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The Music Gallery presents
Chino Amobi (NON Records) + Intérro
The most electronic night of this year’s festival, Friday night features messy and furious collages of provocative ingredients with no shortage of bass.
Chino Amobi is a Richmond, Virginia-based artist of Nigerian heritage. Bending music industry rules that are still largely colonial, Amobi’s vision with his NON Records is to break down long-standing Eurocentric perceptions of dance and experimental music, focusing instead on musicians who are either African or of the African diaspora and letting the producers and singers have direct ownership over what is theirs. It’s a political label, for sure, and the music is revolutionary. While “bass music” has become its own blanket term for almost any sort of club music, and most of NON’s output could light the floor up like matches and gasoline, very little of NON is easily classifiable or delineated by genre. Like Amobi’s own lineage, NON’s music is first generation — born out of histories and bloodlines given little voice before.
Intérro features artists Jason Sharp (saxophone, sound design), Kaie Kellough (text composition, voice), Kevin Lo (visual design), and Tanya Evanson (voice). First presented as the opening performance of the 2016 Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival in Montréal, Intérro is a crowd-sourced cross-disciplinary performance exploring the perils of border crossings, where the question “what are you doing here?” can speed the pulse when posed at customs, in airports, in offices, while in the streets a person can be profiled, detained, searched, and questioned. Long after these interactions transpire, the questions posed echo in our thoughts and continue to demand answers. Multiple criss-crossing voices pile up over bass-heavy saxophone soundscapes and increasingly frenzied projections to create an unforgettable experience.
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