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Guild Hall After Hours

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Thursday, July 15
6PM - 8:30PM
158 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937 United States


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Guild Hall After Hours is a free series that engages the interdisciplinary nature of Guild Hall through live performance, food, music, and interactive happenings. Activating indoor and outdoor spaces on the Guild Hall campus, Guild Hall After Hours is the perfect start to a night in the Hamptons or an evening at the John Drew Backyard Theater. 

This Saturday’s program is in response to the Guild Hall exhibition, Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks. Taking inspiration from the artist and the works on the view, the night will feature live performance by the duo, hear|say (Iva Casian Lakoš; Cello, John Ling; Percussion) and a participatory installation with artist, Mamoun Nukumanu. Food and drink are available for purchase from Guild Hall’s new concessions, and can be enjoyed in our Minikes Garden.  

The evening also includes a 7pm artist talk with Erica Cirino, discussing her book, Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis and her recent project with the Bridgehampton Childcare & Recreation Center. 

Guild Hall After Hours are free and open for all to attend. Programs occur both within the building, galleries, and the Guild Hall gardens. 

  • hear|say

    Known for their creativity and boundary-stretching performances, New-York based duo hear|say approaches music with the child-like curiosity and enthusiasm of a beginner, and with the skills of seasoned performers. 

    Cellist Iva Casian-Lakos and percussionist John Ling are not only experienced instrumentalists, but are also involved in composition, improvisation, songwriting, poetry, and theater, all of which influences their continually growing body of new work that they commission and perform. 

    First prize winners of the 2019 Ackerman Chamber Music Competition, the duo performs their original music and collaborates with other NY-based ensembles and composers, such as Double Standard, Margaret Schedel, Kevin Kay, and Erika Dohi. 


  • Iva Casian-Lakoš

    New York-based cellist, singer, and improviser Iva Casian-Lakoš performs across the US and Europe with interdisciplinary, genre-bending ensembles Synesthetic Project, hear|say, eco|tonal, and Ensemble Illyrica. Iva’s versatile repertoire ranges from classical cello to boundary-stretching new works, involving choreography, singing, acting, and improvisation. 

    Iva enjoys close working relationships with many composers and premiered music by Joan La Barbara (Bang on a Can Marathon), Wang Lu, Erika Dohi, John Ling, and David Crowell (Rites of Spring Festival). Later this season she will premiere works by Mak Murtic (Scena Amadeo), Chelsea Loew, and James Budinich. She also collaborates with visual artists, videographers, and dancers in interdisciplinary projects, often via the Vienna-based artist collective Synesthetic Project. 

    Iva performed as soloist with Columbus Symphony Orchestra, New Albany Symphony, and SEO Symphony Orchestra, collaborated with members of JACK, Emerson, Calidore, and Ying quartets in chamber performances, and appeared in concert halls around the US, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (Bruno Walter), Jordan Hall, and Kennedy Center (Millennium).  

    She was also invited as soloist/chamber musician to Bang on a Can Marathon, Scena Amadeo, Hidalgo Festival, Hvar Festival, Rites of Spring Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, Barnes Ensemble, Vivo Music Festival, and Lake George Music Festival. 


  • John Ling

    John Ling is a drummer, percussionist, and composer from Las Vegas, Nevada, currently based in Port Jefferson, New York. He is a founding member of new music cello and percussion duo hear|say, and appeared as a soloist in Spectrum’s Rzewski at 80 Festival, where he performed Rzewski’s percussion monodrama The Fall of the Empire. John’s concert music has been commissioned and performed by Yarn/Wire, Double Standard, Ensemble Decipher, F-Plus, Spark Duo, and hear|say. Also a writer, John has published poems and stories in ONE ART, HOOT Review, and Rust + Moth, and written program notes for the New York New Music Ensemble. 

    John holds a BM in music performance from Arizona State University and an MM in performance from SUNY Stony Brook, where he is currently working toward a DMA in performance and an MA in composition. He has studied percussion with Eduardo Leandro, Simone Mancuso, Mark Sunkett, Shaun Tilburg, and J.B. Smith, drum set and improvisation with Dan Weiss, Marcus Gilmore, Ari Hoenig, Ray Anderson, and Dom Moio, and compositionwith Margaret Schedel, Matt Barnson, Dan Weymouth, Nirmali Fenn, and Daria Semegen. John also teaches percussion and music theory in various secondary programs, and is a frequent member of the house band at The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, New York. 


  • Mamoun Nukumanu

    I believe that art can function as a process of world-making. Through my work, I hope to engage in symbiotic interplay with the multilayered ecologies that compose me and exist in a state of sacred play. It is of the utmost importance to act with empathy and remain present in the tumultuous ocean of uncertainty in which we are floating. We are living in a time where we must reimagine both the physical and immaterial infrastructures that enable ecocide and injustice. I hope to explore new ways of understanding myself as a human-assemblage on a living earth. 

    The intensification of anthropogenic influences on the biosphere calls for the creation of new mythologies grounded in symbiopoiesis, the interwoven co-formulation of self and world through mutual recognition and entanglement. I deeply resonate with deeply with the ideas of Donna Haraway, Agnes Denes, Anna Tsing, Isamu Noguchi, Antoni Gaudi, Masanobu Fukuoka, and Buckminster Fuller, and hope to bring together artists, and scientists in the creation of a transformative framework for the bio-synthesis of a paradigm shift from the economization of life to entangled living mythologies grounded in a vision of a living breathing earth. My work also explores biomaterials, ranging from fungal mycelium, bacterial cellulose, and microalgae, to living trees. Through the formation of rituals that recognize the life force of the organisms with which I collaborate, an art piece emerges as a conversation between beings, a symbiotic dalliance, through which both self and other are remolded. I am currently working beginning on a journey to form a dialogue with trees through the conception of evolutionary architecture that grows alongside its human inhabitant. 

  • Erica Cirino

    Erica Cirino is a science writer and artist exploring the intersection of the human and nonhuman worlds. Her widely published photojournalistic works depict the numerous ways people connect to nature—wild creatures in particular—and shape planet Earth. In her recent book, Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis (forthcoming, October 2021) Erica documents plastic across ecosystems and elements, the numerous and insidious ways plastic and its industries are harming communities of color, and strategies that work to prevent plastic from causing further devastation to our planet and its inhabitants. She lives with her rescued street dog, Sabi, on and between two shores, Long Island and Connecticut.

Event Sponsors

Education Programming supported by The Patti Kenner Arts Education Fellowship, Lucy and Steven Cookson, The Hearthland Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Susan and Stephen Scherr, and funding from the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Endowment Fund, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.
Guild Hall’s museum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, an anonymous donor, Peggy J. Amster, Crozier Fine Arts, and funding from The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment 
Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks
Lead Sponsor: Angela Westwater, Sperone Westwater
Co-Lead Sponsors: Fiona and Eric Rudin, and The James Dicke Family
Additional support: Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, James E. Cottrell and Joseph F. Lovett, and Hall Art Foundation
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