Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions
Raindrops Down Rue Laurence Savart by Eyal Vilner
with Jonathan Thomas
Premiered Sunday, July 19, 2020
5-10-15 Hours by Nathan Bugh and Gaby Cook
Premiered Monday, July 20, 2020
This weekend, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presented the premieres of new commissions from Eyal Vilner, Nathan Bugh and Gaby Cook.
“Raindrops Down Rue Laurence Savart” by Eyal Vilner
with Jonathan Thomas
Commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Co-presented by The Joyce Theater and The College of Performing Arts at The New School
Artist Statement by Eyal Vilner
Somehow I ended up in Paris during these strange times of pandemic and quarantine. Other than getting groceries about once a week, I barely left the apartment. But every once in a while I got a chance to wander around the quiet streets of Bellville, where I could stop and breath and sense the pulse of a city that has come to a halt. This piece was written after a stroll down my favorite street on a rainy day in May, when the world, or maybe just us, stopped turning.
Raindrops Down Rue Laurence Savart
by Eyal Vilner, Saxophone and composition: Eyal Vilner (Paris), Piano: Jonathan Thomas (NYC), Video: Eyal Vilner.
“5-10-15 Hours” by Nathan Bugh and Gaby Cook
Commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Co-presented by Authentic Jazz Weekend, CUNY Dance Initiative, Dance Manhattan, The Harlem Swing Dance Society, Paris Jazz Roots Dance Festival, and The Joyce Theater
Artist Statement by Nathan Bugh and Gaby Cook:
‘5-10-15 Hours’ is a blues by Rudolph Toombs about sweethearts spending time together. The title bargains for as much time as can be had to “prove my love,” a sentiment expanded upon by other pop-lyric, glittering generalities about physical and idealistic romance. Mr. Toombs was wise to stop there, as the present reality of indeterminate amounts of time together has proven difficult for some folks. Our film offers a daydream about what joy might be available despite these circumstances – a winking fantasy of life at home for two professional swing dancers.
5-10-15 Hours by Nathan Bugh and Gaby Cook, Music: “5-10-15 Hours” arr. Eyal Vilner, featuring vocalist Brianna Thomas from the album “Swing Out!” by Eyal Vilner Big Band, Supplementary Camera Work: Evita Arce.
Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions, a direct response to the pandemic, was launched to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during these challenging times. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is granting more than $150,000 in commissioning funds to artists who have been or were supposed to be featured at Works & Process. Artists from a wide variety of genres have been commissioned to create new works, less than 5 minutes long, while social distancing, that will premiere on FacebookInstagram and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30pm and can be viewed anytime after.
WPA Virtual Commissions Playlist
Upcoming Schedule of Premieres:
July 26      Stefanie Batten Bland
July 27      Macy Sullivan
WORKS & PROCESS ARTISTS (WPA) VIRTUAL COMMISSIONS 
(Participating artists as of July 21)
Stella Abrera * Evita Arce * Ephrat Asherie * BalletX Brandon Stirling Baker * LaTasha Barnes * Reid Bartelme * Lisa Bielawa * Stefanie Batten Bland * Joshua Bergasse * Hope Boykin * Brian Brooks * 
Camille A. Brown * Nora Brown * Tony Buck * Nathan Bugh * Rena Butler * Donald Byrd * Chris Celiz * Alejandro Cerrudo * Courtney Cochran * Gaby Cook * Anthony Roth Costanzo * Dylan Crossman * Adrian Danchig-Waring * Machine Dazzle * Viva DeConcini * Simone Dinnerstein * Michelle Dorrance * Silas Farley * Jack Ferver * Tom Gold * Joseph Gordon * Amy Hall Garner * Anthony Hawley * Maxfield Haynes * Dance Heginbotham * HIPS * Adam Charlap Hyman * Dick Hyman * Michael R. Jackson * Jeremy Jacob * Colin Jacobsen * Michael Jagger * John Jarboe * Harriet Jung * Larry Keigwin * Gabrielle Lamb * Ashley Laracey * Pontus Lidberg * Ana Lopez * Dave Malloy * Missy Mazzoli * Ryan McNamara * Sara Mearns * Jodi Melnick * Andrea Miller * Isaac Mizrahi * Nico Muhly * Carson Murphy * Gillian Murphy * Michael Novak * Josh Prince * Caili Quan * Sascha Radetsky * Jamar Roberts * Anthony Rodriguez * Leonardo Sandoval * Kamala Sankaram * Zoe Sarnak * Penny Saunders * Claudia Schreier * Troy Schumacher * Margo Seibert * Dan Siegler * Dawn Sinkowski * Victoria Sin * Gus Solomons Jr. * Ethan Stiefel * Karma Stylz * Macy Sullivan * Pam Tanowitz * Adam Tendler * Conrad Tao * Caleb Teicher * Richard Thomas * Charles Turner * Nicholas Van Young * Preeti Vasudevan * Eyal Vilner * David Watson * Omari Wiles * Zack Winokur * Nicole Wolcott 
Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions has been supported by Jody and John Arnhold, Stuart Coleman and Meryl Rosofsky, Antonio Convit and Tim McGraw, Lucy Dobrin, Adam Flatto, Bart Friedman, Bond Koga, Jayne Lipman, Eve Mykytyn, Michele and Steven Pesner, Cynthia Hazen Polsky, Stephen Kroll Reidy, Denise Saul, Annalyn Swan, Shelby White and many others.  Virtual video design supported by Anupam and Rajika Puri. New music for dance supported by The Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.
Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Works & Process has received support from the U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program and NYC Employee Retention Grant Program.
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Described by The New York Times as an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process,” for 35 years, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Most performances take place in the Guggenheims intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 273-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. In 2017, Works & Process established a new residency and commissioning program, inviting artists to create new works, made in and for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda. In 2020, Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions was created to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during the pandemic. worksandprocess.org.
Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Works & Process has received support from the U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program and NYC Employee Retention Grant Program.
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