Elevator Pitch

 

What’s going down in the ICA’s elevator? Watch Elevator Pitch to find out.

 

 

 

Elevator Pitch is a micro-concert video series that showcases global and local musicians performing in the ICA’s one-of-a-kind elevator. Premiering in the fall of 2021, Season 1 features artists with sounds ranging from reggae, to bolero, to hip-hop.

New episodes will be released monthly via ICA at VCU’s YouTube channel starting this fall.

 


 

EPISODE 1: THE ARCHIVES

 

 

The Archives was founded by Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton and producer/keyboard ace Darryl “Trane” Burke. All members of the outfit have recorded and toured internationally with acts like Eek-A-Mouse, Black Uhuru, Culture, Don Carlos, and more. Burke explains. “We weave together the best of foundation roots, early dub and dancehall influences with arrangements to create a classic, yet fresh and conscious sound.”

The latest album Carry Me Home (released in late May 2020) is a tribute to the late great Gil-Scott Heron & Brian Jackson. The LP debuted at #9 on Billboard Reggae charts and #4 on the NACC World Charts. Featured artists include Mutabaruka, Raheem DeVaughn, Brian Jackson, and more. The first two singles and video “Home is Where The Hatred Is” and “Toast To The People” are featured in Rolling Stone, AP News and added to NPR’s Song Of The Week Spotify playlist.

The Archives features vocalist Puma Ptah, the charismatic singer from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands who records and tours with Thievery Corporation; Burke (Moja Nya, Eek-A-Mouse, Culture) on keyboards and drummer; Leslie “Black Seed” James Jr. (Culture, Mishka); Guitar virtuoso Henri Tanash from Cameroon (Meditations) and Kingston, Jamaica’s own on bass, Pierre Stone (Don Carlos, Black Uhuru) to round out the lineup.

 


 

EPISODE 2: MIRAMAR

 

 

Episode 2 of the mini-concert series Elevator Pitch features bolero group Miramar playing a set in the Institute for Contemporary Art’s iconic elevator.

In most of Latin America, if you’re by the sea, there is bound to be a place called Miramar very close by. It will typically have a postcard view of the sea – and if music is playing, chances are that it will be boleros: the romantic music genre that originated in Cuba at the turn of the 20th century and ultimately became a world-wide phenomenon by the mid 1960’s.

When Puerto Rican singer Reinaldo Álvarez was looking to name a new project inspired by boleros, he searched for something simple that would be familiar to Spanish speakers; a name that would reflect the humble poetry of everyday life. Miramar seemed perfect: a romantic snapshot of a place both close and far away from home.

Miramar’s debut album “Dedication to Sylvia Rexach” was released by Brooklyn’s Barbés Records in 2016 in honor of the unsung hero of the Puerto Rican bolero. In 2019, the famed Daptone Records released an all original 45 rpm entitled “Salida,” which is considered Miramar’s take on the bolero-rock genre.