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Soundscape: A Night of Music & Discovery at The Explorers Club

What does it sound like a billion miles away, in the deepest dark of space? Or when high winds howl across the Arctic? You may not be able to go -- but you can listen. Join us on the night of June 6th at the legendary Explorers Club as we bring together musicians, artists and explorers to discover a more aural form of adventure.

From 6PM, enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres in our Library and outdoor Terrace, surrounded by musical artifacts and the live rhythm of Cameroonian Balafon player, Francois Nnang. At 7PM, make your way to the Club's Clark Room for an immersive sound experience, where live music and lectures will take you on a journey from club headquarters to the farthest reaches of the known universe.


Domenico Vicinanza's Voyager Deep Space Duet

Launched by NASA in 1977, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are two twin spacecrafts, initially sent to explore Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and still recording and sending live data to Earth. After more than 37 years, they continue to traverse different parts of the universe, billions of kilometres apart. Join us for a special live performance of physicist and composer Domenico Vicinanza’s orchestral ensemble based on raw feed from Voyager 1 & 2. Performed by three of New York’s finest classical musicians, witness 37 years of data translated into a mind-expanding up-tempo string and piano orchestral piece. Played by pianist Adrienne Kim, violinist Shem Guibbory, and cellist Robert LaRue, this performance will also feature an exclusive video by Domenico explaining the process and science behind its creation.

Sound designer Skip Lievsay on his work in Gravity

Oscar-winning supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer and sound designer, Skip Lievsay, will give a presentation on mixing sound for the film Gravity. Having worked on over 100 feature films with directors such as the Coen brothers, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Jonathan Demme and Robert Altman, Skip is one of the most accomplished and respected sound technicians in the film industry today. In 2014, Skip won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing for Gravity. In this special presentation, he will discuss his general approach to sound, and how he went about re-creating the sonic environment of space.

Exploration-based rock group Swaai Boys

Swaai Boys is a New York-based tropical rock and roll group whose music is inspired by an obsession with exploration and adventure. Taking cues equally from Ernest Shackleton and Brian Wilson, Percy Fawcett and Martin Denny, the Swaai Boys‘ sonic endeavors yield gripping tales with cinematic imagery. Their “turf rock” has been featured by New York Magazine blog Bedford + Bowery as well as Time Out New York, The Wild Magazine, PolicyMic, and numerous other publications. In 2013 they released their debut EP Meet the Mysterious Swaai Boys, and over the winter produced a sound piece based on Arctic wind patterns entitled Polar Vortex. They are currently at work on a collection of songs inspired by deserts and coasts. This will be a live performance.

Tuelo & Her Cousins featuring South African singer-songwriter Tuelo Minah

Tuelo Minah is Tswana from South Africa. Though she writes and sings primarily in English, Tuelo often breaks into her native tongue, Setswana - blending African melodies with American soul in a way that puts her unique and powerful voice on prominent display. Since moving to New York City several years ago, she has sang backup for Hugh Masekela, Paul Simon, Lebo M (The Lion King composer) and Angelique Kidjo. As a member of Angelique's band, she can be heard on two of her most recent albums: Djin Djin and OYO. Tuelo has performed at Central Park Summer stage, Carnegie Hall, Late Night with David Letterman, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and many other famed institutions in and around the city. Backed by her roster of musical cousins, Tuelo shares her story with energy, passion and creativity. This will be a live performance.

Reservation Notes:

Hosted at The Explorers Club historic Headquarters at 46 E 70th Street on New York’s Upper East Side, this event will run from 6:00 - 10:00pm on Friday, June 6th.

Member and Public Ticket Price: $25

Reservations are secured on a first come, first served basis. To make a reservation, please call 212.628.8383 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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