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To Blossom

September 3, 2020 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

To Blossom

A Tree Planting Ceremony in the East Village of New York City

Dedicated to Eco-System Painter, Ken Cro-Ken (9/3/1957 – 7/30/2020), 911 Responders at Ground Zero, and all victims of political violence and hatred worldwide.

9/3/2020 – Ken Cro-Ken’s Birthday

To Blossom is a work of music and dance, based on Amazing Grace and the act of deep breathing. Oboist, composer, and improvisor Matt Sullivan, and dancer/choreographer, Beatrice Antonie Martino, have created To Blossom to accompany the ritual planting of a Cherokee Dogwood Tree in 2Band2C, an East Village garden (on 2nd St., between Avenues B and C in Manhattan), that served as the art studio for eco-system painter, sculptor, and writer, Ken Cro-Ken. In 2003, Ken was diagnosed with cancer, which he contracted as the direct result of founding after-school programs for students who ran for their lives on 9/11/2001. Ken died on July 30, 2020, having given his life for these young people. He is deeply missed – his art is a testament to his life, and it will live on in his creative legacy.

Matt Sullivan – spouse of Ken Cro-Ken
Partner and Spouse from 1997 – 2020

Beatrice Antonie Martino – friend of Ken Cro-Ken

Find out more about Matt and Beatrice here;




September 3, 2020
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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2020-09-03 21:30:00


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Matt Sullivan and Beatrice Antonie Martino

MATT SULLIVAN has performed extensively on four continents and is recognized internationally as a virtuoso performer and master teacher, as well as an important advocate for the modern oboe. The New York Times has praised his “gorgeously lyrical playing” and the New Yorker has called his inventive programming the “cutting edge.” As composer, his innovative works created for oboe, English horn and digital horn, along with his solo and chamber music performances and compact discs, have been featured locally on WNYC. WQXR and WBAI, and nationally on National Public Radio and Voice of America. Matt Sullivan serves as Director Double Reed Studies at NYU Steinhardt School’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and he teaches at Princeton University where he has served as a Visiting Associate Professor. Matt Sullivan is a Performing Artist for Boosey & Hawkes Musical Instruments and plays exclusively on Buffet Oboes. http://mattsullivan.org/ BEATRICE ANTONIE MARTINO is a producer, designer, choreographer, and performer who specializes in crafting multi-sensory experiences and interactive environments that hold space for introspection, emotional processing, and community connection. Working at the intersections of live performance and technology, Beatrice uses video art + projection, movement + choreography, and creative writing + spacial design to build worlds that encourage holistic engagement with our shared humanity. Her current work explores our individual and collective relationships to grief and mourning and seeks to honor the dead. https://www.beatricemartino.com/
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