Red Bull Music Academy is about to embark on a World Tour going straight to the heart of today's most crucial musical movements, and taking listeners beyond the beat. 10 ground-breaking celebrations and explorations around the globe will feature signature concerts, workshops, art installations, studio sessions and parties in extraordinary locations.
The 10 World Tour stops are Berlin, Cape Town, Detroit, London, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Rome, Sao Paulo and Toronto. Each event will highlight elements of the Red Bull Music Academy experience on a unique journey through sound. Encouraging DIY initiatives, exploring technology, crossing generations and letting cultures clash: all the while facilitating creative exchange between music lovers around the globe.
The World Tour will be a lead up to the 14th edition of the Red Bull Music Academy, to be held in Madrid in October 2011. For over 13 years, the Academy has scratched beneath the surface of the music that moves us, bringing musical pioneers from over 30 countries together for workshops, concerts and studio sessions, and investigating the intricate musical histories of each host city, as well as the overarching musical threads that unite us all.
Stepping into the future and bringing the music of the world to the world.
Here's a little overview of what's to come. All the highlights of Red Bull Music Academy's World Tour will be showcased in both video and radio format via:
www.redbullmusicacademy.com and www.redbullmusicacademyradio.com
Maximum Signal Control
The first stop on the World Tour will bring together some of South Africa's most prolific crews -- DJs, soundboys, party promoters, producers and creative collectives -- at The Assembly in Cape Town to construct one of the country's top sound systems under the guiding hands of expert builders Valve Soundsystem (UK). A tribute to the very nucleus of club culture, the collaborative experience will be topped off by a three-day festival of sound featuring the full spectrum of electronic music, where all participating crews will have the opportunity to perform on the newly built system alongside world-renowned selectors. The soundsystem will then travel around South Africa to some of the country's largest musical events, including Rocking the Daisies and Earth Dance.
Date: August 29 - September 3, 2011
Hansa -- Das Studio der Mauerstadt
(Translation: Studio In A Walled City)
Hansa Studios is the one address that can tell of Germany's 20th century pop culture. Spanning from recordings of seminal albums like David Bowie's 'Low' and Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life' to domestic staples like Einsturzende Neubauten. The Academy pays tribute to this legendary space with an opening concert inside the studio's 'Meistersaal' that will see cutting edge artists including Bodi Bill, Mano le Tough and Andreya Triana revisit the Hansa back catalogue, as well as performances by iconic Berlin-based techno artists Radio Slave and Moritz von Oswald. This is followed by exclusive studio workshops with Gareth Jones, a key producer from Hansa's glorious past, who gave his own sonic touch to Depeche Mode and Einsturzende Neubauten among others; Berlin production maverick Robot Koch; Tom Muller, sound engineer at Hansa Studios from 1971-89; Manfred Praeker of Spliff and the Nina Hagen Band; and chart-topping German rapper Casper. A complimentary set of afterparties take off at new cult venue Katerholzig -- celebrating the city's modern-day rep as the world capital of club culture.
Date: September 7-9, 2011
During Jazz a la Villette festival, Red Bull Music Academy and Questlove of The Roots co-curate a special night dedicated to the immense impact of African funk and soul on modern music. Questlove's Afro-Picks is the world premiere of a unique show created by musical visionary Questlove, The Roots' drummer and hip hop producer. A long time partner of the Red Bull Music Academy, this outspoken taste-maker offers a contemporary tribute to African musical history through a selection of tracks played by the Afro-Picks Big Band, featuring Tony Allen himself on drums, Macy Gray, Black Thought, Mamani Keita, and Amp Fiddler, as well as members of Antibalas, of the David Murray Big Band, of The Roots, of the Tony Allen Band, and Fela!, the Broadway musical. Questlove's Afro-Picks is a unique show straddling tradition and modernity, struggle and liberation, music and politics. Questlove will also headline a clubnight on the 10th with his inimitable DJ selections.
Date: September 11, 2011
Motor City Frequencies
From Motown to garage rock and techno, Detroit is the birthplace of some of the most seminal records of all time; records which stand for whole musical eras. In tribute to this capital of innovative music, the Red Bull Music Academy has created a museum-level installation of music production and studio equipment at Flat 151. True musical pioneers drive home the most respected records to come out of Detroit: from garage rock pioneer Wayne Kramer (MC5), to in-demand hip hop producers Nick Speed and Mike Chav, to funk keysman Amp Fiddler and living techno legends Mike Banks and Juan Atkins. In these studios, lectures and hands-on workshops are held with key figures who have shaped the music landscape on a global scale. Two night time events put the theory into action, with Heavy Dancefloor excursions courtesy of 3 Chairs and a special Tribe Records showcase.