“Ave Maria” – Red Hot + Bach – The Process

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Red Hot + Bach Cover

Purchase: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/red-hot-+-bach/id868831403

Red Hot + Bach: http://www.redhot.org/news/red-hot-bach-releases-june-17th/

J.S. Bach’s Prelude No. 1 in C major…

All I heard was luscious and articulate perfection.

Recording the Bach/Gounod “Ave Maria” with King Britt brought me back in time to my childhood piano lessons, and my very first encounter with Bach’s original prelude. My teacher introduced it to me, and I listened with the fresh, virgin ears of a child; not expecting “Bach,” “baroque music,” or any of the connotations that might be anticipated by a more seasoned student, but relishing each note and harmony on a purely musical basis. All I heard was luscious and articulate musical perfection. I was moved to sing…

At home, my parents played for me a recording of a soprano singing the gorgeous vocal solo composed by Charles Gounod, which he had superimposed above Bach’s original prelude and to which he later assigned the Latin text “Ave Maria”. Later that year, I played the prelude in my first piano recital. And then…I spontaneously played it again, singing the Gounod melody as a vocalise. I hadn’t planned to, and I didn’t know if my strict Russian teacher would approve, but I wasn’t concerned, mostly because I was intoxicated by the piece having just played it, and, well…I was eight…and I didn’t really care.

Two years ago, I started working with producer King Britt as part of Fhloston Paradigm, both in live performance and for the upcoming album The Phoenix. When he asked if I wanted to be a part of the Red Hot + Bach project, I couldn’t believe how the Bach prelude and Bach/Gounod “Ave Maria” had come back to me now in such an unexpected and beautiful way.

As King and I recorded the Bach/Gounod “Ave Maria,” I approached it with respect for the specific styling of a more classical interpretation, and at the same time I was open to the voice called forth by the sonic palette and polyrhythms of the track. King encouraged me to sing harmonies over the main vocal line, and I began to feel the piece in its jazzy, sensual realm…enveloped by the sounds of analog synthesizers and their rhythmic permutations. (It’s nothing new that Bach’s music translates seamlessly across genres spanning centuries—this album as a case in point.)

The vocal line of Gounod’s “Ave Maria” actually came from an improvisation that he had played over the Bach prelude (which had been written 130 years earlier!). Gounod’s fiancé’s father overheard the improvisation and insisted on writing the melody down in musical notation so it would not be lost and forgotten. Knowing that this beautiful melody was birthed from improvisation, I followed King’s encouragement to improvise. My voice and vocal styling followed suit.

I’m so honored to have been a part of this project, alongside so many colleagues for whom I hold the deepest respect. This project, by design, will raise money and awareness to fight AIDS around the world. And, although they since have passed away, I smile to know how thrilled and fascinated my parents would have been to witness the evolution of that tiny seed of inspiration that they planted so many moons ago.


National Sawdust

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Fhloston Paradigm: An Evening in the After

July 28, 2017 10pm @ National Sawdust

National Sawdust Event

Building on his wildly successful 2011 album Fhloston Paradigm, DJ King Britt presents a live performance of the sequel: “After…”. A sucker for the soundworlds of old science fiction, Fhloston Paradigm was King’s electronic, afro-futurist take on the “Fhloston Paradise”, known best in the film The Fifth Element. The new album, “After…”  is the continuation of the story the feeling of ascension through primal, polyrhythmic energy. For this special live presentation of the new album, King (electronics) will be joined by Ryat (electronics/vocals), Stephanie Yu (violin), Tim Motzer (guitartronics), Pia Ercole (vocals/electronics), Jacqueline Constance (vocaltronics) and a few surprises!


Hyperdub Album Release Fhloston Paradigm The Phoenix

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Cielo 1 - Deep Space - Fhloston Paradigm 7.7.14




Album Release


Release Party at Cielo in NYC for Francois K’s Deep Space

I will perform with Marlo Reynolds alongside King Britt for an amazing improvisatory journey amidst Fhloston Paradigm!

Cielo 7.7.14


Cielo 2 - Deep Space - Fhloston Paradigm 7.7.14

“[King Britt’s] new album, The Phoenix, under the guise Fhloston Paradigm, is being released on Hyperdub. He is pushing the boundaries of sound, time & space with his sonic palette of beauty. Deep Space is an adventure into future dub, spacey vibes, & abstract grooves featuring resident dj François K. live on the mixing board every Monday at Cielo. No dress code – just an open mind.”

Cielo, 18 Little W. 12th Street, NYC






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On Sunday, April 13th I will be performing with King Britt as part of Fhloston Paradigm at MoMA PS1.
I’m beyond excited and honored, and I would love to see all of you. Performing in the sonic realm of Fhloston Paradigm, I look forward to sharing with you the exploration of the divine union between the beauty and love that exists in the human experience and the mysterious future of all that exists which continues to unfold into infinity.
Working with King as part of Fhloston Paradigm, I have felt that I finally have the sonic soundscape with the proper breadth and range to support and inspire the range of my voice and own composition. At MoMA PS1 we will create a sonic tapestry that is both vast and intimate, pre-written and improvised.

Also performing:
Shabazz Palaces
Ras G
Ursula Rucker
Hank Shocklee
Dr. Alondra Nelson
Ytasha Womack
D. Sabela Grimes
Mike Todd

MOONDANCE is a celebration of the blackness in future contexts. The journey is in three parts, lecture, dance and music.

Curated by King Britt – Sponsored by Red Bull Studios

For more info and tickets, go to: http://bitly.com/1cYuw1w
$15 in advance / $20 day-of starting at Noon
Age restrictions: All Ages

“Fhloston Paradigm is a manifestation of afro futurist ideals, based in an electronic music landscape. It walks the line of duality, both science fact and science fiction. It is the future of the now moment. The purpose is to transmit the omni-versal message of divine abstractions into aural pleasing tones.” –King Britt
Fhloston Paradigm – Signed to Hyperdub by Kode9.
The debut album transmits in 2014.