In the mesmerizing, lavishly shot short dance film “Kaduna”, the elegantly lanky young brothers Victory and Marvel Ebinum wind their way around in a dusty field and spin around each other like a double helix next to a rushing stream in their native Nigeria. The film is the first offering from Films.Dance, an ambitious global series that debuts a digital dance piece every Monday through May 3. The works will be available for free on the project’s website, as well as on the Instagram and Facebook pages.
Films.Dance employs more than 150 artists from 25 countries and is produced by Jacob Jonas the Company from Los Angeles in collaboration with Somewhere Magazine and presented with several art organizations. The next episode will be “Toke”, a powerful study by Danish dancer Toke Broni Strandby, who was born without his left forearm. Upcoming films will feature dancers from the New York Ballet and Alvin Ailey, as well as 21 acrobats from around the world and a 7-year-old frenetic street dance enthusiast named Krumping.
Home entertainment, improved
Under a nickname inspired by the tarot card symbolizing creativity and abundance, singer and producer Empress Of (real name: Lorely Rodriguez) makes music as bubbly as it is testing. On their third album “I’m Your Empress Of” from last year, reflections on intimacy, loneliness, heritage and power are embedded in driving house beats and foamy synthesizers. Fans can expect to hear a selection of these songs on Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time when Rodriguez of Los Angeles livestream at the studio of electronics producer Chrome Sparks. (Chrome Sparks plays an opening movement at 9.)
The virtual concert business now has more infrastructure than it did in the early stages of the lockdown when ad hoc social media appearances increased. Rodriguez’s gig will be offered by Bandsintown Plus, a new streaming service that gives subscribers access to a few dozen live online shows per month that include Q. and As, as well as other exclusive artists. After Rodriguez on deck is the experimental producer Flying Lotus, who will perform on Saturday.
Songs for small sprouts
Small children usually love birthday parties and this weekend they are invited to two who promise to be special even without gifts and cake.
However, these events include singing: Leffell School, with locations in White Plains and Hartsdale, NY, offers free half-hour Zoom music and exercise programs in honor of Tu Bishvat, the Jewish festival known as “The Trees’ Birthday. “The holiday – Thursday this year – celebrates seasonal planting in Israel and is both an ancient affirmation of life and a contemporary greeting to environmental protection.
On Friday and Sunday at 10 am East Coast Time, Amichai Margolis, the school’s music minister, will lead the presentations and teach toddlers and preschoolers such as Josh Miller’s “The Tree Song” and Debbie Friedman’s “Plant a Tree for Tu B’Shevat”. (Friday’s program will include Sabbath songs.) Families can visit Leffell’s website to register the little ones who can represent seeds and saplings that do something that kids are experts in: growing.
The drone music composer Randy Gibson has previously worked with limitations. When it comes to compositions in his “Four Pillars” concept, which uses just intonation tuning and few relationships between pitches, he has created long works for solo pianists and percussion trios. This collaboration, however, required physical proximity so that Gibson could be with the cast and connect acoustic play to his own electronics.
During the pandemic, Gibson found a new way to produce “Four Pillars” material through socially distant recording practices. The ambient world creeps into tracks that the musicians recorded in his latest release “Distant Pillars, Private Pillars”. You can hear the chirping of birds and motorized traffic in the background, although this also gives the immaculately coordinated material a fresh charm. The first half of the album suggests the unfolding of the day’s potential (as with the oscillating “Twelve Dawn”). And the second half of the album contains more solemn meditative sections – especially during the intense finale of “Nine Evening” – which are ideal for long winter nights.
SETH COLTER WALLS
The secrets of Fatima
“So that’s it, doesn’t it? Twenty-nine years old. It’s not what I thought, ”says Fatima. She is now as old as her mother when she died of breast cancer. Fatima wonders if a similar future awaits her, reflecting on the past and contemplating a present in which she is at several intersections.
Fatima is played by Sheria Irving and is the center of Angelica Chéri’s moving one-woman piece “Crowndation; I’m not going to lie to David, ”the Center Theater Group presents on request on its website until March 22nd (tickets for the stream cost 10 US dollars). In the work, Chéri allows the character to be specific and also comments on larger social issues such as sexuality and religion. Meanwhile, Fatima looks into the camera and invites us into her inner circle.
As part of Center Theater Group’s “Not a Moment, But a Movement,” a series of plays and readings celebrating black voices, “Crowndation” also features music by Jessica Lá Rel that enriches Fatima’s intimate universe.