Red Bull Music Academy wraps up a month of music and culture
A year after the Red Bull Music Academy’s residency in New York City, this educational- and performance-based exhibition network has launched the inaugural Red Bull Music Academy Festival in Brooklyn. The festival has a month long schedule of exhibitions, lectures and concerts. Paying homage to New York City’s historic musical and artistic culture, the festival celebrates the Big Apple in a noteworthy fashion.
With many of the festival performances taking place in the first half of May, there have already been many mind-expanding events. Among these highlighted gatherings was a performance by David Byrne from the Talking Heads and James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem entitled “Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor,” a homage to a Nigerian synthesizer whose widely undiscovered music is considered to be astonishingly beyond its time.
This month-long festival isn’t over yet, so there are many more events to enjoy at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival. On May 28, Hudson Mohawke, a graduate of the academy and renowned hip hop and dance musician, will be performing for the festival at Webster Hall. For those open to a late night with one of the most progressive music labels in electronic dance music, head to the former strip club at The Westway for a night of bass with Lit City Trax.
Finally, the festival will close on May 31 with “A Class of its Own: RBMA Closing Night.” This event will continue an Academy tradition in the form of a traveling workshop where more than 60 artists spread out across several stages to discuss the sounds they create and the musical philosophy behind it.
With the Red Bull Music Academy moving on to Tokyo following the festival, this will be New York’s last opportunity to soak up the wisdom, art and entertainment offered by this unique collaboration.