Tamar-kali. Photo by Scott Ellison Smith

Tonight’s Musical Performance: Tamar-kali: Psychochamber Ensemble

Tamar-kali, lead vocals; Lisala Beatty, vocals; Kendra Ross, vocals; Brandee Younger, harp; Juliette Jones, string mistress, first violin; Stephanie Matthews, second violin; Ina Paris-Cabello, viola; Clerida Eltime, cello; Catherine O’Malley, contrabass

Born and raised in Brooklyn, the vocalist and composer Tamar-kali is a second-generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina. The works she composes and arranges for the Psychochamber Ensemble blend the classical music of her Catholic upbringing with the fire of the hard rock she came to love. Her powerful vocals have been featured in the award-winning film Pariah (2011, Focus Films) and in HBO’s recent biopic Bessie, starring Queen Latifah. She has shared the stage with a diverse list of artists, from John Legend and Cassandra Wilson to Me’shell Ndegeocello and Vijay Iyer. She admires the work of Jacob Lawrence for its portrayal of “the strength and fortitude of a people looking to forge a new destiny. As a direct descendant of participants in this journey, I see my work as a living testament to their struggles and dreams.”

Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Musical acts for the 2016 series are presented in conjunction with the exhibition BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE, and organized in collaboration with PopRally.

Music played a key role in Bruce Conner’s oeuvre. Throughout his career, he collaborated with composers and scored his films with popular and experimental music. In the late 1960s Conner improvised light shows for live musical performances and during the late 1970s he avidly documented the San Francisco punk rock scene through photographs. Conner incorporated sound into installations and even sculptural assemblages, one of which featured playback from a concealed tape recorder. MoMA’s 2016 Summer Thursdays series kicks off with a performance of longtime Conner collaborator Terry Riley’s iconic composition In C (1964)—the score to Conner’s final moving-image work, Easter Morning (2008)—by an orchestra of raga musicians. The following weeks feature acts that embody the unconventional spirit of the artist and his work, in musical genres ranging from indie rock to neo-psych to pop punk to experimental electronic music.

Snacks and beverages in the Sculpture Garden
The Garden Bar offers drinks and snacks at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden. The menu of homemade snacks includes specialty hot dogs, soft pretzels, and baguette sandwiches, along with a selection of wines, craft-beers, and cocktails. In the event of rain, bar will be closed.

Terrace dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5 is located on the fifth floor, with views overlooking the Sculpture Garden. Chef Dan Jackson’s menu features contemporary American cuisine with a focus on light, seasonal plates.

This performance was organized in collaboration with Harlem Stage.

This event is part of Summer Thursdays.