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Movers and Makers: Episode 4

Episode Four of Movers and Makers features special guest Jessie Evans, in conversation with host Sonny Kay, live from her home base in Ubatuba, Brazil! A founding member of San Francisco’s Subtonix in the early 2000s, Jessie fronted the dance-goth trio The Vanishing (issuing two classic full-lengths) before making her way to Berlin, where she collaborated with Malaria!’s Bettina Köster (as Autonervous), and legendary Banshees drummer, Budgie. In 2013 she moved to Sao Paulo where she began releasing solo records and collaborating with an even wider range of artists, reinventing her sound in the process. She recently moved to the coastal town of Ubatuba, became a mom and in 2019 dropped her most recent full-length, Heartwave. This discussion takes place Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 pm CST.

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Movers and Makers: Episode 3

Episode Three of Movers and Makers features special guest Robin Laananen, a photographer and tour manager who has devoted more than a decade to trekking around the world with groups like Refused, The Locust, Modest Mouse, and Le Butcherettes. After cutting her teeth in Seattle shooting live shows and, eventually, Sub Pop publicity photos, she relocated to Los Angeles and found her niche. In 2017, Robin issued the first book of her work, US/THEN, documenting her adventures traveling with the group, Warpaint. Robin sits down with Low Key Arts’ Sonny Kay to talk about her career and her travels with some of the most provocative bands in underground music. This discussion takes place Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 pm CST.

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Movers and Makers: Episode 2

Episode Two of Movers and Makers features special guest Ashish Vyas, bassist with DC’s multicultural groove dealers, Thievery Corporation. Hash (as he’s known to friends), a first-generation American of South Asian parents, earned his stripes in the early 2000s with San Diego punk-dub icons Gogogo Airheart before he started bringing the vibes in a major way with TC. He’s traveled to every corner of the world, made records in some of the most exotic places imaginable, and jammed with members of Fishbone and Fugazi. They don’t call him the low-end sadhu for nothing! Join us for what will no doubt be a fascinating discussion with one of your host’s favorite people – and musicians – in the world. Movers and Makers Episode Two will stream live at 6:00PM CST on Tuesday, November 24 at facebook.com/lowkeyarts

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Movers and Makers

Low Key Arts is pleased to announce a new online interview and discussion series, Movers and Makers. Hosted by LKA Executive Director, Sonny Kay, the series presents in-depth conversations with noteworthy artists, musicians, and instigators contributing to popular culture through their work and their lifestyles.

Episode One of Movers and Makers features special guest Damon Locks, an influential Chicago musician, visual artist, and teacher. Locks has a 30-year history in underground music and art, and has been actively involved in the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project in Chicago for many years. As a designer, his work has adorned some of the most influential rock albums of the past two decades. His groups Trenchmouth (with Portlandia’s Fred Armisen), The Eternals, and Exploding Star Orchestra defy classification, instead presenting a relentless trend toward innovation, reinvention and fusion. In late 2019, Locks’ Black Monument Ensemble released their debut album, Where Future Unfolds, a haunting, prophetic portrait of the stark reality of life for Black people in the United States, set to a lush backdrop of gospel jazz, whose beauty transcends the pain it describes.

The discussion will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM CST and can be viewed live on the Low Key Arts Facebook page (facebook.com/lowkeyarts).