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Culture, The Exhibitionist Making Sense Out of the Noise: Dance Accompanists Speak of Beauty and Truth

Making Sense Out of the Noise: Dance Accompanists Speak of Beauty and Truth

An atmospheric ooze overlaid with an intricate rhythm and the vivid interjection of a West African kora. A baroque ornament nestled within a dubstep pulse. Ambient haze cut through by the bright hue of a Japanese shō. Dancers getting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Memory in Motion

Memory in Motion

“Shared Legacies” reunites mentor Sara Shelton Mann and past protégés, including dance/music duo La Alternativa (formerly MOTIONLAB). La Alternativa choreographer Kathleen Hermesdorf and composer Albert Mathias first met Mann in 1994 while in her wild-child company, Contraband, which also drew…
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Best Purveyors of Thermonuclear Turntable Dynamics

The rock-band-with-DJ phenomenon seems to have subsided to the point where you no longer see some chump with headphones pantomiming bullshit scratches on MTV every 20 minutes, but fruitful underground experimentation between turntablists and traditional musicians continues unabated. Local sonic…
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Culture, Dance Amazon Queen

Amazon Queen

Ever since Contraband stormed the Bay Area dance scene in the mid-'80s, the grass-roots community has been throwing over traditional arts-organization hierarchies for collectives, partnerships, group rituals, and dance jams. At times, it has seemed that anyone could contribute to…
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Music, Dig the New Breed

Dig the New Breed

The debate about whether or not a scratch DJ is a "real" musician should be over by now. It's been well over 20 years since Grandmaster Flash first started working over the instrumental sides of disco 12-inches at Bronx block…
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DJ Quest Turntablists are to DJs what physicists are to scientists -- chock-full of brilliant ideas understood and fully appreciated mainly by their colleagues. Manipulating wax on souped-up record players, turntablists have a style and method of musical expression that…
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