An evening with Hisham Mayet of Sublime Frequencies
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Hisham Mayet. Photo by Leah Nash
Piazzoni Murals Room, Wilsey Court
6–7:30 pm: “Outernational” Music in Wilsey Court
7:30–8:15 pm: Lecture and listening: Charles Duvelle – Disques OCORA in Piazzoni Murals Room
Founding member Hisham Mayet of legendary label Sublime Frequencies visits the de Young for a double header of rare and intimate sounds and images gathered from explorations around the world. First, Mayet DJs a mix of international folk and pop music gathered in both urban and rural frontiers from his extensive music collection gathered throughout travels and explorations in Southeast Asia, North Africa, West Africa, and the Middle East. With releases like “Choubi Choubi: Folk and pop sounds from Iraq” and “Radio Niger,” the label’s work in archiving and field recording “outernational” creative practice through a kind of punk ethnomusicology is characterized by an embrace of traditional and innovative forms of performance and other human expression.
After, Mayet will lecture and share images and sounds from his latest project based on in-depth collaboration with pioneering composer and musicologist Charles Duvelle. Duvelle's widely-influential recordings, as well as his now-iconic photographs and graphic design were released primarily through the influential Disques Ocora label. They form one of the most important contributions to the human understanding of the rich biodiversity of our planet's music and language, archiving and exposing important expressions of modern music in the context of West Africa, Central Africa, the Indian Ocean, Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia. Mayet will speak about his research on Duvelle, assembled into a limited edition publication, exhaustive and richly illustrated, that collects field recordings and field photography and an extensive interview between Mayet and Duvelle. The Photographs of Charles Duvelle: Disques OCORA and Collection PROPHET will be available for sale in the de Young store.
Programs and museum admission are free and open to the public during this event, unless otherwise noted. Come onsite the day-of to redeem a free ticket to see Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire. Admission into the permanent collection is free with no ticket required.