Here is the text of an article I wrote, originally published here by Air Traffic Control about an artist retreat / fact-finding trip to Tucson, Arizona this past May.
Here is some footage from a concert I was a part of last Sunday, Sept. 11 2011 with Tony Allen, members of the Roots, Macy Gray, David Murray and his Big Band, Amp Fiddler, singers/dancers from the Fela! musical, and of course, my brothers from Antibalas as part of the Red Bull Music Academy*. There [...]
El Mac & Retna – Thai Town, L.A. (2010) from ELMAC on Vimeo. Mural painted by Mac & Retna in Hollywood, California in March of 2010. Artwork copyright ©2010 Mac & Retna Video by: K.Ann Hagey Music: “Contra el Sol” by Ocote Soul Sounds Model: Dianne G.
El Mac & Retna – COLLIGE, VIRGO, ROSAS (2009).Process video of the creation of a large painting for Nick Cassavetes. Artwork copyright ©2010 Mac & Retna. Photography: El Mac, Music: “Paz y Alegria” by Ocote Soul Sounds
This is a video done by Marc Ngui for the song “The Grand Elixir.” It was done a few years back but I’m re-posting it because it’s one of my all time favorites. Our man Todd Simon guest stars on trumpet, french horn, and flugelhorn.
This Friday 11/5 from 3-4PM I’ll be on a panel called Italianita in a Minor Key, part of the Hybrid Moments: Independent Music in Italian America Symposium at the Calandra Institute at Queens College. Panel discussions and paper presentations will explore topics including: the Italian-American influence in indie music-making; the experience of negotiating ethnic identity [...]