On this day in 1979, The Cure released its debut album Three Imaginary Boys featuring “10.15 Saturday Night,” “Subway Song” and “Fire in Cairo.” It’s incredible that they traveled so far back from the future — their true time — in the time machine pictured above.
This Saturday at Ace Hotel New York, we’re hosting a Jazz & Technology Forum with Monthly Music Hackathon NYC as part of UNESCO International Jazz Day. It’s a chance to meet up and share knowledge, ideas and challenges among the jazz, music technology, music information research, and musicology communities, to brainstorm new possibilities and act on those possibilities quickly and in tandem. An evening concert will showcase music made that day, and the day’s discoveries will be presented on the web.
The day will start with two talks by Monthly Music Hackathon regulars Brian McFee and Ben Lacker, focusing on using new technology for research and creation, respectively. In the afternoon, you and your new best friends will share, think and make beautiful music together, culminating in a free concert open to everyone. See the full schedule on our calendar, and an interview with Jonathan Marmor, one of the primary instigators behind this weekend’s meeting of minds.
“I really sing songs that move me. I’m not in show business; I’m in the communications business. That’s what it’s about for me.”
On August 15th, 1969, Richie Havens opened Woodstock — birthplace of the sort of magic we have come to seek from music festivals. After three (yes three!) hours of performing, having been called back several times and having ran out of songs, Richie improvised a song based on the old gospel “Motherless Child.” His version, “Freedom,” instantly became — and remains 44 years later — a hymn for generations of people actively hoping and working to make our world a better place.
Although he was more of a discrete figure of the Village, Havens never gave up militantism through his humanist music, and his legacy of over 25 albums is often cited as a major influence for younger musicians.
Richie passed away at age 72 on Earth Day. Because we too are hopers, we like to think of this coincidence as one last message from the artist to us.
William Bensussen aka The Gaslamp Killer, a hyperactive, hypersonic, LA-based channeler for all the right musical vibes, plays April 19 at Desert Gold with Warp Records in the Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs — here, he represents for all the deep musical woo we love and believe in, as part of the Serato Icon Artist Series.