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ShapeShifter Lab Closes Brooklyn Space

Co-founders Matthew Garrison and Fortuna Sung plan to re-open in a new location

Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and Matthew Garrison at ShapeShifter Lab
Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and Matthew Garrison at ShapeShifter Lab, Feb. 2013 (photo: Greg Aiello)

After 10 years in its location on Whitwell Place in the Gowanus/Park Slope section of Brooklyn, ShapeShifter Lab has announced plans to move to a new location. In an email received at JazzTimes, co-founders Matthew Garrison and Fortuna Sung wrote that “We are committed to continuing our unique programming and presentation process, but we are also taking important steps to vastly improve the underpinnings of our organization.”  They added that they are looking at a few locations in Brooklyn and will announce the new spot when all the pieces come together.

The final event held at the venue’s original location was a farewell party on October 28. 

Over the years, ShapeShifter presented hundreds of emerging and established artists under the wide umbrella of jazz and improvised music. In addition, the venue doubled as a live recording studio. To keep up with the shift in venues, you can sign up for ShapeShifter’s newsletter at their website.

Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab (2013 feature)