Monday, March 26, 2012

Redbull Music Academy: New Orleans Session 3/26/12

Red Bull Music Academy New Orleans Session

This Monday, March 26th, Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) comes to Frenchmen Street for a New Orleans Session to give local music makers a chance to experience a taste of the academy and learn more about its application process.

The event will unfold in two parts.

From 6:30-8:30p, RBMA will host a live conversation series with legendary hip hop artist DJ Total Eclipse and former RBMA alumni Jneiro Jarel and Alexei Michailowsky.

Jneiro and Alexei will kick-off things off by discussing their individual backgrounds and music and how their musical paths lead them to be participants at RBMA in 2003 & 2004, respectively. Jneiro is an innovative producer who originally hails from New York, but recently relocated to New Orleans. He has developed several musical alter-egos over the years including Dr Who Dat and Willie Isz, and he is currently one half of the innovative new hip hop act JJ Doom, along with MF Doom. Alexei is a pianist from Brazil, who gravitated towards synthesizers and electronic music early in his musical pursuits. He now teaches electronic music at college in Brazil and is currently working on a PhD project around the music of legendary Brazilian composer Marcos Valle. The two RBMA alumni hail from two different continents but have remained friends after meeting at RBMA 2004 in Rome, and they are currently experimenting with reworking Valle's music with a collaborative spirit.

DJ Total Eclipse will then share his story with guests of the session. Total E is a pioneering turntablist from New York City who was an original member of the X-ecutioners turntablist crew. He will be discussing how New York City influenced his artistic endeavours and how the X-men revolutionized the perception of the turntable as an instrument.

At 9:30p, the RBMA New Orleans session will kick into another gear, with an after-party hosted by Glen David Andrews and his band on their regular Monday night Frenchmen Street gig. GDA is one of the best live performers in the city and is welcoming the NOLA RBMA session into his Monday night residency to get a first-hand glimpse of different styles of music. The night will unfold as follows:

Live Conversation Series
6:30-7:30 Alexei Michailowsky & Jneiro Jarel (RBMA alumni)
7:30-8:30 Total Eclipse (legendary turntablist of X-ecutioners from NYC)

Live on Stage
9:30-10:15 Glen David Andrews Band
10:15-11:15 Jniero Jarel & Alexei Michailowsky (electronic tribute to Marcos Valle's music of Brazil)
11:15-12:15 Glen David Andrews Band
12:15-1:15 DJ Total Eclipse (rare funk breaks and classic era NYC hip hop set)
1:15-Until Glen David Andrews Band (improv closing with possible collaborations)

All events will take place at d.b.a. located at 618 Frenchmen St in New Orleans. There is no cover for the earlier session if you RSVP to prior to 3p on 3/26/12. Otherwise there is a $5 cover for the night and attendees must be 21 years of age.

Select sets from the evening will be recording and available for streaming later at

About RBMA:

The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals: a platform for those who shape our musical future. Past lecturers since 1998 include Bob Moog, Steve Reich, Erykah Badu, Chuck D, Tony Allen, Bootsy Collins, Sly & Robbie, M.I.A., Mark Ronson, Kode9, Moodymann or Moritz von Oswald. Each year, two groups of 30 selected participants - producers, vocalists, DJs, instrumentalists, and all around musical mavericks from around the globe - are selected from close to 10,000 applications to come together in a new city each year for two weeks worth of recording sessions, lectures by musical luminaries, and unforgettable late night jams.

The 2012 Academy will be held in New York City this fall, and RBMA is currently accepting applications. All applicants must be 21 years of age on or before September 30, 2012 and all applications must be postmarked by April 2nd, 2012. For more information or to download an application, visit

Red Bull Music Academy Radio is the Academy's web radio station that features 1000s of exclusive live recordings, interviews, mixes, and documentary-style feature shows - with more uploaded each day. Launched as a spin-off of the Red Bull Music Academy workshop series in 2005, RBMA Radio has taken giant leaps over the past years, building a vast resource of content from more than 50 countries right across the globe. Start listening now at Search "New Orleans" to find sets recorded in New Orleans or featuring New Orleans artists.

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