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April 22, 2017
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April 21, 2017
As a descendent I'd like to say that Pearl K. Backus had three daughters; Mary, Jean and Jessie. Mary and Jean died at ages 17 and 16 in the 1930's. Jessie passed in 1995. My sister, Merrijean and I, are the children of Jessie Backus Guhse' and Mott P. Guhse'.
The Man Who Gives Art and Music the Same Stage
by Nancy A. Ruhling
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Guillermo is the co-founder of CreArtBox.
Guillermo is the co-founder of CreArtBox.
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Guillermo started playing the flute when he was 8.
Guillermo started playing the flute when he was 8.
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He is from Monzón, Spain.
He is from Monzón, Spain.
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The flute was not Guillermo Laporta’s first choice. Guillermo, the co-founder of the multidisciplinary music ensemble CreArtBox, would have preferred playing the piano. He was eight, and he didn’t have a particular reason for favoring the ebonies and ivories over the woodwind’s shiny keys. To tell the truth, he wasn’t even particularly interested in classical music, but the small village of Monzón, Spain, where he’s from happened to be the home of the Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Miguel Fleta” de Monzón. Therefore, his family decided that he should at least take up an instrument, any instrument, if only for a note or two. As it happened, there already were enough would-be Rachmaninoffs signed up when Guillermo made his preference known. “There were eight spots,” he says. “I was number nine.” But the flute was free. “It was just a bit of luck,” he says, adding that he had had some experience playing the recorder. “And I was very happy with it.” At first it was nothing more than a pleasant pastime, but by the time he was 13, Guillermo was playing in youth orchestras at summer camps. “The camps opened my mind and convinced me that I wanted to make music my career,” he says. “I met a lot of professional musicians there who showed me what the life was like.” Guillermo, a tall, willowy man with serious eyes and a wide smile, knew that it would be hard to make a living, yet he was determined to give it a try. After studying two years at the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Guillermo enrolled in the Royal College of Music of London, where he finished his undergraduate degree and earned a master’s degree in performing arts. While he freelanced as a flutist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and other entities, he earned a master’s degree in art management from the University of Alcalá in Madrid. He was talented and, he admits, lucky: He immediately landed a job as co-principal flutist with Spain’s Oviedo Philharmonic. But he was not content to be merely a player. He let the flute lead him to wider musical possibilities. “The flute was my first passion,” he says. “My second passion was collaborating with actors and artists and dancers and expanding my horizons creatively.” With these types of projects in mind, in 2007 he, along with clarinetist Tagore Gonzalez, founded Cre.Art. Their productions, which included the opera NOCTUM and LONDON THE SHOW, paired classical and contemporary music and visual art and stage design with cutting-edge technology. “We used Cre.Art as a platform to experiment,” he says. “LONDON THE SHOW, for instance, put together more than 100 artists.” NOCTUM introduced him to pianist Josefina Urraca, who became his creative partner and last year his wife. In 2012, when she enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music, Guillermo quit his philharmonic job, and he and his flute moved with her to New York City, a place neither had ever visited. “Being here gives us access to great talent for our productions,” he says. “I like big cities, and New York City embraces you because everyone here is from somewhere else.” Through CreArtBox, the American version of Cre.Art, they have produced a number of shows, including 2016’s Visuality at Queens Theatre in the Park. This year, they’re working on a series of concerts that will be presented at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. The next one is May 18. As artistic director of CreArtBox, the 30-year-old Guillermo focuses on management. He also works as a projection designer for other companies. So his fingers spend most of their time tapping computer keys. “I don’t get much time to play the flute,” he says, “but I still practice it every day because I’m working on a solo recording.” Yes, there are times when Guillermo misses playing in the surround-sound of the orchestra, but the thrill of putting on his own shows, where dance, art, music and videography share center stage, well there’s nothing that can compare with that. Nancy A. Ruhling can be reached at nruhling@gmail.com, Follow her on Twitter at @nancyruhing and visit astoriacharacters.com.
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SBS grants to assist local business organizations
by Erica Finocchio
Apr 21, 2017 | 180 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) last week announced a $1 million grant that will fund 34 neighborhood development projects. Each $30,000 grant will be awarded to community-based organizations in the five boroughs. The money will be used to improve storefronts, organize merchants and develop other business programs. “The Avenue NYC initiative is investing in local, community-based organizations to help strengthen and preserve small business corridors across our city,” said SBS Commissioner Gregg Bishop. “Small businesses are an essential part of building vibrant neighborhoods.” The 82nd Street Partnership in Jackson Heights, Rockaway Business Alliance, Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) and the Queens Economic Development Corporations (QEDC) were the Queens recipients of the Avenue NYC grant. Among the 15 Brooklyn recipients were the Central Fulton BID in Fort Greene, Grand Street BID in Williamsburg, and the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project in Clinton Hill. The 82nd Street Partnership will use the Avenue NYC grant to fund events at Dunningham Triangle, a space in Jackson Heights that was closed for 20 years. It will soon host health fairs, dance performances, and poetry readings. “There will be a mix of events so that the people in our community can learn about the multiple resources available to them within walking distance," said executive director Leslie Ramos. “This grant is fantastic and a great opportunity to connect to the businesses in our area.” Sunnyside Shines use the grant to help strengthen its Sunnyside Card Program, a program that offers discounts at local restaurants and stores. The grant will also help improve the 20-page Sunnyside Welcome Kit, a guide to shopping and activities in the district. "We are encouraging people of Sunnyside to learn about the neighborhood and explore it," said executive director Jaime-Faye Bean. "We are designing these things for new Sunnyside residents." QEDC is identifying areas in Woodside and Woodhaven that need better lighting, website development and marketing, said executive director Seth Bornstein. He hopes improvements will make those neighborhoods better shopping areas. "The Avenue NYC grant has helped businesses become stronger shopping streets," Bornstein said. "It also helps bring more businesses to the area."
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Onlookers at the scene at 1615 Putnam where the fire broke out around 2:20 p.m.
Onlookers at the scene at 1615 Putnam where the fire broke out around 2:20 p.m.
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