October 25-26, 2013 / 8pm
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House / 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn


The Future Was Then


Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Curator
Andrew Cyr, Conductor
Metropolis Ensemble
Jeremy Ellis
How To Dress Well


Kristin Lee, Violin / Leader
Francisco Fullana, Violin
Karen Kim, Viola
Hiro Matsuo, Cello
Mellissa Hughes, Soprano
Jessica Warnken, Alto
Geoffrey Silver, Tenor
Jonathan Woody, Bass-Baritone

About the Concert

Part of the BAM 2013 Next Wave Festival

Following the critical acclaim of last year's Shuffle Culture, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (The Roots) returns to BAM with an all-star mash-up that celebrates the pioneering works of electronic music. DJ-composer Jeremy Ellis, R&B singer-producer Tom Krell (How to Dress Well), avant-R&B outfit Sonnymoon, and conductor Andrew Cyr and Metropolis Ensemble join Grammy Award winner Questlove to sample and deconstruct seminal recordings by everyone from Robert Moog and Raymond Scott to Stevie Wonder and George Clinton into a feverishly modern new playlist. Old-school blips and beeps, sine waves, and analog synth solos mix with live vocals and contemporary electronics in this ecstatic riff on the analog revolution that paved the way for our music today. Photo by Rachel Been.