Time-Based Art Performance Mixes Beats, Vocals, Video and Gravity-Defying Water Sports at Miami Art Week 2014.
MIAMI – September 16, 2014 - Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) marks its one year anniversary in the new, and now iconic, waterfront building with an immersive evening of music and visuals featuring the first U.S. performance by Future Brown with live vocalist Kelela. Guest performances by Total Freedom, Ian Isiah and Maluca.
The special one-night event, PAMM Presents Future Brown Featuring Kelela, a DIS Magazine + THV Entertainment Production, launches WAVES, a season of art and music collaborations that are part of PAMM’s year-round time-based art initiative dedicated to film, video, sound, movement and performance art.
Taking the spotlight at one of the most anticipated events on the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP calendar will be Future Brown, the internationally acclaimed DJ collective comprised of artist and composer Fatima Al Qadiri; Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu; and J-Cush of Lit City Trax. Accompanied with vocals for the first time in the U.S., Future Brown will be joined by guests from their forthcoming album on Warp Records slated for release this winter. The night will open with solo performances by Kelela and Fade To Mind artist Total Freedom with guest appearances by Ian Isiah and Maluca, all of who have garnered a strong following of music industry contemporaries and critics.
Future Brown and vocalists will perform on a custom stage with a vibrant light and video production by THV Entertainment to the backdrop of a dynamic water sports event involving a flyboarding performance in Biscayne Bay choreographed by DIS Magazine. The museum’s façade will be used to project the premiere of the PAMM-commissioned music video from Future Brown’s debut album.
PAMM Presents Future Brown featuring Kelela, A DIS Magazine + THV Entertainment Production, is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Time-Based Art Coordinator Katerina Llanes. It is sponsored by Citi. Additional support is provided by Opulence International Realty. Vernáculo featuring Maluca is commissioned by PAMM in conjunction with this event which was made possible with in-kind support from MilkMade.com and Capture This NYC.
Future Brown is the new project from longtime friends Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush of Lit City Trax. Taking their name from a color that doesn’t exist in nature, Future Brown’s concept plays with synthetic textures and cultural hybridity. Working in unison on every studio production, their mutual love of global beats and vocalist-driven music forms a fabric derived from their myriad influences.
The popularity of their single “Wanna Party”, featuring Chicago MC Tink, led to performances at MoMA PS1, Sonar Festival and Vilette Sonique. Drawing from a diverse range of cross-genre dance music - R&B, Rap, UK Grime, Reggaeton - Future Brown is steeped in diasporic sounds, forming their own signature takes on urban music. Future Brown is currently finishing their debut LP to be released this winter with original collaborations from rising vocalists Tink, Shawnna, 3D Na’tee, Maluca, Riko Dan, Ian Isiah, Kelela, and more.
DIS is a New York-based collective. Its cultural interventions are manifest across a range of media and platforms, from site-specific exhibitions and collaborations at the Serpentine, MoMA PS1, and Suzanne Geiss gallery to ongoing online projects. Most notably these include, DIS Magazine, a virtual platform that examines art, fashion, music and culture, constructing and supporting new creative practices, DISimages, a fully functioning stock-image website, and DISown, an ongoing retail platform and laboratory to test the current status of the art object.
THV is a NYC/LA based creative collective, founded by Taran Allen and Alex Gvojic, which focuses on art, media and entertainment production. They have worked for the past eight years in the creative fields of art, music and fashion with various artists including Future, Sky Ferreira, and Salem to develop and expand their public image over a wide variety of live and multimedia platforms. Simultaneously, THV has produced its own series of original art and installations that explores the social and psychological effects of environmental manipulation and the reappropriation of modern images in popular culture. Currently, THV continues to grow with operations in both New York and LA.
Kelela Mizanekristos is a Los Angeles-based vocalist and songwriter, born and raised outside of Washington DC. Kelela never received formal vocal training in her youth; instead she experimented with a range of vocal styles before finding her own sound in the music emerging out of LA’s underground, most notably the producers of the Fade To Mind crew. Kelela brings forward-thinking and experimental songwriting into a prismatic context that fuses popular and club music. Her ability to bridge the gap between R&B and underground club culture brought her to the top of numerous year-end lists (with her debut Cut 4 Me) and established her as one to watch for 2014. Kelela’s debut mixtape, Cut 4 Me, is the culmination of a long journey, exploring the space between loss and freedom, and the process of letting go as a catalyst for growth. Situated in a universe where pop is necessarily challenging, Kelela’s songs are the result of her passion for the synergy between the vocalist, producer, and DJ. Since the release of Cut 4 Me, Kelela began releasing a slew of standalone tracks featuring her collaborations with mc’s and producers in and out of her network of like-minded artists. She is also hard at work on her debut album.
As an artist, DJ, and conceptual party-maker, Total Freedom has been integral to some of the most exciting things to come out of LA’s underground art and music scene over the past few years. Hailed for a seamless ability to unite a huge spectrum of contrasting sounds, his repertoire spans minimalized R&B refixes and Middle Eastern pop samples, to obscure narrative soundbites and elements of trap, UK grime, and Kuduro. His now-infamous LA party “Wildness” is cited as an inspiration for Venus X’s GHE20 G0THIK phenomenon, and the subject of a new award-winning documentary by co-founder Wu Tsang. He’s one of the forces behind the “record label and movement” Fade To Mind, the US sister imprint of the UK label Night Slugs, home to artists Nguzunguzu, Fatima Al Qadiri, and Kingdom.
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