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December 14, 2017 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Doors open: 6:00pm
Carols & Cocktails
Presented by Atlanta Contemporary + The Atlanta Opera + Grocery on Home
Atlanta Contemporary is pleased to partner with The Atlanta Opera and Grocery on Home in bringing you this unique musical performance. Join us as soprano Jayme Alilaw, pianist O.J. Harper, and guitarist Marshall Ruffin perform Holiday classics with a jazzy twist!
This event is in conjunction with Contemporary Cocktails, so grab a drink from Jeff Banks, our Mixologist-in-Residence, and enjoy the performance. Cash/Card.
Opera | Art is FREE, with reservation. RSVP with the link above or click here
California-born soprano Jayme Alilaw is praised for her lush and vibrant tone throughout the operatic, classical, and spiritual repertoire, and is a fierce advocate for the performance of works by African American composers. She was the Los Angeles District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Southeast Regional winner of the National Association of Negro Musicians Vocal Competition, winner and Audience Choice recipient for the Harlem Opera Vocal Competition, finalist in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, quarterfinalist in the American Traditions Competition, and winner of the Performing Arts Award from the Fine Arts Club of Pasadena. Ms. Alilaw is the two time recipient of the Village Voices Chorale Scholarship, and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lamba Musical Honor Fraternity in the spring of 2007.
Jayme now resides in Atlanta, GA where she is an active performer and maintains a private voice and piano studio. She is the owner ofMusic After School, an after-school enrichment program that offers instrumental instruction to students in grades Pre-K through 5 throughout Metro Atlanta. Jayme also enjoys collaborating across artistic mediums as a means of creative innovation, and to provide a voice for social justice. She has performed musical responses to photography exhibits, and in the facilitation of discussion about mental health and mental illness awareness. In 2016, she formed the group SO13 with jazz pianist OJ Harper and visual artist Dakoro Edwards. SO13 marries expressive painting with classical vocals and jazz piano, with each discipline informing the other during the creative process. Ms. Alilaw continues to challenge musical boundaries, and be a vocal proponent of works by African American composers.
Banks’ booze journey began in 2012 at farm-to-table restaurant Graft in Grayson. He developed a strong, whiskey-focused cocktail program before leaving in 2014 to take up residence as beverage director at The Luminary in Krog Street Market. Banks quickly found his rhythm, winning multiple barcraft competitions around town while gaining a faithful following for creating drinks, such as the wildly popular rosé slushy before moving to Brush Sushi Izakaya in Decatur. Banks focused on the Japanese style of cocktail making, creating simple drinks with a high level technique.
December 17 / 12:00pm
A free and interactive family-friendly program, Contemporary Kids introduces children to contemporary art and artists through approachable media and hands-on activities.
December 21 / 6:00pm
Got It For Cheap
Holiday Shopping for the Art Lover
Contemporary Cocktails with Got It For Cheap and Cover Books. Join us for a unique holiday shopping experience and a cocktail throw-down with our Mixologists-in-Residence Jeff Banks. Enjoy music by DJ Mike Stasny.
January 14 / 10:30am
a yoga series
A yoga series presented by Maggie Benoit and collaborating audio and visual artists.