Active Listening: Myth And The Art of the Sample
A dialogue between beatmakers.
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Formed in 2015 by RA Washington, the musical collective Mourning [A] BLKstar began as a recording project combining Washington's sample-based production with vocals by James Longs, LaToya Kent and Kyle Kidd. The one-off eulogy recording (both Prince and David Bowie had just passed) led to a series of live performances.
The overlapping methodology between Soda_Jerk's practice of using "sampling as an alternate form of history-making" and BLKstar's use of the sample as a historic extension of African American music presents the opportunity to explore a dialogic evening of performances, cut-ups and "stump speeches" around myth-making, cultural inheritance/ownership and diasporic memory.
6pm - Panel
Daniel Gray-Kontar will moderate a dialogue between Brittany "DJ Red- I" Benton (Fresh Produce/ Young Kings) and Aaron "aLIVE" Snorton (MuAmin Collective/Obnox/Insect Records)
7:30 - Performance
Followed by a premiere performance of Mourning [A] BLKstar's The Possible, a suite of songs dealing with the myths that shroud identity, memory and love.
This event is FREE and open to the public.