animals & giraffes
Claudia La Rocco and Phillip Greenlief with Brian Rogers, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener

December 12, 2023

Claudia La Rocco, Phillip Greenlief, Jmy James Kidd, Center for New Music

Performance will take place at The Chocolate Factory Theater, 38-33 24th Street, Long Island City.

Musician/composer Phillip Greenlief and writer Claudia La Rocco created animals & giraffes after meeting at Headlands Center for the Arts during their 2013 residencies. An ever-changing ensemble dedicated to interdisciplinary improvisation, a&g has performed at such venues as The Lab (SF), Pieter (LA), Reed College (Portland), Amalgam Presents at Café Mustache (Chicago), and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2017-2018, a&g was ensemble in residence at the Center for New Music, hosting monthly happy hours with musicians, visual artists, writers, and dancers. The group has three albums: “July” (Edgetone Records, 2017), featuring a who’s who of Bay Area improvisers; “Landlocked Beach” (Creative Sources, 2018), a live broadcast with Jon Leidecker on Over the Edge at KPFA FM; and “animals & giraffes live @ medicine for nightmares” (Evander Music, 2023), with Kyle Bruckmann, Alexandra Buschman-Román, and Adriana Camacho.

For this one-night performance, a&g’s East Coast debut, Greenlief and La Rocco are joined by dance artists Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, and video & sound artist Brian Rogers — the first time these longtime collaborators have all performed together.