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Multimedia Performance By Experimental Art Group
NEW YORK–Afrofuturist concept band, Moon Medicin will stage a rare performance on April 17 at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium as part of Target Free Thursdays. Led by NYC based artist Sanford Biggers, Moon Medicin brings visual and aural funk from the outermost limits of the cosmos. The band’s rotating cast riffs off of each others’ original compositions, curated covers, improvised DJing and live video mixing. A backdrop of projected images fade in and out of sci-fi, punk, sacred geometry, coded symbology, film noir, minstrels, traditional Samoan dance and Buddhism. The exploratory jam session at Lincoln Center will feature Moon Medicin’s core line up: Biggers on keyboard, Martin Luther on guitar and vocals, Jahi Sundance on turntable, Swiss Chris on drums and Mark Hines mashing up videos. Together they will embark on a quest to shift perceptions by reconceptualizing the past, present and future.
Moon Medicin has appeared across the US as variously configured ensembles. The project was initiated in 2007 at The Box, NYC as a commission for the performance art biennial Performa. It has reconvened since at Harvard University, MA, The Kitchen, NYC, The Rubin Museum, NYC, UCLA’s Hammer Museum, The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, as the headlining act of Art Basel Miami 2011 and most recently at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC. In addition to the core lineup, Biggers has been joined by singer Imani Uzuri, kyoto player Sumie Kaneko, saxophonist and artist Terry Adkins, singer and poet Saul Williams aka Niggy Tardust, singer Shae Fiol and Andrew Palermo and Taye Diggs’ dre.dance, among others. Biggers maintains a flexible attitude towards the amorphous project, reasoning, “There’s a lot of vitality and life in that kind of collaboration, and the notion that it can’t be contained appeals to me.” The artist has been called “A quiet force in the art world” by Art in America and Sculpture asserts that Moon Medicin “wows audiences.” The band recently released a music video directed by Terence Nance who in 2012 received critical acclaim at Sundance for his debut film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. The music video can be accessed through a QR code Biggers painted onto an antique quilt that is currently featured in the exhibition, Shadows Took Shape at The Studio Museum in Harlem