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D3 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19 – CARL CRAIG

October 14, 2010

The D3 event series celebrates the innovators of Detroit techno and the 25th anniversary of this unique art-form. D3 (Discover Deconstruct Detroit) is not only a fusion of house and techno but a meeting of art, fashion and music as well. D’lectable Music along with VOLATL events have partnered with Artkiwon (a contemporary arts group) to bring a decidedly unique artistry to the events with live painting, live fashion and art in…stallations in the club environment for total transformation of Chicago’s most famous venue, Smart Bar. Past bookings include Stacey Pullen, Monty Luke, and Juan Atkins, each reflecting a unique movement of the evolution of Detroit techno. On November 19, Grammy nominated composer and world class DJ Carl Craig will be headlining the D3 event series. Mr. Craig’s role as an ambassador for Detroit techno, both through endeavors such as DEMF and his label, Planet E, have made him a treasure of the dance music community. Craig will play alongside D3 resident/and creator DJ Lady D and Chicago/Detroit favorite Jason Patrick, on Smart Bar’s top-notch Funktion One sound system. It is a terrific honor for the D3 event team, in conjunction with Smart Bar, to host Mr. Craig’s much-anticipated return to Chicago.

Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for his native Detroit. Yet, the common thread that runs through Craig’s broad musical canon and creative projects is a resounding fascination with futurism. The 41-year old producer has cultivated a unique path as an artist, entrepreneur and civic leader. He saw his first release in 1989 on Virgin UK, with subsequent releases on Transmat and Fragile. Craig then launched his own imprint, Planet e, in 1991, using the production name 69. Craig’s prolific nature is reflected in the many recording names he has used — Innerzone Orchestra, 69, BFC, Psyche, Paperclip People and Tres Demented. Under a rotating cast of titles he has consistently churned out a succession of full length albums, mix CDs, EPs and singles including: “Throw” (1994), “Landcruising” (1995), “More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art” (1997) “Programmed” (1999), “The Detroit Experiment” (2002), “The Workout” (2002), “Just Another Day” (2004),“Fabric 25” (2005), “The Album Formerly Known As” (2007), “Paris Live” (2007), the career retrospective double CD “Sessions” (2008), “The Legendary Adventures of a Filter King” (2009) and “Recomposed” (2009). In addition, Craig is a much sought after remixer who received a Grammy nomination for his re-take of the Junior Boys track, “Like a Child”. 2011 will mark 20 years of Planet e, which is in an extremely active release cycle this year. Performing November 19 at the fourth installment of D3 will mark Craig’s first Chicago appearance in four years.

Known widely as Chicago’s Queen of House Music, Darlene Jackson aka Lady D has been rocking dance floors nationally and internationally since 1995 with a sound that transverses techno, house, acid, disco and back again. Recent remixes and productions with the likes of Gold-record producing Ron Carroll and up and comer Max Loomis, have found Jackson’s focus shifting to studio work, and her 15 year anniversary tour Fame 15, playing in cities this Fall and Winter. Her audiences are diverse; from celebrity bashes for the likes of Queen Latifah and Black Eyed Peas to packed rooms in Europe, Asia and Russia. Also known for top-notch A & R, Lady D managed the AfterHours label, and now runs her own imprint, D’lectable Music. The Chicago Public Library currently features Lady D and D’lectable in their Fall ad campaign. As resident DJ, Lady D’s energetic sets are a consistent measure of quality for every D3. On November 19 she will play with Loomis for a dynamic Joint Effort tag team.

Joining Mr. Craig and Lady D behind the decks, is Chicago’s Jason Patrick, formerly of Detroit. Jason’s recent appearances at Varsity All-Stars in Chicago, Bionic in San Francisco, and reSOLUTE Detroit have earned him a reputation for seamless mixing in his DJ sets and tight, well-mastered original productions. His Klectik 005 project, “Octollo,” received the support of top DJs. Jason now finds himself quite busy with remix projects and directing new projects for his label Klectik. His recent remix for Dilo and Gurtz recent “Lotus Brainbow” EP has been widely acclaimed and is currently climbing the Beatport charts.

D’lectable Music is respected industry-wide for releasing some of the hottest records since 2004 with names as diverse as DJ Sneak, Style of Eye and more. In an effort to expose audiences to the depth of the artistry in techno, minimal and house, Nadia Podolsky’s VOLATL Events has booked a myriad of genre-defining artists including Jeff Mills, Bruno Pronsato, Adam Beyer, Camea, Mr. C and more, while producing dozens of memorable events in Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Miami with a forward-thinking approach to sound arrays. ArtKiwon, under the direction of SAIC grad and curator Kiwon Choi, has coordinated dozens of multimedia installations and shows. Art for this session of the D3 series will include installations from Choi, live video by Galina Shevchenko, interactive/relational experiences via Hoyun Son and live paintings done by Slang Jones to the music of our stellar DJ’s. Carl Craig@ D3VOLATL and Artkiwon work alongside D’lectable to curate the D3 night. A comprehensive scope of music, fashion, art and dance is what D3 seeks to achieve with every outing. Pre-Sale tickets are available via smartbarchicago.com, or will be 12 USD at the door (before midnight) 15 USD after.

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D3 #3 09/ 17/ 2010

September 13, 2010

D3 (Deconstruct, Discover, Detroit) featuring Juan Atkins (aka Model 500 and Cybotron): The Origins of Detroit Techno

The D3 event series celebrates the innovators of Detroit techno and the 25th anniversary of this unique art-form. D3 (Discover Deconstruct Detroit) is not only a fusion of house and techno but a meeting of art, fashion & music as well. D’lectable Music along with VOLATL events have partnered …with ArtKiwon (a contemporary arts group) to bring a decidedly unique artistry to the events with live painting, live fashion and art installations in the club environment for total transformation of Chicago’s most famous venue, Smart Bar. Juan Atkins, the September headliner from Detroit, is widely credited as, “the originator of techno music.” Atkins will play alongside D3 resident/curator DJ Lady D and James Lauer, on Smart Bar’s top – notch Funktion One sound system. It is a terrific honor for the D3 event team, in conjunction with Smart Bar, to host Mr. Atkins as a part of the series.

It is only appropriate that the D3 Event series feature Juan Atkins, who along with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson (“The Belleville Three”), are specifically noted to be the originators of Detroit techno. Atkins was born in Detroit, Michigan, and subsequently developed his unique sound there, alongside frequent collaborators May and Saunderson, finding influence from Krawtwerk and Parliament Funkadelic. From his roots playing funk bass, Atkins began recording early techno tracks as Cybotron , releasing legendary tracks such as, “Techno City” and “Clear.” His next project, Model 500, conceived in 1985, famed for the hit “No UFO’s,” is a project that still finds great success for Atkins today. Atkins’ many releases, not only on his own imprint, Metroplex, but on such touted labels as Tresor, Capitol Records and KMS, have cemented his mark on music. He was featured in the documentary High Tech Soul and was an essential part of the innagural Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Much discussed and anthologized not only for his 20 years of production credits but also for his ability to rock a dance floor, Juan Atkins’ music and DJ-ing are deified in Europe and embraced all over the world.

D3 resident DJ Lady D marries the classic house tracks of Chicago’s past with the choicest four-to-the-floor stomps of today, and always throws down a soulful and sinful set. Known widely as Chicago’s Queen of House Music, Darlene Jackson\ aka Lady D has been rocking dance floors nationally and internationally since 1995. Lady D is known for top-notch A & R, remixing and production, having managed the label AfterHours, and now running her own imprint D’lectable Music. Behind the decks now going on 15 years, Jackson’s sound transverses techno, houe, tech-house, acid and back again. She has played for diverse audiences, from celebrity studded bashes for the like of Queen Latifah, to packed rooms in Euope, Latin America and Russia, from her humble roots in Chicago’s underground house scene. Recent collaborations with the likes of Gold Record producing Ron Carroll have found Jackson’s focus shifting to studio work, and her 15 year anniversary tour Fame 15, playing in cities this Fall and Winter.

Joining DJ Lady D and Juan Atkins behind the decks is Chicago mainstay, James Lauer who recently hosted The END Sundays at Smart Bar/Redno5 and has been playing electronic music in Chicago for the past 10+ years. As host of Diversified Portfolio on Chicago’s WNUR 89.3fm he has inspired listeners with his passion for mixing together a wide selection of the best electronic music from early chicago acid house to deep modern dub and everything in between. James maintains this DIY attitude in his own studio productions and live sets through which he aims to re-creates the raw energy and sounds coming out of Chicago and Detroit back when it all was just getting stared.

D’lectable Music is respected industry-wide for releasing some of the hottest records in House music since 2004 with names as diverses as DJ Sneak, Style of Eye, Nick Maurer and more. D’lectable, works alongside VOLATL Events and ArtKiwon to curate the D3 night. In an effort to expose audiences to the depth of the artistry in techno, minimal and house, Nadia Podolsky’s VOLATL Events have booked a myriad of genre-defining artists including Stacey Pullen, Bruno Pronsato, Adam Beyer, Camea, Mr. C and more. VOLATL has produced dozens of memorable events in Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Miami with a forward-thinking approach to sound arrays and bookings. ArtKiwon, under the direction of curator Kiwon Choi, has coordinated dozens of multimedia installations and shows. Artists for this third session of the D3 series include, curator visual artist Kiwon Choi, interdisciplinary artist Hoyun Son, and video artist Galina Shevchenko. Sho Tsunoda and Shelly Johnson will be creating live paintings done to the music of our stellar DJ’s. A comprehensive scope of music, fashion, art and dance is what D3 seeks to achieve with every outing. Pre-Sale tickets are available via smartbarchicago.com, or will be 10 USD at the door (before midnight).

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Shout’n Out

February 5, 2010

DJs/Producers/Artists about tha D…

  • Charles Johnson aka The Electrifying Mojo
  • Juan Atkins aka Model 500
  • Derrick May aka Mayday
  • Kevin Saunderson aka E Dancer aka Inner City
  • Eddie “Flashin'” Fowlkes
  • Chez Damier
  • Carl Craig aka Paperclip People aka C2
  • Stacey Pullen
  • Underground Resistance
  • Jeff Mills aka The Wizard
  • Mad Mike Banks
  • Norma Jean Bell
  • Kenny Dixon Jr aka MoodyMann
  • Alton Miller
  • Mike Grant
  • Mike Clark aka Agent X
  • DJ Korie
  • Women on Wax
  • DJ Minx
  • Diviniti
  • DJ Genesis
  • Jennifer Xerri
  • Buzz Goree
  • Omar S.
  • James Pennington aka Suburban Knight
  • Alan Oldham aka T-1000
  • Eric Dulan aka DJ Bone
  • Magda
  • Lauren Flax
  • Dan Bell aka DBX
  • Marc Kinchen aka MK
  • Adult
  • Piranhahead
  • Mike Brown
  • Delano Smith
  • The Detroit Experiment
  • Underground Resistance
  • Scan 7
  • Kenny Larkin
  • Kelvin Larkin
  • DJ Rolando aka The Aztec Mystic
  • Octave One
  • Amp Fiddler
  • Norm Talley
  • Aaron Carl
  • Rob Rage
  • Tim Baker
  • Derek Plasaiko
  • Neil Ollivierra aka Detroit Escalator Company
  • Erick McShane aka DJ E Dubb
  • Keith Worthy
  • Rick Wilhite
  • William Stacy aka DJ Seoul
  • Detroit Techno Militia
  • Terrence Parker
  • Dwayne Jensen
  • Sean Deason
  • Kelli Hand
  • Blake Baxter
  • Detroit Grand Pubahs
  • Fanon Flowers
  • BileeBob
  • Anthony Shake Shakkir
  • The Burden Brothers
  • Gabe Real
  • Todd Sines
  • Derrick Thompson
  • Ken Collier
  • Rob Hood
  • Terrence Dixon
  • Drexciya
  • John Beltran
  • Scan 7
  • Seth Troxler
  • Los Hermanos
  • Mark Flash
  • ? – use comments to add to this list!
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Fnews magazine article: SAIC field trip to Motown

February 1, 2010

SAIC Art History professors show students provocative works in Detroit. 
Text and photos by Brandon Kosters
 
On Saturday, November 14th, SAIC art history professors Daniel Quiles and Kymberly Pinder took a group of students to see two significant artworks in Detroit:  Diego Rivera’s mural Detroit Industry in the Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Heidelberg Project by Tyree Guyton.
 
Daniel Quiles, who teaches the course “Latin America: The Last Avant Garde” said, “My initial impulse for going to see [“Detroit Institute”] the [Diego] Rivera murals was as part of a course that I am currently teaching on avant-garde art in Latin America. The Mexican muralists felt that the answer to the question of how to merge art and life would be to create a publicly-situated art with clear messages.” “This happened to coincide with the interests of a class that Kymberly Pinder was teaching [“The History of Mural Painting”]; she knew about the Heidelberg Project [by Tyree Guyton]. In retrospect I think the two works go quite nicely together in a whistle-stop jaunt through Detroit, as testimonies to the optimism of our past and the daunting challenges of our present.”
 
Started in 1986, Guyton’s Heidelberg Project utilizes mildew infested stuffed animals, withered houses, auto industry detritus, and a myriad of other found objects, Guyton’s Heidelberg Project paradoxically links spirituality to commodification, and kitsch to social toxins in urban environments.”
 
Produced 1932-33, Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry consists of twenty seven frescoes paintings that fill the walls of the inner court of the Detroit Institute of the Arts. Workers in the auto industry are depicted working in the factory for The Ford Motor Company. The workers toil while bourgeois citizens are depicted spectating their activity from a safe distance. The upper panels of the mural feature references to religion and technology.
 
Quiles said, “The key difference between Rivera and Guyton is the whole structuring condition of the commission. Rivera comes to Detroit and can only execute his work with the permission of the ruling elite of the city, industrialists like Henry Ford, and the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, William Valentiner, who are pictured together in the bottom right of one of the largest murals.”
 
“Guyton Represents the diametric opposite of this situation,” Quiles said. “His work is borne of the post-industrial moment and its abandonment of vast urban spaces and populations. Here we must consider the fact that the city of Detroit has partially demolished the work twice and has not ruled out doing so again in the future.”
 

Guyton/Heidelberg Project

Pinder said, “A link that can be made [between the two works] would be that both are types of public art that addresses the theme of labor and a disenfranchised sector of society. The Heidelberg Project is an expression of this sector taking back their autonomy and creating something out of nothing to stand as a very visible symbol of perseverance and the power of art making.”

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There’s something about Detroit

January 31, 2010

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