Guillermo E. Brown's "Shuffle Mode" Blurs and Bends Musical Boundaries


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Known for his association with jazz musicians - David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, Dave Burrell, ViJay Ayer, among others, multi-dimensional artist Guillermo E. Brown draws upon influences from free jazz to Miami Bass in a new work, “Shuffle Mode," premiering April 18-19 as part of The Apollo Theater's Salon Series.

“Shuffle Mode" is pure Guillermo E. Brown, a masterful performing artist who is called a “musical omnivore." Brown draws from free jazz, electronica, Afro-Latin, Hip-Hop, Spoken Word and other performance/musical genres in this work. He bleeds, blurs, bends and takes cues and aesthetics from various genres to make a statement, all his own. Brown uses live instrumentation, backed by electronic arrangements, video, and has a voice that is part preacher, part pimp, and part hip-hop. Throughout “Shuffle Mode" Brown blurs boundaries, offering hybridized music that exemplifies post modernity.

Like a broken I pod, “Shuffle Mode" is intentionally glitchy, providing no clear-cut answers but erasing, through its very existence, false boundaries, jumping erratically between genres and conjuring the very spirit of modern music.

About Guillermo E. Brown Brown's “Shuffle Mode" is as diverse as the cultural influences in his life. He has Panamanian Caribbean influences from his father and African-American southern influences from his mother. He was nurtured “in music and rhythm," and received his earliest drum lessons from his grandfather at age four.

As a musician (drums, electronics, voice), multidisciplinary performer (text, video, theatre) and producer, Brown is featured on over 25 recordings, performing or recording with David S. Ware, William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Dave Burrell, Anti-Pop Consortium, Anthony Braxton, DJ Spooky, Vernon Reid/DJ Logic's Yohimbe Brothers, Mike Ladd, George Lewis, and Vijay Iyer, among others. His albums include “Soul at the Hands of the Machine," “The Beat Kids' Open Rhythm System," “Black Dreams 1.0," and “Handeheld."

A graduate of Wesleyan University (BA) and Bard College (MFA), he is an adjunct professor at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music and Gallatin School of Independent Study.

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