Cliff House

Cliff House Cliff House is a Brooklyn-based, multimedia arts collective focused on new work. www.cliffhousearts.com

Cliff House was founded by Andy Sowers and Alex Vlahov in October 2012, and began producing work in April 2013. Past work: The Sticks An unstable friend has cutoff all contact on a remote farm; this is a weekend visit. (short film, 2015/2016) A Simple Art a solo-show examining the murder of a priest in Northern California, weaving verbatim interviews, analog music devices and Raymond Chandler into a meditation on fact vs. fiction. (July-August at The Tank, '14) Furniture Porn an original, multimedia piece exploring how the Internet has changed the way we communicate (Nov 22-24 at The Tank, '13) Project Speaking In Tongues a Talking Heads album-cover concert (Goodbye Blue Monday, Nov. 9, '13) Project Surfer Rosa a Pixies album-cover concert (Goodbye Blue Monday, Oct. 12, '13) But Back To The Uncle an original one man show exploring schizophrenia in the prison system through the eyes of Uncle "Jailbird" Joey, a minor character from Back to the Future (The Dark Festival at The Tank, Aug. 15-17, '13) Project Odelay a Beck album-cover concert (Goodbye Blue Monday, Aug. 16, '13) The Beckett Cycle a collection of Beckett's lesser-performed plays, with collaborations from multi-disciplinary New York artists (Sound Scape Festival at The Brick, May-June, '13) Project Rumours a Fleetwood Mac album-cover concert (Goodbye Blue Monday, June 16, '13) Project Bone Machine a Tom Waits album-cover concert (Goodbye Blue Monday, Apr. 22, '13)

06/02/2017

A 2014 Cliff House play is a 2017 NY Neo-Futurist play! A Simple Art opens tomorrow!

Tickets are on sale for A SIMPLE ART, a new true crime documentary play by The New York Neo-Futurists, based on the 2014...
05/03/2017
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Tickets are on sale for A SIMPLE ART, a new true crime documentary play by The New York Neo-Futurists, based on the 2014 Cliff House show at The Tank!

http://www.nyneofuturists.org/simpleart/

Based on Raymond Chandler’s 1944 essay, our new play A SIMPLE ART is a live true-crime documentary looking at the 2014 murder of a California priest whom one of the Neo-Futurists involved personally knew. By syncing up interviews taken from Humboldt County with storytelling, dance, onstage analog de...

Exciting announcement: the 2014 show A Simple Art is being re-mounted by The New York Neo-Futurists in a new Off-Broadwa...
03/31/2017

Exciting announcement: the 2014 show A Simple Art is being re-mounted by The New York Neo-Futurists in a new Off-Broadway production at 777 Theatre this June! Tickets available soon.

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Our only album-cover concert of 2014, yet one of the most raucous and entertaining so far: The Flaming Lips' 1993 releas...
12/22/2014

Our only album-cover concert of 2014, yet one of the most raucous and entertaining so far: The Flaming Lips' 1993 release Transmissions From The Satellite Heart, played in track-list order on December 6th 2014.

NOT PICTURED: tracks 2, 6 and 7; respectively "Pilot Can At The Queer Of God" as performed via audience ice-breaking, "Superhumans" which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=608OnP9y26U , and "Be My Head" as performed by Chasen Schneider)

RIP Goodbye Blue Monday

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12/17/2014

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12/07/2014

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12/07/2014
Superhumans short film

A new Cliff House short! Presenting "Superhumans," our entry for PROJECT TRANSMISSIONS, filmed on 8mm by Andrew Sowers and Alex Vlahov.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=608OnP9y26U

A Cliff House interpretation of "Superhumans" by The Flaming Lips for our live multimedia album cover-concert: PROJECT TRANSMISSIONS (from the satellite hear...

Cliff House
10/15/2014

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PROJECT TRANSMISSIONS
09/23/2014

PROJECT TRANSMISSIONS

08/15/2014
Glass City

A new original Cliff House short!
Directed by Andy Sowers, Glass City was filmed on 8mm and has an original score by Jacques Boudreau. The film is based on the Paul Auster novel City of Glass, and premiered as part of The Noir Festival in July 2014 at The Tank, NYC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buYC5vZ0QhY

It all started with a wrong number. Follow an author-cum-private-eye as he stalks his mark through New York's Upper West Side in GLASS CITY, an 8mm-film anim...

A Simple Art has been extended in NYC! Now playing August 22nd and 29th as part of The Tank's Dark Fest.http://thetankny...
08/11/2014
The Tank

A Simple Art has been extended in NYC! Now playing August 22nd and 29th as part of The Tank's Dark Fest.

http://thetanknyc.org/theater/178-a-simple-art/

This new play explores the homicide of the author's high-school priest, fused with verbatim interviews and passages from Raymond Chandler's essay, "The Simple Art of Murder," to create a lyrical meditation on fact vs. fiction. In the vein of long-form narrative and oral tradition, the story is told…

Tonight, we are proud to premiere A Simple Art.A Simple Art is the first new Cliff House piece in nearly 8 months. Exami...
07/18/2014
The Tank

Tonight, we are proud to premiere A Simple Art.

A Simple Art is the first new Cliff House piece in nearly 8 months. Examining the murder of a California priest known personally by Alex, this one-man show fuses verbatim interviews from those who knew the pastor, analog music accompaniment and Raymond Chandler passages to create a lyrical meditation on fact vs. fiction.

A Simple Art plays tonight, Saturday (7/19) and Sunday (7/20) at 7pm, as well as Saturday (7/26) at 8pm at The Tank, as part of The Noir Festival.

http://thetanknyc.org/theater/153-a-simple-art/

This new documentary-narrative explores the homicide of the author's high-school priest, fused with verbatim interviews and passages from Raymond Chandler's essay, "The Simple Art of Murder," to create a lyrical meditation on fact vs. fiction.

Cliff House's first original piece, But Back To The Uncle, is given a second life this Friday as part of Gradual Rumblin...
12/03/2013

Cliff House's first original piece, But Back To The Uncle, is given a second life this Friday as part of Gradual Rumblings: New Performance Series at Soho Rep's Walkerspace, 8pm.

But Back To The Uncle is a one-man show designed by Andy Sowers and written/performed by Alex Vlahov, exploring schizophrenia in the prison system through the lens of a minor character from Back To The Future. Our piece premiered at The Tank in the Dark Festival (August 15th/17th) and is about twelve minutes long.

Event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1435114676712479/?fref=ts

www.cliffhousearts.com

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11/25/2013

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Archival photo from The Beckett Cycle (as part of sound scape at The Brick, June 2013)Nacht und Träume by Samuel Becket...
11/19/2013

Archival photo from The Beckett Cycle (as part of sound scape at The Brick, June 2013)

Nacht und Träume by Samuel Beckett, directed by Liz Rogers; music by Kaela Garvin; Adin Lenahan pictured, screenshot of video accompaniment.

Furniture Porn rehearsal
11/13/2013

Furniture Porn rehearsal

Furniture Porn rehearsal
11/13/2013

Furniture Porn rehearsal

Sample from last night's PROJECT SPEAKING IN TONGUES.
11/11/2013

Sample from last night's PROJECT SPEAKING IN TONGUES.

Cliff House is proud to announce a new administrative member and our official videographer: Michael Bulanti! Mike is a g...
11/06/2013

Cliff House is proud to announce a new administrative member and our official videographer:

Michael Bulanti!

Mike is a graduate of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University and is a free-lance director/editor currently situated in the San Francisco Bay Area. He will be our go-to reference for all questions film-related, additionally contributing footage and helping oversee all Cliff House Arts media. Welcome aboard, Mike!

PROJECT SPEAKING IN TONGUESan album-cover concert exploring the 1983 Talking Heads release at Goodbye Blue MondaySat. No...
10/23/2013

PROJECT SPEAKING IN TONGUES

an album-cover concert exploring the 1983 Talking Heads release at Goodbye Blue Monday

Sat. November 9th, 10pm

Furniture Porn rehearsal 10.21
10/23/2013

Furniture Porn rehearsal 10.21

Rehearsal for Furniture Porn, Oct. 18
10/18/2013

Rehearsal for Furniture Porn, Oct. 18

(three days till PROJECT SURFER ROSA)We love The Pixies. So much so that we've rassled up thirteen musicians and artists...
10/09/2013

(three days till PROJECT SURFER ROSA)

We love The Pixies. So much so that we've rassled up thirteen musicians and artists* to explore their 1988 album Surfer Rosa: This Saturday, 10pm, the whole album live in track-list order at Goodbye Blue Monday! Admission is free, but feel free to grab cold beer, wine or a grilled-cheese sandwich during the show.. Vamos, friend!

*LINEUP (all chosen randomly from a hat):

1. Bone Machine- EMMA ZT
2. Break My Boyd- GRACE DAVENPORT
3. Something Against You- JOHN KESSEL
4. Broken Face- K-9 MILLIPEDE
5. Gigantic- SUSANNAH SIMPSON
6. River Euphrates- IBEX
7. Where Is My Mind?- NIGHTHAWK
8. Cactus- PATRICK METZGER
9. Tony's Theme- DRUM MACHINE DATING SERVICE
10. Oh My Golly!- KAELA GARVIN
11. Vamos + intro- PATRICK METZGER
12. I'm Amazed- CHARLOTTE ARNOUX + MARISSA RUTKA
13. Brick Is Red- ANDY SOWERS

(Photo source by Simon Larbalestier, whose work is goddamn excellent.)

Furniture Porn cast announcement:Danielle Romeo-WhiteMariana CatalinaElijah TrichonCharlotte ArnouxEmma WaltonMike McDon...
09/07/2013

Furniture Porn cast announcement:

Danielle Romeo-White
Mariana Catalina
Elijah Trichon
Charlotte Arnoux
Emma Walton
Mike McDonald
Caitlin Goldie
Ted Alexander
Alex Vlahov

(plus guest artists on video/audio)

designed by Andrew Sowers
original music by Jacques Boudreau & Ariel Marx
choreography by Susannah Simpson
directed by Alex Vlahov
written by the current Cliff House ensemble, plus various source material surrounding Aleksey Vaynor and Internet culture

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