Michael Stipe premiering at Moogfest, Stephen O’Malley joins durational programming
*Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct information
Michael Stipe’s second Moogfest exclusive installation, Thibault Dance, makes its world premiere; Stephen O’Malley and Angel Deradoorian team up for a challenging collision of experimental worlds; the Reverb Record Fair and Single Day Passes return.
Durham, N.C.– R.E.M. frontman and multimedia artist Michael Stipe is debuting his new multimedia installation, Thibault Dance, the second in a series of audio-visual pieces created exclusively for the festival. Thibault Dance was shot by Stipe in New York City and features French dancer and researcher Thibault Lac, whose movements were then set to an original score created by Stipe. Thibault Dance is the successor to Jeremy Dance, an original piece by Stipe that debuted at Moogfest last year as a tribute to Stipe’s longtime, departed friend Jeremy Ayers.
“Thibault Dance is an enveloping turn on my work in video,” Stipe describes. “The material comes from the juxtaposition and friction of raw elements of physicality, performed to a reimagined musical score that heightens tension to create a portrait where awkwardness and grace coexist, shifting through vulnerability, discovery, and pure dance.”
The installation will be presented at the ground-level exterior of the historic Snow Building in downtown Durham and will be viewable throughout the festival.
New Additions to Programming
Moogfest is pleased to announce the addition of vanguard drone music composer Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))), Khanate, Burning Witch) and pop experimentalist Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors, Avey Tare) to its durational programming. The duo will come together for a collaborative four-hour performance on Saturday, May 19. Joining the festival’s nighttime lineup are genderqueer R&B futurist Mhysa and post-jungle beatmaker NO EYES of Suzi Analogue’s Never Normal Records. Durham-based noise-punk duo sister, brother have also been added to kick off the music on Thursday evening. In addition, renowned music educator Herb Deutch, who collaborated with Bob Moog on the development of the Moog Synthesizer, joins the daytime lineup for a conversation on Thursday, May 17.
The Reverb Record Fair Launches at Moogfest
Reverb LP Record Fair, an online marketplace for buying and selling records and other physical music, will bring their online experience to life through the Reverb LP Record Fair at this year’s festival. The fair will feature selections from All Day Records, Carolina Soul, and many more, and will present everything from obscure rarities to collection staples to boutique releases.
“We love record stores like we love music instrument stores — they are important community hubs that support not only music creation, but also our ability to share and appreciate music and the people who create it,” said Jim Tuerk, Director of Business Development at music gear marketplace Reverb.com, which recently launched Reverb LP as a marketplace for records and other physical music. “Through the record fair at Moogfest, we’re excited to introduce attendees to both Reverb LP and a ton of great local record shops that can help them add to their collections.”
The Reverb LP Record Fair is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. each day of the festival. Discounts from select records will be available, along with the option to ship your purchases home for free.
Single Day Passes Available May 1
Individual Thursday, Friday, and Saturday passes to Moogfest 2018 can be purchased starting today with limited quantities available. Each pass is $99 plus fees and provides General Admission access to all events taking place on that particular day, spanning both daytime and nighttime events. Day passes can be purchased here.
Moogfest 2018 is presented by United Therapeutics, American Underground, and Moog Music Inc., with support from UphoricTV, Meyer Sound, Virginia Tech, Bull Durham Beer, Bedlam Vodka, 21c Museum Hotel, Blizzard Lighting, the Durham Marriott City Center, and the Durham Hotel. For more information, visit moogfest.com.
All ticket types below are available for purchase now HERE.
Engineer Festival Pass – $1500 (limited quantity)
This two-day synth-building workshop, led by Moog engineers, invites a select group of enthusiasts to build their very own unreleased Moog analog synthesizer. The workshop is conducted in two, multi-hour sessions. No experience necessary, but basic soldering knowledge is recommended. Participants in the Engineering workshop also receive priority access to select festival venues, exclusive events and gift bag. Workshops are available via capacity-limited RSVP. Engineer Festival Pass holders receive first priority selection on a limited basis. Engineer Festival Passes available for a limited time, while supplies last. Scheduling of Engineer Workshops are prioritized by the order of purchase.
VIP Festival Pass – $499 (limited quantity)
VIP access for the duration of the event. Priority access to all festival venues for performances and conference programming, a private VIP lounge, complimentary food and drink, exclusive VIP events, and a dedicated gift bag. Workshops are available via RSVP. VIP Festival Pass holders will receive first priority on a limited basis.
Festival Pass – $249
General Admission for the duration of the event. Access to all festival venues for performances and conference programming: conversations, workshops, and installations. Workshops are available via RSVP. VIP Festival Pass holders will receive first priority on a limited basis.
Payment plans are also available. Simply select ‘Monthly Payments with Affirm’ as your payment method during checkout. More details are available here.