Twilight on the Pier 2018
New name, new season, new vision: introducing Twilight on the Pier! The outdoor music festival that’s almost as iconic as the Pier itself is back for the 34th year. The 2018 series will spotlight the best and brightest SoCal has to offer and unique artists from around the world - a truly Local Meets Global experience. Each night of the series will be a Pier-wide festival, complete with immersive art, food offerings, a beer and spirits garden, games and interactive activations all along the Pier promenade.
From the moment Sound The People kicks off with “Next Level” – a wild and exuberant confluence of Bhangra music with anthemic, psyched-out twists – it’s clear that Red Baraat are very much taking their sonic signature to a new astral realm. On their fifth offering, the Brooklyn-based band continues their exploration of South Asian culture, while firmly placing it within the context of a globalized generation as demonstrated by the diverse backgrounds of its members.
“With the migration that’s happened, there is all this varied and expressive music that has erupted from the South Asian diaspora,” explains founder and bandleader Sunny Jain, who was born to Punjabi parents in Rochester, NY. “Sound The People is a shout out to, and celebration of, this community around the world.”
With these nine songs, Red Baraat turns this celebration into a full-blown infiltration. While the band – completed by Chris Eddleton (drumset), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Jonathon Haffner (soprano sax), Sonny Singh (trumpet) and John Altieri (sousaphone) – has streamlined from an eight-piece to a six-piece in the last year, the ever-experimental group, formed in 2008, has once again proven their ability to push musical boundaries and transcend dimensions. Sound the People draws from a vast expanse of influences, from bhangra music to jazz, hip-hop to psych and everything in between, utilizing the musicians’ virtuosity to redefine and reimagine the capabilities of their instruments.
An array of special guests and carefully curated covers help to round out the album. “Kala Mukhra” features Pakistani singer and writer Ali Sethi on a version of the traditional “Gora Mukra,” subverted from the original meaning of “fair-skinned face” to “dark-skinned face” all with a feverish and enthusiastic pace. Elsewhere, the rambunctious and playful “Moray Gari Suno” is their take on one of the first known songs of Chutney music, a mixture of Indian and Caribbean music that gained traction in Trinidad in the 1960s. “Vibrations” is a minimalistic and acoustic improvisation overlaid with a passage by American poet and activist Suheir Hammad about human connection written by Sufi intellect Hazrat Inayat Khan. A similar ideology reappears on the boisterous closer “Punjaub March”, read by American humorist John Hodgman, a song that marks the historical reality of colonialism’s impact on South Asian marching bands, with Red Baraat reinterpreting and recontextualizing it.
The title track is the central force of the record. A stunning collision of traditional Indian music and insurrectionary hip-hop, “Sound the People” is centered around a politically-charged rap by Heems of Brooklyn hip-hop group Das Racist. Constructed from disparate ideas about the South Asian diaspora, migration and the current political climate, it is a powerful and incisive response to the way the United States has changed since the November 2016 election.
“It’s hard to escape saying something about the time we’re living in,” says Jain, who began writing the album just weeks after Trump’s victory. “So in a sense, the record is a call to action against the various inequalities and injustices that we’re seeing. We desperately need citizen engagement in response to those injustices.”
Sound the People coalesces to create an album that is simultaneously rebellious, important and fun; an inspiring cacophony of instruments, cultures, and ideas that pay tribute to the way diversity makes, and has always made, America great. It is a defiant battle cry and a confident statement that establishes Red Baraat as one of America’s most vital bands who remain dedicated to the spirit of community and joy, along with a wonderful reminder that we are truly all in this together.
Vidya Vox brings together influences of her Indian-American heritage to create music that is refreshingly new, unique and contemporary, seamlessly fusing together the intricacies of Indian music with elements of electronic and pop for an undeniably catchy sound. Since launching her YouTube channel in 2015, Vidya has amassed over 400 million views and over 4 million subscribers. She has headlined concerts for thousands of fans across the US and South Asia culminating in her 2017 "Kuthu Fire" concert tour of India. Her work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Elle, NPR, Cosmopolitan, Billboard, BuzzFeed, the Hindu and many more.
DJ Rekha is a producer, curator and educator based in New York City. She is the founder of the Basement Bhangra™, Bollywood Disco and co-founder of Mutiny Club nights. She was named "Ambassador of Bhangra" by the New York Times. Rekha and her frequent co‐collaborator, Dave Sharma, performed their compositions at Chicago Symphony Hall for the Sinfonetta this year. Rekha was the sound designer for the TONY award-winning Broadway Show, "Bridge and Tunnel", received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work on the play "Rafta Rafta"and the associate producer for the NPR Radio Documentary, "A Feet in Two Worlds." Her debut album, DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra was released in 2007. In 2009, DJ Rekha was inducted into the New York City's Peoples’ Hall of Fame. Her record label Beat Bazaar Music issued its debut single release, Pyar Baile worldwide in Nov. 2011. She has curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage and has performed internationally. DJ Rekha was a Grand Marshall of the 9th Annual NYC Dance Parade in 2015. You can see her perform live the first Thursdays at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and hear her weekly podcast Bhangra and Beyond on http://www.btrtoday.com/listen/bhangraandbeyond.
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