Glass Ghost (USA)

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Glass Ghost (USA)

Music, Multimedia

LYFE™ is an interactive music performance that explores the intersection of technology and the self with music created by Brooklyn band Glass Ghost. Opening with a snapshot of a young man obsessed with the fictional LYFE™ social app, every move is live-streamed to an ever-growing group of followers. While shared emotions, mundane observations and life decisions become fodder for personalized advertisements, roles of the participant and the followers blur into an ecstatic new media celebration of individuality.

“Eliot Krimsky is one of my favorite writers. His left hand is hip hop, his right hand is jazz, and his lyrics are beat.” – Sharon Van Etten

Concept, Keyboards, Voice: Eliot Krimsky
Concept, Design: Alex Reeves
Drums: Michael Johnson
Keyboards: Tyler Wood
Video Design & Programming: Grayson Earle
Programming, Visual Effects: Sam Lavigne
Choreography, Performance: Ayano Elson
Performance: Gryphon Rue

Glass Ghost has been called “elegant compositions of indie pop” by the New Yorker and “weird and mournful, yet highly rhythmic” by Time Out New York. As the product of Eliot Krimsky, Michael Johnson, and Tyler Wood’s mutual trust, vision, and relentless attention to every detail, their latest album LYFE masterfully blends airy, melancholy, and chilly atmospherics with Glass Ghost’s irresistible bottom-heavy grooves and hooky pop sensibilities.
Eliot Krimsky (concept, keyboards, voice) is a co-founder and lead singer of the band Glass Ghost, a film-composer and media artist. In addition to his work with Glass Ghost, Krimsky’s film compositions have been featured at festivals such as Sundance, South By Southwest and the Atlanta Film Festival. Krimsky has also collaborated with artist/dancer/musician Steven Reker for the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center, co-wrote the score for choreographer Beth Gill’s Portrait Study for premier at the LIVE IDEAS festival on a shared bill with Laurie Anderson, and played with Here We Go Magic and Luke Temple. After receiving a B.A. from Tufts University in American Studies and a B.A from New England Conservatory of Music in jazz performance, Krimsky moved to New York and co-founded the art-pop band Flying which was active from 2004-2008.
Alex Reeves (concept, design) is currently the Creative Technology Developer for contemporary theater hub Performance Space 122. His production design is on display in his short film, music video and commercial collaborations with the directing team Peking. Recently he has been focused on creating immersive live visuals and web experiences for a number of artists including Glass Ghost, Here We Go Magic, Kate Nash, and Caveman. His portfolio is on display at at
Michael Johnson (drums) is a drummer, co-founder of Glass Ghost, composer, and current member of band Dirty Projectors. His unique style of drumming can be heard distinctly on many recordings including Glass Ghost’s Idol Omen and Lyfe, Luke Temple’s Good Mood Fool and Aerial East’s Rooms. Johnson also played in the band Flying with Glass Ghost member and long-time collaborator Eliot Krimsky.
Tyler Wood (keyboards) was born and raised in the northeast corner of the U.S. Although Presque Isle, Maine is known more for its potatoes and skidoos, he had a rich musical upbringing and nurturing teachers. His first instruments were piano, trumpet, and cardboard-box drums. When Tyler went off to college, his plan to study astrophysics was virtually eclipsed by the purchase of a real drum-set and a new-found love for hip-hop and recording. The campus had a dingy basement studio, where he encountered his first reel-to-reel tape machine and his first sampler. Upon arriving in Brooklyn in 2006, he soon began to tour and record with acts such as Luke Temple, Glass Ghost, Chester French, and Joan As Police Woman. During this time, he also built a studio and a parallel career producing, recording, and mixing records. In 2009, Tyler reconnected with an old acquaintance, “T.W.” Therese Workman, to form Oh My Goodness. Their debut album is nearly complete.
Grayson Earle (programming, visual effects) Having grown up in the sticks of Northern California without an urban center to interface with, Grayson was left to his own devices and started to teach himself programming early on. Thanks to an extensive cassette collection, punk rock culture laid anchor while studying Film and Media in Orange County before making his way abroad to Argentina and Southeast Asia. With a vague inclination to make politically charged documentary films, Grayson moved to Brooklyn to study in the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College. He’s reconciled with computers and feels awash with the opportunities presented by the fruits of the open source and open hardware movements; physical computing, processing, and projection mapping in particular with guerrilla projections, NSA haiku generators, and other nerdy creative endeavors.
Sam Lavigne (programming, visual effects) is an artist and programmer based in Brooklyn. His work deals with surveillance, cops, data, and automation. He is the founder of the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon.
Ayano Elson (choreography, performance) is a choreographer and designer. She has performed in works by Kim Brandt and Steven Reker at the Kitchen, Invisible Dog, BRIC, Roulette, AUNTS, CATCH, and Lincoln Center, and has presented her own choreography at the New Museum, Gibney Dance, Movement Research, and AUNTS. Ayano graduated from Connecticut College with a dual major in dance and art history, where she studied with David Dorfman, Heidi Henderson, Adele Myers, and Lisa Race. She currently works as a freelance graphic and web designer and is the online manager for the New Museum.
Gryphon Rue (performance) is a brooklyn-based songwriter and independent curator. He is currently preparing for the release of Guilt Vacation, his debut album under the pseudonym El Tryptophan, in addition to curating Strange Attractors, a group show at Ballroom Marfa in Marfa, TX, opening Spring 2016.
 An interview with Composer Eliot Krimsky preceding his 2014 RAMP residency:



Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA’s series include American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants, Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Martin E. Segal Awards, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, LCPA led a series of major capital projects, now complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus. For more information, visit or
The David Rubenstein Atrium, a vibrant public visitors’ and discount ticketing facility on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets is open daily with an array of services for local residents, the general public, and the thousands of people who visit Lincoln Center and the surrounding community every day. Amenities include a ‘wichcraft cafe, a staffed information desk, free WiFi, a 42-foot film screen and media wall, and free performances from national and international artists as well as local performers from the metropolitan area and Lincoln Center’s own resident organizations. Series include Meet the Artist Saturdays, Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Poet-Linc, and many others.

 LYFE™ is co-presented by the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and Performance Space 122 (PS122). LYFE™ is commissioned by PS122 with support from the Jerome Foundation and residency support provided by PS122’s inaugural RAMP residency program.

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