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THE WIND UP
CONTINUES WITH MUSIC PERFORMANCE BY
KALKIDAN AND DJ SPOOKY
AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM MARCH 8
New York, NY – New York, NY – The Jewish Museum presents a performance by Ethiopian-Israeli hip-hop artist Kalkidan Mashasha, and composer-multimedia artist and writer Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, on Thursday, March 8 at 8 pm. Kalkidan will sing and rap his own unique Hebrew-language compositions. DJ Spooky will accompany Kalkidan with tracks from the rapper’s repertoire, and will offer selections from his own material. The two will also premiere collaborative work created for this concert.
This program is part of The Wind Up, a new series of after-hours events with varying combinations of art, music, performance, drinks, socializing and more. Complimentary snacks will be served, and there will be a cash bar. The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan. This event is offered in conjunction with the new exhibition, Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel. Kalkidan Mashasha is one of the subjects of a Kehinde Wiley painting in the exhibition. Attendees will be able to preview the exhibition, which opens to the public on March 9.
Tickets for the performance are $12 in advance; $15 day of event. Visit http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/TheWindUp to purchase online tickets. For additional information, the public may call 212.423.3337.
The next offering in The Wind Up series will be a May 17 costume party related to the exhibition, Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940 and the Belle Époque in Paris.
Kalkidan is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the genre of hip hop in Israel, and his music takes on all aspects of Israeli life. He has toured in both the US and Israel. Kalkidan is proud that his music is seen as outside the mainstream and looks to Tupac, Tracy Chapman and Bob Marley as strong musical influences.
Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid is a composer, multimedia artist and writer. The Chicago Tribune wrote, “[a]rguably no one is more responsible for propagating and embodying the idea of the deejay as ‘artist’ than DJ Spooky.” Over the course of his career, Miller has collaborated such recording artists as Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich and Yoko Ono. His large scale, multimedia performance pieces include Rebirth of a Nation and Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the Next Wave Festival 2009. His new app can be downloaded at the iTunes Store.
One of the most significant young artists working today, Kehinde Wiley is originally from Los Angeles and currently lives and works in Beijing, Dakar and New York. A gifted painter, he takes everyday people and paints them often larger than life-size in the grand poses of nobles, saints and colonial rulers from classical European portraiture. While the body language is borrowed from the past, the clothes are current and often hip-hop in style. His paintings are in the collections of over forty museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum; High Museum; Walker Art Center; Brooklyn Museum; and The Jewish Museum, New York.
An infrared assistive listening system for the hearing impaired is available for programs in the Museum's S. H. and Helen R. Scheuer Auditorium.
Public Programs at The Jewish Museum are supported, in part, by public funds from by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Major annual support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. The stage lighting has been funded by the Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. The audio-visual system has been funded by New York State Assembly Member Jonathan Bing.