Past Events

Saturday, June 18, 5pm

HOLDING SPACE 6/18

SculptureCenter

HOLDING SPACE, SculptureCenter's new three-part summer music series, will bring together artists and musicians from the cutting edge of music production for outdoor concerts organized by guest programmer Sam Hillmer.

HOLDING SPACE 6/18 will feature:
Abdu Ali
Das Audit
Cayman
Gooddroid B2B Quest?onmarc


Tickets to each performance are $10 each, including one complimentary beverage. Lineups are subject to change.



In relation to SculptureCenter's mission and exhibition program, HOLDING SPACE treats the social as material. Music, performance practice, and the communities that surround these activities engender differing social spaces, all of which can be seen as kinds of material with different properties and attributes. Hillmer's curatorial strategy seeks to push these materials, and this metaphor, to their thresholds, setting social spaces against one another in particularly jagged juxtapositions.

This curated program features musicians, bands, DJs, and producers whose work builds on SculptureCenter's dedication to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture and interdisciplinary art, presenting exciting lineups of vanguard acts across musical genres. They will perform in SculptureCenter's courtyard.

Further events in the series:
HOLDING SPACE 6/11
HOLDING SPACE 6/25

Sam Hillmer (aka Diamond Terrifier), the co-founder and director of programming at the Queens-based outsider music venue Trans-Pecos and a veteran of New York's underground music scene, is a musician, artist, and curator living in Brooklyn, NY. He is the creator of the seminal Brooklyn noise band/chamber ensemble ZS; the You Are Here Festival (aka the maze), which he conceives and produces with his visual art duo Trouble; and Representing NYC, the youth hip hop moniker that has released records for The Fly Girlz and Nine 11 Thesaurus on True Panther Sounds and The Social Registry respectively. He has run weekly and monthly music parties across the city; and is a founding member of the ensemble, composers' group, and presenting organization Wet Ink. He performs extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Erected from the ghettos of Baltimore, Abdu Ali raps, sings, and chats over unorthodox and future sounds, creating music that's visceral, spiritual, and very real. From his energetic performances, spiritualizing audiences as a cosmic, punk, and soulful tempest on stage, to his work to transcend musical boundaries, Abdu Ali is in genre categories along lines of afro-futurism to noise rap to "post-apocalyptic" sounding. Championing Baltimore Club music in the fabric of most of his beats, through his work as a curator of Kahlon (an epic bimonthly music event), writings, and outspokenness via social media/interviews, Ali has been elected as a radical underground Baltimore music and cultural figure. Unapologetically black and queer, Abdu Ali is bold, raw, and most importantly life-affirming.

Abdu Ali has toured all over the US and released 4 music projects. He has shared the stage with various artists like Big Freedia to MC Lyte to XXYXX, toured with Lower Dens in fall 2015, and has been covered by Complex, AfroPunk, Saint Heron, Noisey, Impose Magazine, Stereogum, The Fader, and many more.

Das Audit is a New York-based instrumental ensemble formed in 2014 comprised of Eve Essex (alto sax/flutes), Craig Kalpakjian (guitar), and Sean Keenan (bass). Using both improvisation and compositional structures, the group combines noise and drone-oriented passages with melodic patterns and harmonic exchanges. Motivated by physical and formal properties of sound, they draw on a wide range of references including minimalism, krautrock, and classical music. The group has appeared in a variety of configurations, frequently as a quartet with percussionist John Anderson, and also with guests including original Can vocalist Malcolm Mooney and cellist Leila Bourdreuil. Recent appearances in New York include SculptureCenter, Greene Naftali, Pioneer Works, and MoMA PS1 Printshop, among others. They are based out of Ridgewood venue The Sump, where members also organize regular shows.

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, and finally returning back home from many years Miami, Adrianna "Gooddroid" Moschides is no stranger to the behemoth that is Bass music. DJ'ing for over 12 years, her name has become synonymous with all things Bass, as she shared the decks with some of the best in the business; Scuba, Ben UFO, Joy O, Brenmar, MikeQ, and Boddika just to name a few. Gooddroid's sound is far from simple, and almost instantly recognizable. Her mixes exemplify great range, often incorporating complexity, while always maintaining the groove. From incredible track selection to impeccable mixing, she never ceases to impress crowds worldwide.

Quest?onmarc is the pseudonym of the mysterious new Qween Beat initiate serving the elite ballroom powerhouse. The New York newcomer has carved a path from the dance floor to the DJ booth bringing raw, unbridled passion and energy in tow. For additional information please consult the Resident Advisor DJ Bio Mad Lib with the aid of a ouija board.

Thank you to Stella Artois for their in-kind contributions to HOLDING SPACE.

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