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Beats Antique

Creature Carnival Tour

Shpongle, Emancipator and Lafa Taylor

November 8, 2014 | 9:00PM

Shrine Expo Hall Map It

Los Angeles, CA

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Advance: $25.00 - $40.00

Day of Show: $45.00

On Sale: Thursday, Jul 24, 10:00AM

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Event Details

All Ages

Doors Open At: 8:00PM

Event Description

For the first time ever, world renowned dancetronica trio Beats Antique have called upon a select group of likeminded artists to create the Creature Carnival. This tour will be their most...

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For the first time ever, world renowned dancetronica trio Beats Antique have called upon a select group of likeminded artists to create the Creature Carnival. This tour will be their most ambitious live event yet and a spectacle for the ages. Enlisting fellow sonic visionaries Simon Posford (Shpongle), Emancipator, and singer/emcee Lafa Taylor - the Creature Carnival promises to bring breathtaking performances, improvisational serendipity, audience participation, and tons more surprises to come. The tour embarks this Fall 2014 in select North American cities.

Constantly pushing the boundaries of live performance, Beats Antique have created the Creature Carnival after returning home from their most recent A Thousand Faces Tour - a projection mapped visual tour spanning the course of their double concept album A Thousand Faces inspired by the musings of the late Joseph Campbell. While the A Thousand Faces Tour involved breathtaking new technology combined with a fully choreographed live performance, the Creature Carnival strives to be a collaborative event with spectators and performers alike. “We want to take our fans on a journey,” notes David Satori of Beats Antique. “Now with the Creature Carnival, we plan to get the audience in a more dynamic, psychedelic, and participatory role than ever before, while hand picking our most innovative musical peers to come along for the ride.”

The night begins with a set from Lafa Taylor - who then morphs into the Carnival’s enigmatic ring leader for the evening of musical departures and split second surprises with each night containing its own twists and turns. “Every night will be completely unique,” says Zoe Jakes, “The Creature Carnival will be a collective performance, a gathering of like-minded people and a true spectacle for the senses.”

An Intro to Beats Antique

Growing like wildfire under the canopy of live electronica and experimental world fusion music, the acclaimed musical trio Beats Antique consists of David Satori - production, live instrumentation, Tommy Cappel - production, percussion, and Zoe Jakes - dance, choreography. Forming in (year), the group now headlines various music festivals across the country including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Electric Forest. With a stage performance containing more sensory indulgences than the most lavish genie’s lair, Beats Antique will indulge their fans to a raw, animalistic musical event that blurs the lines between the provocative, the spiritual, and the artistic while still maintaining allegiance to the muses of class and beauty. Their ability to blur the line between artist and audience even before the curtain rises creates a total escape both through live performance and the album experience that leaves critics and fans reeling alike.

An Intro to Shpongle

Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) has long had a reputation as the, 'Hallucinogenius' a imitable pioneer in sound experimentation, from his seminal first album, 'Twisted' which reached No.28 in the French charts selling over 50,000 copies worldwide, up to his recent Millennium hit, 'Mi-Loony-Um' with its up-to-the minute modem melodies. His international fan base has flowered from country-wide to world-wide in the last ten years, since his humble beginnings at Youth's Butterfly Studios in Brixton, this year alone he has played over 16 sell out gigs around the world, each with a capacity of over 1500 people, in Australia, Israel, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Moscow, Geneva, Montreal, Tokyo to name just a few. In Tokyo he has received a lot of TV and press coverage for their ambient project, ‘Shpongle’ which has intrigued the Japanese audience with its international blend of traditional world music and modern musical mastery

An Intro to Emancipator                             

Known for its etheric melodies, immaculately smooth samples, and addictive drum beats, Emancipator’s music has captivated a diverse audience across the globe. One might struggle to place a finger on what makes the music so addictive, but would undoubtedly return to the underlying feeling of balance and connection. Now accompanied regularly by the harmonious swells of live violin played by Ilya Goldberg, Emancipator’s live performances have developed into an all-encompassing musical experience. With the release of his newest album, Dusk to Dawn, the music promises listeners a nostalgic return to the soulful integration of organic hip hop and symphonic layers that first captivated his audience. Trusting his roots yet simultaneously evolving, Emancipator’s fresh new cultivation is nothing short of a renaissance.

An Intro to Lafa Taylor

A world traveler based in Oakland, CA Lafa Taylor is an achieved singer/emcee/producer. His music carries a message of inspiration and activation, while staying gritty, bassy, and most importantly danceable. Lafa’s live show is energetic, dynamic and unique. He has a great talent for connecting with his audience and working with the energy of the crowd. His collage of infectiously harmonic, bass heavy, multi tempo music quickly heats up the dance floor. His vocal style ranges from sweet melodic choruses to tongue twisting rhymes. He is also known for his intricate beat boxing, and often incorporates live looping.

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"Come with us on a trip through your inner dimensions…."Electronic/World fusion dance trio Beats Antique brings you their new album and multi-media touring show A Thousand Faces, a journey...

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"Come with us on a trip through your inner dimensions…."

Electronic/World fusion dance trio Beats Antique brings you their new album and multi-media touring show A Thousand Faces, a journey beyond the sonic realm that’s part odyssey, part genre-warping rock opera. The album is an epic two-volume adventure that follows every stage of Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey with sweeping and lushly textured new compositions. While the fully immersive show will carry audiences through the complete journey, A Thousand Faces – Act 1 represents just the first half of the monomyth, with the second volume due out next spring.

“A Thousand Faces is meant to be an adventure for the audience, a wild ride that takes them through these mystical lands all across the globe,” says David Satori, who formed the Bay Area-based group with fellow musician/producers Tommy Cappel and Zoe Jakes in 2007. A Thousand Faces – Act 1 features a carefully curated ensemble of guest artists, including PRIMUS vocalist/bassist Les Claypool, Sarod player Alam Khan (son of legendary classical Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan), and vocalists Morgan Sorne and long-time collaborator Lynx.

For Beats Antique—who have fused genres as disparate as flamenco, afrobeat, and French Gypsy jazz since their 2007 debut Tribal Derivations—taking on a musical interpretation of the monomyth was a prime opportunity to deepen their exploration of faraway cultures. “In Beats Antique we’re always trying to cross cultures and weave together a lot of different sounds,” says Satori. “So we were very much drawn to the fact that Joseph Campbell had studied traditions all over the world and found a link between so many different mythologies, from Native American to African to Southeast Asian.” Not only embodying the spirit of cross-cultural connection, A Thousand Faces merges a spectrum of musical styles—from Indian classical music to Balinese fusion to EDM—in a manner that’s both seamless and endlessly surprising.

That sense of sublime synergy was also a key factor in bringing to life the concept at the heart of A Thousand Faces. “As we were writing the album, everything from the music to the ideas for the stage show and video and choreography all came together in an amazing way,” says Jakes. Dubbing A Thousand Faces their most intensely collaborative effort yet, Beats Antiquedesignated a diagram of the hero’s journey as their guide for the initial stages of songwriting and composing—then let their experimental side take over and flourish as they delved further into the creative process. “Making the album was incredibly organic from thought to actual completion, right down to the guest musicians who joined us,” says Cappel. So charmed was the creation of A Thousand Faces, he adds, that within a day of deciding to ask Alam Khan to appear on “Kismat” (the album’s spellbinding second track), Khan contacted Cappel and told him he was interested in working together.

To build the lavish and intricate soundscapes heard throughout A Thousand Faces, Beats Antique blended the hypnotic rhythms and elegant melodies of traditional music with deftly crafted beats that reveal their affinity with EDM culture. An internationally regarded belly dancer who’s heading up the choreography for the dance element of the Thousand Faces tour, Jakes notes that she also found much inspiration in classical Indian dance and its practice of using movement as a means of storytelling. For help in lacing together so many eclectic sounds and influences, Beats Antique recruited guest musicians like baritone sax and clarinet player Sylvain Carton and violinist Lila Sklar, in addition to Les Claypool (who lends his bass wizardry and vocals to the brilliantly twisted “Beelzebub”) and singer/songwriter/beat-boxer LYNX (who appears on the breathtakingly ethereal “You the Starry Eyed”). From the serpentine splendor of “Pandora’s Box” to the heady intensity of “Veil of Tears,” the result is epic in scope yet intimate in its emotionalism.

Already renowned for their outrageous live performances, Beats Antique have dreamed up a grander show than ever before with the live component
of A Thousand Faces. With technology and production helmed by Obscura Digital (a San Francisco-based company known for its work with Brian Eno, the Guggenheim Museum, and SF MOMA), the show will feature creative visual production by Ivan Landau (a filmmaker whose visual-effects credits include Æon Flux and Sin City). Also partnering with world renowned digital artist, Andrew Jones (who's art has been projected on the Sydney Opera House and done the majority of Bearts Antique's album covers). Also illustrator Leighton Kelly (who teamed up with Landau on the video for “Revival,” a track off of Beats Antique’s 2010 album Blind Threshold), the group has created a multimedia spectacle that’s rich in sensory stimulation.

“Instead of throwing out random visuals we’re using video in a way that’s very intentional and—combined with Zoe’s choreography and our costumes and the music itself—ends up immersing the audience in the story that we’re telling with the album,” says Cappel.

As veterans of a vibrant Bay Area underground arts scene committed to pushing boundaries through collaboration, Beats Antique first and foremost strove to offer a uniquely communal experience with A Thousand Faces. “This is a universal story that’s been told for thousands of years,” notes Jakes. “We are each a spoke in the wheel of the monomyth, and there’s a deep sense of unity in all of us sharing the same story.” To that end, Beats Antique chose to tell the narrative that runs throughout A Thousand Faces from the perspective of the listener. “Our main ambition for the album and the show was to create an unforgettable experience for the audience,” says Satori. “We’re the characters they’re encountering along the way, the scenery that’s constantly changing all around them, and it’s the audience members themselves who are the heroes on this journey.”

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