Conceived by acclaimed author, poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib, BAM’s (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Spring 2022 Music Series features a range of exuberant artists, including:
February 25: Mdou Moctar with Bartees Strange
March 11: Juice 30th Anniversary Screening with Ernest Dickerson and Keith Shocklee
March 23: Electro Revival by Dawn Richard
March 30: Blackalachia by Moses Sumney in Brooklyn with L’Rain
April 2: Devonté Hynes: Selected Classical Works
May 19-21: Omar Offendum (a world premiere hip-hop musical, Little Syria)
May 20: Mavis Staples with Amy Helm
May 22: Little Simz with Javon Jackson with special guest Nikki Giovanni
The program draws on Abdurraqib’s rich background in black prose, music, culture and performance and aims to highlight performances that are visually dynamic, spanning genres and generations, and utilizing the natural world. This series is presented in association with Adam Shore.
Tickets will go on sale for BAM members and patrons on January 25 and for the general public on January 26 on BAM.org.
“As we remain grounded in the uncertain times of the pandemic, I have missed the potential of live music and the community excitement it can bring,” said Abdurraqib, guest curator at BAM. “Due to current world circumstances, I have expanded my imagination of what a live music concert can be and have approached conservation with a sense of both care and urgency in equal measure. “I’m thrilled to give these artists the space and resources to create the show of their wildest, truest dreams. I hope this series offers audiences a way to collectively experience these artists like never before: an escapism rooted in visuals and narrative that allows people to unlock new realities, times and places.”
“As BAM expands its team of curators, we are delighted to be working with poet, essayist and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib as General Curator,” said BAM’s Artistic Director, david binder. “In his podcasts, books, and essays, Hanif is always in conversation with the most interesting artists in music. We’re thrilled to see the fruits of those conversations hitting our stages this spring.”
**All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with healthcare professionals for the safety of our performers, audience and staff. Proof of full vaccination and wearing of mask required. **