Red Bull Music Academy has announced programming for their RBMA Festival New York. The festival takes place throughout the month of May.
FKA Twigs will be performing twice, A$AP Rocky and George Clinton will give lectures, Blood Orange and others will pay tribute to Arthur Russell, and more:
May 1 — Electronic Africa — Villain: Rare stateside performances by innovative electronic artists, including South Africa’s DJ Spoko and Nozinja, Egypt’s Islam Chipsy and EEK, and Angolan singer Titica.
May 2 — GHE20 G0TH1K — Brooklyn Bazaar: NYC’s famous underground party founded by Venus X that brought together Hood By Air, Fade To Mind, DIS Magazine and UNO NYC, returns with sets by Total Freedom, MikeQ and Sissy Nobby.
May 3 — 100 Disciplines: A Composition for 20 Performers by Kid Millions — Brooklyn Museum: A special performance of a new composition by Kid Millions, RBMA’s first ever commissioned work, features a large ensemble of musicians including Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Brian Chase, Ninos du Brasil and more.
May 6 — A Conversation with La Monte Young: A public talk by the legendary minimalist composer who influenced everyone from Velvet Underground to Brian Eno.
May 7 — A Conversation with A$AP Rocky — TBA: The young NYC rapper and A$AP Mob boss talks about his roots, his work, and the state of rap music in 2015.
May 8 — PC Music & Sophie: Pop Cube — BRIC House: The next-level bubblegum pop crew blows up Brooklyn with performances by Sophie, GFOTY, Spinee, Felicita, Hanna Diamond, A.G. Cooke, and more.
May 9 — Que Bajo: Barrioteca Tropical — Verboten: From cumbia to kuduro, reggaeton to tribal guarachero and beyond, the NYC DJ crew bosses the decks with sets by Playero, DJ Laz ,and Erick Rincon.
May 10 — Yardcore: Dancehall in the Park — Fort Greene Park: Spice, Lisa Hyper, Federation Sound and Assassin bring Jamaican dancehall straight to the park.
May 12 — A Conversation with George Clinton — Brooklyn Museum: The iconic musician, composer and leader of Parliament, Funkadelic, and the P-Funk All Stars participates in a public lecture.
May 13 — Nothing Changes: Raw Sound Transgression — Output: Noise makers Merzbow, Wolf Eyes’ Aaron Dilloway, Genesis P-Orridge, Pharmakon, and Prurient are among the performers taking NYC back to its original grit.
May 14 — Studio Talk: Beatmaker Roundtable — Red Bull Studios NY: Hip-hop producers tell the secrets behind their beats, their song-making process, and collaborating with others, with hands-on demonstration on the gear they use to make some of the street’s biggest hits.
May 15 — Tri Angle Records 5th Anniversary — 23 Wall St: A celebration of the critical London/NYC label with performances by Haxan Cloak, Holy Other, Evian Christ, Forest Swords, and Vessel in the J.P Morgan vault across from the New York Stock Exchange.
May 16 — Brooklyn Flea Record Fair — Williamsburg Waterfront: A day of vinyl with 50 independent record labels, good food, and some special guest DJs down by the water.
May 16 — Storm Rave — TBD: NYC techno pioneers Adam X, Heather Heart, Lenny Dee and Rob Gee pay tribute to innovator Frankie Bones’ wild parties, known as Storm Raves.
May 17 and 18: FKA Twigs Presents: Congregata — Brooklyn Hangar: R&B phenom FKA Twigs performs for two nights in a row, accompanied by 10 dancers wearing costumes made by Alexander McQueen.
May 29 and 30 — Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell — Brooklyn Academy of Music: A tribute to the music of inventive composer, cellist and singer Arthur Russell by an all-star band including Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, Neon Indian, Cults, Jake Shears, of Scissor Sisters and more.
May 30 — Sleeping Bag Records: Go Bang — Good Room: Following the second night of the Arthur Russell tribute concert, a celebration of the label co-founded by Russell with DJs Kurtis Mantronik and Nicky Siano.
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