Tom Tom Magazine Presents
with Tigue, Ladama & Milk Dick
Fri May 13th, 2016
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 6:30PM
Show Time: 7:30PM
Event Ticket: $10
Day of Show: $12
This is a general admission, standing event.
Kiran Gandhi is a Los Angeles-based musician and music industry consultant with an MBA from Harvard. She has toured professionally drumming for M.I.A and Thievery Corporation and currently produces electronic music under her own project called Madame Gandhi. She is perhaps most well-known for running the London Marathon bleeding-freely to combat period stigma around the world, and travels often to speak about gender equality. (read full bio here)
Kiran Gandhi official site
Madame Gandhi on Soundcloud
Tigue is a group of three percussionists with a fluid musical identity. The Brooklyn-based trio (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) makes their own kinetic and hypnotic blend of instrumental minimalism while opening up the possibilities of their instrumentation through commissioning and collaboration. Tigue’s debut album Peaks was released in 2015 with New Amsterdam Records with highlighted performances at the Ecstatic Music Festival, Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, and the Zemlika Festival in Durbe, Latvia. Recent commissions and premieres have included works by Molly Herron, Randy Gibson, Jason Treuting, Adrian Knight and Robert Honstein alongside collaborative ventures with Kid Millions and visual artist / sculptor Michael Mercil. These works have been presented in concert halls, galleries, black box theaters and universities throughout the country including EMPAC, Roulette, The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Noguchi Museum, Yale School of Music, and Princeton University. Praised for their focused and “high octane” performances (New York Times), the Ohio-born band members have worked together since they were practically children.
Along with performing, the members of Tigue are dedicated to outreach and community projects. In collaboration with Make Music New York, the trio has led three 10-week music education programs with adult and adolescent inmates at New York City’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility, featured in both the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. Working with inmates in both men’s and women’s facilitates, the trio shared the communicative nature of music through West African musical traditions and hand drumming culminating with inmate performances for the Rikers population. Tigue has also presented workshops and masterclasses with collegiate universities, elementary classrooms and community groups across the globe.
This past spring Tigue events included a Carnegie Neighborhood series performance in the Bronx premiering the latest movement of Jason Treuting’s piece 9 numbers, a trip to Boston, MA to perform on the Celebrity Series “Stave Sessions “ with fellow Brooklyn trance inducers Innov Gnawa, the premiere of Randy Gibson’s “The Four Pillars Appearing from The Resonating Discs invoking The 72:81:88 Confluence in a setting of Quadrilateral Starfield Symmetry ATS4 Base 6:81” with the Avant Media Festival, a weekend in Columbus, OH performing the latest version of Michael Mercil’s “Thoreau’s Desk” and a week long workshop and performance of new music for new instruments with composer Molly Herron and instruments designed by Dartmouth College engineering students.
2016 was a busy year for Tigue. The ensemble appeared as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, Avant Media Festival, American Music Festival, and Celebrate Brooklyn! Festivals where they performed new music of their own along with composers Adrian Knight and Jason Treuting. The group made their first trip to the West Coast, with help from the Permutations Series and the Center for New Music, and they flew to Latvia for their first international performance as part of the Zemlika Festival. In between these projects Tigue played intimate shows with their friends in the Brooklyn community, presented workshops and master classes for elementary school classrooms and ivy league institutions, and started recording their second album. Most recently, this past February, Tigue hosted a three week Sunday night residency at local Gowanus music venue Three’s Brewing, presenting concerts with Brooklyn community talents Alice Cohen, J. Hoard, Qasim Naqvi, LADAMA, Wilder Maker and Innov Gnawa.
Photo Credit: Catalina Kulczar
LADAMA is a music ensemble of women musicians from across the Americas. They are Mafer Bandola (bandola llanera), Lara Klaus (percussion, drums), Daniela Serna (percussion) and Sara Lucas (voice, guitar). Together they combine the rhythms and traditional instrumentation of frevo and maracatu from Pernambuco, Brazil; joropo songs from the high plains of Venezuela; cumbia, gaita and champeta from the Colombian coast and contemporary strains of American pop, jazz and the avant-garde. Members of LADAMA specialize in, among other instruments, the bandola llanera from Venezuela, the tambor alegre from Colombia, and the pandeiro and zabumba from Northeast Brazil. Their performances include original compositions sung in Spanish, Portuguese and English, that combine disparate elements into a cohesive whole. The result is a sonic experience through which one can view the future as a world that communicates across continents and cultures, with sound and story. Their performances have been called “transformative” and “transporting”, and the audience is often asked to provide an equal level of participation regardless of the context and venue.
The women of LADAMA met during OneBeat, a fellowship that brings musicians from around the world to focus on collaboration-based compositions and social engagement. In order to continue their work together, LADAMA formed as a way to reach youth and empower women through music making in South America. The founding members, Lara, Daniela and Maria (LA-DA-MA) invited member Sara Lucas to join in order to reach North American communities and to promote cross-cultural collaboration in the Latin American diaspora. As activists, educators, producers and performers in their respective countries, their aim was to create deeper roots within their own communities as a music ensemble while weaving a larger, global web.
In the spring of 2015, LADAMA was awarded a $25,000 grant from The Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund to complete a two-month tour through South America. They were the first arts-based project to receive this award for grass-roots organizing on a global level. As a result they spent February and March in Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela giving workshops to youth in an improvisatory and collaboration-based setting. Additionally, they held free performances for the public and residencies in each country to develop original work as a music ensemble. They are also the recipients of a Creative Exchange Residency Award- granted through The Performing Americas in partnership with RED and the National Performer’s Network. As part of this Creative Exchange Residency they performed and conducted cultural music exchanges with local frevo and maracatu artists, music ensembles and schools for three weeks at Paco do Frevo in Recife, Brazil .
Additionally, LADAMA is the recipient of a 2016 Brooklyn Arts Council grant for Local Arts Support and an Augustine Foundation Award to support their work at La Casita Comunal at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sunset Park. Recent engagements include RecBeat Festival in Recife, Brazil, Teatro Juares in Barquisimeto, Venezuela and Museo Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.
Ladama official site
Milk Dick is an avant-punk trio that formed in 2012 when childhood friends Michael Delaney and Megan Lazaros decided to start a band as a way to sublimate their perversion. Brian Indig joined the group after being put in touch with Mike through a mysterious and seductive mutual acquaintance.
Romantic Superstore is the fifth installment of the Infinity Cat Cassette Series, curated by Casey Weissbuch of equally repugnantly-named Diarrhea Planet. The album covers everything from the trials and tribulations of love and sexually transmitted diseases (”Bugs”) to New York’s vibrant party scene and less-than-vibrant puking-in-the-subway scene (”Last Real Party”). Milk Dick get half of their sonic quirks from Velvet Underground: the drum stylings reminiscent of Moe Tucker, the spoken word interludes, the “I’m Sticking With You” pop-doppleganger “Never Let On”. The rest come from punk heroes: The Clash’s vocal delays, the Cramps’ yelps, the Ramones’ fast and sloppy non-stop pop. Milk Dick pays homage in equal amounts of high fives (or hang tens) to The Crablets and The Beach Boys, but with their own hilarious twist.
Milk Dick on Bandcamp
Milk Dick on Facebook