Yesterday was Easter in New York City. The brownstone lined streets were finally blooming cherry blossoms and dogwoods. The windows in industrial lofts of factories of yore were glinting and gleaming. The bulbs planted in apartment window units were peaking through moist soil.  I even spotted someone dressed in a bunny costume.

TriBeCa Groupmuse, Classical Music for the Masses!

For those of us who did not have a family dinner, or whose relatives are somewhere far away – California, Texas, Illinois – there are always local friends. My husband’s colleague, and good friend, invited us over to their gorgeous TriBeCa loft for something called a Groupmuse. In the afternoon light, the minimal and mid-century inspired home looked glorious!

TriBeCa Groupmuse, Classical Music for the Masses!

A Groupmuse is halfway between a chamber music concert and a house party. It’s equal parts musical and social. Using the power of the internet, Groupmuse has launched a way to support local musicians by fostering chamber music house parties. One can host, attend or play in unorthodox settings bringing back the idea of the original parlor concert or salon. It feels simultaneously nostalgic or antiquated yet futuristic – a clever juxtaposition.

TriBeCa Groupmuse, Classical Music for the Masses!

We had the pleasure of experiencing a solo suite for Cello by Bach (Chaconne in D minor), as well as an Hungarian duo (Op. 7) by Zoltán Kodály. During it all, the wine was flowing, the crudités were crunching, and my husband and I were making new friends in an intimate and culturally invigorating space. The two talented young musicians, Sebastian Baverstam, playing the cello, and Emily Smith, playing the violin, were so open and accessible after their performance ended. We asked questions and easily conversed. The event became an easy and far-from-elitist way to understand classical music.

TriBeCa Groupmuse, Classical Music for the Masses!

I love the idea of music accessibility, and bringing its comforts to the home, rather than an intimidating concert hall, opera hall or architecturally important venue. So often live performance is seen as academic and esoteric – now Groupmuse aims to create a new audience for the important notes of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and composers being forgotten by the young.

TriBeCa Groupmuse, Classical Music for the Masses!

Groupmuse, in essence, is a social network that directly connects musicians, audience members, and willing hosts, so that the community can organically generate its own house concerts, and so that the classical music experience becomes as socially appealing as it is musically appealing, as part of a radical new effort to introduce classical music to Millenials.

TriBeCa Groupmuse, Classical Music for the Masses!

Started in Boston, the performances have now expanded to San Francisco and New York City. Join the social symphony!

Founder and titular Designer, Julie Thevenot launched her line in 2008, starting with hand-printing and dye-testing in her custom-built silkscreen studio. This self-taught fashion designer received her MFA from the National Superior School of Decorative arts of Paris and integrates this artistic training into her working process.  Thevenot left Paris for the energy of New York City. Not limiting herself to the medium of fashion, create print editions, wall displays, music, jewelry and more.

At Home With Julie Thevenot, Photogrsphy by Agnes Thor for New York Nests
The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_Tag At Home With Julie Thevenot, Photogrsphy by Agnes Thor for New York NestsPhotography at the home of Julie Thevenot by Agnes Thor for New York Nests.
Julie Thevenot Big Wall HangingHer work explores everything from color theory to crystals. It is minimal and yet filled with depth of color. The modern lines remind me of Josef Albers, yet the macramé ombre is very seventies! The sulfuric neon yellow evokes the painted geothermal pots of Yellowstone National Park. 
 
Julie Thevenot Wall NeckTextures mingle: wood meets metal meets acrylic. Soft objects become sharpened.  The spirit wall hanging, hand made in the USA, is comprised of leather details on long brass tubes. Need it? Buy it here.
 At Home With Julie Thevenot, Photogrsphy by Agnes Thor for New York Nests
Photography at the home of Julie Thevenot by Agnes Thor for New York Nests. Grace Jones, coral and Black & White Photography continue to inspire the designer. 

The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_TagAbove all, Thevenot hopes to always remain jubilant, playful and imaginative. Her work has a childlike sense of wonder, and you can tell that she is in love with the universe and its vast cosmos!

Julie Thevenot ClothThe Samsara Scarf is 100% silk twill 48’x48’ , made in France. In Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism and more, the Samsara or Sangsāra is the repeating cycle of birth, life and death (reincarnation). 

Her work spans a northwestern aesthetic, oriental meditation, geometric minimalism, and the bright hues of a print-maker’s color magic. As Albers explains in his grounbreaking Interaction of Color (Happy 50th Anniversary!), “In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is — as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.”