In anticipation of a very strange short video I made for NOWNESS which premieres tomorrow featuring Mykki Blanco…I was reminded of this portrait I made of Hannah Cohen some years ago which we never used. SO STRANGE!
Hannah Cohen photographed in New York City by Matthu Placek on October 13th 2011
*No kittens were harmed in the making of this weird picture.
In a simple play on “Sunrise," the title of Hannah Cohen’s final song off her album Child Bride, fast-rising photographer and director Matthu Placek allows the young singer’s limpid voice to really shine by doing nothing more than capturing her in black-and-white while a light slowly begins to expose her face. The ultimate in effortless beauty, Placek not only highlights Cohen’s gorgeous features but really expresses the quiet emotion behind basking in morning light. Go to Cool Hunting
Over the past month I have been wrangling a few friends to perform a concert for my birthday on November 19th. When Sandy came crashing through I decided to switch gears and turn the birthday concert into a benefit. Last week, I headed out to the Rockaways with the ’RSR” Renegade Sandy Relief to lend a hand. There is much work ahead for the Rockaways and the RSR needs our help to ensure they can continue their relief efforts in the coming months.
It is my goal to raise a minimum of $10K on Monday, November 19th for the RSR with YOUR help!
Please join me for a star studded line up at the Top of the Standard with host MX. JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, musical direction by THOMAS BARTLETT and performances by New York’s finest, including none other than SANDRA BERNHARD!
If you can not attend, donations in any amount are welcome and can be made HERE.
MATTHU PLACEK PRESENTS
A PRIVATE CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF THE
RENEGADE SANDY RELIEF
MX. JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND
With performances by
HANNAH COHEN, ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO, ANGELA DI CARLO, BRIDGET EVERETT, JAMES KALIARDOS, JOSEPH KECKLER, CLARA KENNEDY, TAYLOR MAC, SCOTT MATTHEW, LADY RIZO, TRIXIE WHITLEY
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012
TOP OF THE STANDARD
442 WEST 13TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10014
$50 IN ADVANCE
$75 AT THE DOOR
TICKETS & DONATIONS MAY BE MADE AT
Behind the Scenes with Thomas Bartlett and Friends for V MAGAZINE.
A COLLEGE DROPOUT WITH MUSICAL AMBITIONS, PERFORMER AND PRODUCER THOMAS BARTLETT HAS BECOME A TRUSTED COLLABORATOR OF BOTH ROCK STARS AND RISING TALENTS
Photography Matthu Placek
Text T. Cole Rachel
The first time I met Thomas Bartlett, we shared a bottle of Yoko Ono’s champagne in a hotel room in Oslo, Norway. As first-meeting scenarios go, it’s a pretty good one—and actually quite fitting, considering his line of work. Among New York City’s most sought-after musicians, Bartlett often finds himself in pricey hotel rooms in foreign countries at the behest of whichever musical icon he happens to be working with. Back in 2006, he was playing in Ono’s band at the Oya Festival and I was still a newbie music journalist. Some six years later, he remains a respected accompanist for a large coterie of musicians, but these days that is but one of his many fashionable hats. Also sought-after as a producer, a recording artist (he releases his own music under the moniker of Doveman), and a curator of New York’s still-vibrant downtown scene, he clearly has a knack for bringing people together.
For the full story from V78 The Youthquake Issue, CLICK HERE. For additional images exclusive to VMagazine.com, click below.
Justin Vivian Bond
Trixie Whitley & Thomas Bartlett
Hannah Cohen sings “Fantasy” in London.
In an exclusive premiere, V Magazine presents Hannah Cohen’s first single “Don’t Say” off of her forth coming debut album, Child Bride. Directed by Matthu Placek, Hannah’s engaging performance is caught in a single shot. The full length album releases on April 23rd by the UK indie elite label, Bella Union.
Still from Hannah Cohen’s “Don’t Say” directed by Matthu Placek on Sunday, March 4th 2012 in Brooklyn, NY
An animation test for my next film for Hannah Cohen’s 3rd single “California.” Get ready for the sweetest thing you’ve EVER seen!