SATURDAY, APRIL 6 2013 FROM 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
I WILL BE DJING: BENGALI HARLEM AND THE LOST HISTORIES OF SOUTH ASIAN AMERICA - VIVEK BALD BOOK EVENT
SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE
515 MALCOLM X BLVD, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Join us for a celebration of the publication of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America (Harvard University Press) by scholar and documentary filmmaker Vivek Bald. This special event will explore the little-known stories of Muslim men from the Indian subcontinent who settled in Harlem in the 1920s-50s, married Puerto Rican, African American, and West Indian women, and became a small but significant part of the neighborhood, selling hotdogs from pushcarts, opening the neighborhood’s first Indian restaurants, and interacting with Harlem’s other Muslim communities.
Check out Schomburg exhibition Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers on view until July 6, 2013.
On the internet: http://on.nypl.org/12jyjpY
SUNDAY, APRIL 7 2013 FROM 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
SMOKE FOR BLUES FESTIVAL: HIMANSHU SURI (HEEMS), ASHOK KONDABOLU (DAPWELL), LE1F, PRINCE RAMA
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH HIMANSHU SURI AND GREEDHEAD MUSIC
WHITNEY MUSEUM: 945 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY
Ashok Kondabolu (Dapwell)
Himanshu Suri (Heems)
Ongoing performances and artist installations will be on view throughout the day, with live music sets between 1 and 4 pm.
***For the Whitney Museum, in addition to performing a set of my music from Nehru Jackets and Wild Water Kingdom, I’ll be showing my visual art in one room on the 2nd floor. This room and my art installations it hosts are meant to be a look inside my identity, and to a extent, all of our identities in the digital age: fragmented, confused, busy, multimedia. The room will host 4 pieces of my work: a series of installations made inside vintage Indian sweet tins, a collaboration with Chiraag Bhakta (Pardon My Hindi); 60 minutes of projections to be displayed on a large wall; a slide show to be displayed on 36 x 36 canvas hung up on wall; physical installation made using yoga mats.
Friday, April 5:
Mykki Blanco’s xyz performance will headline.
KOOL A.D. will perform with Amaze 88 and Loren Hell.
THURSDAY, AGUST 1 2013 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM
VIJAY IYER RESIDENCY AT THE STONE: AVENUE C AND 2ND STREET, NEW YORK, NY
THUMS UP: VIJAY IYER (KEYBOARDS, ELECTRONICS), KASSA OVERALL (DRUMS), RAFIQ BHATIA (GUITAR), HIMANSHU SURI (LYRICS)
I’m super honored Vijay Iyer reached out to have me do vocals with this amazing group of jazz musicians. Vijay Iyer, Kassa Overall and Rafiq Bhatia all represent the top of their game, excelling at each of their instruments - piano, drums, and guitar, respectively. For this performance, instead of my usual rap material, I’ll be reciting new poetry accompanied by music from Iyer, Overall and Bhatia.