main photo by Tatiana McCabe
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Superhuman Happiness was founded in 2008 to seek joy and love through shared rhythm and melody, composed and improvised. Their mission is to pursue a happiness greater than that experienced by an individual mind.
They have two CDs out: Fall Down Seven Times Stand Up Eight (2009), The Physical EP (2011) and 4 7″/45rpm records Human Happiness (split with CSC Funk Band), GMYL/Hounds, Needles and Pins/Oh, Tatiana, and Gravity/String Theory feat. Sahr Ngaujah. The band can also be heard on Red Hot and Rio 2, in a collaboration with Cults on the track Um Canto de Afoxe para o Bloco do Ile, as well as in the soundtrack to the documentary How To Survive a Plague. Five official videos have been completed Mr Mystery (dir by Tatiana McCabe 2009), GMYL, (dir by Tatiana McCabe 2010), Market (dir by Pamela Karp)HOUNDS (dir by Tatiana McCabe 2011), Needles and Pins (dir by Tatiana McCabe 2011).
Performing highlights include two consecutive summers at the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, tours supporting friends Rubblebucket, and numerous late nights at the legendary Zebulon in Brooklyn.
The group is currently mixing their second full length record, collaboratively composed over the course of a year using various theater/music games to develop a potent and fresh style of performing music.
photo by Nathan West
EMEFE has been making people dance and scream uncontrollably since 2009. They released a self-titled album in May 2015. The album is about breaking through the undefinable noise and clutter of everyday life. EMEFE’s beats are a cross between Fela Kuti and Prince, with vocals reminiscent of the Talking Heads’ candor and the Beach Boys’ lushness… all with a unique pop sensibility.
The musicians in EMEFE have shared the stage or studio with The Roots, Chic, Arcade Fire, Tuneyards, My Morning Jacket, and more. As a band, EMEFE has collaborated with artists such as Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Antibalas, Hoodie Allen, Lafa Taylor, Baloji, Chico Mann, Superhuman Happiness, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Magic City Hippies, Grace Weber, and more. Taking the drum chair with afrobeat pioneers Antibalas and Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, bandleader Miles Arntzen also established himself as a go‐to New York City musician by the time he turned 23, playing with artists such as Mark Ronson, Allen Toussaint, Action Bronson, Angelique Kidjo, Tony Allen and more.
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In 2008 a humble basement apartment in Brooklyn became the laboratory for the Brooklyn-based electroacoustic duo, Live Footage. Mike Thies and Topu Lyo first met at a Halloween party, unaware that years later they would be described as some of the finest “surrealist soundtrack composers” in the making by scoring some of the most eclectic contemporary pieces on air, in dance and in tune composing their own music. Conceived through the art of improvisation,Lyo plays cello, incorporating the use of live loops and a handful ofelectronics with no pre-recorded samples of any kind. Thies plays drums and keyboards, often simultaneously. Live Footage’s formula is unique songs are structured in such a way that enables them to actually build loops without disaster, all while keeping the music’s integrity and allowing ample room for improvisation even when covering the likes of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Squarepusher. It is Live Footage’s coherent complexity that inherently wow’s new ears away. Plain and simple, they are “cinematic, experimental, yet still catchy and melodic.”Their first & Second full-length independent albums are already available on itunes, their Jay Dee EP is currently live on Orisue’s Website. In the meantime, Live Footage will be touring America, Canada, Korea, and Europe while fulfilling their weekly residency at Apotheke in NYC.