Among Luke Stewart’s mountain of musical projects, the Ancestral Duo is one of the smallest—and most fascinating. Stewart and Baltimorean Jamal Moore both serve as multi-instrumentalists, including electronic effects; their main axes, however, are bass and drums/percussion, respectively. The music they make is improvisational, experimental, and… remarkably quiet. It’s introspective, meditative music that can turn entirely on a single extemporaneous detail. (It’s small in sound as well as size, though one shouldn’t confuse smallness with shallowness.) But then, the Duo doesn’t always perform as… a duo. This weekend, for example, they take the stage with a sound artist from Osaka, Japan, by the name of Tatsuya Nakatani. Read the full article here.
“It’s taken me a solid week to wrap my mind around the creative awesome that was the 4th annual Black Love Experience hosted by Nubian Hueman at the Anacostia Arts Center. These type of innovative, commUNITY focused and all around boss as hell events are what raises the bar for what people say east of the river/black folks is expecting and capable of achieving.” – Nikki Peele
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Paper is gradually taking two divergent forms in “Better Homes and Gardens,” Becky Borlan’s in-process show at Vivid Solutions Gallery. The artist is planting the ceiling and walls with hanging foliage, an expanding forest to surround a community of small houses. The latter are folded from squares of brightly colored paper on which visitors have written what they like about their own neighborhood. Read the full article here.
Artist Philip McGaughy has put together an evening of performances that celebrates the communities surrounding the Anacostia River as an extension of his exhibition GHOST TECH. In the Anacostia Arts Center’s Black Box Theater, folk and blues singer Oma Pearl will create a mash-up performance with Go-Go percussionists Heartbeat and Brandon Finley. Plus DJ Harry Lurker will be spinning Disco, Hip-Hop and Afro-beat. At the same time, artist collective 181 will interact with Phil McGaughy’s video screen sculptures in Honfleur Gallery. Read the full press release here.