Do Look Back – Lou Reed Tribute

Lou Reed by Greg Frederick

As part of our season finale on Saturday, December 7th, the Orphic Gallery and Eight Track Museum will be honoring the memory of the one and only Lou Reed both visually and musically. 

Allan Tannenbaum photographed Lou Reed on numerous occasions shooting portraits, cameo shots and concert photos, a choice selection which will be displayed in the tribute.  Concert photographer Peter Stupar will be exhibiting pictures of Lou Reed on stage at the Berkeley Community Theatre in November 1976 from the Rock & Roll Heart Tour.  Greg Frederick has created a spectacular Vinyl Pop Art portrait of Lou from the Transformer album cover that he will be showing for the first time in Roxbury.

On the musical front, Zonder Kennedy and Bruce Martin will play a number of songs as a brief tribute, and looking forward, Michael Suchorsky, who played drums with Lou Reed from the mid-seventies to the early 80s, will perform with piano virtuoso David Rissenberg in the duet Night Sky.  Sharon Israel will honor Lou Reed with a poetic interpretation of his lyrics.

For the occasion, The Eight Track Museum will be exhibiting a host of Lou Reed rarities including original Velvet Underground LPs and 8 track tapes, Lou Reed solo LPs and 8 tracks, and some oddities from the Velvets 1990s reunion.

In the DO LOOK BACK exhibit the Orphic Gallery will celebrate the artists who have exhibited at the gallery during 2013 with a group show that will feature the multi-media work of In Flight comprised of the mosaics of Jeanne Ellsworth, music of Robert Cucinotta, and poetry of Sharon Israel, the concert photography of Peter Stupar, the vinyl pop art portraiture of Greg Frederick, the magnificent avant garde musical instruments by Edward Potokar, and musical photos from New York City in the 70s by Allan Tannenbaum.  

Here’s some more info on the stellar line-up of performers for this special event:


This brilliant collaboration between percussionist Michael Suchorsky and pianist David Rissenberg produces highly ethereal music that defies all pedantic generic classifications.  “Compelling and hypnotic” was a description by an audience member of a recent awe-inspiring performance of Night Sky at the Andes Hotel.  They describe their musical encounter thus: “our reactive musical exchanges built sound-sculptures outside of any preconceived structure, often surprising ourselves in their originality.”

Michael Suchorsky has spent decades performing and recording around the world in a wide variety of musical genres; from middle eastern jazz, to microtonal, to punk rock. Michael has played at venues that stretch from CBGBS to the Berlin and Montreaux Jazz Festivals to Lincoln Center. He maintained long standing associations touring and recording throughout the world with artists such as Lou Reed, Soldier String Quartet, jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, and French rock legend Jacques Higelin.

David Rissenberg ’s background is in classical music.  David studied at SUNY Purchase with Seymour Bernstein and in Woodstock with founder of the legendary Creative Music Studio, Karl Berger.  Following a well-received debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, he has performed extensively in the United States and Europe, focusing primarily on the solo repertoire but also along with orchestras and chamber groups. 


This duo is very familiar at the Orphic Gallery having performed on the deck with the Scoville Junkies at the gallery’s grand opening in 2012.  Zonder has led an adventurous life ricocheting around the world playing guitar with the likes of John Campbell and Doyle Bramhill, Sr.  But in his solo career Zonder has truly developed a singular, distinctive style combining locally sourced blues with artisanal rock in a scorching musical potage. Zonder will be accompanied by Bruce Martin, a highly accomplished percussionist and multi-instrumentalist who has performed for the past twenty years with The Tom Tom Club and a host of other musical acts including Carly Simon, Dr. John, Cindy Lauper, Andy Summers, Cassandra Wilson, Christopher Walken, Pine Top Perkins, and Bull Moose Jackson.


Sharon Israel has studied poetry with Robert Pinsky, Henri Cole, Lynn Domina and Lee Slonimsky.  Her poetry has appeared in the American Liszt Society Newsletter among other venues, and her work has been featured in Courier-Life publications in NYC, Women’s E News and the Brooklyn Phoenix

DO LOOK BACK will open with an artists’ reception and musical/poetic performances on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 4-7 pm. Most of the artists in the show plan to be in attendance this gala evening, schedules and weather permitting.  The Orphic Gallery is located at the Roxbury Corner Store at 53525 State Highway 30, Roxbury, NY, at the corner of Main and Bridge Streets.  The exhibit will continue through December 15th and be open to the public during the gallery’s normal business hours, Friday through Sunday, 12-5 pm.

The Orphic Gallery opened the summer of 2012 in the artistic enclave of Roxbury, NY. The gallery exclusively exhibits art related to music including photographs, concert posters, musical instruments, portraits of musicians, souvenirs of musical events, specimens of musical technology, etc.  All work exhibited at the gallery has a definite connection to the world of music, and it features exhibits based on both local music history, and musical traditions from around the USA and abroad.

For further information on DO LOOK BACK or the Orphic Gallery, please contact Phillip Lenihan at 607-326-6045 or [email protected].