Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Venue: Target Free Thursdays at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)
Ticket: FREE ADMISSION
Gordon Voidwell is the alter ego of a Bronx-born chorister-turned-rap geek, Will Johnson. A multi-instrumentalist, a trained vocalist, and a published fashion writer, Gordon’s music is subversive pop and funk, following in line with Tom Tom Club, Madonna, Prince, David Bowie, and George Clinton. He uses analog synthesizers and chunky drum machines as the backdrop for silky, reverb-drenched vocals reminiscent of Cameo, New Edition and other championed 1980s R&B crooners.
Blending old sounds with updated lexicon, Voidwell creates a sonic collage—one that is at once oh-so-familiar and strange. This is the point: to embrace the immense void that exists between seemingly opposite ideas of past and future, hip and dorky, pop and indie, etc. That void is the well from which Gordon drinks and he invites you to do the same.
The next few weeks of Target Free Thursdays should all be pretty great – and two shows were just announced this week – Zimbabwean sensation Chiwoniso on Feb 3, and Chicago’s creative music legend Kahil El’Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble on the 24th, presented in collaboration with Habana | Harlem. Put the dates in your calendar, and remember, all shows are FREE!