8.7 - JaNk! dance party with Sxip Shirey
Friday, Aug 7, 10pm-late, $20 / $10 after 1am
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK - RSVP for address below
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We're firing up the drum machines, sticking a mic down the mouth of a tuba and inviting you to a surreal live-music-driven dance party. Dirty electronics and live musicians (horns, drums, human beat box), regurgitating old genres like early ska, early hip-hop, techno and house and playing it raw, glitchy and original.
Experimental circus composer Sxip Shirey and JaNk band: Don Godwin on sousa, Attis Clopton on drums, Peter Hess on sax, Xavier Smith on vocals. Hip-hop brass band PitchBlak Brass Band. Eclectic beats by Joro Boro till late.
The evening will start with Sxip Shirey and his new album co-producer Don Godwin presenting a selection of never-before-heard songs from the album: newly finished the week before, and not yet released.
With harmonica and megaphone in hand, Shirey taps the loop-sampler with his foot. Dirty hip-hop beats scroll out of the sound system, as his drummer kicks in a counter rhythm that unfurls a tight snare klezmer for a distinctly urban sound. Red marbles rolling in electroacoustic glass bowls, industrial flutes, bass siren whistles, regurgitated music box, mutant harmonica, miniature hand bell choir... A confusion of novelty, experimental and electronics, wild and entertaining. "Haunting" - The New York Times; "hypnotizing" - Billboard.com; "beguiling" - Time Out NY; "mesmerizing" - The New Yorker; "unexpected" - The Huffington Post.
New York City Hip-Hop Brass. PitchBlak Brass Band uses the epic sounds of tubas, trombones, saxophones and other typically non-hip hop instruments in the spirit of The Roots and some of rapÕs iconic live bands, to deliver an energy that samples, loops and breakbeats canÕt always capture. Their blend of soundscapes and lyrical exuberance creates a grand adventure in listening, one that can hold the attention of music fans from across a fairly wide spectrum.