Summer Performance Series
Organized by Tabitha Piseno
Friday August 23
Nick Scavo: "For Clark Filio"
DeForrest Brown Jr. + Dylan Scheer
Saturday August 24
Sunday August 25
Aki Onda + Loren Connors
Marico Kondo + Yuji Agematsu: "Document: Tepito"
Performances begin at 8pm / Limited seating
In 1999 Aki Onda met Loren Connors outside of the record store, Other Music, and interviewed him for a Japanese magazine. Soon after, the two presented a collaborative project at Anthology Film Archives where Onda created a series of slide projections that served as a visual score to performances by Connors. They continued to perform as Onda's Cinemage project, often with Alan Licht, from 2005 to 2009. In 2015 a series of recordings was released on audioMER as Lost City featuring a compilation of images from Onda and two soundtracks by Connors and Licht.
Now twenty years after their first meeting, Onda and Connors will come together for their first collaborative live music performance. For this occasion, Onda will present field recordings captured in New York alongside improvisations on guitar by Connors—an homage, a document of sounds and experiences of the city by friends through the course of two decades.
"Document: Tepito", a project by Marico Kondo performed with Yuji Agematsu, is a series of slide projections and music centered around documentation of the subculture of Sonidero in the neighborhood of Tepito in Mexico City. A complex style of street events that combine dancing, tropical music with roots in cumbia and salsa, live broadcasting by an MC, and enormous speaker systems, Sonidero has come to represent generations of working class music culture in Mexico since the 1950s. First performed as "Document: La Merced y Tepito" in 2017, this iteration of Marico Kondo's series will present specific documentation from the 60th anniversary of the market after dancing in the street was prohibited in Tepito in 2017, and will be presented in memory of Pocaluz—a host who held an annual event for Sonidero in his home and passed away in June of this year.