CROSSFADE LAB with HELADO NEGRO + NAO BUSTAMANTE + JOSH KUN

CALA Alliance Presents

CROSSFADE LAB with HELADO NEGRO + NAO BUSTAMANTE + JOSH KUN

Moderated by Josh Kun

Mon, May 15, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$20

The fourth installment of Crossfade LAB will stage an experimental encounter between the internationally-known multi-disciplinary artist Nao Bustamente and the acclaimed musician and recording artist Helado Negro. Calling on immigrant geographies that run from Mexico to Ecuador-- and span California, South Florida, and Brooklyn in between-- both artists have used performance, masquerade, and wit to re-imagine Latinx aesthetics, history, and politics.

Moderated by Crossfade Lab co-curator and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Josh Kun, the evening will mix live performances and collaborations with intimate artist conversations. 

This event is presented by CALA Alliance in collaboration with ASU Art Museum and Crescent Ballroom. Support generously provided by the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation.

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HELADO NEGRO
HELADO NEGRO
A South Florida native, born to Ecuadorian immigrants and based in Brooklyn, Roberto Carlos Lange's upbringing provides essential elements to his songwriting, including his consistently bilingual – English and Spanish – lyrics. While citing the influence of electro and Miami-bass he heard on the radio in his youth, his diverse work as Helado Negro points to shades of kraut rock bathed in his mesmerizing rhythms, loops and hair-raising melodies. Known for his craftsmanship, Lange has cultured his identity, ideology and musical dexterity with constant artistic and introspective development, pouring his heart and full sincerity into his music. His fourth LP Double Youth released in 2014 garnered acclaim with Pitchfork naming it "the boldest and most intricate Helado Negro work to date." With a degree in Computer Art and Animation, Lange, a multifaceted creator, has worked with mediums such as video, sculpture, sound and performance. While Helado Negro is in a sense a one man band for the digital age, a constant collaborator, Lange has worked on projects with numerous artists including Sufjan Stevens, Julianna Barwick (as Ombre), Devendra Barnhart Mikael Jorgensen (of Wilco), Guillermo Scott Herren (of Prefuse 73) and Mouse on Mars

Helado Negro tours extensively and has performed in diverse venues from clubs to cultural organizations including the Wexner Center, Columbus; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Mana Contemporary, Chicago; Museum of Natural History, L.A.; Mass MoCA, North Adams, Marguilies Warehouse, Miami, Festival Centro, Bogota and Vive Latino, Mexico City. In 2015 he was the recipient of a Joyce Award and premiered an orchestral commission as part of the Liquid Music series during the inaugural festivities of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul.

"Among the musicians currently redefining Latino culture worldwide, Helado Negro creates a sonic landscape that reflects 21st-century Latin America." – NPR
Moderated by Josh Kun
Josh Kun is an author, academic, curator and music critic. His research focuses on the arts and politics of cultural connection, with an emphasis on popular music, the cultures of globalization, the US-Mexico border, Los Angeles and Jewish-American musical history.
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