+ Hive Revival: A Stellar Masses Get-Down
1026 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, May 12
7:00 – 11:00 pm
Featuring music by
The 12” EP, King Britt presents Fhloston Paradigm (a fitting take of Fhloston Paradise, a destination from the film The Fifth Element) was released on Hyperdub in 2011. This established new fans of King’s work, and revealed a sonic re-evolution to his core supporters. Fhloston Paradigm’s muse was vintage future sound—DNA from nostalgic science fiction… Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner, and Doctor Who. The project united timeless and true facets of analog and digital binary, with the unexpected; an invitation to transcendence. The Phoenix (2014), debut LP, merged sci-fi music history and concepts, renowned and emerging artists, ethereal sounds, and extensive experience. The Phoenix was in every sense a re-birth… inspiring unconventional and wondrous new methods of production; novel for a music veteran. The Cosmosis EPs followed, a creative timeline, which displayed King’s sonic metamorphosis… moving heavier into experimental sound design, and acknowledged by notable soundtrack composers. Organically, this project has seen various incarnations in prestigious places including the MoMA PS1(NYC), MoCAD(Detroit), XOYO(London), and Womb(Japan).
Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a national and international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator, and has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world, sharing the stage with King Britt, Roscoe Mitchell, Claudia Rankine, Bell Hooks, and more. Camae is a vocalist in three collaborative performance groups: Irreversible Entanglements, Moor Jewelry and 700bliss. As a soundscape and visual artist, Ayewa’s work has been featured at Baltic Biennale, Samek Art Museum, Vox Populi, Pearlman Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art Chicago, ICA Philadelphia, Bergan Kunstall, Hirshorn Gallery, and in an upcoming 2018 solo show at The Kitchen NYC. As a workshop facilitator, Camae has presented at Cornell University, MOFO Festival, Moogfest, Black Dot Gallery and others. Camae is co-founder and curator of Rockers Philly Project a 10-year long running event series and festival focused on marginalized musicians and artists spanning multiple genres of music.
Bethlehem and Sad Patrick combine smart lyrics, soaring vocals, sparse guitar and driving percussion to deliver powerful songs that dig deep into love (good and bad), keeping your head up in the city, and searching for happiness and peace on the margins. Sad Patrick’s subtle hybrid of blues, jazz and folk guitar provides a well-blended counterpoint to Bethlehem’s “vocussion” – her own term for her powerful, immersive singing, remarkable improvisations and nuanced melodies riding atop tarima and body percussion. Their debut album, 2016’s Did You Ever Do?, garnered significant airplay on WXPN and WSTW, and landed them on the Folk Show with Ian Zolitor and in a Key Studio Session with John Vetesse. They expanded their lyrical themes on their sophomore album, 2018’s Love and Other Struggles. They are best experienced live, where you can feel their energy, witness their musical interplay, and see how Bethlehem inhabits their songs and captivates a crowd. Since forming in 2012, the duo have gone from playing street corners, coffee shops and backyards all around Philadelphia to spotlights at Club Passim in Cambridge, the Ladybug Music Festival in Wilmington, the State Street Blues Stroll and Jazz Festival in Media, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
Frances Bodomo is an award-winning Ghanaian filmmaker. Her two short films Boneshaker (2013) and Afronauts (2014) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival & went on to play at several film festivals including the Berlinale, Telluride, and SXSW. Afronauts was exhibited at the Whitney Museum as part of the group show Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016. She is currently developing the feature film version.
Renee Cox is a Jamaican-American artist, photographer, lecturer, political activist and curator. Her work is considered part of the feminist art movement in the United States. Some of the best known of her provocative works are Queen Nanny of the Maroons, Raje and Yo Mama’s Last Supper, which exemplify her Black Feminist politic. In addition, her work has provoked conversations at the intersections of cultural work, activism, gender, and African Studies. As a specialist in film and digital portraiture, Cox uses light, form, digital technology, and her own signature style to capture the identities and beauty within her subjects and herself.
Samuel R. Delany’s science fiction and fantasy tales are available in Aye and Gomorrah and Other Stories. His collection Atlantis: Three Tales and Phallos are experimental fiction. His novels include science fiction such as the Nebula-Award winning Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection, as well as Nova and Dhalgren. His four-volume series Return to Nevèrÿon is sword-and-sorcery. Most recently, he has written the sf novel Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. His 2007 novel Dark Reflections won the Stonewall Book Award. Other novels include Equinox, Hogg, and The Mad Man. Delany was the subject of a 2007 documentary, The Polymath, by Fred Barney Taylor, and he has written a popular creative writing textbook, About Writing. He is the author of the widely taught Times Square Red / Times Square Blue and has written a Hugo-Award winning autobiography, The Motion of Light in Water. All are available as both e-books and in paperback. Delany is the author of several collections of critical essays. His interview in The Paris Review’s “Art of Fiction” series appeared in spring 2012. In 2013 he was made the 31st Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master of Science Fiction. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Nicolas Guillén Award for philosophical fiction. His novella The Atheist in the Attic appeared in February. He lives in Philadelphia with his partner, Dennis Rickett.
According to Bitch Magazine, Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a “literary treasure” but she describes herself as a queer black troublemaker aspiring to be your favorite cousin. Alexis is the author of M Archive: After the End of the World, Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, also published by Duke University Press; coeditor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines; and the founder and director of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, an educational program based in Durham, North Carolina. Her writing appears in many publications from the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements to The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature. Alexis is currently the visiting Winton Chair in Women and Gender Studies at University of Minnesota and is dramaturg for the world premiere of Sharon Bridgforth’s play Dat Black Mermaid Man Lady directed by Ebony Noelle Golden at Pillsbury House this summer.
Johan Grimonprez’s critically acclaimed work dances on the borders of practice and theory, art and cinema, documentary and fiction, demanding a double take on the part of the viewer. Informed by an archeology of present-day media, his work seeks out the tension between the intimate and the bigger picture of globalization. It questions our contemporary sublime, one framed by a fear industry that has infected political and social dialogue. By suggesting new narratives through which to tell a story, his work emphasizes a multiplicity of realities.
Grimonprez’s curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and MoMA. His works are in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; and Tate Modern, London. His feature films include dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) and Double Take (2009) and Shadow World (2016). Traveling the main festival circuit from the Berlinale, Tribeca to Sundance, they garnered several Best Director awards, the 2005 ZKM International Media Award, a Spirit Award and the 2009 Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and were also acquired by NBC Universal, ARTE, and BBC/FILM 4.
He published several books, including Inflight (2000), Looking for Alfred (2007) and a reader titled It’s a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards (2011) with contributions by Jodi Dean, Thomas Elsaesser, Tom McCarthy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Slavoj Žižek.
He lectured widely, among others at the University de Saint-Denis (Paris 8), Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics; Tate Modern; MoMA (New York); Columbia University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); the Parliament of Bodies of Documenta 14, and he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (New York).
His recent film project (with investigative journalist Andrew Feinstein), Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, awarded a production grant from the Sundance Institute, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca IFF (New York). It went on to win the Best Documentary Feature Award at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and will premiere its US broadcast on Independent Lens on PBS in autumn 2017. His artwork is represented by the Sean Kelly Gallery (New York), and the gallerie kamel mennour (Paris).
Husnaa Hashim is the 2017-2018 Youth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. She is an 18 year old dual-enrolled senior at Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus and the Community College of Philadelphia. Husnaa has been writing for over 8 years, and was first published at the age of 10. Since, she has gone on to compete with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, place 1st in the Free Library Teen Poetry Slam, perform at the Muslim Congress Conference, the Black Muslim Psychology Conference, the Philadelphia Flower Show, and receive recognitions including a National American Voices Medal awarded at Carnegie Hall, 4 Gold Keys, 6 Silver Keys, and 10+ Honorable Mentions from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her work has appeared in RookieMag, KidSpirit Online, the Kenyon Young Writers Anthology, the Voices of the East Coast Anthology, and APIARY 9, among others. For 2 years she served as a Student Group Leader for the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia’s youth initiative “Walking the Walk,” and currently serves as a Teen Council member for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. She enjoys making flower crowns and spending time with her cat, Maya (Angelou) Luna.
By literally surrendering inherent differences, Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery spontaneously experiment with power and compliance, upending the notion of bromance and other normative constructs. In a series of ongoing work utilizing video, photography, and sculptural practices, they bend these distinctions, twist them, and mix them together, testing their own limits and the limits of these ideologies. Having maintained a collaborative practice since 2008, their work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Open Space (Baltimore), Artspace (Ontario), and ACRE Projects (Chicago) and in group exhibitions in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Fjord, and Vox Populi as well as Ashes/Ashes (Los Angeles), the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago), and L’hybride (France).
Madison McFerrin is a singer, songwriter, producer based in Brooklyn, NY. In December 2016, her solo debut EP, Finding Foundations: Vol. I, introduced her R&B/soul take on a capella to the world. Critics and crowds quickly took note. Leading up to her sold out show at Joe’s Pub, the New York Times remarked how her sound “shows wonderful vocal dexterity, deftly swerving from sharp, clearly enunciated staccato bursts to fluttery, free-form melismata.” After one listen, taste-making DJ, Gilles Peterson, snatched up her standout track, “No Time to Lose,” for his latest installment of his Brownswood Bubblers series. This landed her radio play on Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio show and the chance to perform at the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend music festival at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Recently, Pitchfork said “Insane,” her lead single from Finding Foundations: Vol. II, conveys “pure joy through cascading harmonies and a bubbling, jazzy arrangement.” With the recently released Finding Foundations: Vol. II, Madison plans to give her growing community of listeners more of what they love.
Terence Nance was born in Dallas, Texas in what was then referred to as the State-Thomas community. Nance learned personhood there. Nance’s first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in 2013. Nance’s most recent films, Swimming in Your Skin Again and Univitillen, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 New York Film Festival, respectively. In 2017, Nance premiered a performance piece, 18 Black Boys Ages 1-18 Who Have Arrived at the Singularity and are Thus Spiritual Machines at Sundance. Nance is currently at work on healing, curiosity, and interdimensionality.
Raquel Salas Rivera es la poeta laureada de la ciudad de Filadelfia del 2018-19. Sus poemas han aparecido en revistas tales como la Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Apogee, BOAAT, Círculo de Poesía, Cosmonauts Ave, Waxwing, Dreginald y el Boston Review. Es la autora de Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente), oropel/tinsel (Lark Books) y tierra intermitente (Ediciones Alayubia). Timeless, Infinite Light publicará lo terciario/the tertiary en el 2018. En la actualidad, es co-editora para The Wanderer y co-editora de Puerto Rico en mi corazón, una colección bilingüe de volantes de poetas puertorriqueños contemporáneos. Si para Roque Dalton no existe revolución sin poesía, para Raquel no existe poesía sin Puerto Rico.
Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. Their work has appeared in journals such as the Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Apogee, BOAAT, Círculo de Poesía, Cosmonauts Ave, Waxwing, Dreginald, and the Boston Review. They are the author of Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente), oropel/tinsel (Lark Books), and tierra intermitente (Ediciones Alayubia). Their book lo terciario/the tertiary is forthcoming in 2018 from Timeless, Infinite Light. Currently, they are Co-editor of The Wanderer, and Co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets. If for Roque Dalton there is no revolution without poetry, for Raquel, there is no poetry without Puerto Rico.
Ursula Rucker is a Philadelphia born poet, mother, activist and recording artist. She has been performing, recording and releasing works for over 20 years. Ursula has traveled and toured extensively, throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Africa…sharing her poetry…her heart and soul. She is dedicated to art as/for social change…and committed to freedom fighting, truth-telling and peace-(and a little trouble 😉 making through her chosen art form. Ursula believes in taking her art as far as it can go…whether it be through teaching, activism, lecturing, conducting workshops, merging it with music and recording or rocking mics and stages. To date, Ursula has released five solo albums ( Supa Sista, Silver or Lead, ma’at mama, Ruckus Soundsysdom, SHE SAID)…as well as collaborated on over 100 songs, in a wide array of musical genres, with producers/artists from around the world (such as King Britt, Bahamadia, The Roots, 4 Hero, Jazzanova, Louie Vega, Incognito). Ursula was awarded both the Leeway Foundation’s Art for Change & Transformation Awards. She is the feature of a documentary short called POET. In 2015, she successfully premiered her first one-woman show/live memoir My Father’s Daughter, and is still touring with it. Most recently, Ursula is most proud of her Monument Lab piece Logan Squared, an epic poetic ode to her beloved city Philadelphia…as well as… Voices of Kensington, the poetry series she curates thru the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program…geared towards healing and giving voice to the Kensington community greatly affected by opioid addiction. Currently, Ursula is working on her 6th solo album, and planning her first book project.
“..while they murder, we re-drum.” – Heru Shabaka-Ra. Conjured from the spaces between spaces, the sublime subliminal, Sirius JuJu is a unit of soundbenders dedicated to creating nu worlds and elevating experiences through the wielding of the very substance of the Cosmos—Sound. The core of Sirius JuJu consists of Heru Shabaka-Ra (Sun Ra Arkestra, William Parker), Mike Watson (Sun Ra Arkestra), Julius Masri (Night Raids, Van Sutra), Alex Kulick (Horrendous), and Ben Rosen.
The Stellar Mass Choir directed by V. Shayne Frederick. Featuring Vince Anthony, Allene Foster, and Jakeya Sanders.
Allene Foster is a multidisciplinary artist native to Philadelphia, inspiring audiences for two decades. She has performed on screen, in theater, and on radio—but her first love is singing. She is currently a member of the East Coast Inspirational Singers, performing alongside Josh Groban and Patti Labelle in concert. Allene also has been a featured soloist at the Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival.
V. Shayne Frederick is a North Carolina-born and Philadelphia-bred vocalist, pianist, arranger, and musical director. Although he grew up on piano benches beside his mother in countless churches throughout Carolina, his first experience as a performer was as a student director of the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir. Eventually, he would find his way to jazz clubs, piano bars, concert halls, museums and jazz fests. Through collaborative efforts with the Philadelphia Jazz Project, solo concerts and myriad ensemble performances, V. Shayne has been cited as “one of the region’s busiest and best jazz singers,” “one to watch,” and a “shining light.”
Marvin K. White, earned a Masters of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA (’16). The former Pastor Associate at the world renown Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, he is currently the Public Theologian in Residence (’17-’18) at First Church Berkeley and a recent Yerba Buena Center for the Arts “Equity” Fellow (’16-’17). He is the author of four collections of poetry: Our Name Be Witness; Status; and the two Lammy-nominated collections last rights and nothin’ ugly fly. His poetry has been adapted for stage at San Francisco’s Theater Rhinoceros and he has performed his original work at YBCA. As a former member of the critically acclaimed theater troupe The Pomo Afro Homos he has performed nationally and internationally. As a Teaching Artist for WritersCorps he has led creative arts and writing workshops for a range of audiences. He holds a fellowship in the national African-American poetry organization, Cave Canem; and formerly sat on the board of Fire & Ink, a national black LGBT writer’s organization. He is articulating a vision of social, prophetic and creative justice through his work as a poet, artist, teacher, collaborator, preacher, cake baker, and Facebook Statustician.
Saya Woolfalk has exhibited at PS1/MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Brooklyn Museum; Asian Art Museum, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Yerba Buena Center; The Newark Museum; Third Streaming; MCA San Diego; MoCA Taipei; and Performa 09; has been written about in The New Yorker, Sculpture Magazine, Artforum, Artforum.com, ARTNews, The New York Times, Huffington Post and on Art21’s blog; and has also worked with Facebook and WeTransfer. Her first solo museum show The Empathics was on view at the Montclair Art Museum in the Fall of 2012. Her second solo museum exhibition ChimaTEK Life Products was on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art in the fall 2014. She recently completed a video installation commission for the Seattle Art Museum, and is a recipient of a NYFA grant in Digital/Electronic Arts. She is currently working on a solo museum exhibition commission for the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, MO and is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, NYC and teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at Parsons: The New School for Design.
Image Courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts