Village Voice Preview for “Out to See Festival: Future Beats”

Village Voice Preview
Village Voice Preview

Event done and over with… So glad for the support, and deep thanks to the artists and fans for coming out! I’m proud to have put together an event in NYC, having only been given about 3 weeks to make it happen. More importantly, on a humble/small scale, I put together a bold, diverse and forward-thinking genre-blurring line-up missing these days at most venues. Going forward I’m inspired to put together avant-Indonesian, future-Columbian, underground South African, experimental Turkish and far beyond on the same bill, at different venues across NY.   The Village Voice picked us for a preview as well ! Unfortunately, they also left out Selecta K7, who brought a dope left-field dance music vibe from the African diaspora, and Alexandra Momin‘s amazing visuals.

“South Street Seaport’s third Out to See Festival, which runs through April 16, presents performances, workshops, and panels from artists across disciplines in an otherwise artistically void part of Lower Manhattan. For this showcase, drummer Ravish Momin curates a selection of his favorite genre-hopping electronic artists, who use beats, samples, and drum machines in very different ways . Headlining is Momin’s duo Tarana, which plays celestial-sounding electronica that’s kind of danceable and very transfixing. Joining are Brooklyn-via-Haiti producer Val-Inc, whose live set uses vocal and audio sounds from across the world to form a heady atmosphere; BKGD Audio, a lover of ultra-deep beats that you can feel more than hear; and FXWRK, a prolific producer and remixer who’s in the cohort of young up-and-coming artists in Brooklyn’s fertile underground house and techno scene (she’s also the most danceable performer in this lineup). ” By Zoe Leverant 

 

OTS Festival @ South St. Seaport on Feb. 4th

OTS Festival on Feb. 4, 2016
OTS Festival on Feb. 4, 2016

I was asked to curate a night at the amazing Out To See Festival at South Street Seaport, on Feb. 4th. For my first ever self-produced event in NYC, I’ve put together a bill of innovative musicians and producers who focus on blurring the lines between performance, live set and DJ sets.  As a collective, these artists draw inspiration from familiar American musical influences like Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, & Disco, as well as from  Juke/Footwork from Chicago, Jersey Club, G’com from Durban, South Africa, Haitian Music, Indian Music and far beyond!

The line up is:
VAL-INC (Live-set)
TARANA (Live set)
BKGD AUDIO (DJ set)
SELECTA K7 (DJ set)
FXWRK (DJ set)

 

Thump|Vice premieres audio track from Tarana’s new album

Screenshot from Thump|Vice
Screenshot from Thump|Vice

So excited to have an audio track from the new album premiere on Thump|Vice ! We even made their front page for a hot minute :)
From the article: “On Tarana’s new single “Keherwa,” the project’s latest lineup features only one other musician, trombonist Rick Parker. Recorded live, the track was created without any overdubs, and you can really tell in the way it moves gracefully from moment to moment without a clear map of its trajectory, splicing together snippets of acid house, jazz, and psych in a gesture toward vibrant transcendence.”

Stream the track below, and purchase it as part of Tarana’s new LP A Fire of Flowers Grows Around Us on Wondermachine music.

FACT Magazine premieres video for ‘Myvatn’

Tarana blend genres, distort realities in the video for ‘Myvatn’

The experimental duo share a new video from their upcoming Dälek-produced LP.

The duo Tarana nestles into a fascinating space between jazz, electronica, and the Bollywood and Indian folk music of project founder Ravish Momin’s childhood home. They explore it in length on their upcoming album A Fire Of Flowers Grows Around Us due September 18 via Wondermachine Records, but for now, watch the video by Alexandra Momin for ‘Myvatn’ which uses visual distortion as warped and fluid as the music behind it.

Tarana Live at the Rubin Museum of Art, July 17, 2015

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

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Our ‘dubbed and ghosted’ version [excerpt] of AR Rahman’s “Azeem O Shaan”:

Teaser for upcoming full-length album release

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 Promo Video from Alexandra Momin on Vimeo.

Tour of Mexico: April 2015


We had an amazing tour of Mexico in April 2015! We made a concerted effort to connect with electronic music presenters as well as young audiences.  We were honored to have been presented by Otoño en HiroshimaMOD. Encuentros de música electrónica viva. as well as Fonoteca Nacional amongst various other amazing promoters/venues. We also received some incredible press from Thump|VICE, El Fanzine, La Jornada and an astoundingly comprehensive interview/review in Ibero 90.0 FM, some of the most well-known music sites in Mexico.

Tarana at Oberlin College on Oct. 9th, 2014

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.

Unyazi Festival (IV) and SOLO tour of South Africa

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),
Capetown

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!