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nitroBEAT Pit Party

An Afrofuturistic Trip

22 July 2016


•nitroBEAT Pit Party

Presented by the Barbican, co-produced by Jazz Re:freshed and K3 Media

Dates

22 July

Time

8pm (7.30pm - Pre show activity)

Venue

Barbican,  Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Tickets

£10 plus booking fee

Book tickets / 020 7638 8891

16+

 

 


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As fresh and dynamic as a live gig, this flamboyant show sees artists from the worlds of music, mixed-media, spoken word and theatre collaborate as they take a shared journey into Afrofuturism.

An Afrofuturistic Trip

Expect an eclectic mix of projected film and fantasy art by K3 Media, poetic lyricism by Aina More and Juice Aleem and  improvised sound experimentation Xana all set to the sounds of free jazz, electronic hip-hop and psychedelic funk played live by the Jazz Re:freshed Band, featuring Cassie Kinoshi, TJ Koleoso and Israel Shabani. Aina More and Roney FM are your irrepressible hosts, enlivening interludes with theatrical interventions between short performances that unfold to a musical backdrop.

With Benji Reid, one of the country’s most daring directors of physical, visual and musical theatre, at the creative helm, the collective informally explores Afrofuturism. This philosophy transforms past and present experiences of the African Diaspora into alternative visions of the future through an empowering combination of culture, art, technology, free expression and the imagination.

The path to the future begins in our pasts. Before you climb aboard the Afrofutiristic Trip, the Mission//Misplaced Memory crew will be checking your memory tickets. Come prepared to share a memory with a stranger/new friend and set off new cosmic connections. Join us from 7.30 before the show in the PIT foyer.

2 hours/including an interval

Age guidance 16+

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Part showcase, part gig with fantasy art projections and theatrical interventions, the project emerged from a series of artistic discussions to encourage new collaborative work that challenges the limitations and boundaries of identity that are historically imposed on diverse artists in music, theatre and across the performing arts.

Afrofuturism ideas emerged at the forefront of these discussions as a global movement to better understand our lives and our art, and to imagine possibilities beyond our present circumstances. First explored in The Passion of Lady Vendredi, the Pit Party embodies nitroBEAT’s aim to work with the most innovative creative voices, those who reject familiar and stereotypical tropes for a highly intersectional way of looking at possible futures and alternate realities.

Afrofuturism will continue to influence our work as a philosophy that re-imagines historical and social narratives and weaves them together with future visions through a multi-art form process and as a guide towards creative emancipation.

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A pre-show Afrofuturism introduction/appreciation mix created by doodlebugnuggets on mixcloud

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Aina More is here to change it all. Influenced by the likes of Fela Kuti, and Kendrick Lamar, her style is unapologetically cutting-edge.

Aina is a young Nigerian lyricist, based in London. She has a background in dance and theatre, where she developed her writing and spoken word skills, eventually leading her into the studio as a writer and recording artist. She is carving out her own niche, weaving together spoken word, Afro-beat, hip - hop and soul. Her critically acclaimed single, Girls Killing It, was produced by DJ Jules and championed by BBC Radio.

In 2015, Aina’s show-stealing performance at the final of The Big Music Competition at Indigo O2 saw her crowned winner for her concept-driven performance. In the same year she presented a TEDx Talk, performed at The British Library and opened for Lauryn Hill in Lagos, Nigeria. Aina’s latest single, Afrikan Lady, was recorded with a live band at Abbey Road Studios. With two EPs and a mixtape under her belt, she is now working on her hotly anticipated début album.

Video: Girls Killing it
Video: Afrikan Lady

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Benji Reid is a singular talent and without a doubt one of the most compelling cultural makers in contemporary British theatre.

Benji Reid is an award-wining visual theatre director who has been the recipient of the Nesta Dreamtime award, runner up for Art05 Award and a recipient of the Welcome Trust award, for exploring the relationship between physical theatre and sports. After pioneering Hip Hop theatre, Benji has moved towards physical and visual theatre, working on numerous solo and ensemble pieces.

He has produced & performed over 30 cultural works for leading international cultural institutions such as The National Theatre, PS122 (New York) and Sydney Opera House.

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Diane Morgan wants to kick the box of preconceived ideas of black arts out of the solar system in favour of wild imagination.

Diane was a visual artist with a deep passion for music that fell in love with theatre when she became Head of Projects at Contact, Manchester, at an early stage in her career. Incorporating her own practice, ideas and network of collaborators into a bold vision of theatre became her template.

From strategic cultural initiatives at Arts Council England to productions, festivals and large-scale outdoor events, Diane has conceived, produced, programmed and commissioned new performance work (alongside short films, club nights and gigs), collaborated as a video artist on an eclectic range of productions and supported hundreds of artists in realising creative ideas. 

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Juice Aleem scatters his intellect like seeds on the surface of a distant planet and strange plants grow from them.

Long regarded as one of the UK's finest and most distinctive MCs, this Birmingham native has been responsible for laying some of the scene’s foundations whilst continuing to create music which pushes the art form light years ahead of the curve.

Juice first came to public attention as the original MC to sign to legendary UK hip-hop imprint Big Dada. A string of LPs released on the label including the album Permanament with the group Gamma as well as Equilibrium, Understanding and Universally Dirty, with the group New Flesh. Having crafted a vast canon of genre defying work, displaying both a cultivated knowledge of hip hop’s history and a far reaching view of the future, Juice released his solo debut album Jerusalaam Come in 2009. His latest album Voodu Starchild (released in October 2016) features contributions from Roots Manuva, Mike Ladd, Blackitude, HPrizm and many more.

Video: Rock my Hologram
Video: AnuMal

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Jazz re:freshed is a contemporary music/arts movement and record label built around a weekly live music residency in the heart of west London.

The Jazz re:freshed movement was set up in 2003 by Justin Mckenzie and Adam Moses, two founding members of the music production outfit, Uprock Recordings. It began as a weekly live music release from other events Uprock were promoting, which were alternative hip hop, electronic soul and broken beat orientated, but broadened to embrace the world of Jazz and alternative music.

Carving out a niche in London’s rich cultural landscape, Jazz re:freshed bridges the gap and connects the dots between Jazz and other progressive genres. Although music is undoubtedly the nucleus of the movement, art and visuality are intrinsically important to their philosophy and identity, not to mention the culture they represent. This is expressed through promotional art, films, exhibitions and creative collaborations.

Music by Jazz Re:freshed Band featuring Cassie Kinoshi, TJ Koleoso and Israel Shabani

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K3 Media effects independent and alternative creative and cultural production to challenge the creative status quo… By any media necessary.

k3 media produces creative content and is a leading protagonist in the devising, producing and presentation of live audiovisual gigs and events. Previously k3 kinder kunst korporation, the company has over twenty years experience in artistic and creative development and production. It delivers contemporary multi-media productions through fusions of visual art, photography, literature, music, video and performance with digital technology. K3 Media is led by Roney Fraser Munroe and collaborator Michale Barnes-Wynters.

UK based with an international profile, previous projects include commissions and events for some of the UK's leading arts, cultural and creative institutions, including Arts Council England, BBC TV & Radio, British Library, CCA (Glasgow), Foundation for Art Creativity and Technology, Institute of Contemporary Arts and The National Review of Live Arts.

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The Data Thieves are landing. You are invited to leave a memory and help fuel the Sugar Ship, their sonic space vehicle, on its journey across time and space.

Mission to the Land of Misplaced Memory is an Afrofuturist inspired project using research and performance, sound and visual installation to explore the way personal and collective memories shape each other. The mission is led by Gaylene Gould and Gary Stewart, British artists of the African diaspora who are on a mission to trace the ghosts of misplaced memories and heal the breach in the universe's fabric.

Mission //Misplaced Memory merges concepts of Afro-futurism, oral history collection, and live art to create a provocative, diverse, nomadic and – ultimately – civic dialogic space. In its maiden year, the mission has touched down at Tate Britain Radio City, Tate Modern Turbine Festival, Vivid Projects Heritage Week, Selfridges Loud and Live and the B! Biennale curated by Moderna Museet, Malmö.

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Mr. FM is concerned with new models for contemporary arts practice, individual empowerment and the political aspects of creativity.

Roney FM (Fraser-Munroe) is an interdisciplinary artist and creative producer. He has worked in performance, visual art, video, sound and installation since the mid 1980s. Fraser-Munroe's creative practice includes literature, photography, graphics and design, animation, theatre, electronic audio and digital and media art. His unique work has been presented, exhibited and distributed throughout the UK and internationally. Over three decades his work has been distributed through theatre, television, radio, online, print, audio, video and exhibition. He is founder and director of K3 Media.

As a performance artist he inhabits numerous characters and reappropriates popular stereotypes and tropes using digital video as an integral element. Animal masks, uniforms and outlandish costumes contribute to polemic, witty, yet politically subversive, performances.

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It’s a one-way journey with no return as Xana invites you to add your voice, defy our silences together and delve into a past that strides side by side with the future.

Gil Scott Heron, Erik Satie, Moondog, Millie Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Reggie Watts and Missy Elliott are only a few of the influences Xana lists on her Facebook profile.

Xana combines looper techniques with freestyle rap, storytelling, sound experiments, poetry, beatbox and improvisation. She hails from the spheres of Afrofuturism, Blaxploitation, Funk and Dancehall and her lyrics oscillate between introspection and the observation and critique of her surroundings. Her lyrics tell stories of gentrification, colonization, society’s restrictive gender norms and the ideal world of fairytales.

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Aina More is here to change it all. Influenced by the likes of Fela Kuti, and Kendrick Lamar, her style is unapologetically cutting-edge.

Aina is a young Nigerian lyricist, based in London. She has a background in dance and theatre, where she developed her writing and spoken word skills, eventually leading her into the studio as a writer and recording artist. She is carving out her own niche, weaving together spoken word, Afro-beat, hip - hop and soul. Her critically acclaimed single, Girls Killing It, was produced by DJ Jules and championed by BBC Radio.

In 2015, Aina’s show-stealing performance at the final of The Big Music Competition at Indigo O2 saw her crowned winner for her concept-driven performance. In the same year she presented a TEDx Talk, performed at The British Library and opened for Lauryn Hill in Lagos, Nigeria. Aina’s latest single, Afrikan Lady, was recorded with a live band at Abbey Road Studios. With two EPs and a mixtape under her belt, she is now working on her hotly anticipated début album.

Video: Girls Killing it
Video: Afrikan Lady

close

Benji Reid is a singular talent and without a doubt one of the most compelling cultural makers in contemporary British theatre.

Benji Reid is an award-wining visual theatre director who has been the recipient of the Nesta Dreamtime award, runner up for Art05 Award and a recipient of the Welcome Trust award, for exploring the relationship between physical theatre and sports. After pioneering Hip Hop theatre, Benji has moved towards physical and visual theatre, working on numerous solo and ensemble pieces.

He has produced & performed over 30 cultural works for leading international cultural institutions such as The National Theatre, PS122 (New York) and Sydney Opera House.

close

Diane Morgan wants to kick the box of preconceived ideas of black arts out of the solar system in favour of wild imagination.

Diane was a visual artist with a deep passion for music that fell in love with theatre when she became Head of Projects at Contact, Manchester, at an early stage in her career. Incorporating her own practice, ideas and network of collaborators into a bold vision of theatre became her template.

From strategic cultural initiatives at Arts Council England to productions, festivals and large-scale outdoor events, Diane has conceived, produced, programmed and commissioned new performance work (alongside short films, club nights and gigs), collaborated as a video artist on an eclectic range of productions and supported hundreds of artists in realising creative ideas. 

close

Juice Aleem scatters his intellect like seeds on the surface of a distant planet and strange plants grow from them.

Long regarded as one of the UK's finest and most distinctive MCs, this Birmingham native has been responsible for laying some of the scene’s foundations whilst continuing to create music which pushes the art form light years ahead of the curve.

Juice first came to public attention as the original MC to sign to legendary UK hip-hop imprint Big Dada. A string of LPs released on the label including the album Permanament with the group Gamma as well as Equilibrium, Understanding and Universally Dirty, with the group New Flesh. Having crafted a vast canon of genre defying work, displaying both a cultivated knowledge of hip hop’s history and a far reaching view of the future, Juice released his solo debut album Jerusalaam Come in 2009. His latest album Voodu Starchild (released in October 2016) features contributions from Roots Manuva, Mike Ladd, Blackitude, HPrizm and many more.

Video: Rock my Hologram
Video: AnuMal

close

Jazz re:freshed is a contemporary music/arts movement and record label built around a weekly live music residency in the heart of west London.

The Jazz re:freshed movement was set up in 2003 by Justin Mckenzie and Adam Moses, two founding members of the music production outfit, Uprock Recordings. It began as a weekly live music release from other events Uprock were promoting, which were alternative hip hop, electronic soul and broken beat orientated, but broadened to embrace the world of Jazz and alternative music.

Carving out a niche in London’s rich cultural landscape, Jazz re:freshed bridges the gap and connects the dots between Jazz and other progressive genres. Although music is undoubtedly the nucleus of the movement, art and visuality are intrinsically important to their philosophy and identity, not to mention the culture they represent. This is expressed through promotional art, films, exhibitions and creative collaborations.

Music by Jazz Re:freshed Band featuring Cassie Kinoshi, TJ Koleoso and Israel Shabani

close

K3 Media effects independent and alternative creative and cultural production to challenge the creative status quo… By any media necessary.

k3 media produces creative content and is a leading protagonist in the devising, producing and presentation of live audiovisual gigs and events. Previously k3 kinder kunst korporation, the company has over twenty years experience in artistic and creative development and production. It delivers contemporary multi-media productions through fusions of visual art, photography, literature, music, video and performance with digital technology. K3 Media is led by Roney Fraser Munroe and collaborator Michale Barnes-Wynters.

UK based with an international profile, previous projects include commissions and events for some of the UK's leading arts, cultural and creative institutions, including Arts Council England, BBC TV & Radio, British Library, CCA (Glasgow), Foundation for Art Creativity and Technology, Institute of Contemporary Arts and The National Review of Live Arts.

close

The Data Thieves are landing. You are invited to leave a memory and help fuel the Sugar Ship, their sonic space vehicle, on its journey across time and space.

Mission to the Land of Misplaced Memory is an Afrofuturist inspired project using research and performance, sound and visual installation to explore the way personal and collective memories shape each other. The mission is led by Gaylene Gould and Gary Stewart, British artists of the African diaspora who are on a mission to trace the ghosts of misplaced memories and heal the breach in the universe's fabric.

Mission //Misplaced Memory merges concepts of Afro-futurism, oral history collection, and live art to create a provocative, diverse, nomadic and – ultimately – civic dialogic space. In its maiden year, the mission has touched down at Tate Britain Radio City, Tate Modern Turbine Festival, Vivid Projects Heritage Week, Selfridges Loud and Live and the B! Biennale curated by Moderna Museet, Malmö.

close

Mr. FM is concerned with new models for contemporary arts practice, individual empowerment and the political aspects of creativity.

Roney FM (Fraser-Munroe) is an interdisciplinary artist and creative producer. He has worked in performance, visual art, video, sound and installation since the mid 1980s. Fraser-Munroe's creative practice includes literature, photography, graphics and design, animation, theatre, electronic audio and digital and media art. His unique work has been presented, exhibited and distributed throughout the UK and internationally. Over three decades his work has been distributed through theatre, television, radio, online, print, audio, video and exhibition. He is founder and director of K3 Media.

As a performance artist he inhabits numerous characters and reappropriates popular stereotypes and tropes using digital video as an integral element. Animal masks, uniforms and outlandish costumes contribute to polemic, witty, yet politically subversive, performances.

close

It’s a one-way journey with no return as Xana invites you to add your voice, defy our silences together and delve into a past that strides side by side with the future.

Gil Scott Heron, Erik Satie, Moondog, Millie Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Reggie Watts and Missy Elliott are only a few of the influences Xana lists on her Facebook profile.

Xana combines looper techniques with freestyle rap, storytelling, sound experiments, poetry, beatbox and improvisation. She hails from the spheres of Afrofuturism, Blaxploitation, Funk and Dancehall and her lyrics oscillate between introspection and the observation and critique of her surroundings. Her lyrics tell stories of gentrification, colonization, society’s restrictive gender norms and the ideal world of fairytales.

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•Location

Directions

Barbican Centre
Silk St
London
EC2Y 8DS

*The Barbican is located in the heart of the City of London and is accessible by rail, road and underground.

Tube:
We are within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate. To plan your journey and for up to date travel information, visit the TfL website

Rail:
The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon.

Bus:
Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street. We are easily accessible by bus from around the city; plan your journey using the TfL Interactive Bus Map