“place earth, wings back”: a double-release party & immersive event @ NYC

We’re inviting you to an immersive event, in celebration of two recent releases: Take Wing, Roll Back, Tessa Brinckman’s newest album, and the paperback release of Heaven is a Place on Earth by Adrian Shirk. Bathe yourself in words, sounds, images, live music and readings in great company (with special guest Kathleen Supové). Help create a guest-generated exquisite corpse on an ancestral typewriter, and indulge in delicious eats and drinks that each have their own story.

WHERE: Upper Washington Heights – the exact address & directions will be sent to your email address upon ticket purchase

TICKETS: Suggested $25 (sliding scale $15 – 30)

Admission gives you:

A copy of the album OR a download card

A signed copy of the book OR audiobook download

The video/audio installation experiences

The live performances

Delicious snacks + drinks!

PURCHASE TICKETS: via Venmo or PayPal – your prepaid ticket helps us prepare the event – thank you!

CONTACT: Tessa Brinckman at info@tessabrinckman.com for more info 


“This questioning exploration of communal living is a bracing tonic.” —Esquire *** “[A]n engrossing read, part deeply-personal memoir, part travelog… and part reflection on the troubled and troubling history of domestic attempts to create collectives and communes.” —The Indypendent ***  “[A] rigorous, personalized argument for the continued relevance of an old idea.” —Kirkus Reviews  *** “Without idealizing these communal experiments, Shirk takes their complexities and contradictions as part of the necessary reality of imagining other ways of living.” —Booklist (starred review) *** “Enriched by Shirk’s trenchant observations and open-minded curiosity, this is a winning survey of the desire to make the world a better place.” —Publishers Weekly *** “I loved Shirk’s book so much: its expansive, sometimes rambling structure feels less like being lectured on best practices and more like having a long conversation with your most interesting, well-read friend about what to try to build next.—Literary Hub


“One of the most interesting releases of the year…”Tenderness of Cranes” is a Recommendation of the Week – New Zealand Listener *** “An adroit creator of sound worlds”…”Sonus Redux” is captivating and a standout”…”A Cracticus Fancie”’s recited poem is charming, and the music’s overall mood is fanciful and accessible”…Korde’s “closeness to traditional Japanese music…and the beauty of Brinckman’s performance, makes for an accessible entry point into the program…there are rewards for anyone who dips into this very original recital…new music for flute at its imaginative best – 5 stars” – Fanfare ***“Her musical tastes as well as her spotless technique are easily the equal of more famous flautists…beauty and even sensuality in several of these pieces…perhaps the most arresting piece on the album is “Sonus Redux”…”Taniwha” is entirely unique” – Art Music Lounge ***“This CD (is) for those fascinated by Brinckman’s personal thoughtfulness and creativity” – Infodad