Music Research Strategies: Warrior Ecologies
October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday, October 18 from 7 -10pm.
Ensemble performance by Kade L. Twist (electronics), Bill Roper (tuba), Marshall Trammell (electronics with amp, and assorted small instruments) and Mogauwane (assorted percussion and kalimbas and animal horns).
Music Research Strategies’ presents an emergent, performing-political education platform informed by Creative Musicians Kade Twist, Bill Roper and Marshall Trammell investigating intercultural warrior ethos through collective, sonic formations. Using embodied, Improvised Music performance, this Warrior Ecologies deploys intercultural technologies in sense-making in solidarity with local, grassroots organizing strategies.
Photo credit: Agatha Urbaniak
Music Research Strategies (MRS) founded by Marshall Trammell is a performing-political education platform that asks: What forms of invisible and visible cultural destruction impact interdisciplinary approaches to culture, identity politics, the preservation of memory and result in new configurations of power?
MRS has instigated a number of performing-political education, critical engagement modules: Black Fighting Formations, Warrior Ethos, Warrior Ecologies, In Defense of Memory, Solo Vernacular: Living On Native Land/Black Bomber, Harm Free Zones. MRS is affiliated with the Solidarity Research Center, the Intercultural Leadership Institute, and the Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency.
Music Research Strategies has collaborated with just luminaries as Postcommodity, Pauline Oliveros, Saul Williams, John Tchicai, Hafez Modirzadeh, Dohee Lee, Jon Jang, Francis Wong, Tatsuya Nakatani, Equipto, India Cooke, William Winant, Roscoe Mitchell, Marco Eneidi, Laura Ortman, Joe McPhee, Suzanne Thorpe, Hong-Kai Wang, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Jawwaad Taylor, Akira Sakata, Chris Cogburn, Remi Alvarez, Milo Tamez, Itzam Cano, Jean-Louis Huhta, Thomas Stanley, Ada Pinkston, Jamal Moore, Luke Stewart, Robert MacGill, Matt Volla, Genny Lim, Kade Twist, Mogauwane Mahloele, Mutual Aid Project (Tracy Hui & Nick Obando) and a former member of Black Spirituals (Sige Records) with Zachary James Watkins which toured Europe with proto-Doom band Earth (Seattle) in 2014/15, additionally performed with the likes of Saul Williams, Oxbow, Dror Feiler (Sweden/Israel), the Skull Dwellers (Sweden), Endon (Japan), & SUMAC.
Kade L. Twist is a poet and interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, interactive media, text, and installation environments. Twist’s work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism, and American Indian cultural self-determination. Mr. Twist is a co-founder of Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary artist collective. With his individual work and the collective Postcommodity, Twist has exhibited work nationally and internationally. Mr. Twist is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Throughout his artistic practice, Kade L. Twist combines re‐imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism and American Indian cultural self‐determination.
William Roper works in the disciplines of music, theater and the visual arts. He has a special interest in primitive aerophones. He has toured internationally as a soloist and sideman. Details can be found at: http://roperarts.com
Mogauwane Mahloele was born in Storomo and raised in Mamelodi ya Tshwane, South Africa. He is accomplished in both the making and playing of variety of African drums, stolotoros (mouth harps), dipelas (Mbiras), nakas, penny whistles, flutes, makhoyanes (Berimbaus/bowed instruments with gourd resonators), koras and sekeres. He is also a sculptor and painter. Mr. Mahloele performs widely – from Germany to South Africa, from Turkey to Taiwan, and in North America. in many styles. He has performed and collaborated with such artists as, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Famoudou Don Moye, Odean Pope, Byard Lancaster, Leslie Burrs, Dudu Phukwana, Hugh Masekela, Phillip Tabane, and Joe Malinga. Mr. Mahloele has received grants from The Pew Fellowships in th Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and has worked with the Philadelphia Folklore Project in arts education residencies, “Philly Dance Africa,” “Artists in Exile,” and “Folk Arts of Social Change.” He has just recently relocated to Los Angeles with his lovely wife and jubilant dog.