Tune in to Afternoon New Music this Monday, August 3rd, from 3-6PM to hear an interview with Matt Motel of the duo Talibam!. He will stop by to talk about the free jazz/experimental group and their upcoming performance at the Sound + Vision Festival on Monday night. Listen!
Talibam!, a duo from New York City featuring Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea, can be described in various ways -- as a classic keyboards/drums free jazz duo, as Dadaist provocateurs with an innate love for the history of music, as a theater group in the tradition of the Upright Citizen's Brigade, as an electronic ensemble inspired by Stockhausen, as amateur rappers, as techno dj's, etc. Since their inception in 2003, Talibam!’s ultimate goal has been to wed disparate ideologies through proficiency, controversy, inquiry, and compassion -- an approach perpetuating audiences and listeners to face, question, define, and attempt to defend their own level of tolerance.
Talibam! has collaborated across genre and medium -- for example, performing for artist Peter Coffin at Deitch Projects in 2008; Collaboration with acclaimed choreographer Karole Armitage's Armitage Gone! Dance took place from 2009-2012 (performances at Kitchen NYC 2009 and in Torino Italy '09, Abrons Arts Center NYC '10, Milano Dance Festival and Queen Elizabeth Hall's Dance Umbrella Festival London '11 etc). In 2011, Talibam! spent the greater half of the year in residency at LMCC Swing Space, awarded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, in an abandoned underground bank vault on WALL ST.