NEW YORK The Brooklyn Bridge will be home to a fusion of mostly electronic musical styles when the Music in the Anchorage 2000 festival begins its eight-day run Thursday.
The diverse lineup of DJs, performers and composers that will appear and/or curate during the festival in the cathedral-like Brooklyn-side anchorage include: Cibo Matto, A Guy Called Gerald, Smith & Mighty, Badmarsh & Shri, DJ Rekha and Sebastian Steinberg of Soul Coughing.
Festival attendees can expect an eclectic and international mix of sounds from gospel to hip-hop to contemporary Indian music, said Kevin McHugh, assistant curator of Creative Time, the nonprofit arts group that is organizing musical events at the anchorage for the fifth year in a row.
The fest runs Thursday through Saturday and July 1923. Each night will feature a performance centered on a different theme, including "Desi Breakbeat Culture" (Friday), which will mix the popular bhangra sounds of South Asia with electronic dance music; "Konkrete Jungle's Confluence Project 2.0" (Saturday), based on the long-running New York drum & bass weekly club night, which will unite New York Afro-house DJs Joe Claussell, Kerri Chandler and Jaymz Nylon for an evening billed as "21st Century Soul"; and "New Symphonics" (July 20), which will debut "Symphony No. 12 Sexus," the latest work by avant-garde composer Glenn Branca.
Other highlights include Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori joining Sean Lennon and others for a rendition of John Zorn's constantly evolving piece "Cobra" and a special edition of the Lyricist Lounge, headlined by conscious rappers Dead Prez.
Despite the sounds from around the globe, many of the festival's performers are local New Yorkers.
"We wanted to create performances that focus on a particular New York community but showcase the different sounds alongside one another," McHugh said.
Other highlights include an art installation of light balloons by New York architectural group fieldO, as well as readings by authors Paul Auster, Greg Tate and Jessica Hagadorn.
More information about Music in the Anchorage is available at Creative Time's Web site, www.creativetime.org/anch2000.
Music in the Anchorage lineup:
July 13: "Essence, Love and Bass," featuring A Guy Called Gerald, Smith & Mighty, Jazzanova
July 14: "Desi Breakbeat Culture," featuring Badmarsh & Shri (with UK Apache), Neel Murgai, DJ Siraiki, DJ Navdeep and DJ Rekha
July 15: "Konkrete Jungle's Confluece Project 2.0," featuring Joe Claussell, Burnt Sugar: the Arkestra Chamber (conducted by Gregory Ionman Tate), Imani Azuri, Jaymz Nylon, Malik, Kerri Chandler
July 19: "Bridge Noir," featuring music by Vernon Reid and readings by Paul Auster, Greg Tate, Rafi Zabor and Jessica Hagadorn
July 20: "New Symphonics," featuring Glenn Branca, Phil Kline (with the Sirius String Quartet), Annie Gosfield
July 21: "A Night Curated by Cibo Matto," featuring Yuka Honda, Miho Hatori, Sean Lennon, Timo Ellis and Sebastian Steinberg; conducted by John Zorn
July 22: "The Legendary Lyricist Lounge," featuring Dead Prez, MC Baby Power, Master Fuo, Lord Have Mercy and Punch & Words
July 23: "Gospel Under the Bridge," featuring the McCollough Sons of Thunder and SRC All-City Gospel Chorale