LEIMAY Block Party

Celebrate SOAK with LEIMAY at CAVE with friends and artists from the festival! Once again, LEIMAY will close down the block in front of CAVE and present an array of performances, concerts, and pop-up events. A grill will be available to cook your food and we will draw the winners for the annual Lucky Cookie Time Raffle.

Music By:
Liam Benzvi
Jack Leahy
Jeremy Slater
Will Shish & the Sound Waves
Patrick Todd
Judith Barnes
Booths and Performances By:
Lucy Kerr
Hee Ran Lee
Liz McAuliffe
The People Movers
Irena Romenick


Liam Benzvi is a New York based composer and performer. He is currently finishing his second LP with band Strange Names (Frenchkiss) as well as his first full-length as Soft Ethnic (Independent). The “Millenialoid” A side/B side by Soft Ethnic is now available, as is Strange Names’ debut album “Use Your Time Wisely”.

Jeremy D. Slater is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the areas of sound, video, computer art, performance, and installation. Born in Reading, England he is a graduate of both SUNY College at Buffalo and School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Computer Art. Performances include sound and live performed video that is ambient and sometimes interactive/reactive. Video work includes single and multiple channel videos for screening and installations with sound and ephemeral sculpture. He is currently curator of “sonic front”, a series exploring electroacoustic improvisation, electronic music, and sound art. 

Jack Leahy is a resident of Cave, although he sneaks out a lot. He’s excited to throw down some jams at the block party. He wants to give a very loud shout out to Shige, Ximena, and everyone else associated with LEIMAY for being Jack’s first friends in NYC since he moved from Austin, Texas earlier this year.

Will Shish is a singer/songwriter and composer based out of NYC who plays and writes in many styles, including folk, prog rock, funk and R&B. Shish graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Music Composition, where he performed his solo music, composed music for student films, and composed, music directed, and produced an original musical called “The Lesbian Fairytale Musical.” After graduating from IC, he moved to Astoria, Queens, where he currently lives and works. The Sound Waves are the ensemble supporting Shish during live performances; Jessie Linden (drums), James Burgess (bass), and Sarah Tompkins (keys and hand percussion).

Judith Barnes works in the visual and performing arts. A pioneer of the indie opera movement, she founded Vertical Player Repertory in a Brooklyn storefront in 1998. Judith brings ensemble-driven opera theatre to unexpected corners of the city, seeking to inspire imaginative thinkers on both sides of the stage.

Lucy Kerr is a filmmaker, choreographer, and installation artist. Her multimedia work has been presented by Mono No Aware, The Chimney NYC, LEIMAY, and Dance Films Association, among others.

Hee Ran Lee is a Brooklyn-based performance artist whose body-centered work explores private and public gestures of the Asian female body in the patriarchal power structure, and investigates cultural marginalization. She is a fellow artist of LEIMAY 2014-2015 and 2016-2017 at CAVE in New York.

The People Movers is a performance and production collaborative under the direction of Kate Ladenheim. Kate is a LEIMAY Fellow at CAVE, and the winner of the 2015 Rider University Emerging Choreographer Competition. Her work has been commissioned by the Juventas New Music Ensemble and Rider University. The People Movers have been awarded residencies at The Field (New York, NY), the White Wave Rising Choreographer Residency Program, Pocantico, and University of Georgia.

Jeremy Pheiffer is a Brooklyn bred choreographer. Pheiffer’s dances have been presented at Danspace Project, Dixon Place, La Mama and at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. He is currently involved in projects by Madeline Hollander, Jackson Polys and the Bureau for the Future of Choreography. He received his BA from Sarah Lawrence ’09.

Irena Romendik is a multidisciplinary artist from Ukraine, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. She holds degrees from Shevchenko Art School in Kiev, Pratt Institute, and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.


To buy Lucky Cookie Time Raffle Tickets, visit www.leimay.org