October 25-26, 2013 | 8pm
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

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The Future Was Then

Part of the BAM 2013 Next Wave Festival

Following the critical acclaim of last year's Shuffle Culture, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (The Roots) returns to BAM with an all-star mash-up that celebrates the pioneering works of electronic music. DJ-composer Jeremy Ellis, R&B singer-producer Tom Krell (How to Dress Well), avant-R&B outfit Sonnymoon, and conductor Andrew Cyr and Metropolis Ensemble join Grammy Award winner Questlove to sample and deconstruct seminal recordings by everyone from Robert Moog and Raymond Scott to Stevie Wonder and George Clinton into a feverishly modern new playlist. Old-school blips and beeps, sine waves, and analog synth solos mix with live vocals and contemporary electronics in this ecstatic riff on the analog revolution that paved the way for our music today.

Metropolis Artists Appearing

Kristin Lee

Violin / Leader

Francisco Fullana


Karen Kim


Hiro Matsuo


Mellissa Hughes


Jessica Warnken


Geoffrey Silver


Jonathan Woody


Metropolis Ensemble is a nonprofit professional chamber orchestra dedicated to emerging the next generation of performers and composers. Learn more...

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. Learn more...

Photo by Rachel Been.

The Line-up

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson


Andrew Cyr


Metropolis Ensemble

Jeremy Ellis

How To Dress Well


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