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May 20 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
A moving meditation building into a full-on expansive freestyle dance jam with Afro-American/Cuban/Jamaican, salsa-reggae-funk tracks and live performance by DJ-pianist-vocalist Klokwīze with inspired movement prompts by boogie master Carey Mak.
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We start the night with a circular walking meditation to a dematerialized ambient DJ track with live stream-of-consciousness piano, slowly heating the body, building into an atmospheric hip-hop trance jam with live vocals, leading to a simple group-step to ancient Afro-electric tracks bringing us in contact with the source that unites. Then it’s a dance throw down. Anything could happen: From Prince to Celia Cruz to Beres Hammond to Fela Kuti to D’angelo to Sade…always soul-body expanding tracks from artists known and lesser known, both old and new, mixed and remixed. Next you might find yourself syncing with fellow dancers in a lively-up-yourself line dance. And finally, the flow down, returning to our circle, slowly melting into shavasana, to decelerating deconstructed decolonized ethereal tracks with live hypnagogic piano.
Leave your inhibitions at the door, bring your yoga mat and get ready to MŌBILĪZE!
Matt Jenson, a.k.a (DJ) Klokwīze, is a professor of piano at Berklee College of Music where he also teaches a class/ensemble on Bob Marley. While his musical foundations are with jazz and blues, his deepest musical loves are with Afro-Cuban styles and reggae. He leads his own groups (Combo Sabroso, Mix Up Mix Up, the Liquid Revolution) and has worked with too many to list here, but most recently he has been composing, arranging, recording and touring internationally with the renowned jazz-fusion reggae band Groundation. The common denominator for all of Matt’s artistic pursuits is to bring music that heals, breaks down division, speaks truth to power and infuses sonic beauty into life. He loves a great dance party, and his experimentations combining live performance with a DJ deck electrify the dance floor.
Born feet first and forever first on the dance floor, Carey Mak loves to roll up the carpet, turn down the lights, crank the music and get her groove on. She has instigated parties, produced performances, organized happenings and ignited interactive events in skanky lofts, under highways, surrounded by art in galleries, spread out around outdoor parks and ponds, and lit up stages big and small. Her career spans from performing with prominent dance companies (Snappy, Prometheus, Batuke do Norte, Sun Ho Kim), to guest performing with major artists (Bobby McFerrin, Sara Rudner, Reggie Wilson, David Parker), to working with start-ups on the environmental forefront and in technology (Harvard Green Campus Initiative, YouthStream Media), and to designing dynamic, integrated curricula (Winsor School, Cambridge School of Weston, Harvard, Babson, BU, Tufts). Carey Mac, a.k.a. Carey McKinley’s choreography has been produced at UNC-Chapel Hill, Harvard School of Design, Bard College, UW-Milwaukee, Earthdance, Somerville Arts Council and at local schools and studios. Her philosophy centers empowerment, integrity, connection and integration, and her classroom/studio is a container for contagious courage.