Moogfest’s free outdoor programming: Michael Stipe, Moses Sumney, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Leading Saturday’s addition are legendary hip-hop DJs and producers Pete Rock (Pete Rock & CL Smooth) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), plus a full-band performance by indie-soul singer-songwriter Moses Sumney, who returns to Moogfest for the second time.
This announcement accompanies Moogfest’s previously released free programming that includes Ralph Steadman‘s Harmon-INK! exhibit and Michael Stipe‘s Thibault Dance installation. Stipe will also be in conversation with Andy Battaglia from ArtNews, to present his new book, showcasing his multi-layered artistry narrated with experiences from his youth.
Michael Stipe had this to say about his participation this year:
“I get to return to Moogfest with the premiere of the second installment of my dance series, called ‘Thibault Dance.’ Creating these portraits means I get to work in video, which I love; with movement and performance, which I love, and with composing music as a reaction, which is new to me. With my band I always had music to write against; in the case of these video portraits, I am writing music to movement. It turns the entire process on its head. There is a trust between myself and the person I am creating a portrait of— and that relationship, that ‘dance’, is important to me, and to the success of the piece.
With ‘Thibault Dance’ there’s clear nuance and tension. Thibault’s performance is so powerful, showing immense strength— a big part of that strength being his fearlessness as a performer in allowing vulnerability, awkwardness, humanity.
I like working with Moogfest because they pull the most exciting performers and thinkers together in what feels like a future version of what a festival can be, and I get to create an immersive experience with the video piece, and I get to discuss that piece and other work in different mediums with Andy Battaglia. I am very much looking forward to it.”