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Morton Subotnick, Lillevan & Atom (tm) Unsound Festival @ LC Atrium, Social Justice Throwdown, April 12th, more

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  • Bill Bragin
    Keep reading below for information about: - Unsound Festival New York (at Lincoln Center this Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 & 7, as well as around NYC) -
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 5, 2011

      Keep reading below for information about:


      - Unsound Festival New York (at Lincoln Center this Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 & 7, as well as around NYC)

      - Resonance: a four-week after-school series featuring Somi & Chanda Rule, Toshi Reagon, Nora Chipaumire, and Debo Band’s Danny Mekonnen & Adam Clark

      - A benefit for the Center for Constitutional Rights next Tuesday, April 12, featuring Makane Kouayte’s Denbaya and DJ Ashu Rai of Sholay Productions

      - Save the date for GlobeSonic’s annual pier party, Saturday, June 4


      Oh, and we just might be announcing the line-up for Midsummer Night Swing next week….



      We have another big week at Lincoln Center, with our second annual collaboration with Poland’s Unsound Festival a fantastic collection of experimental electronic, new music and multimedia events, which this year explores the theme of “Horror”. The festival kicks off this Wednesday night, April 6 at Alice Tully Hall with a special bill which pairs Australian/Icelandic composer Ben Frost with Brian Eno (his Rolex Arts Initiative Mentor), rescoring a reinterpretation of Tarkovsky’s classic film Solaris. The program will feature the Sinfonietta Cracova, which will also perform pieces by Steve Reich and Krsyztof Penderecki.  For more info or to buy tickets:


      And then this Thursday, April 7, Unsound returns to the David Rubenstein Atrium for Target Free Thursdays for an amazing double bill featuring electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick performing his breakthrough piece “Silver Apples of the Moon” with live visuals by Lillevan, on a bill with the US debut of  Atom™ (also known under his other moniker, Señor Coconut).  We expect a big crowd, and it’s a special early 7:30pm start, so I’d highly suggest you come early (and get your dinner and drinks at ‘wichcraft café.)  Admission for this one is free.



      Here’s a great profile of Morton Subotnick from the Wall Street Journal: The Man Who Electrified the Music World


      Unsound Festival New York: Modular Dreams

      Morton Subotnick with Lillevan; Atom™

      Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:30 (note special time)
      Target Free Thursdays
      David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

      Unsound Festival New York returns for a second year with this distinctive night of live electronic music and visuals featuring rare live performances by two of the boldest innovators of the genre, New York–based Morton Subotnick and Santiago, Chile–based Atom™ (also known under his other moniker, Señor Coconut) Subotnick will be revisiting his classic, Library of Congress–recognized first album Silver Apples of the Moon in collaboration with innovative Berlin-based video artist Lillevan, while Atom™ makes his long overdue first-ever live appearance in New York with a set encompassing music and visuals.

      Unsound Festival New York is presented by Fundacja Tone, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Goethe-Institut New York .


      The Atrium is also home to a new series curated by Meklit Hadero: Resonance: African America in Sound and Story – a four-week after-school series on Wednesdays in April at 4 pm, presented in association with NYU’s Institute for African American Affairs and Lincoln Center’s Meet the artist series.  The series has a terrific series of events with powerful artists from a variety of disciplines and genres, and kicks off with a provocative performance piece by Somi and Chanda Rule that explores African and African American identities and tensions.


      For the complete list of upcoming events at the David Rubenstein Atrium, see below.


      Chanda Rule and Somi: Listening to Roots & Voicing Branches

      Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 4:00–5:00
      Meet the Artist After School
      David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

      Listening to Roots and Voicing Branches: Transnational Freedom Songs of the Black Atlantic is a multimedia performance piece that attempts to redress intra-racial tensions in the African diaspora through the sonic and visual presentation of the black Atlantic ’s cultural memory. Written by African vocalist Somi and African-American vocalist Chanda Rule, this piece introduces new modes of listening to deictic Black histories. By using jazz as the foundation of their musical conversation, it strives to carve out a new space of cultural belonging and exchange, while the artists weave between song, (dis)harmony, and spoken word, creating acoustically and electronically layered textures of rhythm, movement, textuality, and sound.

      Directed by Elizabeth Herron
      Original Score by David Gilmore

      Jointly presented by NYU’s Institute of African American Affairs and Lincoln Center’s Meet The Artist After School

      Wed, Apr 6, 2011

      4:00 pm

      Chanda Rule and Somi
      Listening to Roots and Voicing Branches

      Thu, Apr 7, 2011

      7:30 pm

      Unsound Festival New York Modular Dreams

      Wed, Apr 13, 2011

      4:00 pm

      Toshi Reagon

      Thu, Apr 14, 2011

      8:30 pm

      Urban Research Theater

      Wed, Apr 20, 2011

      4:00 pm

      Nora Chipaumire

      Thu, Apr 21, 2011

      8:30 pm

      Electric Kulintang

      Wed, Apr 27, 2011

      4:00 pm

      Danny Mekonnen and Adam Clark: And Lay Duo

      Thu, Apr 28, 2011

      8:30 pm

      Essentially Ellington

      Thu, May 5, 2011


      Brahim Fribgane and Ibrahim Maalouf

      In association with FIAF’s World Nomads Festival



      I am proud to be on the host committee for a benefit party next Tuesday, April 12, for the Center for Constitutional Rights, an organization that does cutting edge civil rights legal advocacy.  CCR’s Executive Director is Vince Warren, a friend from Haverford College – he’s been committed to civil rights activism since we left college, and at CCR, he has been active in a number of critical areas related to human rights.  But this is no boring, rubber chicken benefit. It’s a full-on dance-party with a West African meets jazz band, Makane Kouyate’s Denbaya (and yes, Vince is not just the ED, but also an occasional drummer in the band), and the Bollywood sounds of DJ Ashu Rai.  Tickets are only $40 in advance, and I encourage you to support them (and let them know I sent you.)  Hope to see you there




      center for constitutional rights logo




      Board Members Radhika Balakrishnan and Chandra Bhatnagar


      Executive Director Vince Warren

      invite you to the

      Annual Social Justice Throwdown

      A fundraiser for

      The Center for Constitutional Rights 



      Makane Kouayte’s Denbaya


      and Ashu Rai of Sholay Productions

      Tuesday, April 12

      6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

      Canal Room

      285 West Broadway @ Canal Street

      http://www.canalroom.com/ (make a link)


      Tickets: In advance - $40 each; $45 each at the door.

      * Cash Bar *

      Dancing and Cocktails

      Please visit http://ccrjustice.org/throwdown to buy your ticket. 

      Steeped in the West African rhythmic and musical tradition, Denbaya (family in Bambara) plays tunes with influences that range from jazz, rock to reggae. The core of the band is formed by Malian singer, percussionist, author and djimbe player Makane Kouyate, pianist John Austria, saxophonist Marco Chelo, and guitarist Keith Gamble. Occasionally, other musicians collaborate with Denbaya, notably balaphone player Balla Kouyate, drummer Vince Warren, bassist Fred Pratt, and percussionist Jose Rosario. For information on the band, visit http://www.denbaya.com/index.html.
      Ashu Rai debuted in March 2002 at the first Desilicious event, a monthly dance party for the city's South Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Now drawing over 500 people every month, it has become one of the most popular queer parties in New York City . Her eclectic and fun mixes of modern and old Bollywood are a favorite of her fans. For information on Ashu Rai, visit http://www.sholayevents.com/. 

      For questions, please contact ccrannual@... or call 212-614-6466. 

      For more information on CCR, please go to www.CCRjustice.org




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      Don’t forget to save the date, Saturday, June 4, for the next GlobeSonic Sound System pier party at Riverside Park South and 70th Street , from 4 – 11 pm.  Since Fabian moved to Santa Monica, this is the only date of the summer that Fabian Alsultany, Derek Beres and I plan to dj together in NY, joined by Duke Mushroom and friends on percussion.  It’s a free party, great view, great vibes.


      And finally, get ready for a few special announcements in the next few weeks about Midsummer Night Swing, and shortly after that, Lincoln Center Out of Doors.  We have some very special treats coming up – can’t wait to tell you about them.  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @LCSwing and @LCOutofDoors, or look for us on Facebook.


      See you soon!

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