I was honored to perform at the annual West Coast Weekender in San Diego. Some of the top djs from the house music and dance community, brought their magic to the historic Lafayette Hotel, for a weekend of education, workshops and joyful music events. I cannot wait until next year!
20yrs ago, we took the world by storm with the new sound of Philadelphia. Sylk130 was a collective of the best of the best singers and musicians that frequented the Back2Basics events at Silk City.
While I was on tour with Digable Planets, I started working on the album concept and ideas. When The Funk Hits The Fan was the result, an 'audiobiography' of a life of a dj growing up in Philadelphia in the 70s. The album went on to sell 500k worldwide without crazy marketing, but from great publicity from Sony. Then word of mouth took over.
Then 3 years later, I completed Re-Member's Only which featured everyone from De La Soul and Kathy Sledge to Alison Moyet and Grover Washington Jr.. This was my ode to the 80s before the trend to do this era.
So, I am pleased to present the only live reunion show featuring all the original members September 4th at TLA.
Afterparty will be Back2Basics at Silk City.
There will also be a new release of hits and misses called "So What Happened Was..." that will be released later in September.
Jamaaladeen has been a musical mentor to me since my teens. When playing his Outsiders Festival last year, he mentioned he was excited to add my electronics in another project and this is it!
These are the improvisational gigs that change Jazz music to another level and I am proud to represent the electronic community in this context
May 13 at 8pm sharp ..
I was honored last week to be a part of this amazing collaboration with choreographer, Faustin Linyekula, who flew all the way from the Congo to bring Philadelphia a new perspective on what Philly art will look like in the future tense in Philly Files.
He looks at North Philadelphia through movement, storytelling, community, and live music. The work includes a complete live improvisational score by myself, Tim Motzer, Heru Shabaka-ra, Anthony Tidd, and dancers from the University of the Arts. scenography by Jean-Christophe Lanquetin. The performance will took place in a warehouse in North Philadelphia.
October 2015 : I was asked by Congolese choreographer and activist, Faustin Linyekula to participate as a composer for a performance at Fondation Cartier in Paris. Joined by Pytshens Kambilo, Raphael Xavier, Jerry Valme and Dinozord for an improvisational session that mixed hip hop dance, rap, electronics and ndombolo.
We are presently working on a project together in Philadelphia called Re-Placing Philly.
Revisiting an event I curated called, Bring The Noise : Afrofuturism x Russolo at the <fidget> space in Philadelphia 11.9.13. This Important event laid the foundation for what blossomed into Moondance.
<fidget> space, run and operated by Peter Price and Megan Bridge, hosts an annual experimental music festival, which was focused around the Art of Noise Manifesto in 2013. They approached me to create an evening, celebrating Russolo in an Afrofuturist context.
Revisting the groundbreaking event Moondance : A Night in the Afrofuture, that happened at MoMA PS1 in April 2014. We can't forget the narratives being built. I was honored to guest curate the whole event. So thankful to Ursula Rucker, Hank Shocklee, Hprizm, Ras G, Shabazz Palaces, Mike Todd, Pia Ercole, Ytasha Womack and Dr Alondra Nelson.
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