King Britt is a producer, composer, performer and curator of electronic music.
As a producer/composer, he fuses his knowledge of music history from many cultures and genres with electronic compositions, which redefine and re-contextualizes the past into the present. This is best shown in his work for Preservation Hall’s release King Britt presents Sister Gertrude Morgan, which combined, the gospel evangelist’s vocal recordings from 1970 with contemporary composition. This recording went on to penetrate the pop culture divide, by appearing in Michael Mann’s Miami Vice and HBO’s True Blood tv show, who’s soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy. It was this and many other projects from his vast catalog that helped him receive the Pew Fellowship for Composition in 2007.
He has remixed and produced many diverse artists including Miles Davis, Curtis Mayfield, Radiohead, Alison Moyet, Everything But the Girl and Chic, as well as scoring commercials for Rolex and L’oreal Paris.
As a performer, King is best known as one of the top globetrotting dj’s in the world. From cutting his craft as the wax poetic for the Grammy Award winning Digable Planets to traveling solo to different cities and countries, bringing cultures together through his eclectic taste and live improvised dance/experimental sets.
In addition to the dj sets, he brings many projects from studio to the stage environment.
These include, Sylk130 Collective (which sold over 500k copies), Saturn Never Sleeps and The Sister Gertrude Experience, performing in spaces as diverse as The Whitney Museum, The Corcoran Gallery and Winter Garden in the NYC Financial Center. King has graced the stage at festivals well, such as Kernel Festival (Italy), Moogfest (Asheville) , Glastonbury (UK), River to River (NYC), Camp Bisco (upstate NYC) and Voodoo Fest (New Orleans).
As a curator, he has done events for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Knitting Factory NYC, The Getty Museum and most recently an entire day at the MoMA PS1, which was a historic gathering around the subject of Afrofuturism. Recently remixing Merideth Monk, Saul Williams and King Sunny Ade. King continues to be an important force in the shaping of contemporary music.
His new album, The Phoenix, under the guise Fhloston Paradigm, is being released on Hyperdub. He is pushing the boundaries of sound, time and space with his sonic palette of beauty.
Free admission and complimentary vodka cocktails before 11pm with eflyer
($12 with eflyer after 11pm) every Monday in February
Deep Space is an adventure into future dub, spacey vibes,
and abstract grooves featuring resident dj François K.
live on the mixingboard every Monday at Cielo.
No dress code - just an open mind.
Cielo, 18 Little W. 12th Street, NYC
between Washington St. and 9th Ave
subway: A, C, E, 1, 9, 2 or 3 at 14th St; L at 8th Ave
21+ with photo ID
Dub-inspired music from Deep Space Media: