Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother)
Camae Ayewa (Dennis) also known by her stage name Moor Mother is a national and international touring musician, composer, poet, visual artist, curator, social activist and USC professor. Ayewa’s music is a statement for the future and a statement to exist, while focusing on the recovery and preservation of communal Black memories and histories that are pulled away from the white narratives that dominate mainstream culture. Her work uses Afrofuturism as a narrative tool, recognizing its ability to empower marginalized Black and Indigenous people, and acting as an agitator in shaping Afrodiasporan past and future narratives.
Joel Chen is the host of JF Chen Radio. Born in Shanghai and considered “a master curator” Joel opened his Los Angeles store, JF Chen, in Los Angeles more than 40 years ago. His passion for music is parallelled only by his knowledge in antiques and contemporary design. Inspired by DJs such as Tom Schnabel, Joel carries the tradition of a selector with impeccable taste for timeless songs, and classic soundtracks, plus an ear tuned for sounds from around the world.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Bianca Chen’s life has been surrounded by design with her parents’ business JF Chen. Graduating from New York University in Hotel and Hospitality Management, Bianca took a different career direction working at leading hotels such Shutters on the Beach, The Intercontinental, and The Essex House. Realizing her true calling was to work in design and for family, she now runs JF Chen’s three sprawling showrooms located in Hollywood, along with curating their own exhibitions showcasing contemporary artisans. Bianca has also served as the chair of The Decorative Arts and Design Council at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and is an active member of the acquisitions council and is currently serving on the Centennial Council of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles.
Dwight Trible (Live)
Dwight Trible is a singer who combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike. In addition to performing with his own group, the Dwight Trible Ensemble, Dwight is the vocalist with the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet and is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Like his mentors, Dwight is not content to use his music just to entertain people, although he is quite a dynamic performer. He uses his music to bring people together, to bridge the gap between the races, and to heal the human heart. He has received numerous awards for his humanitarian efforts.
Drum & Lace (Live)
Drum & Lace is an electronic composer from Florence, Italy. Formed in 2013, their music is written, scored, recorded, and produced by Sofia Hultquist. Hultquist is best known for co-composing the soundtrack to The First Monday in May with Ian Hultquist, and for composition and sound design in fashion, film, and media.
John Tejada (DJ set)
John Tejada is a Vienna-born, Los Angeles-based electronic music composer, DJ, and professor at CalArts. Tejada’s professional output of music began in 1994 and has never let up, including five albums for the revered label Kompakt, plus releases on Pokerflat, Cocoon, Plug Research, Seventh City, Playhouse, Defected, and his own label since 1996, Palette Recordings. Tejada has also been responsible for remixing over 100 songs for acts including The Postal Service, Télépopmusic, The Field, Bomb The Bass, Way Out West, Kevin Saunderson, Darren Emerson, Gui Boratto, Simian Mobile Disco and many others. Tejada’s latest venture as Wajatta is a musical collaboration with international star Reggie Watts, having released their debut album, Casual High Technology in 2018, Don’t Let Get You Down in 2020, and Do You Even Care Anymore? EP on Brainfeeder. Tejada has traveled to more than 30 countries DJing and performing live at clubs—Berghain (Berlin), Fabric (London), Rex Club (Paris), Womb (Tokyo)—festivals such as Dance Valley (Netherlands), Decibel Festival (Seattle), Dekmantel Festival (Amsterdam), Detroit Electronic Music Festival (aka Movement), Mutek (Montreal and Mexico), Sonar Festival (Spain and Tokyo) and Sync Festival (Greece), as well as esteemed venues such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and twice at Walt Disney Concert Hall, both in Los Angeles.
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