Thao Nguyen (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down)
Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire)
Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters)
A NYC tribute to the music and legacy of Arthur Russell
The epitome of a postmodern musician, Arthur Russell changed the rules in his all-too-brief lifetime. The Iowa-born composer, cellist and singer entered the Downtown NYC scene in the 1970s - and by the time he passed away in 1992, his influence had permeated virtually every aspect of it: as the musical director of experimental art space The Kitchen, in collaboration with Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne, and Ali Akbar Khan; as a disco innovator with his Loose Joints and Dinosaur L projects, and an extraordinary solo musician and singer. To honor his legacy, the Red Hot Organization released the compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, featuring more than 20 artists paying musical tribute. Over the course of two special evenings, the Red Bull Music Academy teams up with BAM and Red Hot to bring together an all-star cast of musicians, who will bring the compilation to life.