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AudioVisual Meditations from West Africa
Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 9:00 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
Culturehub Live-Wired presents AudioVisual Meditations from West Africa
Volker Goetze Trumpet, Artistic Director / Ablaye Cissoko African Harp, Voice
Joshue Ott superDraw
May 26 / 9 PM
47 Great Jones St / 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10012
The mutual admiration society that is Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze owes itself to a serendipitous meeting that took place in 2001 at the African-European Jazz Orchestra rehearsals in Saint-Louis, Senegal, where they'd been invited to open for Senegalese legend Youssou N'Dour. Despite any cultural barriers that separated them, the Senegalese singer/kora player and German-born trumpeter discovered they had much in common, both musically and personally. Their commonalities can be heard on Sira, which is an album that reaffirms the maxim that music is the universal language.
The cross cultural fusion of West African traditional folk music and Jazz will be performed live at Culturehub and accompanied by the spontaneous electronic drawings of Joshue Ott and his visual instrument, superDraw. Using telepresence technology, the performance will be shared with a live audience at the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Korea. The concert will be followed by an open dialogue and Q&A session that will connect audiences in both New York and Korea.
When & Where
Culturehub SeoulArts/La MaMa
Culturehub was born out of the desire to further develop the long-standing relationship between the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Korea and La MaMa e.t.c. in New York. At the core, Culturehub values cross-cultural, artistic collaboration and it is our belief that artists, working in all mediums, must continue to experiment with new and developing technologies.
Currently, Culturehub consists of two Telepresence Studios. These mirrored spaces, link the two organizations through the use of digital technology and virtual space. Our goal is to create an international hub for artists, scholars, innovators and students. Through our collaborative projects, we hope to develop a method of exchange, which can be duplicated on a global scale, bridging the gap between art, technology and science; as well as further broadening the ability for artists and audiences to interact with one another over distance.