Callings Out of Context: Ratking + Gabriel Garzón-Montano

Callings Out of Context: Ratking + Gabriel Garzón-Montano

“You can feel this distance dissolve when what’s before you is a kind of frenzy of recombination, of translation, of an artist diving all the way into his or her material, certain there is a secret in the noise and speed… certain that the artist can find the secret and make it into a story anyone can understand.” -- Greil Marcus, from ‘No Money Down: Pop Art, Pop Music, Pop Culture’ [2002]

REDCAT and The Broad present Callings Out of Context

Series: Callings Out of Context

Featuring some of today’s most exciting and transgressive musicians, Callings Out of Context is an aural complement to the Broad collection’s holdings of Pop Art. The series features hybrid-minded contemporary musical artists that engage, point to and tell stories about the modern market they are simultaneously a part of, while opening our ears to new perspectives on genre, repetition and mass production. Each program will pair artists from divergent corners of the marketplace, from the heart of indie-rock to the fringes of hip-hop and electronic music to the experimentalism of the avant-garde. The series title was inspired by the Arthur Russell song Calling Out of Context. Guest Curator is Ted Hearne. 

Ratking + Gabriel Garzón-Montano

Call it 'no wave' rap. Call it 'no school' hip hop. The New York–based trio Ratking are raw, philosophical and utterly reactive. Piecing together detritus from the scorched earth of New York's musio-social landscape—where bloated, self-satisfied hip hop bumps elbows with the nihilist refrain of dead end punk; where delicate, perfumed beauty sits directly beside rancid, mangled poverty—Ratking's music revels in subversive bricolage and bold recombination. Known for their “rabble-rousing gusto and a reputation for wild live shows” (Pitchfork), MC’s Wiki and Hak act not only as mischievous tour guides but as dual ends of our own conscious: one sharp-witted, vulnerable and seemingly anti-social; the other feral and poetic. Sporting Life weaves a teeming Big Apple backdrop littered with referential gems, intelligent hooks and sheer immediacy.

Opening the evening is singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano, who exemplifies hybridity in his music. His songs infuse a soul/R&B sensibility with gauzy and impressionistic arrangements betraying a classical austerity. Fresh from a collaboration with Lenny Kravitz and featured on Drake's latest album, Garzón-Montano is a colorful and authentic musical voice. Tickets are $20 and will be available beginning Thursday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m.

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SAT 1/23
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff