NYU Skirball is partnering with globalFEST to present two powerhouse ensembles with the otherworldly colorplay of The Joshua Light Show for a supercharged, diverse festival encore.
“[Debo Band] just totally rocks...amazing.”All Songs Considered, NPR
Debo Band, whose debut album was released by Sub Pop earlier this year to critical acclaim, harnesses the power of 1970s Ethiopian funk, jazz, and rock to unleash rolling, psychedelic grooves, serpentine melody lines, and urgently joyful vocals. Forro in the Dark perform forró, the hip-swiveling, rural party music of Brazil’s northeastern states. The collective includes Mauro Refosco (zabumba drum and vocals) who plays regularly with Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers and David Byrne; Davi Vieira (percussion and vocals); Guilherme Monteiro (guitar and vocals) and Jorge Continentino (pifano flute, sax and vocals), who update this Brazilian party music for a 21st century urban cool.
With a finger on the pulse of the most interesting sounds from around the world, globalFEST has defined the leading edge of international music for a decade.
The Joshua Light Show, founded by multimedia artist Joshua White, are perhaps the most legendary visualists of live music. As resident artists at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960’s, and in performances at Woodstock, Newport Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, and the classic film, Midnight Cowboy, White and his cohorts created live, colorful, psychedelic projections behind the great bands of that era including The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and The Who.
Regenerated in part by exhibitions at the Tate Liverpool, Centre Pompidou, MOCA, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Whitney Museum, the new Joshua Light Show has performed across the United States and Europe with a new generation of art rock and experimental music luminaries, in addition to creating its own fulldome son-et-lumière for the Hayden Planetarium at New York’s American Museum of Natural History.
9/13 7:30 EVELYN GLENNIE / ZEENA PARKINS
9/14 7:30 TERRY RILEY/ GYAN RILEY
9/14 10 JOHN ZORN / LOU REED / BILL LASWELL / MILFORD GRAVES
9/15 7:30 + 10 BEN GOLDWASSER / ANDREW VANWYNGARDEN
9/16 7:30 GLOBALFEST: DEBO BAND + FORRO IN THE DARK
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARKTYPE/THOMAS O. KRIEGSMANN AND NICK HALLETT
Photos by Rahav Segev (Debo Band, top), Linder Genz courtesy Transmediale (bottom)