DJs! Special Guests! Live Video Art! Canibalismo!
Chicha Libre is a Brooklyn collective made up of French, American, Venezuelan and Mexican musicians who play a mixture of Latin rhythms and psychedelia. Chicha refers to Peru’s particular brand of electric cumbia first made popular in the late '60s in Lima and the Amazon. While loosely inspired by Colombian cumbia, chicha incorporated Peruvian melodies, psychedelic effects, some Cuban son and everything in between—an oddly post-modern combination that was close in spirit to the Congolese rumba of Franco or the pop syncretism of Os Mutantes.
While Chicha Libre's new album, Canibalismo (out May 8, Barbès in the US and Crammed Disc worldwide) is inspired by the Peruvian Chicha explosion of the 70's, it also looks back to the Cultural Cannibalism dear to the Brazilian tropicalists and the production values of late 1960’s rock bands. The group still pays homage to the likes of Ranil and Los Mirlos, but mixes it up even more by combining mellotron and other vintage synths with African guitars, treated percussion, fuzztone and some R.D Burmans inspired arrangements.
Live Video Projections by Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty
Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty are Brooklyn based media artists who make multiple-screen installations, single-channel works, documentaries and video scores for live performance. Their work was recently seen at the Abrons Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory and Governors Island Arts Fair in New York City, and the Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM. Their video design work has been seen at venues such as St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Public Theater, HERE Arts Center, PS 122, the Pompidou Center, Paris, Holland Dance Festival, the Venice Biennale and the BAM Next Wave Festival.
DJ SULTÁN is one of the founding members of the Mexican electro balkan combo La Internacional Sonora Balkanera; he has been spinning music since the late 90s, shaking audiences from Montreal to London and Mexico to Oaxaca with his peculiar blend of Balkan beat, funky groove, nortec vibes and Latin rock.