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In Conversation with Rafiq Bhatia

By Isabella St. Ivany

Mar 14, 2019

Musician, composer, and producer Rafiq Bhatia defies any one genre or category. After moving to New York in 2010 post graduating from Oberlin College & Conservatory, Bhatia released a succession of highly-praised, improvisation-driven albums challenging traditional jazz, electronic, and hip-hop composition. From here, he joined the experimental group Son Lux and began recording with groups like Lorde and Sufjan Stevens. Bhatia felt inspired from this time of musical technological manipulation to assume the role of producer resulting in his groundbreaking album Breaking English, which was released on Anti-Records last year. Bhatia will perform Breaking English live at The Kitchen with Ian Chang (electronic and acoustic drums) and Jackson Hill (bass and synthesizers) on Friday, Marc... Read On

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In Conversation with Pamela Z

By Sofía Benitez

Feb 25, 2019

Pamela Z, legendary electronic musician and performer, is one of the commissioned composers for the upcoming performance: Claire Chase: Density 2036, part vi premiering at The Kitchen March 1-2, 2019. I spoke with her to learn more about her process of coming up with a piece, her experience working with Claire Chase for the first time, and what she is up to next. How did you first learn about The Kitchen? The Kitchen has such a long history that although I was not in New York, I heard about it long before I started playing here. I first played at The Kitchen in 2004 with a performance work called Voci and it was a great experience. I came back for Baggage Allowance in 2010. Both works premiered in San Francisco and then I brought them here. Can you tell us about your up... Read On

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Checking in with Tina Satter: An Interview

By Dahlia Bloomstone and Rayna Holmes

Jan 4, 2019

Tina Satter is an experimental playwright and director based in New York City. In 2008, she founded the Brooklyn-based ensemble Half Straddle; a group of performers and designers that make plays, performances, video, and music via her writing and direction. Since then, Half Straddle has premiered nine full-length shows, a number of shorter works and video projects that have been seen at festivals and theaters throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia, and won multiple awards. The group has presented work at The Kitchen numerous times, including: The Kitchen L.A.B, 2013; Ancient Lives, 2015; Here I Go, pt. 2 of You, 2017. This month, Tina Satter and members of the Half Straddle team return to The Kitchen to premiere a new work titled Is This A Room: REALITY WINNER VERBATIM TRANSC... Read On

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Made Real Everyday

By Tim Griffin

Dec 17, 2018

Among the most fulfilling aspects of working at The Kitchen is a sense of offering artists not only a platform for their work and ideas, but also, maybe more important, a home. In other words, there is a sense of belonging here, and of being part of a continuing history, made palpable every day. As one artist recently told me after their production ended, “It was like being part of a temporary family.” That fundamental authenticity has been a hallmark of The Kitchen since the 1970s, and propels artists to create productions that continually take new risks. And audiences see work here that they would not experience anywhere else. Just during the past year, such highlights have included Charles Atlas’s video installation The Past Is Here, The Futures are Coming and incredible theater p... Read On

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In Conversation with Jibade-Khalil Huffman

By Georgica Pettus

Dec 10, 2018

Artist Jibade-Khalil Huffman has been working in, around, and between the worlds of video and literature for much of his adult life. As a child, however, all he wanted was to be a DJ. And the significance of this childhood fantasy becomes abundantly clear when one speaks with Huffman regarding his show, Tempo, on view at The Kitchen through this Saturday, December 15. With twenty years of perspective, he readily contemplates his early encounters with popular culture, acknowledging how much of that same pop culture persists today, albeit in a different frame. As he observes, “The show is about music; it’s about a particular black male experience and how music informs that.” A video titled Black Twitter in the Hour of Chaos provides the core of Tempo. The single-channel version is proje... Read On

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