Listen to Me: EarSay Youth Voices

EarSay Youth Voices: Listen to Me: a multi-lingual song.

Song lyrics developed in storytelling workshops with immigrant youth. Audio produced from various collaborative rehearsals. In the Fall of 2016, a group of NYU students collaborated with Immigrant Youth in EarSay’s partnership with the International High School at LaGuardia Community College. We translated a simple song into multiple languages adding verses as the months went along. Sung and translated by: Emily Wexler, and NYU Students Cheryle Chong, Salomé Egas, Clay Fejes, Chloe Troast, and Eugenie Thompson. International High School Students including Luis Miguel Acero, Sarmistha Das, Gabriela Cruz, Milagros Duran Baez, Trneem Esmail, Juan Guitierrez Perez, Julio Hernandez, Mukarrambon Kasimova, Kenya Lopez, Jermain Mercado, Tamara Morales, Masud Rana, David Reyeg, Iosifina Rutledge, Abdul Sami, Emelin Santana, Gabriela Snitko.

photos by Joannie Troast, David Reyeg, Judith Sloan. Video by Malkiel Asher.

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From A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley: Precipice

Warren Lehrer’s A-LIFE-IN-BOOKS — Book 14: PRECIPICE from EarSay Inc on Vimeo.

Globalization: Preventing the Sameness of the World Eugene Hütz of Gogol Bordello

an animation from Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan’s Crossing the BLVD project.

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This video, directed and animated by Warren Lehrer with Brandon Campbell, features the words of Eugene Hütz—leader of the gypsy-punk-cabaret band Gogol Bordello—sharing his views on ‘globalization’ and putting forward an alternative vision of what he calls “multi-kontra-culture.” This animation, with sound production and arrangement by Judith Sloan, is the newest manifestation of Lehrer/Sloan’s multi-media project, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, which documents and portrays new immigrants and refugees in the United States.

Warren and Judith were hanging out on a Lower East Side rooftop one hot summer evening, drinking vodka and sharing stories with members of Gogol Bordello, when Eugene came out with his critique of multi-culturalism, and offered up a kind of extemporaneous manifesto of multi-kontra-culture. They liked his vision so much, they ended their 400 page, 4-color book with it (W.W. Norton). Judith mixed it with some street noise and the accordion of Yuri Lemeshev, also from Gogol Bordello, and made it the last cut on the Crossing the BLVD CD. That cut called “Globalization” is the soundtrack of this 4 minute 15 second animation, which Warren recently completed in collaboration with artist/animator Brandon Campbell.

Labib’s Café: Sharing the Bad Times

Produced, edited and narrated by Judith Sloan. Assisted by Warren Lehrer. For the Crossing the BLVD series. In an Egyptian cafe on Steinway Street in Astoria, hate is spilled and calmly mopped up four nights after the Sept. 11th attack on the World Trade Towers. Judith Sloan talks with owner Labib Salama and his customer Nasser Elgabry about the return of the four boys who ransacked his coffee shop.

Aired Sept. 30, 2001, Jan. 5 2002, and March 9, 2002 / WNYC New York Public Radio, on WNYC/PRI’s The Next Big Thing. Photo of Labib Salama and broken mirrors by Warren Lehrer, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America.