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  • Astoria, NY 11101

“GETTING STUCK & STICKING WITH IT: A Multidisciplinary Session About Moving through Obstacles During the Creative Process”

Facilitators: Eleanor Dubinsky and Frank Ponzio
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
Fee: Free for QCA Members, $10 for Non-Members

 “Getting Stuck & Sticking With It” addresses the challenges that artists face during the process of creating new work. Musicians Eleanor Dubinsky and Frank Ponzio will investigate and explore how artists across disciplines can meet these challenges and move through them, as well as incorporate them into their work. Artists are encouraged to bring in a project or an idea in which they are struggling with creative roadblocks. Participants will spend time during the session working individually (or in a group) on their own work. As facilitators and musical collaborators, Eleanor and Frank will also perform music and use their material in our discussion of working process.

The workshop will close with a participatory Q&A in which participants can show and talk about their work and creative process. Participants will leave with new tools that help them move through challenging moments in the creative process. Participants will also leave with a list of resources that Frank and Eleanor will provide (including quotes, books and videos).

*Please note: the QCA space is relatively intimate with loud acoustics, so we request that participants bring in projects that they can work on quietly, or enough so that they are self-contained and won't disturb other participants. Conversations, acoustic music, spoken word are all fine.

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Eleanor Dubinsky is a New York City based singer-songwriter, cellist, guitarist, and dancer. She writes original songs in English, French and Spanish with rhythmic influences from Brazil, Latin America and West Africa. She graduated from Brown University in 1998 with a degree focusing on art and social change. Her songs have been featured on MTV, Lifetime and Animal Planet, ads for American Express, radio stations throughout Mexico, NPR, and her song, “Wait For You,” won the Sennheiser recording contest at the 2012 ASCAP EXPO. Eleanor performs regularly nationally and internationally and has released two CDs, Touch The Sky and Listen To The Music.  

Frank Ponzio is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and teacher. He has performed and collaborated with a variety of well-known artists, including Ben Vereen, David Amram, Phil Donahue, Jacques d’Amboise, Joe Beck, Nancy LaMott, Baby Jane Dexter, Bob McGrath of Sesame Street, Rosemary Loar, and Aisha Morris (Stevie Wonder's daughter). He performs solo concerts and leads his own bands at the legendary Birdland, the Metropolitan Room, The Museum of Modern Art, Trinity Church, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Town Hall. As a music director, composer, and arranger, Frank has worked on numerous productions, including shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden.