May 17, 2013

Red Bull Music Academy Presents: A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets

I've been getting more live music gigs lately, and this one was a bit of a treat.  A little while ago I photographed a show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple called "A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets."  This was a show where one artist starts improving onstage for five minutes, and was joined by a second musician who would duet with them for another five.  Then the first musician would leave and the next would join in, and for the next two hours twenty musicians would take the stage.

Of the twenty musicians I was only really familiar with three:  ?uestlove, Andrew W.K. and Andrew Bird.  It seemed like a rather random assortment of talents to bring together on one stage, so I was intrigued to see how the rest of the lineup would mesh together.  It was just as random as I expected - DJ's playing with pianists, jazz sax players playing with punk rockers, acoustic instrumentalists playing with computerized sound-scapes, etc.

What ensued was a one-of-a-kind performance that brought together a wide array of musicians and fans that would otherwise never have found themselves at the same show.

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