Laraaji & DJ Kyle Long at IMA – Saturday May 3rd

Laraaji_posterIndianapolis Museum of Art’s Last Call is a FREE and all-ages after-hours program taking place on the last Saturday of featured exhibitions, inviting visitors to celebrate until midnight with special events and music curated by Kyle Long of Cultural Cannibals.

Multi-instrumentalist LARAAJI creates shimmering, musical tapestries using electronically enhanced zither and autoharp. LARAAJI was first brought to international audiences through his collaborations with Brian Eno. LARAAJI bean his career working as a stand-up comedian and actor – appearing in Robert Downey Sr.’s 1969 cult classic “Putney Swope.”

In the early seventies LARAAJI began to study Eastern mysticism and believed he’d found a new path for his life through music. He bought his first zither from a local pawn shop, converted it to an electronic instrument, and began playing music on the streets of New York City in the 1970s.

In 1979 LARAAJI was “discovered” by Brian Eno while playing in Washington Square Park. The result was his most widely-recognized release, “Ambient 3: Day of Radiance,” the third installment of Brian Eno’s Ambient series.

“Last Call: Robert Indiana” will be LARAAJI’s last U.S. performance before departing on a European tour with acclaimed psychedelic rock band Sun Araw.

Take advantage of your final opportunity to see The Essential Robert Indiana at Last Call on May 3rd. Visitors can explore the exhibition while listening to the beats of DJ Kyle Long, and raise a toast to the closing with a specialty cocktail. Additional activities will include expert-led tours, art-making stations and demonstrations by local artists. A cash bar and concessions will be available. *FREE* & *ALL-AGES*

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Cultural Cannibals present Bollywood Bhangra w/ Red Baraat & DJ Kyle Long

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Cultural Cannibals & Bollywood Bhangra present a special live performance from NYC’s amazing bhangra brass band Red Baraat!

Advance discount tickets available here:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/599933

Sunday, April 27
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Ave.

Doors open at 7pm – advance discount tickets $12
admission $15 at the door.

RED BARAAT (NYC)
Inspired by the village brass bands of the Punjab region, Red Baraat blend Bhangra and Bollywood with New Orleans funk.

DJ KYLE LONG
Spinning the best Bollywood and Bhangra music.

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Carnaval Brazil – Indy’s BIGGEST and BEST Carnaval party! Sat. March 1st @ Jazz Kitchen

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***UPDATE***

Tickets will be available at the Jazz Kitchen door all night! The IU Brazilian Ensemble performs at 11pm and midnight. See you there!

Cultural Cannibals Present Brazilian Carnaval!

Saturday, March 1st  – 10pm-3am
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N College Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46220

admission $15

Featuring:

- The IU Brazilian Ensemble – A group of 20+ drummers who specialize in playing the Carnaval music of Brazil. Led by internationally renown percussionist Michael Spiro of the Carlos Santana band.

- samba dancers!

- DJ Kyle Long – Playing a mix of Brazilian Carnaval music, Samba, Forro, Baile Funk, Axe Music & more!!!

- Traditional Brazilian food & drinks: the Brazilian national drink caipirinha, the Brazilian national dish feijoada. Plus Brazilian appetizers, soft drinks and juices.

- Big screen presentation of the Carnaval parades in Rio & Salvador.

For more information call 317.332.5612

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Cultural Cannibals & Indy Eleven launch international soccer shirt series

Cultural Cannibals have teamed up with Indy’s new professional soccer team Indy Eleven to launch their collaborative International Series of t-shirts celebrating the global cultural of “The Beautiful Game.” The series launched in October with Cultural Cannibals’ take on Mexico. This limited edition shirt is available on the Indy Eleven website here. Stay tuned for upcoming releases in this series.

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Sudanese music group Otaak Band with DJ Kyle Long – Saturday 1/18 at Jiallo’s

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Sudanese music group Otaak Band will bring an exciting East African dance party to Indianapolis on Saturday, January 18th. Cultural Cannibals’ DJ Kyle Long will be spinning African dance grooves throughout the night.

8:30pm Saturday, January 18th at Jiallo’s African Cuisine located at 4202 W 56 st, Indianapolis, Indiana 46254.

Admission $10 – African/Caribbean food and soft drinks will be available. All-ages.

Otaak Band is the collaboration of Miguel Merino and Ahmed Said Abuamna from Eastern Sudan, who met in 2009 in Cairo. Ahmed Said is from the Beja, who are the indigenous people of the region between the Nile and the Red Sea in Northern Sudan and Southern Egypt, and a master of the Beja’s traditional lyre, the masankop.

In April 2012, after three years of collaboration, they recorded their first album of lyre music, Bejawiya, all with words in the Beja language. The band played several concerts in Cairo in support of the album’s release and received a fantastic response from audiences all over the city.

Never before has the lyre been at the forefront of a contemporary ensemble and been used as a complete musical instrument. Otaak Band plays thousand-year-old traditional melodies, pop-rock songs, and everything in between. Otaak opens a direct link to the ancient past while creating a sound that’s completely contemporary.

Otaak Band is dedicated to preserving the Beja culture and language, while breaking new musical ground through its innovative use of the masankop, one of the world’s oldest instruments. In addition to concerts, the band conducts workshops and presentations on rhythm and dance, Beja society and culture, traditional arts and crafts, and building and playing the masankop.

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New public art from Cultural Cannibals’ Artur Silva

You may have seen some new public art from Cultural Cannibals’ Artur Silva popping up around Indianapolis. These pieces include a mural titled “Comfort” currently on display at the Indianapolis International Airport and two untitled prints created for the permanent collection of Eskanazi Health.

“Comfort”

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“Untitled 48″

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“Untitled 47″

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Leyla McCalla & DJ Kyle Long at the Indianapolis Museum of Art – FREE – Saturday, January 11th from 8pm to Midnight

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New in 2014, the IMA and Cultural Cannibals are introducing ‘Last Call’ at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This special after-hours program will take place on the last Saturday of featured exhibitions, inviting visitors to celebrate until midnight. On Saturday, January 11th we’ll be celebrating the final showing of ‘Matisse: Life in Color’ with a free performance from Leyla McCalla.

Multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla is best known for her work with critically acclaimed string band revivalists Carolina Chocolate Drops. But McCalla is gearing up for her debut solo release, both a celebration of poet Langston Hughes and an exploration of her Haitian heritage. Cultural Cannibals’ Kyle Long recently interviewed McCalla.

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Cultural Cannibals: I want to ask you about your upcoming debut solo release. The album started out as an homage to Langston Hughes, but grew to encompass a musical exploration of your Haitian heritage. How did these two concepts merge?

Leyla McCalla: I started composing music to Langston Hughes’ poetry about five or six years ago. I moved to New Orleans about three years ago. Around that time I started to really develop the concept of making an album out of this music inspired by Langston Hughes.
As I settled in here in New Orleans I started reading about the history of the city and I learned how much of an influence Haiti has had on Louisiana’s history. It really turned me back to my Haitian roots and inspired me to learn more about music from Haiti. So as I started investigating that, I remembered Langston Hughes going to Haiti and he talks about that experience in his bookI Wonder As I Wander. At that point the album concept became more about me coming into myself creatively. This tribute to Langston Hughes is delivered from a very personal perspective.

Cultural Cannibals: You were born in Queens, N.Y. Both your parents immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti. I’m curious what sort of music was playing in your home as you grew up?

McCalla: When I was growing up I heard a little bit of Haitian music, but really not too much. I heard some kompa which is a Haitian dance music, but my parents listened more to Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and James Taylor. I grew up with a lot of American folk music and The Beatles. I wasn’t really exposed to Haitian roots music other than being taken to a few live performances as a kid. My parents were never like she must be exposed to Haitian music.

Cultural Cannibals: Your Haitian influenced music seems to be drawing a lot on the twoubadou tradition — a form of acoustic folk music. This sound connects with your work in the Carolina Chocolate Drops. I’m curious what draws you to that traditional string band sound?

McCalla: Aesthetically I really like the string band sound. It’s so raw, there’s great melody and intertwining rhythms. A lot of people don’t realize that Haiti has its own tradition of banjo music and that’s something I found to be similar to the work I was doing with the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Cultural Cannibals: Have you had a chance to study music in Haiti?

McCalla: I really want to do that. I’ve been to Haiti several times in the past few years, mostly to visit my mom. She moved back to Haiti after the earthquake to work in human rights and development. When I go it’s more like a family thing. But it’s great to connect with Haiti just by being there and understanding the culture more. But I’d like to set aside a significant amount of time to be able to go and really work on music and work on my Krey˜l. But that hasn’t happened yet because I tour a lot.

Cultural Cannibals: Your music is full of rich sounds and references. I’d love to know what’s on your iPod on a typical day?

McCalla: I go in and out of phases of listening to Lauryn Hill. I’ve been listening to this awesome recording from the ’70s of a Haitian kompa band called Les Gypsies de Petion-Ville. It’s four electric guitars with congas and bass, a really fun, big sound with lots of intertwining parts. I’ve been listening to an album by the fiddle player Canray Fontenot called Louisiana Hot Sauce Creole Style.It’s really amazing, I’ve been trying to learn to play the fiddle parts on my cello.

Cultural Cannibals: You’re a classically trained musician?

McCalla: I have a classical background, but I think that’s mostly because I chose the cello as my instrument. It’s the basis of my technique, but I don’t think any of the music I play sounds like classical music.

Cultural Cannibals: What plans does the near future hold for you?

McCalla: I’m planning on playing a lot more solo shows to promote the album in 2014. I’m pretty busy getting ready for the release. We’re putting it out on Langston Hughes’ birthday on Feb. 1 and I couldn’t be more excited about that.

 

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