The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 1, Sculpture Garden
Combo Chimbita. Photo: Itzel Alejandra

Live music begins at 6:30 p.m.

Rooted in Colombia and based in New York, Combo Chimbita lives in the future. After playing together for years, these first-generation New Yorkers—powerhouse vocalist Carolina Oliveros, synth player and bassist Prince of Queens, guitarist Niño Lento, and drummer Dilemastronauta—began experimenting with di erent traditional musical styles during their late-night residencies at Barbès in Brooklyn. Exploring the connections between visual identity and improvisational long-form trips, Combo Chimbita came together as a four-piece band after Oliveros stepped forward to tighten the rhythm with her guacharaca, the traditional Colombian percussion instrument. Although the band members’ backgrounds are in heavy rock, metal, and psychedelic funk and soul, they gleefully fuse elements from cumbia, 1970s funaná from Cape Verde, and kompa from Haiti, as well as salsa, reggae, and futuristic-yet-retro synth sounds.

Carolina Oliveros, vocals; Niño Lento, guitar; Prince of Queens, bass and synthesizer; Dilemastronauta, drums

Every Thursday in July and August, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Live music 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.

The musical component of Summer Thursdays 2018 celebrates musicians living and working in New York City. Organized in collaboration with PopRally, the series hosts a variety of sounds that explore the City’s expansive musical landscape. Each evening, unique sonic flavors fill the Sculpture Garden with a range of blended genres such as dream punk, Afrofuturist soul, funk fusion, hip-hop, experimental, and lo-fi baroque pop.

This event is part of Summer Thursdays.