Had an amazing time performing with Tarana last night at the Rubin Museum of Art! Nice to play to a packed crowd in our hometown of New York City
Big thanks to Rick Parker for the always inspiring blend of trombone & synths, and to special guest Alap Momin for the amazing live-mixing and electronics. Last but not least, deep gratitude to Fay Serafica for putting this show together for us!
photos by: Alexandra Momin
Our ‘dubbed and ghosted’ version [excerpt] of AR Rahman’s “Azeem O Shaan”:
Excited to release the teaser for Tarana’s new album to be released on the super-bad newcomer Wondermachine Records (Zurich) this Fall, on 9.18.15. The “CleanFeed Records years” were amazing, but I wanted to forge a new path… 5 years in the making. Big thanks to Rick Parker for the amazing playing, and to Alexandra Momin for the video/production.
Tarana undertook a rare US tour from Oct. 8th through the 16th. We went through Pittsburgh (PA), Oberlin (OH), Beacon (NY), Washington (DC), and Louisville (KY).. We certainly logged a lot of miles and listened to tons of new music (Byrell The Great, Son Lux, Dead Rider, MikeQ, DJ Rashad, Land Lady, tUnE yArDs, Cakes The Killa, Angel Haze, Floex, Paris Monster, Addison Groove, Tarana, Divoli S’vere, and Uproot Andy), in addition to lots of old favorites and classics.
My first ever SOLO tour will be in SOUTH AFRICA…workshops and concerts..
..Been invited to perform at the Unyazi Festival of New Electronic Music in Johannesburg on Sept. 12th.
9/7: NorthWest University, Potchefstroom
9/8: NorthWest University, Potchefstroom
9/9: Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria
9/11: Unyazi, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg
9/12: ‘Tetrafix': a joint concert with Connect ZA, A Maze Media Arts Festival, Unyazi (IV) 2014 and The Black Cube Sessions @ Skyline Braamfontein
9/13: Redbull Studio, Capetown
9/13: Straight No Chaser Club (collaborations with Lee Thomson et al),
2 new solo videos to share! The first one explores the depths of Ableton Live manipulation in real-time, in a structured format, while the second one focusses on developing a theme in 13/8 time-signature
More details http://www.newmusicsa.org.za/unyazi-2014
Unyazi IV (2014) is an electronic music festival that this year will focus on interaction between South African musicians/composers and those from Asia including Tomoko Momiyama (Japan), Kazuhisa Uchihashi (Japan), Alfred Harth (South Korea/Germany), Carl Stone (Japan/US). Also performing are Ravish Momin (US) and Lukas Ligeti (Austria/US). South African artists who will be participating in the festival include Frank Mallows and Brydon Bolton. The South African New Music Ensemble will also perform at the festival. Tomoko Momiyama will arrive in Johannesburg three weeks before the festival to collaborate intensively with South African artists to produce a new piece of work specifically linked to the experience of her time in the city. The work will be the result of Momiyama’s wide experience and study of culture, environment and human psychology.
Big thanks to Lukas Ligeti and Cameron Harris for their support!
After having recently performed at a variety of alternative music venues in Europe, I am excited to perform at home, in New York City, with Tarana, at the 2013 E Se (What if) Festival on Monday, December 16th (8pm) at the Epistrophy Cafe.
Also performing on the festival will be NY stalwarts Oscar Noriega, Chris Speed, Michael Hearst, Ori Oren, Avram Fefer and Tim Keiper.
( Live at the Tunel in Rijeka, Croatia on Nov. 22, 2013)
Tarana had an amazing time touring Croatia and Italy in November!
We played a large variety of venues, ranging from the eclectic KSET Klub in Zagreb, HR to the prestigious Panic Jazz Club in Marostica, to the legendary Lumiere Rock Club to doing a DJ set at Iguana Club in Male. I also taught a workshop at the Centro Studi e Formazione in Bolzano, focussing on using Ableton Live in an improvisational context.
Super-excited to be sharing a double-bill with MRC Riddims. MRC RIDDIMS
is the DJ/production team of Alap Now (ex- Dalek) and Merc Anthony from Harlem, NY. Their single goal is to make the heaviest fun possible on the dancefloor. Absorbing many genres from minimal techno to dancehall to house and everything in between, MRC Riddims manage to bring their NYC flavor to all that they touch and rarely get too close to the limitations of any one genre. A deep thump and a playful bounce are a common thread throughout their distinct sound. Even when they journey into their deepest, heaviest moments, MRC Riddims never take you too far away from that feeling you had the first time you stepped into a roller rink as a kid!
Deeply honored to have been invited back to perform at one of the most venerable museum institutions in the US. We will be performing at the DIA as part of their Friday Nights Live! Series on July 12th, playing two sets (7 & 8:30 pm)
We will also be performing a day before, on Thursday July 11th (8 pm), at Mexicains Sans Frontieresin Grand Rapids, and a 1st meeting with up-n-coming dancer/choreographer Gia Cacalano at the Wood Street Galleries in Pittsburgh, on Saturday July 13th (8 pm)
We don’t get to tour the US often enough, so very excited about this mini-tour!!