Second Sundays: Clocktower at Pioneer Works, April 2014
The Clocktower joins in the activities of their Second Sunday open house and invites all visitors to tour our radio and operations center, lounge in our viewing room, and learn about our programs.
Visitors to the Clocktower's broadcast studio will encounter Julian Bozeman's psychedelic video installation that immerses all in a sea of light and optic magic. On view March 30 to May 1st, 2014.
SECOND SUNDAYS is a monthly series of Open Studios, Live Music/ DJ, and Site-specific Interventions presented by Pioneer Works every second Sunday of every month. Opens art & science studios start at 5PM, live music curated by Olivier Conan starts at 7PM.
FEEDEL BAND – 7PM
Washington D.C. is home to the largest Ethiopian community outside of Ethiopia, so it’s no surprise that some of the greatest exponents of the 70′s era Ethiopian fusion made popular by the series Ethiopique should be based there. DCs’ Feedel Band is probably the last of the great Ethio Jazz bands and features saxophonist Moges Habte, from Addis Ababa, who also played with one of the most celebrated Ethiopian group of the 1970′s, The Walias Band – you might have heard their track Muziqawi Silt in Jim Jarmush’s Broken Flowers. Of late The Feedel Band has been mining their 70’s roots and working with producer Thomas Gobena (Gogol Bordello’s bassist, Debo Band producer) on a full-length album for Electric Cowbell Records.
THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS – 9PM
In the 1960′s and 1970′s, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Surprisingly, for a government-sponsored program, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. The Mandingo bandleader and guitarist Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in a number of bands but most notably with the Bembeya Jazz National – Guinea’s most celebrated band. Kouyate has been living in NY for a few years now where his Mandingo Ambassadors are deeply involved in New York’s Guinean life, but also regularly play for American club and festival audiences.
“Dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.
Pioneer Works’ artists-in-residence open their studios, as part of the event. Residents include Andres Carranza; Dorit Chrysler; Gerard & Kelly; Jonathan Harris; Bruno Levy; Jaša Mrevlje-Pollak; Bradley Pitts; Pedro Wirz; and Clocktower Productions’ newly completed radio station.