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Wu-Tang Clan Listening Session, 2015, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2015 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo:Charles Roussel

Sunday Sessions is honored to present a unique Listening Session of a sample of the Wu-Tang Clan’s final album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.

The album has been conceived and executed as an original work of art, a sonic sculpture which encapsulates the final chapter of the Wu-Tang mythos. Presented in a hand-carved nickel-silver box, it has been kept in a secret vault in Morocco since its completion in 2014.

Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which is the last album to feature contributions by all surviving members of the Wu-Tang Clan, represents the culmination of the group’s thirty-year career. Featuring 31 songs, skits and stories, the result is a 128-minute-long soundscape retrospective that reunites Wu-Tang collaborators such as Redman and members of their extended community, including Killarmy, with familiar scenes set by longtime backing vocalists Tekitha and Blue Raspberry. Recorded in part in the group’s hometown of Staten Island, the album is a geographical and creative return to “Shaolin”—the philosophical home of the Wu-Tang Clan—linking the diverse members connected to the group into a single narrative.

The Listening Session is followed by a conversation between Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA, the album’s producer Cilvaringz and Sasha Frere-Jones.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.

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With Special Thanks to Paddle8

Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant and Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer.

Sunday Sessions 2014-15 is dedicated to Mike Skinner, 1974-2014

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

Major support is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.