NEW COMMISSION FROM WALKER ART CENTER, THE SPCO’S LIQUID MUSIC AND THE CURRENT FEATURES MONEY MARK, MIA DOI TODD, AARON STEELE, SEAN OKAGUCHI, MORGAN SORNE AND TRACY WANNONAE
“Adebimpe hasn’t lost his appreciation for the visual arts, or his drive to express himself in realms other than music.” —Stereogum Digest
Minneapolis, April 17, 2017—Frontman and artistic ace of the eclectic indie rock band TV on the Radio, Tunde Adebimpe creates a universe of song, story, and animation. Conceived of as a hero’s narrative pushed through a psychedelic fever dream, the surreal A Warm Weather Ghost unravels and bewilders. Be captivated as a crew of guest musicians and vocalists, and large-scale projected visual art animation by Adebimpe coalesce into a magically disorienting and unforgettable happening, Thursday–Saturday, May 18–20, 8:00 pm, in the William and Nadine McGuire theater.
Copresented with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and The Current.
Tunde Adebimpe is a musician, actor, director, and visual artist. In addition of releasing the band’s most recent record Seeds, he collaborated with Brooklyn’s Kayrock Screenprinting to release “Tour Sketch Journos 2003-2014” a patchwork collection of drawings and writing from sketchbooks and journals kept during his years on the road with TVOTR from its inception to present day.
Thursday, May 18
Meet Tunde and his ensemble at a post-show reception in the Walker’s Cityview Room.
Friday, May 19
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists.
Tickets to A Warm Weather Ghost are $30 ($25 Walker members and Liquid Music subscribers) and are available online at walkerart.org/tickets or by phone at 612.375.7600 (Walker)
About the Walker Art Center
One of the most internationally celebrated art museums and multidisciplinary art centers, the Walker Art Center is known for presenting today’s most compelling artists from around the world. In addition to organizing traveling exhibitions and presentations of its world-renowned collections, the Walker presents a broad array of contemporary music, dance, design, theater, and moving image.
In 2015, the Walker celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding as a public art center dedicated to presenting and collecting the art of our time with a series of institutional initiatives, exhibitions, and events that spanned more than a year. Although it was more than 125 years ago when lumber baron Thomas Barlow (T. B.) Walker built a room onto his Minneapolis house, mounted his 20 favorite paintings on the wall, and opened his door to the community, it was in 1940 that the Walker’s contemporary-focused mission to be a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and active engagement of audiences was born. Supported by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Walker became a public art center presenting the work of living artists, forming a collection beyond the 19th-century holdings of its founder to the multidisciplinary works of today’s artists.
About Liquid Music
The SPCO’s Liquid Music Series named “Best of Classical” by the New York Times, develops innovative new projects with iconoclastic artists in unique presentation formats. Liquid Music performances invite adventurous audiences to discover the new and the fascinating within the flourishing landscape of contemporary chamber music. For more information on the SPCO’s 2016.17 Liquid Music Series, visit liquidmusicseries.org.
Renowned for its artistic excellence, remarkable versatility of musical styles and adventurous programming, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Now in its 58th season, the SPCO has recently undergone transformational change with the opening of its new home, the Ordway Concert Hall, the addition of a new generation of players, and significant changes in its artistic vision. The SPCO is nationally recognized for its commitment to broad community accessibility, its innovative audience outreach efforts, its pioneering Liquid Music Series and its educational and family programming.
About The Current
The Current® from Minnesota Public Radio® brings listeners the best authentic new music alongside the music that inspired it, from local to legendary, indie to influential, new to nostalgic. A non-commercial, listener-supported radio station, The Current® has helped launch and support more than 600 Minnesota artists during its eleven-year history. The Current Sessions®, live performances of emerging and well-established artists recorded in MPR’s Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, have garnered national attention from music lovers, industry leaders and media outlets like Pitchfork Media, Stereogum and Prefix Magazine. One of the country’s leading authorities in presenting contemporary music to audiences, The Current® has received numerous accolades, including FMQB Triple A Conference Non-Comm Station of the Year, Program Director of the Year (Jim McGuinn), and Music Director of the Year (David Safar). City Pages readers have named the Current® “Best Radio Station” in its annual “Best of the Twin Cities” awards every year since the station’s existence. In 2015, the station’s online music coverage earned two Page One Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. The Current® can be heard at 89.3 in the Twin Cities, 88.7 in Rochester, 90.9 in Duluth and across Minnesota—check thecurrent.org for a complete list of stations. The Current® is available for streaming at thecurrent.org, along with other streams: Local Current (all-Minnesota music); Radio Heartland (acoustic, Americana and roots music) and Rock the Cradle (music for kids and their grownups).
Related Walker Member’s Event: A Think & A Drink: Tunde Adebimpe
Thursday, May 18, 7pm
William and Nadine McGuire Theater
$25 (includes performance ticket and a free drink)
Walker members get the inside scoop on A Warm Weather Ghost, the world premiere performance work by TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. Tickets are limited. To register, call 612.375.7655. Open only to Walker members.
Co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, and The Current. The Walker’s co-commissioning of A Warm Weather Ghost is made possible with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund.
The Walker Art Center’s performing arts programs are made possible by generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the Doris Duke Performing Arts Fund, the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Performing Arts programs and commissions at the Walker are generously supported by members of the Producers’ Council: Goodale Family Foundation; Nor Hall and Roger Hale; King’s Fountain/Barbara Watson Pillsbury and Henry Pillsbury; Emily Maltz; Dr. William W. and Nadine M. McGuire; Leni and David Moore, Jr./The David and Leni Moore Family Foundation; Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney; and Frances and Frank Wilkinson.
Major support for the Walker’s commissions and presentation is provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.