Every Friday night, Art After 5 brings great music to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Great Stair Hall while the galleries stay open late. Enjoy live performances, themed programs, and dance parties, as well as specialty cocktails, appetizers, and small plates that complement each evening prepared by STARR Events, the Museum’s culinary partner. Art After 5 takes place weekly from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m.
This schedule features Philadelphia jazz favorites Ernest Stuart and Orrin Evans. Stuart is the founder of the Center City Jazz Festival and first made a name in Philadelphia playing with The Roots, Jaguar Wright, and Evans. Evans is a renowned and acclaimed pianist who will present a Valentine’s Day repertoire of ballads and love songs.
Three parties will transform the Great Stair Hall into a dance hall. Join “Philly’s Best World-ly DJ,” DJ Rahsaan, for an Arabic Dance Party that will channel Middle Eastern nightlife with bedouin dance beats and the melodies of the twenty-first-century Arabic world. Jet to India with the “King of Bhangra,” Punjabi vocalist and performer Bikram Singh, for Art After 5’s Bollywood Party. Dance the night away with Ethiopian-born musician and singer Wayna, whom Stevie Wonder declared “incredible.”
In conjunction with the exhibition Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp, Philadelphia’s acclaimed new-music ensemble Relâche will perform works by John Cage with projected visuals, live commentary, and Cage recordings.
Following is the complete schedule of the upcoming Art After 5 schedule
(press interviews and photos available upon request):
Arabic Dance Party with DJ Rahsaan
DJ Rahsaan has been called “Philly’s Best World-ly DJ” by the Philadelphia City Paper. Through his AfroTaino Productions, he has presented numerous world music acts and continues to produce music, arts, and culture-friendly campaigns nationwide. For this special performance, DJ Rahsaan channels the hot pulse of Middle Eastern nightlife with hypnotic bedouin dance beats and seductive melodies of the twenty-first-century Arabic world.
Songs and Harmonies with Relâche and Guests
Using projected visuals, live commentary, and recordings of John Cage, Relâche and guests will perform Cage compositions including Hymnkus, co-commissioned by Relâche in 1986. The program also includes selections from Litany for the Whale, Apartment House 1776, and
Lecture on the Weather. This program is part of The Art and Social Transformation series, made possible by a generous gift from Dina, Jerry and John Wind.
Founder of the Center City Jazz Festival, Ernest Stuart studied jazz at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he began to make a name for himself as a versatile trombonist of jazz, salsa, R & B, neo-soul, and hip-hop with such artists as The Roots, Jaguar Wright, and Orrin Evans. Since moving to New York, he has played at the Village Vanguard, the Iridium, and Blue Note, and has shared the stage with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, among others. Stuart is also a member of the New York–based bhangra funk band Red Baraat.
Philadelphia Dance Party
Come dance the night away as Philadelphia musicians come together to create a special playlist of current hits, old standards, and classic Philly music for an all-ages dance party!
Punjabi vocalist and performer Bikram Singh is the reigning “King of Bhangra” in North America. Play any Bikram Singh track and you will instantly feel like you’ve been transported to India as Singh takes listeners on an incredible musical journey grounded in authentic folk beats. With heartfelt, imaginative lyrics and masterful vocals, each song reaches beyond the realm of bhangra. This program is supported by NetIP (Network of Indian Professionals–North America).
Orrin Evans has been recognized as one of the most distinctive and inventive pianists of his generation. Described by the New York Times as “a poised artist with an impressive template of ideas at his command,” he is at the forefront of the music scene. Evans and his quartet will celebrate Valentine’s Day with the sounds of beautiful ballads and love songs.
Valentine’s Day—The day after . . .
One of the top party DJs, Cosmo Baker is able to bring hip-hop, disco, soul, rock, reggae, and electronic music together in a cohesive and funky way. This Philadelphia native cut his chops alongside contemporaries ?uestlove of The Roots and Rich Medina. In Brooklyn he helped found the DJ/remix collective The Rub. Now as a solo performer, he is bringing his show to larger audiences around the globe.
Razia Said is a Malagasy musician who lived in Madagascar until the age of seven. Her critically acclaimed songs, often performed with her musical collective Zebu Nation, center around a call-for-action against the plundering of Madagascar’s environment. Inspired by a return visit to her country, her sound is a mixture of western and Malagasy rhythms and sounds.
Proclaimed a “standout on the indie front” by Billboard Magazine and “one to watch” by Essence, Ethiopian-born musician and singer Wayna is a chart-topper. In 2009 she garnered a Grammy nomination in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category with her musical style, a blend of Minnie Riperton, Lauryn Hill, and Billie Holiday. Her soulful voice and dynamic stage show continue to wow critics and audiences, including the legendary Stevie Wonder, who has exclaimed, “She’s incredible.”
The Japan Times describes Praha Depart’s music as “irrepressibly danceable gypsy punk.” The Tokyo band’s swirling, almost psychedelic, postpunk groove signature sound is created by rich vocals, intense drumming, and multilayered guitars. This program is supported by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia.
Larry McKenna is one of Philadelphia’s premier jazz tenor saxophonists. Aside from a few lessons from Anthony DiBenedetto early in his career, McKenna is essentially a self-taught musician. He has performed and recorded with countless bands and musicians, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, and Rosemary Clooney. This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection.
Especially for Art After 5, cellist-composer-singer Melora Creager has created an “outsider” collection of music: songs about characters usually unnoticed on the edges. In 1991 she founded the alternative/historical cello ensemble Rasputina, and in nineteen recordings and countless public performances she has led a twenty-year exploration in cello amplification, recording, and performance. This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection.
A Lorca Soundscape
A Lorca Soundscape is a new work by bassist-composer Alexis Cuadrado, who reflects on Federico García Lorca’s book Poeta en Nueva York with a series of jazz pieces that use his poems as lyrics. The lineup for this program features some of today’s most outstanding jazz performers.
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