“AVE MARIA” (Bach/Gounod) King Britt & Pia Ercole

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

Red Hot + Bach

29 Original Bach Reinventions

1 Interactive iPad App


Rob Moose and Chris Thile, Dustin O’Halloran, Mia Doi Todd, Shara Worden, Paul de Jong, Julianna Barwick, Kronos Quartet, Victor Axelrod, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Daniel Hope, Ron Carter and Gary Bartz, King Britt feat. Pia Ercole, Om’Mas Keith, Francesco Tristano and Carl Craig, Jeff Mills, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Max Richter, Pieter Nooten, Jherek Bischoff, Stephane Wrembel, amiina, Prefuse 73, Burnt Friedman, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Stuart Bogie and Grey McMurray, Cameron Carpenter, Gabriel Kahane

Over the past 25 years Red Hot has changed the way people think about great composers such as Cole Porter, Tom Jobim and Fela Kuti, as well as raised money and awareness to fight AIDS around the world. Now, Red Hot has joined forces with the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and Sony Masterworks to pay tribute to one of the greatest composers of all time—J.S. Bach.

The idea for the project was simple, explore the way Bach’s music has influenced modern musicians and allow audiences to adjust their view of classical music by seeing Bach through the lens of many other genres. These recordings re-think Bach, much in the way that artists have perpetually reinterpreted Shakespeare by adding contemporary touches while remaining true to the integrity and beauty of the original. This approach is true to the way current indie rock and serious musicians are studying, performing and composing new music that transcends labels such as “classical” or “rock.”
The iPad App allows users to listen and interact with Bach’s music in a totally new and immersive way.

  • The “Play” section allows you to hear great Bach recordings while you create abstract drawings inspired by the music.
  • The “Perform” section let’s you interact and transform the music based on different layers and instruments.
  • You can also “Discover” an illustrated life of Bach, the Kronos Quartet performing in Edison’s original recording studio onto wax cylinder and more!

4/13/14 MOONDANCE at MoMA PS1

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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.


11/30/13 Hyperdub: Hydra at XOYO London

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As Fhloston Paradigm, King Britt and Pia Ercole will perform as part of The Hydra (Phase I)–a carefully curated series of events–for Hyperdub at XOYO in London alongside Kode9, Ikonika, and Jessy Lanza. It will be the European premier of the Fhloston Paradigm (live) project–where voice and electronic music meet, re-imagined in a beautiful, divine, and otherworldy sonic plane.

Link to event on Resident Advisor


King Britt’s Space Odyssey

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The set up for King Britt’s show (a long table with a single mic, a number of laptops and other gear), at Diana Wortham Theatre, looked more like the producer/DJ was going to lead a panel discussion about music and less like he was going to perform music. But his program, “Fhloston Paradigm featuring Pia Ercole” (a U.S. premiere) proved to be bass-y, at times dancey and often transcendent.

Against a backdrop of rocket ships, sound wave charts and other visuals, the musicians produced a sonic tapestry of some very personal Odyssey of both inner and outer space. Britt managed top compose a sound that was at once huge and thoughtfully dynamic with chest-rattling bass paired with moments so subtle you could hear camera shutters clicking.

Two questions: How much of Ercole’s haunting, angelic non-verbal vocal was pre-written and how much was improved during the set? She used loops to expand the effect to both its chilling and awe-inspiring end.

And, the guy on the end with the laptop: What was he doing? How cool would it be if his role was to intuitively VJ the set by listening to each song and then quick-like Google “space ships” or “Saturn’s rings” or whatever came to mind?

Because, even as Britt’s “Fhloston Paradigm” was a complete artistic expression, it also felt like a presentation of the creative process, in how creativity is not necessarily a means to an end but a process (like outer space itself) continuing to unfold into infinity.

This article was first featured on http://mtnoasis.mountainx.com/post/65247357244/king-britts-space-odyssey