with Jojo Abot & Styles Upon Styles DJs
Sun July 12th, 2015
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $12
This is a general admission, standing event.
Introducing singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and native New Yorker Gabriel Garzón-Montano. Born to a Colombian father and a French mother, Gabriel spent his early years mastering the violin, guitar, and drums, before turning to the piano and bass guitar to better complete his compositions. By the time he graduated from Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music, the foundations for his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, were already laid.
A heartfelt tribute to the role of family, love, and the City’s unavoidable lifestyle, Bishouné: Alma del Huila collects six songs performed and recorded at Henry Hirsch’s famed Waterfront Studios. Renovated from an old church, Henry’s home provided Gabriel with the right tools and environs needed to realize his demos to the songs included on this EP.
Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2″ tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from a dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of “6 8” and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel’s world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self-expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer.
Gabriel’s compositions revel in such unabashed personhood. “Everything Is Everything” captures the carefree nature of young summers in stark contrast to the inevitable maturity and subservience to life’s rat race in “Keep On Running”. Those thick grooves give way to slinky, bittersweet ballads and psychotropic-addled burners in “Naeja” and “Me Alone”, the latter decorated with tongue-in-cheek lyricism.
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JOJO ABOT is a Ghanaian artist expressing herself through music, film/photography, literature and performance art. FYFYA WOTO, meaning New Birth – New Discovery serves as the theme and title for her ongoing project exploring the SELF as a provocative tool in the discovery, exchange and evolution of the subject of IDENTITY. Through her work, Abot Investigates new forms of spirituality and expression as part of a growing global conversation around shared space, identity and spirituality that exists beyond the conventional bias of color, race, class or sexual orientation.
Recently wrapping a year in NYC as a member of the New Museum’s incubator program, NEW INC Abot moves on to a residency at the acclaimed National Sawdust also in NYC. Abot has toured with the incredible legend, Ms Lauryn Hill in the past year. Playing shows at Radio City Music Hall, Greek theater and others along with Common, Seun Kuti and Stephen Marley. Having performed at iconic venues such as the Apollo Theater, Times Square on New Year’s eve to a 1 million plus audience, Museum of Modern Art, Kennedy Center and Kings Theater among others, Abot continues to connect with the global audience.
A true cultural fusion and genre bender in both sound and artistic expression, Jojo Abot is poised to take the world by storm with her uniquely coined AFRO-HYNO-SONIC sound and otherworldly perspective.
Photo Credit: Liz Maney for FYFYA WOTO