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Composed by The Vaad

Performed by Marc Thayer and Ranya Iqbal

Inspired by the Fernand Leger sculpture

When I was in college I worked at a museum on the Upper East Side of Manhattan called The Frick Collection. The museum was Henry Clay Frick’s former residence and it was chocked full of great masters and a few impressionists. No Modernists, of course, this house was a relic of the gilded age and so were Frick’s tastes.

Once a month, the museum organized a chamber music concert in its interior courtyard, a beautiful, meditative space filled with bronze sculpture and old paintings. On breaks from selling tickets or books in the gift shop, I would stroll around the space and enjoy the art and listen to the string quartets filling the space with their gorgeous sounds.

Fernand Léger was a modernist and Boogie Woogie seems on the surface a more appropriate foundation for an interpretation of this piece. But there is something very “classic” about bronze relief sculptures to me and as I first laid eyes on this Leger relief, I was instantly transported back to to those days at the Frick.

-Benjamin Kaplan
St. Louis, 2014

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from 38​.​627​,​-​90​.​194, released July 1, 2014
Composed by The Vaad

Performed by Marc Thayer and Ranya Iqbal

Inspired by the Fernand Leger sculpture

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Commonwealth St Louis, Missouri

Commonwealth, founded by artists Benjamin Kaplan and Chris Grabau and, “is an approach to making art that comes in response to our surroundings,” says Grabau. Kaplan adds, “St. Louis is a city of neighborhoods, both geographically and psychologically. We live in our neighborhoods. And we see Commonwealth as a way to expand that neighborhood.” ... more

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