Date: Sunday, September 16, 2012
Venue: NYU Skirball Center (566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012)
Genre: Ethiopian funk, jazz, and rock/rural party music of NE Brazil
The Joshua Light Show, perhaps the most legendary visualists of live music are joined by Debo Band who harness the power of 1970s Ethiopian funk, jazz, and rock with rolling, psychedelic grooves and Forro in the Dark perform the hip-swiveling, rural party music of NE Brazil.
NYU Skirball is partnering with globalFEST to present two powerhouse ensembles with the otherworldly colorplay of The Joshua Light Show for a supercharged, diverse festival encore.
The Joshua Light Show, founded by multimedia artist Joshua White, are perhaps the most legendary visualists of live music. As resident artists at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960’s, and in performances at Woodstock, Newport Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, and the classic film, Midnight Cowboy, White and his cohorts created live, colorful, psychedelic projections behind the great bands of that era including The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and The Who.
Debo Band, whose debut album was released by Sub Pop earlier this year to critical acclaim, harnesses the power of 1970s Ethiopian funk, jazz, and rock to unleash rolling, psychedelic grooves, serpentine melody lines, and urgently joyful vocals.
Forro in the Dark perform forró, the hip-swiveling, rural party music of Brazil’s northeastern states. The collective includes Mauro Refosco (zabumba drum and vocals) who plays regularly with Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers and David Byrne; Davi Vieira (percussion and vocals); Guilherme Monteiro (guitar and vocals) and Jorge Continentino (pifano flute, sax and vocals), who update this Brazilian party music for a 21st century urban cool.