Posts Categorized: Art

  • Art, Music

    Coltrane, “Lyrical” and The Art Of MCing

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    The notion of being lyrical is often misread in hip-hop by the connotations put on it by those who for the most part don’t like lyrics. In that context lyrical has some sort of direct relationship with the actual words, usually implying the excessive use of words.  “Spiritual, miracle, lyrical!” Outside of the hip-hop context… Read more »

  • Art, Music, Tech

    Bring the Noise: Afrofuturism x Russolo

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    This past weekend <fidget> space held their Fourth Annual Fall Experimental Music Festival which included “Bring the Noise: Afrofuturism x Russolo” an evening of discussion and performances around the intersection of afrofuturism and music. Curated by the legendary King Britt featuring an all star line-up of participants including, Hank Shocklee, HPrizm, Computer Jay, Ytasha Womack… Read more »

  • Art, Words

    RIP Afrofuturism. Long live the Afropresence!

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    I learned that myth is very important in the struggle to maintain a sense of self and to move forward into the future. – Julie Dash I was into afrofuturism before the term had been coined, most likely dating back to the first time I heard Hendrix talk about arrows from Jupiter’s sulfer mines, though when… Read more »

  • Art, Music, Words

    Reinforcing Outdated Models of Music…With Science!!

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    So the other day a friend of mine tells me about a report they heard on NPR which reminded them of my recent theory work.  The way they described it, the piece was reflecting on the notion of music as a verb or an action reminiscent of Christopher Smalls musicking.  Needless to say I was intrigued.  Considering… Read more »

  • Art, Music, Words

    Working Definition: How Hip-Hop Got Hip-Hop’d

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    In a theoretical mood these days, the mind wanders toward this notion of ‘hip-hop culture’. I’ve always been hesitant of calling it a culture, usually a proto-culture at best with the window of opportunity for it to become an actual culture becoming smaller and smaller.  But in rethinking about a definition for what ‘hip-hop culture’… Read more »

  • Art, Music

    The New Concréte: A Record Label’s Mission Statement

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    I’ve been asked, on more than one occasion, what exactly is meant by Concréte Sound System.  To put it vaguely concise, concréte is an evolving species much in the way human society and our interactions with the arts are continuously evolving. It is not a genre of music, or any definitive style, rather, concréte something… Read more »

  • Art, Music, Visual

    Services Rendered

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    I first became familiar with the band Ava Luna back around 2010 and was immediately struck by their sound.  Lo-fi aesthetic, layered songwriting, and choice vocal harmonies just pulled me in.  Fortunately I was able to link up with Carlos shortly after and confirm that indeed he and they were musicians after my own heart…. Read more »

  • Art, Music

    Live in NY: May Day at The Brecht Forum

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    I’ll be playing my first show since the crash of 2012, and in fact since before my youngest daughter was born, on May 1st at the Brecht Forum.  I’ll be playing alongside NY jazz legend Daniel Carter (reeds & trumpet), amukaT (ES-125 and pedals) and piLgrIm drEamS (traps) for an improvised jazz set under the… Read more »