So, this week or so, here’s where you can catch DJ Ayana in action:
Monday, December 5th @ Danny’s Tavern
Folks in the know love this spot for its nice sound system and dancing scene. I plan to spin an exciting mix of mod, latin, blues, and soul to swoon and move to. Of course, heavy on the local sounds, heavy on the heavy sounds.
1951 West Dickens, Chicago starting at 10pm
Friday, December 9th… I’ll be spinning at the opening of The Listening Room, Theaster Gates’ Art installation at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), Seattle. Image above: Records from Theaster’s “Dr. Wax Collection” taken at the Dorchester Projects, Chicago.
More about The Listening Room: [from the art newspaper]
The installation will feature a collection of vinyl albums from the now closed Dr Wax record store in Chicago to create a space in which visitors can gather to listen and learn about “a cultural archive that was getting lost”, says Gates.
Around 4,000 records, including recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr, James Brown, the Isaac Brothers and vaudeville comedienne “Moms” Mabley, will be embedded in the gallery wall.
Gates says the records can be used to examine African-American politics through history: “When were our voices radical, when were they pacifist? Do we sing about things we can’t scream about?” A DJ [me] will play selections in a pulpit-like station built by Gates from reclaimed materials. “The DJ is the minister of music, the albums are the choir…”
Seattle Art Museum
100 University Street, Seattle 98101-2902, USA
+1 206 625 8900