LilySilly Presents The First Annual Crankie Cabaret

November 3 & 4th 2017, 7:30pm @ The Cherry in Ithaca, NY.  (Doors open at 7pm)

Get Tickets HERE!

The Artists:
Edith McCrea

Matt Gordon 
Mickie Quinn

Isaac Sharp  

Music by:
Bill Hurley, violinist 
Isaac Sharp & Matt Ocone, guitarists

What is a crankie? “A crankie is an old storytelling art form. It’s a long illustrated scroll that is wound onto two spools. The spools are loaded into a box which has a viewing screen.  The scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told. It can be accompanied by a narrative, song or tune.”

LilySilly is producing Ithaca’s 1st Annual Crankie Cabaret, in which several local artists create their own crankies and perform them with music for the public. Hoorah!    Get Tickets online here. 

Here is a glimpse into what we have in store so far:

LilySilly’s Lily Gershon with “Stories of a Russian Dad” in which she brings to life an interview with her father about his time in the Russian military.







Matt Gordon brings us a rare public display and performance of his visual art in the form of his first ever crankie, Papillon de Nuit, which follows a moth’s nocturnal journey through sundry real-world landscapes and curious dreamscapes, featuring a live improvised soundtrack performed by Red Sled Choir.

Mickie & Ohno’s Fantastical Fabulous Happiness Show is excited to bring their internationally acclaimed performance to the good people of Ithaca. Mickie and Ohno have toured the world as cultural ambassadors and glitter distributors while performing for dignitaries, royals, and other important-type people. Prepare yourself to reach new heights of delight, whimsy, and fantabulousness.

Christina Coleman with what she describes as “an abstract boogie woogie of a philosophical question mark.”

The Graphic Score with Matthew Ocone and Isaac Sharp. A short introduction to the twentieth century concept of a graphical music score, followed by a performance of “Indentation #3” by Italian post-futurist Luigi Chiavetta, with a crankie version of the score.

From Edith McCrae: “Lady Margaret” is Number 74 in Francis James Child’s definitive collection, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, published in ten volumes between 1882 and 1898. According to Child, it is also known as “Fair Margaret’s Misfortune,” “Fair Margaret and Sweet William,” and “Margaret’s Ghost.” The earliest written version of the song that Child was able to find dated to 1711, although he says that this version “seems to have been founded upon some copy of the popular form earlier than any we now possess, or than any known to me.”

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