^
Keep New Times Free
4
| Art |

TabomBass at Faena Aims to Turn Miami Music Week on Its Head

Vivian Caccuri, TabbomBass (2016), installation view at 32nd Bienal de São Paulo.EXPAND
Vivian Caccuri, TabbomBass (2016), installation view at 32nd Bienal de São Paulo.
Courtesy of the artist

For the past couple of years, the Faena District has turned its Miami Music Week programming on its head. Instead of the typical DJ set packed with airhorns, dazzling light show, and hordes of aficionados packed in cramped, dimly lit venues, Faena stages "anti-concerts."

Equal parts experiential art experience, modern-day ritual, and soundscape installation, this year's performance, TabomBass by Vivian Caccuri, aims to create an open space for exploration.

"I think Faena Art’s programming during Music Week since our inception has served as a platform that allows for the party or social happening to be the raw material for artistic creation," curator Zoe Lukov says. "From Alejandro Guzman’s Bochinche performance in 2017, Noche de Brujas lineup of last year, and now Vivian Caccuri’s TabomBass, we have created space to explore the in-between or gray area between contemporary art and musical practices."

Providing a backdrop of stacked speakers draped in candles, Caccuri designed a piece that acts as a stage for local and international musicians to improvise short segments over an African baseline — creating an active dialogue between the recorded beats and live music. The beats were composed by artists from the city of Accra, Ghana, while Caccuri was in country researching the roots of Brazil's ethnic musical heritage.

Vivian Caccuri, TabbomBass (2016)EXPAND
Vivian Caccuri, TabbomBass (2016)
Courtesy of the artist

The slave trade brought many West Africans to Brazil in the 18th and 19th Centuries. One of their cultural imports that survives to this day, and can still be felt on the streets of any city, is the syncopated dance rhythms imbued within Brazilian music. In 1835, Accra received groups of African-Brazilians who fled the Malê Revolt, a slave rebellion in Salvador. Descendants of these refugees are known to this day as Taboms. With roots in the African diaspora in Latin America, Caccuri aims to create dialogues between nationalities and time periods.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

"I’m interested in providing the space for a sound experience that is unlike any other during Music Week," Lukov says. "We are invited to listen and respond to sounds from around the world within the context of contemporary art and to reimagine the ways that they have the power to move our bodies, reflect our histories, and tell our stories."

Thanks to Faena's partnerships with Absolut Elyx and Winter Music Conference, which will take place at the Faena Forum this year, the event is free and open to the public. Audiences are encouraged to come in any time between 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. to sample music from Ghanaian artist Yaw P, as well as locals like Tama Gucci, Paperwater, and Suzi Analogue, among others.

TabomBass. 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the Faena Forum, 3398 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; faena.com. Admission is free.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.