At REDCAT Theater presented by The Broad Museum:
Callings Out of Context: – Helado Negro + Rabbit Rabbit
Featuring some of today’s most exciting and transgressive musicians, Callings Out of Context is an aural complement to the Broad collection’s holdings of Pop Art. The series features hybrid-minded contemporary musical artists that engage, point to, and tell stories about the modern market they are simultaneously a part of, while opening our ears to new perspectives on genre, repetition, and mass production. Each program will pair artists from divergent corners of the marketplace, from the heart of indie-rock to the fringes of hip-hop and electronic music to the experimentalism of the avant-garde. The series title was inspired by the Arthur Russell song Calling Out of Context. Guest Curator is Ted Hearne. Additional programs in this series will be announced in 2016.
The premiere of The Broad’s Callings Out of Context series brings Helado Negro to REDCAT for an unforgettably intimate performance. Created by the Florida-born producer/singer Roberto Carlos Lange, Helado Negro collages shards of language, both evocative and mundane, into unique electronic textures. Each song its own hybrid of disparate musical elements (and often an English-Spanish hybrid). Lange’s own language is at times driving, at times ambient, and entirely transportative.
Lange is joined by a pair of musicians whose work similarly pushes the boundaries of songwriting and expands the timbral possibilities of the human voice. The riveting songs of Rabbit Rabbit explode their own frame through dynamic improvisation and compositional hybridity. Singer/violinist Carla Kihlstedt and percussionist/keyboardist/singer Matthias Bossi make up this wife and husband duo. Catchy yet experimental, Kihlstedt and Bossi write gutsy songs that elegantly pay tribute to their collective history as veterans of contemporary classical, rock, folk, and improvised music.
Tickets are $25, available at www.redcat.org.
Guest Curator: Ted Hearne
Ted Hearne is a composer and performer whose recent commissions include works for the LA Phil, San Francisco Symphony and Roomful of Teeth and BAM. He is a professor of composition at USC and his new album The Source will be released this fall.