Sunday, January 27, 2008

Beatbox Drift at the New Museum

Beatbox Drift was a success. We sold out, there was a line outside the museum waiting to get in, and the performance went better than I could have hoped. Thank you to Sparlha Swa, Julianne Carney, James Ilgenfritz and Briggan Krauss who were all so awesome. Thank you to the New Museum for having us! And thank you to all who came out to support the show, it meant a great deal to have everyone there.

Now.....on to Berlin, Germany, for the Beatbox Battle International Convention...!!!
And then....continuing "Cat and Mouth" shows here at Cornell's Risley Hall....Plus...producing the "Axis of Equals" Music Festival, here at Risley, April 12th, with Haale and Pharaoh's Daughter.

Here is info about the museum show, in case you missed it:

Art on the Bowery: Adam Matta: Beatbox Drift
Adam Matta’s Beatbox Drift is a way of interacting with New York City and its more underlying, or "psychogeographic," features. The format of the “drift” allows Matta—a world-class beatboxer and innovative sample artist—to shift from style to style and sound to sound in an organic and improvised fashion as he elaborates on his habitual practice of collecting and regurgitating sounds and rhythms from the city.

Some highlights from the program included “Mareo,” an ode to the Lower East Side with beatbox and video; “Underground,” a blues-trance composition for beatbox and voice inspired by the world beneath the city’s streets; “Day in the Life,” a New York story told entirely through sound effects; a new composition for bike wheel, Walkman, laptop, theremin, and beatbox; original songs performed by Sparlha Swa, featuring Adam Matta on accompaniment; plus improvisations and compositions for violin, bass, saxophone, and beatbox, featuring Julianne Carney, Briggan Krauss, and James Ilgenfritz.

Adam Matta performed as part of the Bowery Artist Tribute, a project celebrating artists who have lived and worked on the Bowery.

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