Amadou & Mariam RBMA Lecture

My conversation with legendary Malian duo Amadou & Mariam at the 2018 Red Bull Music Academy in Berlin. This was a dream come true and brought to even higher heights when they performed live during the talk.

Native Instruments Tropical Frequencies

Native Instruments presented a journey through the exciting new sounds born from the fusion of bass music and traditional music from across the globe. From LA to Mexico City, this event discussed the cultural and social ecosystems that inspire so many diverse sub-genres – driven by DJs, producers, and personalities who shape their community’s sound.

LACMA: Portraits of Radical Generosity

I was featured in a LACMA film musing on Cauleen Smith’s exhibition Give It or Leave It, while sharing my own thoughts on generous community building in the context of Alice Coltrane’s ashram and my work with dublab.

A Celebration of Haruomi Hosono with Kuni Murai

Famed producer, composer and founder of Alfa Records, Kuni Murai, joined me for a chat about his decades-long working relationship with music visionary Haruomi Hosono, moving from his days as a session player to his stratospheric success with Yellow Magic Orchestra and beyond. Enjoy this conversation recorded live at In Sheep’s Clothing’s hi-fi bar in downtown Los Angeles. This public conversation was organized by Light in the Attic Records to celebrate their Hosono reissue series.

Listen to the conversation via dublab ︎︎︎

Pop-Up Magazine’s The Golden State Record

A lecture I gave for Pop-Up Magazine’s The Golden State Record event at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley about Alice Coltrane’s ashram and the body of devotional music she recorded as a swamini in this spiritual oasis nestled in Agoura Hills. I brought the Sai Anantam Ashram singers and Georgia Anne Muldrow along to perform live.