Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Crystal Ark

The Crystal Ark

AVAN LAVA, Kim Ann Foxman, DJ Sean B (Spank / Best Mate)

Wed, May 30, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 18 and over

The Crystal Ark
The Crystal Ark
The Crystal Ark is producer Gavin Russom's deepest foray into rhythm, physicality and movement.

Inspired by music he heard during a 2007 trip to Brazil, Russom returned to his Berlin-based studio and composed the first Crystal Ark songs, which drew upon both his love of psychedelic rave tracks like "Inner Light" by Phantasia and his long and deep interest in Latin rhythms. Though those intricately woven, vivid early instrumentals were compelling in their own right, Russom continued to seek out elements that would push the music’s arresting energy forward. The group truly took form when he invited filmmaker Viva Ruiz, whom he met by chance as she was passing through Berlin on tour, to add Spanish lyrics and vocals to the raw tracks. Ruiz’s fevered vocalizations on the Crystal Ark’s first single, “The City Never Sleeps,” helped heighten the song’s already visceral intensity through to its pulsating end. Alberto Lopez, Russom’s long-time friend and high school collaborator, joined the outfit shortly thereafter, contributing live percussion to follow-up “The Tangible Presence of the Miraculous.” That track, filled with polyrhythmic drumming and a persistent acid bassline, is an intensely affecting musical sojourn made all the more rapturous by Lopez’s drumming.

Following DFA’s release of those two 12”s, Russom returned to New York City, a move that further informed the sound of the music. Like New York itself, the Crystal Ark’s output – with its cross-blend of genres, languages, and sounds – increasingly reflected the intensity, physicality and sexuality that pervades the city in which it was made. Russom and Ruiz continued expanding the band for live performances, and to further enrich and enliven the Crystal Ark’s music on recordings. The lineup has grown to include vocalists Jaiko Suzuki and Sokhna Heathyre Mabin, both of whom previously collaborated with Ruiz, as well as electronics master Matt Thornley and bassist Tyler Pope, with whom Gavin worked during LCD Soundsystem's farewell tour. This incarnation first appeared on the Crystal Ark’s third single, “Touch,” a song that melds funk basslines, Afro-Carribbean percussion and Ruiz and Russom’s vocals into a singular inducement to dance. Live performances further the band’s body-centric agenda by seamlessly integrating dance and visuals into a vivid multimedia performance: Dancers Irene "Discos" Deros and Alberto Cortes make expressed the physicality implied in the group's sound, while video artists Bec Stupak and Johnny Woods transform performance spaces with color and movement.

The stunning results of this collaboration can be seen in the Crystal Ark’s live performances during their upcoming tour of Europe and the United States, and heard on their DFA album debut, to be released in early 2012.
AVAN LAVA
AVAN LAVA
AVAN LAVA have staked their claim as one of New York’s most vibrant pop acts—a kind of natural bridge between late night club culture and kaleidoscopic pop theatricality. In doing so, the trio of Ian Pai (producer/drummer), Le Chev (producer/keyboard/guitar) and TC Milan (vocals) have earned a fervent fanbase and managed to bring their raucous live show to points all over the globe. Since forming, the band have released three EPs to increasing acclaim. The group’s latest EP —Flex Fantasy —proved to be a commercial breakthrough, fine-tuning the trio’s penchant for marrying soulful vocals and sanguine beats. The release led the production of multiple videos as well as a long-standing collaboration with famed fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh. The trio also contributed music to fashion campaigns for the likes of Dior, Viktor & Rolf, Calvin Klein, and Miu Miu. The band’s current EP—2015’s Make It Real—(out 3/31/15 via Atlas Chair) is comprised of six tracks (including the powerhouse singles “Leave It All Behind” and "Wanna Live") that serve as a kind of euphoric pop blueprint for their increasingly dynamic live show: an communal party experience characterized by nonstop dancing, the occasional blast of confetti, and a profound sense of joy. This year will find AVAN LAVA embarking on a North American tour, SXSW Festival and much more.
Kim Ann Foxman
Kim Ann Foxman
There is one word to sum up Kim Ann Foxman when she is behind the turntables...classic. Having started her career in dance music in the mid-90's performing in various electronic music acts. She essentially grew up on the sounds of English ex-pats the Wicked Crew (some of whom transformed into disco sensation Rub-N-Tug), Los Angeles legend Doc Marten and the many Chicago house djs that came through San Francisco during the period. These heavy hitters provided an education that she carried through and still does when finding music. Moving to New York she became involved in Hercules and Love Affair, touring with them for 3 years, appearing on two Hercules albums and various singles. Pushing forward, she dropped her debut Ep Creature/ What You Need in 2010, featuring remixes by James Curd and Faze Action. In 2011 she collaborated with Kink &Neville Watson on a track called A Saturday In Nov released on Your House is Hour Rush. She has also done remixes for artists such as Max Essa, X-press 2, The Opiates, and more. Kim Ann Foxman is now concentrating on her solo works, and side projects while appearing on various albums from prominent artists that will be released this year. Keep your ears peeled for her solo works, remixes, and collaborations. Booking her means three things: the party will be deep, classic, and go off!
DJ Sean B (Spank / Best Mate)
DJ Sean B (Spank / Best Mate)
Djing in NYC clubs since 1996, at spots including Le Bain, Chelsea Hotel, Mr. Black, Santo’s Party House, APT, The Limelight, Element, Bar 169, and 205 Club Sean B now helms two of NYC's most well regarded underground gay parties –Spank and Xanadude. His multiple mixes for THE FADER magazine (including the much loved Suite 903 DJ mix series) brought him attenention across the U.S. and gig's in Berlin, Tokyo, London, Vienna, Lisbon and Porto have followed. Look out for remixes and original production as Best Mate and Apokalipps.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/