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This August in The Cube

Gabriel Royal & Madison McFerrin—genre-busting soul artists on August 10

Red Baraat—global, funky party band from Brooklyn on August 17

Les Nubians and Mahogany Jones in conversation with Chris Campbell, followed by short acoustic set on August 23

“Sound Sculpture”—create music with interactive sound and light building blocks on August 24

Om @ The Max—yoga accompanied by live music on August 25

Detroit Latin Jazz Experience—dance, listen, & mingle on August 25

Detroit, (August 2, 2018) – Though the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is on vacation until September, music still fills its home this August. The Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube (The Cube, for short) is Midtown Detroit’s hub for curated, urban, boundless experiences and will present six innovative events to close its second season. The Cube was renamed and reimagined in 2016 by the DSO with the help of Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings as a locus of diverse and captivating programming within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the home of the DSO.

Next up on The Cube schedule is a double bill of Gabriel Royal and Madison McFerrin on Friday, August 10 at 8 p.m. Royal, Brooklyn’s busking sensation, cellist and vocalist, merges genres to create his own trademark of modern chamber pop, while McFerrin delivers captivating a cappella arrangements with her looping station.

Red Baraat brings more of Brooklyn to Detroit on Friday, August 17 at 8 p.m. Famously dubbed “the best party band in years" by NPR, Red Baraat is a pioneering six-piece ensemble that has drawn worldwide attention and praise for its blending of hard-driving North Indian Bhangra with elements of go-go, rock, and jazz.

On Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m., DJ, music journalist, and nationally-renowned tastemaker Chris Campbell is back for Conversations in The Cube with the vocal duo Les Nubians, French sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart, and hip-hop activist and Kresge Arts Fellow, Mahogany Jones. A short acoustic set by special guests will follow the interviews.

A unique event titled Sound Sculpture hits The Cube on Friday, August 24 at 8 p.m. Participants can create unique musical compositions with this set of interactive sound and light building blocks by changing their order, location, and orientation. Keyboard-wizard and DJ Jon Dixon and special guest Marquis Johnson will close out the experience with a high energy set fusing Detroit techno and jazz.

Om @ The Max is back on Saturday, August 25, at 10:30 a.m. Certified instructor Rebecca Murawski (Detroit Yoga Lab) will lead a slow yin class for yogis of all skill levels, accompanied by the live music of guitarist Al Ayoub and bassist Dan Kolton, who both frequently perform with the DSO.

Celebrate an evening of the Detroit Latin Jazz Experience on Saturday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. with performances by Aguanko, Los Gatos, LL7, and the Wesley Reynoso Afro-Latin Ensemble. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, because Award-winning dance instructor Mambo Marci will be there to lead a few steps.

All six events take place at The Cube, across the William Davidson Atrium from Orchestra Hall, within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit).

See below for artist biographies and ticket information.

Please note: the DSO does not appear on these performances.

About Gabriel Royal and Madison McFerrin (August 10)

Gabriel Royal, an Oklahoma-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and cellist, rose to fame playing his “grown up lullabies” in the subway stations of New York City. Influenced by Stevie Wonder’s groove and Burt Bacharach’s jazzy yet poppy sensitivities, along with other contemporary artists such as John Legend, Hiatus Coyote, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Janelle Monáe, and Thundercat, Royal’s trademark sound is all his own. He released his self-titled debut album in 2016, along with a music video for the single “Say It’s Right.”

Madison McFerrin, daughter of the legendary Bobby McFerrin, is a rare talent that has already collaborated with everyone from jazz pianist Chick Corea to funk legend George Clinton. Her eclectic style can be heard on her debut EP Finding Foundations: Vol. 1.

About Red Baraat (August 17)

The ever evolving six-piece ensemble Red Baraat hails from Brooklyn, founded by bandleader Sunny Jain in 2008. In addition to the dhol (a large hand-held Punjabi drum featured throughout Bollywood), Red Baraat’s instrumentation includes percussion, two trumpets, trombone, sousaphone, and saxophones, creating a sound that blends South Asian and Balkan wedding music, pop, bhangra funk, big-band jazz, and New Orleans brass.

Red Baraat has performed on stages large and small across the world, including stints at the White House and the Bonnaroo Music Festival. The band’s debut album was 2009’s Chaal Baby, and their latest release is Sound the People.

About Les Nubians and Mahogany Jones (August 23)

Les Nubians has its genesis in a small town in southwestern France where the Paris-born sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart lived as teenagers after returning from several years’ residence with their parents in the African country of Chad. The sisters formed the cultural collective Les Nouveaux Griots, and a chance meeting with jazz legend Abbey Lincoln led to the creation of Les Nubians. Their unique a capella sound earned them a recording deal with Virgin Records, and their 1998 debut Princesses Nubiennes was a hit, blending hip-hop, neo-soul, and African music. Since then, Les Nubians has released several additional records, and collaborated with artists from Towa Tei to The Black Eyed Peas. Their most recent album is Nü Revolution, an Afropean opus for a multicultural earth.

Recording and performance artist, educator, and activist Mahogany Jones's career is distinguished by titles. Mahogany Jones harnesses the true power of music to uplift the spirit, body, and soul and educate the masses. A sensational performer and lyrical powerhouse, Mahogany embodies Hip Hop, femininity, spirituality, and passion in each commanding performance. The 4x Undefeated BET's 106 & Park "Freestyle Fridays" champion has gone on to headline in over 13 countries on four continents as an official U.S. music ambassador. As a Hip-Hop activist, she launched A PURE Movement to empower women and girls and confront violence against women. Most recently Mahogany was named a 2016 Kresge Arts Fellow.

About Sound Sculpture (August 24)

Sound Sculpture, a project of MASARY Studios, is an interactive sound and light instrument. 25 location-aware blocks report their coordinates to the controlling computer, which in turn plots each location in software. The computer then scans the locations and triggers each cube to light and make sound sequentially—“reading,” in a way, the musical layout, as created and constantly changed by the public's interaction with the cubes. This allows participants to create not only physical structures, but musical compositions created and manipulated by the physical relationship of the cubes.

Detroit-based musician and educator Jon Dixon is a versatile and in-demand cultural leader in Southeast Michigan. He has had the fortune of collaborating with a wide array of artists, from Marcus Belgrave to Amp Fiddler. In 2015 he created the independent label 4EVR 4WRD, which enlists artists pushing the boundaries of electronic music, jazz, and hip-hop.

Ticket Information

Tickets for all events in The Cube can be purchased at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Gabriel Royal & Madison McFerrin (August 10)
$12 – General Admission (in advance)
$20 – General Admission (at the door)
$39 – VIP Experience (includes reserved cabaret-style seating, a free drink, and a commemorative wine glass) 

 Red Baraat (August 17)
$15 – General Admission (in advance)
$20 – General Admission (at the door)
$49 – VIP Experience (includes reserved cabaret-style seating and a free drink)

Conversations in The Cube with Chris Campbell, Les Nubians, and Mahogany Jones (August 23)
$8 – General Admission (in advance)
$15 – General Admission (at the door)

Sound Sculpture (August 24)
$12 – General Admission – standing-room only (in advance)
$20 – General Admission – standing-room only (at the door)

Om @ The Max (August 25)
$20 – General Admission

Detroit Latin Jazz Experience (August 25)
$15 – General Admission (in advance)
$20 – General Admission (at the door)
$49 – VIP Experience (includes reserved cabaret-style seating and a free drink) 

About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. In July 2017, the DSO embarked on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to Japan in 19 years. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast, and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.


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