Using sound, lights, and video, performers from around the world create new experiences that expand your concept of music. The MCA's musical events take place in the intimate Edlis Neeson Theater, on the Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden, or other spaces around the museum.
Short A young black woman stands at a microphone, her mouth open in a cry or in song. She holds a curved length of wood or bone above her head with both hands.
Long A young black woman with closely cropped hair stands at a microphone, her mouth open in a cry or in song. She is dramatically lit by warm light from her left in an otherwise cool dark space. She holds a yard-long curved length of wood or bone above her head with both hands. Her garment is gathered at the waist and draped around her torso. It covers her right arm with a long sleeve and leaves her left arm exposed. Behind her a second performer kneels at a second mic, working with an electronic instrument. The space behind them is dark, but a length of corrugated steel, painted in varying colors, lies behind them.
Short A man rests his hands on a huge bass drum. He looks at a woman seated to his right, who plays a miniature piano-like instrument. They are spot-lit on a black stage.
Long A man sits behind a bass drum, which leans into his lap as he plays it gently with his hands. He looks toward a woman seated to his right and playing a miniature piano-like instrument. They are spot-lit on a dark stage.
Short A man playing an electric guitar stands in between two raised platforms, both at different heights; two dancers, arms outstretched, are tapping atop the platforms.
Long A male and female performer, clad in black, appear on the MCA Stage. Both dancers, their arms extended, tap on top of black platforms. In between them, a man wearing suspenders plays guitar while another man gazes into the distance. All four appear in front of a solid black curtain.