Tuesday, June 30, 2009
If you'd like to get details about design & commissions, contact me at lichibanart_ at_gmail.com
Monday, June 29, 2009
[photo by Amir Ebrahimi]
Gravity fills the space at Santos every Wednesday, starting July 1.
Fusing sub-genres into a cohesive whole, Gravity is the sexiest party NY is aching for, bringing the summer sounds of the street and filling both floors of santos with everything electronic from dubstep to grime, electro, dirty disco, drum and bass, blacktronica ghetto tech, broken beat, house and hip hop. .
Their Brooklyn Bounce weekly party has been heralded for this same mentality, blessing dance warriors with a mix of ghetto tech, grime, drum and bass, baile funk, broken beat, hip-hop, afrobeat, pretty much anything one could ask for.
Join the movement at the bounce
OPENING NIGHT JULY 1st
DRINK SPECIALS WILL BE SERVED
DOORS OPEN AT 11:00
YOUR GRAVITY Resident rotating Dj's:
Dhundee (The Bounce)
Stimulus (The Bounce)
SABO (Turntable Lab)
Ayres (The Rub)
SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCE BY
Taylor Mcferrin http://taylormcferrin.com/
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
WK Interact present a new portrait series entitled 12 Angry Men (above). The exhibition will feature the faces of twelve men using process solely created using a sponge and large brush. The show opens on Saturday June 27th at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery ( 529 West 20th Street, 9th floor, New York, NY 10011).
FREE DOWNLOAD :: SHAPE OF BROAD MINDS mixtape & ON MY RADAR ::: WILLIE ISZ (Jneiro Jarel & Khujo Goodie) mixtape
Until the album drops, here is a free mixtape from Jneiro to get a taste of the mood. Download it here.
tracklist: Jneiro Jarel - Lock Down // Outkast Feat Khujo Goodie and Cee lo - Reset // Jneiro Jarel - Big Bounce Theory Remix// Goodie Mob - Cell Therapy // Shape of Broad Minds - Changes // Jneiro Jarel F. Shape of Broad Minds // Electric/Computer Blue // Outkast Featuring Khujo Goodie - Gasoline // Goodie Mob - Soul Food // NSM F. Jneiro Jarel aka Dr. Who Dat? - Mumbo Jum // Jneiro Jarel - Black Cinderella //Jneiro Jarel - Stranger They Come // Goodie Mob - They Don't Dance No Mo' // Goodie Mob - Fly Away // Shape of Broad Minds - Buddafly Away // Jneiro Jarel - NASA // Shape of Broad MInds Featuring Khujo Goodie - OPR8R //Shape of Broad MInds Featuring Khujo Goodie -OPR8R (Collipark Mix)
---this track caught me the most at first listening of the album. Dark and brilliant. Somebody should write a movie with this track as the theme song.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
All details on the flyer...the event will feature a raffle with goodies from ROCKSMITH Tokyo (Jesse Boykins III actually modeled in the latest shoot), a gift certificate for dinner-for-2, and surprise gifts! EACH TICKET AUTOMATICALLY ENTERS THE RAFFLE. And importantly, all proceeds go to VONY's Youth Media/Arts mentoring program.
Some of my work will be on display, which I'm very excited about.
Read more about the events of the day and purchase advance tickets on the VONY SPEAK Conference website.
I wrote about the PSA shoot in an earlier post. Here is the end product, edited & directed by Joel Mejia (Dare to Dream, Things Are Changing) featuring VONY Youth, Suzanna Ali, founder of VONY, Bilal, 88-Keys, Rasu (CDTBK) and myself (holding my collabo piece w/ Jelsen Jargon "We Are") among others.
- TABULA SMARAGDINA
- 1. It contains an accurate commentary that can't be doubted.
- 2. It states: What is the above is from the below and the below is from the above. The work of wonders is from one.
- 3. And all things sprang from this essence through a single projection. How marvelous is its work! It is the principle part of the world and its custodian.
- 4. Its father is the sun and its mother is the moon. Thus the wind bore it within it and the earth nourished it.
- 5. Father of talismans and keeper of wonders.
- 6. Perfect in power that reveals the lights.
- 7. It is a fire that became our earth. Separate the earth from the fire and you shall adhere more to that which is subtle than that which is coarse, through care and wisdom.
- 8. It ascends from the earth to the heaven. It extracts the lights from the heights and descends to the earth containing the power of the above and the below for it is with the light of the lights. Therefore the darkness flees from it.
- 9. The greatest power overcomes everything that is subtle and it penetrates all that is coarse.
- 10. The formation of the microcosm is in accordance with the formation of the macrocosm.
- 11. The scholars made this their path.
- 12. This is why Thrice Hermes was exalted with wisdom.
- 13. This is his last book that he hid in the catacomb.
- (published by Nineveh Shadrach from the original Arabic of Book of Causes attributed to Apollonius of Tyana.)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I made this new piece, entitled "Transsiberian Vision" in one sitting, inspired by my recent trip back to the motherland, Hungary. People often ask me if and how my roots shape my work. I think I haven't yet tapped completely into my "roots" (I mean one of my roots, the country & culture I was born into), but this is my first true attempt to incorporate some of the floral symbolism and shamanistic lore I've grew up around into my personal mythology. Hungarian's closest relatives are obscure Siberian languages, and according to ancient oral lore, Hungarians were part of Attila, the Hun's tribal confederation and were nomads who came to Europe pretty late in the 8th century. Growing up, shamanism was one of the spiritual traditions that stimulated my mental universe (and that of a whole the generation of artists back then). I've been drawn to the spirituality of nomads (and that includes the wandering Sufi poets or qalandars as well) since I was a kid. Finally, I am ready to bring out more of that in my new work.
This is a video recording of the shamanistic ritual of the North Siberian NGANASAN tribe (a lingistic relative of Hungarian from the Uralic language family), which comes closest to what I imagine what the rituals of Hungarians living in the Central Asian steppes may have looked like. I've been waiting for the right moment to drop it and I found the perfect one (for more than one reason).
I made this for the upcoming FEAR NO ARE 3 show opening on June 21, in Boston, curated by old friends and dope artist colleagues Marka 27 and ninerevolutions.
Check out their blog for the show featuring Jesse Hernandez, Deme5, Kenji Nakayama, WERC and more. Also check the blog for venue info here.
stay tuned for free goodies from him.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
CHECK OUT the original song 'Ince Ince'by Turkish singer SELDA BAGCAN, part of which the sampled on Supermagic.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Dâm-Funk has been on my radar for a while, and I finally had a chance to link up with him at his recent show in NYC during the STONES THROW TOUR 2009. With his arsenal of vintage synths and drum machines, Dâm has blended galactic harmonies with this-wordly sexy boogie/funk vibes and magic analogue soundscapes into his own brand of modern funk or boogie-funk, which earned him the title "The Ambassador of Boogie Funk." His soulful, futuristic compositions evoke an era of 80s space-inspired music, and like their inspiration, Dâm's modern funk melodies are some of the sexiest out there, that also have the power to take you out to astral dimension, if you're open to it. When he's not in the studio working on his next cosmic project, as a DJ/selector Dâm-Funk throws one of the freshest Monday nite parties in L.A. called FUNKMOSPHERE which focuses on rare joints via 'original wax' from the early 80's based Boogie/Funk, Modern-Soul, & 'current' Modern-Funk sub genres respectfully. "Anyone who grooves to the likes of Slave, Aurra, early Prince, Prelude Records and the like, will get a dose of those groups' unknown contemporaries – more obscure but equally Funk-worthy." According to Ty G (HVW8.com) "Dãm-Funk is a man that's almost single-handedly brought the 'Boogie' scene to life here in LA", and I suspect he's going to do that with his signature modern-funk sound for other parts of the US and for overseas shores as well. If you're in NYC, don't miss him, he's doing a set in two weeks on June 23, at APT with Tyler Askew (for those who like to get down, this should be the night to do so...he was killing it at the last time he was here in NYC)...Follow him on twitter, myspace and check his page on stonesthrow.com for news and tour dates.
Lichiban: You produce and you are also a collector, right?
L: Is there a particular sound or mood that you are drawn to when working on a track or when you pick a record to buy?
D-F: Mostly the 'beautiful chords' when it comes to my music & with records (wax)...it's usually the producer, the artwork & if it's a label I've never heard of before.
L: How much of the day do you spend in the studio? Do you have a ritual before or after?
D-F: I spend A LOT of time in the studio, actually. There is no ritual, but I usually enjoy my Djarum Blacks on the side & 'privacy' when it comes to my recording process.
L: Have you taken major risks in your carrier?
D-F: If you want to count being around a lot of gun play when I used to do keyboard session work back in the mid 90's to early 2000's west-coast gangsta rap era. Nothing I couldn't handle though. Respect was always received amongst my peers back then in the studio & in the streets of L.A. and still is.
L: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received regarding doing music?
D-F: Do YOU!!
L: Sex & drugs & rock & roll....what would be the equivalent for funk?
D-F: "Flyness (U gotta stay fly) & Freedom (Always break the chains) & Funk (Thee state of mind & sound)"
L: Projects for the next 12 months…
D-F: *My debut full length LP/CD on Stones Throw titled: "TOEACHIZOWN".
*My early work recordings being released on Good Time Records.
*More side projects on my own private press label Glydezone.
*And, more carefully chosen remixes (such as the just completed Animal Collective "Summertime Clothes" DâM-FunK Remix // DOWNLOAD IT HERE) that I actually like and am not forced to do because of some 'opportunist' that are out there that my man Leon Sylvers III once warned me about. See, when things start gettin' 'hot' (if you will), all sorts of 'wild offers' come your way. I've learned that you have to 'pick and choose like fruit' if you wanna stay strong in this game. And, I intend to 'not be drained' by so many 'johnny come lately' opportunist and the game. I intend to ALWAYS stay strong in this thang...humbly speaking.
L: Define success…
D-F: Knowing that you've made people feel good. Knowing that heartstrings have been touched by the music that has been created for the universe. (And, a brand new Dodge Challenger sittin' in your driveway! LOL!!)
Stay up & STAY FREE!!
Dam-Funk Mix from
BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs Experimental Show (MP3)
DâM-FunK – ‘Brookside Park’ (Stones Throw)
DâM-FunK – ‘Spacecapades’ (Stones Throw)
DâM-FunK – ‘This Time, Take It Out On the Groove’ (Stones Throw)
DâM-FunK – ‘Flying V Ride’ (Stones Throw)
DâM-FunK – ‘The Sky Is Ours’ (Stones Throw)
DâM-FunK – ‘Sidewayz’ (Stones Throw)
DâM-FunK – ‘Rollin’ (Stones Throw)
L.S. Movement – ‘Move Everything You Got’ (LA/Veg)
* prod. by J Dilla
NEW WORK & FREE DOWNLOAD :: Art directing and illustrating NIKKI NTU :: "A History Dreams" album cover
Nikki NTU :: "A History of Dreams" HERE!!
While meditating on the cover, I'd try to focus on two aspects of her spirituality :: the visionary amazon-poet shamaness & and the modern-day warrior-priestess. The heart is a very strong symbol for her (this is another aspect on which we connected). Here is a passage from her art statement, that says so much about her spiritual stance "With strong themes of healing, revolution and love, Nikki is birthing new concepts of female empowerment but moreover people empowerment. “My music breaks down a lot of barriers in people. The rhythms bring out emotion and the lyrics stimulate the mind as well as the heart. Those simple things have a great impact on inspiring and informing folks. And when you have a safe space to put everything on the table, healing is the only outcome.” For me, this project was more than just a commissioned work...She is in many ways on the same mission that I have been traveling for a while...to mediate an old but timeless message for the present generation through her art. Nikki is an old soul and as I learned more about her and her project, I realized that two of us were meant to do this together. She had an amazingly loving & supportive core team of Melo-X, her producer, and MEGA and Claude Dary her executive producers and myself (big shout out to all three who have been giving me lots of love & support throughout as well)...the energy that went into this album and the spirit of the people involved made this project very special for me. You can expect more visual & sonic collabo's with this group in the future..it's meant to happen! Thank you!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Watch the KOVAS Wax On Wax Off Video (you can watch the video on WRONGLIPS), then tape yourself doing your own version. Battle everyone around the world to see who can be the most creative and innovative!! The Beat Freaks & KOVAS are watching. Show ‘em what you got!! Read more about how to enter on www.kovaswaxonwaxoff.com Link him on myspace & follow Kovas on twitter.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Check videos of Mos Def in Japan (Current TV) here.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
While i was designing the ad, I found all these old drawings of mine from a few years ago, when I used to draw in the style of 15th-century engravings in preparation to study etching (which I didn't ended up doing).
Friday, June 5, 2009
WE'VE GOTTA HAVE IT! Art Show //// CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
June 25 - July 10, 2009
Curated by: Coup d’etat Arts & Raquel Wilson
Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Thursday, June 25, 2009, 6PM
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Eligibility This exhibition is open to artists 18 years and older. Artwork must be original, completed within the last 5 years and should fall within the following mediums: sketches, graphic illustrations, stencils, collage, paintings, mixed media or photography. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to submit work. Three artists, located outside the New York tri-state area, will be offered round-trip airline tickets and lodging to attend the exhibit’s opening. Follow the link to www.wheresmars.com to find out more about how to submit, eligibity requirements, etc.
PUMA Sky Vulcanized - Women's
Available in stores for $74.99
His work has appeared in numerous comic books, including GYRO COMICS, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, COBALT 60 (the graphic novel), GWAR comics and LIZARD of OZ. Mark has just signed a deal with Universal pictures for the rights to "COBALT 60" to be produced as a live action movie, directed by Zack Snyder of " 300" and "Dawn of the Dead (the remake)" fame.
The day of the show, Mark was visiting Boston's Bodega (one of the top exclusive streetwear boutiques of the city) from San Francisco for a release party and signing of his Puma x Bodé Mid "Da Lizard" kicks featuring none other than Cheech's iconic sidekick "Da Lizard". Mark came to the Future Arts event afterwards, and was asked to do an impromptu sketch piece on the spot. Mark noticed that we drew women similarly (of course, I'd love to have them interact in a collabo...I put the intention out there). I was definitely inspired by Mark's crazy skills and down-to-earth personality, a mark of an artist who actually has a lot of fun creating and being an artist. Check out more of his work on his website.