Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, Dancing in the Streets and City Lore in collaboration with SceneFour and KCC Productions are proud to present multi-Grammy award winning, Bronx musician, composer and artist-photographer WILL CALHOUN’s solo exhibition AZA, opening on Friday April 22, 2016 starting at 6 PM at Casita Maria Gallery. As part of his artist opening reception, he will play a selection of compositions that are the basis of AZA at 7:30 PM. Both Calhoun’s exhibition and performanceis part ofthe South Bronx Culture Trail Fusion Fest 2016: Lookin’ Up in the Boogie Down starting April 16 – May 22, 2016.
On view in the gallery is Calhoun’s AZA collection of vividly interpretative prints that visualize the physicality within the creation of his music as well as embody the underlying poetry, psychology and socio-political concepts behind his cross-disciplinary artistic practice. Through the interplay of percussion, color and light, Calhoun transforms his signature style and original compositions into multimedia-based, abstract expressions of his rhythms onto canvas.
The languages within the aural, kinesthetic and visual arts have the capacity to “speak” to the viewer-listener in ways that verbal communication cannot achieve. Throughout the AZA collection (2014) there is an interdisciplinary synthesis between all three of these diverse aesthetic vocabularies. Together they define the underlying narratives woven throughout Calhoun’s expansive musical repertoire, translating his ideas, methods and rhythms into graphically dynamic digital images with a vernacular all his own.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
WILL CALHOUN is a two-time Grammy award winning drummer, composer and producer from the legendary rock band Living Colour. He has composed, produced, and toured with Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders, The Rolling Stones, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, Marcus Miller, Herb Alpert, Mike Stern, Public Enemy, Paul Simon, Stanley Jordan, Oumou Sangare, Jaron Lanier (virtual reality inventor) and many more. Calhoun’s unique approach to both acoustic and electronic drumming makes him the foremost percussionist on the scene today.
Calhoun spends most of his limited down town time in West and North Africa researching ancient rhythms and musical styles. He is presently working on a recording with Indigenous sacred musicians. He is one of the world’s leading Ethnomusicologists, combining his expertise and ancestral research with many years of commercial success in jazz, rock, urban, alternative, ambient, and other music of the world into a beautiful, swirling expression of life.
He has recently broadened his artistic expression to include film scores, photography and multimedia projects including "AZA," a collection of vivid, abstract prints that visually capture his signature rhythms. His online gallery is available for viewing at willcalhounart.com. He just released his new jazz project "Celebrating Elvin Jones" on Motema Music and is presently in the studio with Living Colour recording their latest CD titled “SHADE" for MEGAFORCE records due to be released in the Fall of 2016. willcalhoun.com