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Ranil's Jungle Party

Masstropicas

Sound Hall Presents:
MICHAEL PIGOTT OF Masstropicas Records
in conversation with Rick Omonte

Monday, November 29, 2010 | 6:30PM

Bru Cafe
141 Orange Street
New Haven, Conn.
Free and open to the public

Limited copies of Ranil’s Jungle Party are on sale at
Detritus at Project Storefronts
71 Orange Street
New Haven, Conn.

ABOUT
Michael Pigott is owner/operator of independent record label Masstropicas, dedicated to collecting and re-issuing little-known Peruvian cumbia records from the 1960s – 1970s, like the recently released RANIL’S JUNGLE PARTY (2010). From the distributor: “For the uninitiated, Peruvian cumbia was to Peru as Tropicália was to Brazil—a 1960s – 1970s popular music style that mixed traditional music with those of African and the West. Hailing from the Belen district of Iquitos, nestled within the heart of the Amazonian rainforest, Ranil and Co. were definitely digging on some Western Surf music while keeping alive the traditional highland “huayño” dance music.”

Pigott has been travelling to Peru to work with the original artists to re-master and license their music for re-issue and independent distribution to North American audiences. Pigott believes in the material and cultural value of vinyl and cassettes. The physical object of recorded music holds particular meaning for him. His has been an Americas-spanning effort to call attention to these musics and musicians who have never found, or have long lost, audiences beyond South America. Join us as we listen to and discuss the music and the complicated politics of its contemporary presence in North American markets.

Ian Svenonius

Ian Svenonius

Sound Hall Presents:
IAN SVENONIUS

WITH MODERATOR, BRIAN FRANCIS SLATTERY

Monday, October 25, 2010 | 6PM

Detritus at Project Storefronts
71 Orange Street
New Haven, Conn.

Free and open to the public.

ABOUT
Ian Svenonius is a musician, notable as the singer and mouthpiece of various Washington, D.C.-based music groups including Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up, Weird War, and Chain and The Gang. Between his numerous projects, Svenonius has released more than 15 full-length albums and more than 20 singles, EPs, and splits. Svenonius is the author of The Psychic Soviet (2006), and is also host of Soft Focus on VBS.TV. Svenonius’ projects and writings have all shared an anti-authoritarian, populist, tongue-in-cheek political agenda.

Brian Slattery is a writer and an editor at The New Haven Review. He has published two novels, Spaceman Blues: A Love Song (Tor, 2007) and Liberation: Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America (Tor, 2008). Spaceman Blues was nominated for best novel by both the Lambda Literary Awards and the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards. He is a freelance editor specializing in publications on economics, public policy, and international affairs. He also writes about public policy and the arts.