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Preview – DJ Spooky

DJ Spooky

DJ Spooky performs at the Chan Centre

Groundbreaking musician and conceptual artist, Paul D. Miller AKA DJ Spooky will perform at The Chan Centre at UBC on Saturday April 9 at 8 pm. The highly regarded musical innovator will be joined by pianist Corey Hamm and string trio Infinitus to present Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica; Miller’s critically acclaimed multimedia meditation on global warming.

A renowned author and an abstract artist, Miller aka “DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid” has recorded a huge volume of music and collaborated with a variety of respected composers including Metallica, Steve Reich, Yoko Ono, Pierre Boulez, Kronos Quartet, Killah Priest, and Wu-Tang Clan. A recent press release describes his performances as “part nightclub, part art installation, and part concert hall, as he combines turntables, video projections, and live musicians to create a wholly unique and mesmerizing form of expression.”

Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica is the composer’s latest large-scale media work, and features commentary upon global warming’s impact at the southernmost continent. To create the soundscape for the piece, DJ Spooky traveled to Antarctica with a portable recording studio and captured the sounds of its ice floes. These samplings were then combined with a live string trio, pianist, and visual projections creating a thought provoking multi-sensory portrait of the changing continent.

In celebration of this upcoming concert, there will be a ticketed screening of Rebirth of a Nation at Pacific Cinémathèque on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. An audio/video remix of D.W. Griffith’s controversial Birth of a Nation, the film features an original score by DJ Spooky performed by the Kronos Quartet.

Additionally, DJ Spooky will be giving a lecture on the role of sound and digital media in an information-age society as part of the Chan Centre’s Arts as Activism series. The free event takes place Friday, April 8 at 4pm at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Tickets for DJ Spooky are $35-$42 for adults, $32-$39 for seniors and $25-32 for students. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster – by phone 1-855-985-ARTS (2787), or online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or in person at the Chan Centre ticket office.

Watch a video of DJ Spooky here:

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