. Tomorrow Never Knows - Remastered 2009, The Beatles, 1966
  6. La Cigarra (The Cicada), Linda Ronstadt, 1987
  7. Walking With Jesus (live from De Melkweg), Spacemen 3, 1988
  8. Myth, Beach House, 2012
  9. I Only Have Eyes for You, The Flamingos, 1959
  10. Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour?, Willie Nelson, 1998
  11. I Never Cared For You, Willie Nelson, 1998
  12. Heavy Air, Pure X, 2011
  13. Héritage, College, 2013
  14. Cocaine Cat, Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe, 2015
  15. Son of Placenta Previa, Cliff Martinez, 2014
  16. Starwood Choker, Bing & Ruth, 2017
  17. Blue Light, Mazzy Star, 1993
  18. Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here), Spacemen 3, 1991
  19. Fear of Starlight, David Cross, Robert Fripp, 2015
  20. We Insist, Zoë Keating, 2015
  21. Says, Nils Frahm, 2013
  22. Auntie's Municipal Court, The Monkees, 1968
  23. Dream Baby Dream, Suicide, 1999
  24. River Deep - Mountain High, Ike & Tina Turner, 1966

Adam Henry (b. 1974 Pueblo, CO) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BFA double major in Art and Art History from the University of New Mexico and a MFA from the Yale School of Art. Recent solo exhibitions were at Candice Madey gallery (New York), Meessen De Clercq gallery (Brussels), and Lundgren gallery (Mallorca). His recent show at Candice Madey (New York) titled God Speed Speed Demon presented new works expanding his use of painting’s history, color spectrums, and seriality to explore the visual language of abstract thought. Henry's work has also been exhibited internationally in group exhibitions at locations including SALTS (Basel), Josee Bienvenu (New York), Rita Urso (Milan), Dia Horia (Greece), and Bill Brady (Miami). A monograph on his work from 2011-2016 was published by Meessen De Clercq. Henry’s work is included in the upcoming exhibition SHAPES at Alexander Berggruen gallery uniting geometric and abstract works from the historic 20th century to contemporary artists.