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Wavelengths: Pico Picante / Otto Von Schirach 07/31/15
DJ duo Pajaritos describes Picó Picante as a “non-stop dance party driven by global music influences.” Curated by 2015 Foster Prize winner Ricardo De Lima, the Boston-based monthly party features DJs from across the country and dance music from Latin house to tropical bass, to Moombahton and electronica. Otto Von Schirach, the self-titled “King of the Bermuda Triangle” grew up in Little Havana, Miami, surrounded by Miami bass, Cuban tropic music, Afro-Cuban noise, gangsta rap—and a White Magic–practicing grandmother. These musical and supernatural influences come through in unhinged and chaotic songs that merge dubstep, 80s dance music, grind, noise, psychobilly, garage rock, and tropical calypso: Pitchfork called one track “a fevered hallucination,” another “just the right mix of mutilated party anthem and breakneck cut/paste lunacy.”
 
First Fridays: White Hot 08/07/15
Get out to the waterfront in your summer whites and enjoy some oysters on the half shell.
 
Wavelengths:Lucius 08/14/15
Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the retro-fabulous lead singers of indie-pop quintet Lucius, met at Boston's Berklee School of Music. One part 60s girl group, one part endearing alternative Americana, and one part hyper-stylized indie-rock, Lucius is the 'the missing link between Arcade Fire and Haim,' says The Guardian.
 
Wavelengths: Mykki Blanco 08/21/15
Mykki Blanco is a genre-bending, gender-bending, rapper known to feature spoken word by original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna. With a punk hip-hop act that merges electronic music, rap, noise, and performance art, Blanco has worked with collaborators from British electronic dance music duo Basement Jaxx, to experimental hip-hop groups Death Grips, to Bjork.
 
Wavelengths: Kingdom 08/28/15
Brooklyn-born, Los Angeles-based DJ, producer, and label CEO Kingdom (a.k.a. Ezra Rubin) has been climbing the electronic music ranks with futuristic hybrids that merge mainstream and underground, resulting in mercurial, tightly produced, and irrestiable tracks.
 
First Friday: Endless Summer 09/04/15
Summer’s not over yet! Soak up the last rays of the season with live music, our signature sangria, and harborside street foods.
 
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict 09/18/15 To 09/27/15
A mythic character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists as well, developing personal relationships with such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, and Marcel Duchamp, as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo. Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland. USA, 2015, 97 minutes
 
First Friday: Fashion Forward 10/02/15
Preview next year’s trends at an exciting evening of art and creativity celebrating Boston Fashion Week, featuring NYC-based dapperQ, champions of queer style.
 
Here Comes the Videofreex! 10/03/15 To 10/04/15
This documentary in progress tells the story of the most radical video collective of the 1960’s and 70’s in a quirky tale of ten people’s optimism, creativity, and vision of what television could have become had the three big networks not ruled the TV airwaves. Produced and directed by Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin, who will be in attendance along with Skip Blumberg, legendary video artist and former member of Videofreex. USA, 2015, 79 minutes
 
Faye Driscoll 10/08/15 To 10/10/15
In this first installment of her Thank You for Coming trilogy, five performers (along with Driscoll and composer Michael Kiley) pass through ever-morphing states of physical entanglements and scenes of distorted familiarity with physical rigor and humor, creating a constantly reimagined group experience. Intimately staged in the round, Driscoll creates a heightened reality of observation, invitation, and interdependence. Audience and performers increasingly find themselves becoming one as a beautiful and shared identity emerges. The second part of the trilogy was in development at the ICA this past summer and will be presented in 2016.
 
Doug Varone & Dancers 10/16/15 To 10/17/15
Known for its expansive vision, versatility, and technical prowess, Doug Varone and Dancers create kinetically thrilling dances that reflect the complexity of the human spirit. From the smallest gesture to full-throttled bursts of movement. Varone's work can take your breath away. The company will perform the Boston premiere of ReComposed, inspired by American abstract atrist Joan Mitchell's pastel drawings and set to Max Richter's newly constructed version of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, along with other works.
 
First Friday: (Bau)House Party 11/06/15
Delve into Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957 and channel your inner Gropius at the ICA’s take on the Bauhaus costume parties of the 1930s.
 
Monsoon, Prayers and New Routes 11/07/15 To 11/07/15
Drawing upon work from native and diaspora filmmakers and artists from Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, and Turkey, Monsoon, Prayers and New Routes documents the Islamic communities dispersed around the Indian Ocean and beyond. Many of the filmmakers and artists featured in the program reside in trans-oceanic port cities, and their practice touches upon concepts that reverberate across diaspora and migration, urban culture and religious struggle, and new approaches to image and sound in the age of globalization. Organized by writer and independent curator Xin Zhou in collaboration with the Harvard University Asia Center
 
John Zorn's: Simulacra 11/13/15
Called the most extreme organ trio ever, Simulacra is yet another wild new offering from composer and alchemist John Zorn, who continues to explore new worlds and new ensembles into his sixth decade. With dramatic through-composed pieces (meaning pieces in which each stanza takes on a new style) that unfold with a cinematic logic, this genre-bending music defies classification, touching upon metal, jazz, minimalism, atonality, noise, and more. Passionately performed by an unusual all-star trio of John Medeski on organ, Matt Hollenberg on guitar and Kenny Grohwoski on drums, this powerful and fascinating music highlights the MENTAL in experimental!
 
Cage and Boulez: Correspondence 11/15/15
Presented in conjunction with Look Before You Leap: Black Mountain College 1933–1957 Between 1949 and 1954, composers John Cage and Pierre Boulez exchanged a series of remarkable letters that are the basis for this remarkable concert featuring soloists of the renowned Paris-based Ensemble Intercontemporain. The group will perform a selection of works written during their correspondence including Boulez's “Second Piano Sonata,” “Livre pour quatuor,” and “Douze notations” and Cage's “String Quartet in Four Parts,” “Six melodies for violin and keyboard”, “Music of Changes,” and “Sonatas and Interludes.”
 
This is Tango Now 11/20/15 To 11/22/15
Formed by renowned, Tony-winning tango artists Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo and musician Alfredo Minetti, This is Tango Now represents a unique approach to tango, reflecting an unconditional passion for the art form. Featuring a stellar company of 12 dancers and musicians performing the world premiere of Carmen...de Buenos Aires, this breathtaking new production of Carmen blends tango and flamenco with an original score based on Bizet's beloved melodies.
 
Station to Station 11/27/15 To 11/28/15
A high-speed road-trip through modern creativity, artist Doug Aitken’s Station to Station is a revolutionary feature comprised of 61 one-minute films highlighting an exciting and eclectic mix of artists, musicians, writers, places, and perspectives
 
The Bang Group: Nut/Cracked 12/18/15 To 12/20/15
Nut/Cracked—The Bang Group’s beloved, witty response to The Nutcracker—has delighted audiences for more than a decade. Nut/Cracked takes its inspiration from all corners of the dance canon, from tap riffs to en pointe ballet, by way of bubble wrap, disco, and Chinese take-out noodles (consumed en pointe!). Choreographer David Parker finds beauty in the ridiculous, waltzing us through many incarnations of Tchaikovsky’s score, including versions by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller, as well as the traditional orchestral suite. You’ll never watch The Nutcracker in quite the same way again!
 
Trajal Harrell 03/25/16 To 03/26/16
When Trajal Harrell first posed his provocative question of what would happen if vogue dancers from Harlem had come downtown to mash up with the post-moderns at Judson Church in the 1960s, who knew the answer would lead to Greek tragedy. In Antigone Sr. (L), the fifth installment of Harrell’s ongoing series Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (ICA audiences may remember the previous installment (M)imosa), the pioneering choreographer questions how different vogueing and the theater of antiquity might be, reimagining notions of gender, class, sexuality, and citizenship
 
a canary torsi: Court/Garden 04/08/16 To 04/09/16
A spectacle in three acts, choreographer Yanira Castro’s Court/Garden takes as its inspiration the imperial ballets of Louis XIV’s court, the spectatorship of the proscenium stage, and the presentation of video feeds. Each act is staged within a specific audience/performer relationship, shifting the experience to ask, Who is the court? Who will be king for a day? Performed by Castro’s group a canary torsi, Court/Garden evokes cultural, social, and political frames of experience with an operatic, spectacle-driven vocabulary reflecting how power functions in contemporary theatrical images from the fashion runway to the creation of cultural icons.
 
Sound Icon 04/28/16
Sound Icon, conducted by Jeffrey Means, perform: Pierre Boulez, Anthèmes 2 Beat Furrer, Gaspra et Aria Tristan Murail, L’esprit des dunes
 
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