The Jack Hanley Gallery
327 Broome St
New York, NY 10002
Friday May 24 6pm
The Jack Hanley Gallery will be hosting the Conspiracy of Beards Friday May 24 on the first day of a weekend long New York City tour. Following their 6pm performance, the 30 member a capella male choir will end the night at DROM with friend and musician Shana Falana. Saturday they can be found at Cloud City (formerly Dead Herring) and Sunday at the Highline Ballroom. Conspiracy of Beards will be performing songs by poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.
The idea for Conspiracy of Beards originally came from the late Peter Kadyk, a multimedia artist whose wife deeply wished to continue on his vision with a tribute event back in 2003. The choir of just around 10 men quickly gained momentum and by continuing word-of-mouth press and hard work, they became a full bona fide singing group.
“Transforming Cohen’s simple melodies into complex 4 to 5 part harmonies, their sound ranges from tender to robust. One can hear influences of contemporary, jazz, gospel, barbershop, classical and even doo-wop styles in the unique arrangements by chorus members. Using the genius of Cohen’s words, the Beards inspire the audience to ponder personal, political and spiritual life throughout the show, amid laughter and cheers. The songs have real and relatable meaning which affects listeners in an intimate manner. And when sung by a group of sincere gentlemen, it is a rare phenomenon which touches audience members on many levels.”