Oz Instrumenthead – Home Sweet Nashville


The Nashville branch of Michael Weintrob Photography is now open and to celebrate, Oz Nashville | Brave New Art hosted Instrumenthead as part of their, Thursday Night Things Oct. 16-18.

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The Grand Salon at Oz Nashville

I spent a good bit of this last year in Tennessee getting to know my way around with the help of the great and generous photographer John Scarpati who lent me his studio for a week or so last Spring. During a marathon Instrumenthead session, I was privileged to shoot over 50 Music City artists and the work caught the attention of the premier contemporary performing arts space, Oz.  (Check out this AWESOME video shot during the session at Scarpati’s studio.)

This gorgeous facility then presented 75 3’x4′ Instrumentheads and produced an artist-packed gala in their Grand Salon on opening night.

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Ron McCoury checks out his Instrumenthead

With bassist Dave Pomeroy, President of the Nashville Musicians’ Association, rounding up the talent and contributing his own stellar performance, some of Nashville’s best and brightest newcomers, icons and session extraordinaires got together to create an evening of remarkable experiences spanning the gamut of music.  Bluegrass sets courtesy of mandolin legend Sam BushTim O’Brien of Hot Rize and a very special performance by brothers Ron and Rob McCoury joined by a third generation of McCoury music-makers, Ron’s son.

There were electronic sets by the ever ambient Brian Siskind and “Synthtable” inventor and noted penguin hater Black Cat Sylvester as well as a smoking solo performance by wordsmith Aaron Lee Tasjan.  There were good old-fashioned rock and roll sets by Kenny Olson, Peter Keys of Lynyrd Skynrd, and Toddzilla with sets by Randy Khors and Fats Kaplin adding a Country touch.  Matt Glassmeyer brought something a little more subtle and saxophonist Jeff Coffin‘s collaboration with percussion master Roy “Futureman” Wooten melted expectations of what jazz can be.

Enjoying Jeff Coffin and Futureman's set with my dad and sister.

Enjoying Jeff Coffin and Futureman’s set with my dad and sister.

 

Griffin Technologies took all of the Instrumenthead photos, combined them with artist bios and behind-the-scenes captures to create an eBook housed on iPad stations throughout the exhibit.  Putting names to missing faces in this cutting-edge format is something we’re working to make available to everyone and hope to always feature at future Instrumenthead exhibitions.

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Each time I show Instrumenthead it feels more and more special but being able to include both my sister and my father in the celebration will make this one forever memorable.  I want to thank everyone who came out, all of the aforementioned artists and anyone I may have missed from that incredible list,  Cano and Tim Ozgener, Lauren Snelling and their unbelievable staff at Oz, Mark Rowan and Jay Curtis at Griffin Technology, the Jakprints team for the prints and sponsorship, Ann Brown and the super pro Brian Larimer of The Arts Company, John Scarpati for his incredible generosity, and my team for your support in making all of this all possible.

Owners of Oz Nashville

Cano and Tim Ozgener

Thank you all as well for keeping in touch and I hope to see you soon.

 

 

 

 

Instrumenthead Takes on Spoleto at King Dusko, Charleston


With Instrumenthead picking up steam as exhibits in various locations around the US and Spain keep us plenty busy, it’s any wonder we were able to spend two weeks in any one place. However, teaming up again with our exclusive print partner Jakprints, we did just that with a pop-up Instrumenthead exhibit at King Dusko in Charleston, SC  during the Spoleto Festival.  Gallery owners McKenzie Eddy and Dan Dickey opened up their burgeoning event space for us to take over May 30th – June 8th with musical events and photo shoots running throughout.  Team Dusko did a killer job of driving traffic our way, even hosting the local ABC News affiliate as they spotlit our event.  It’s amazing to be able to take Instrumenthead almost anywhere and have the response be so positive.  Even better is being able to always leave something behind.  This event benefitted the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit setting out to preserve and promote the wellbeing of musicians carrying on traditional Southern music.

Instrumenthead at King Dusko Charleston

Instrumenthead at King Dusko Charleston

Instrumenthead Opening at King Dusko Charleston

Instrumenthead Opening at King Dusko Charleston

Don Flemons Performing During the Instrumenthead Opening at King Dusko

Don Flemons Performing During the Instrumenthead Opening at King Dusko

 

Michael Shoots an Instrumenthead at King Dusko, Charleston

Michael Shoots an Instrumenthead at King Dusko, Charleston

Michael Weintrob and Joel Timmons of Sol Driven Train with Joel's Instrumenthead

Michael Weintrob and Joel Timmons of Sol Driven Train with Joel’s Instrumenthead

Michael with Tim Duffy of the Music Maker Relief Foundation

Michael with Tim Duffy of the Music Maker Relief Foundation

King Dusko's McKenzie Eddy Photo Shoot at Instrumenthead

 King Dusko’s McKenzie Eddy

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