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May 17, 2016 · 7:30 pm8:30 pm

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The Trident Live Art Series is excited to host a site-specific musical, visual, and dance performance by the Boston-based group [BABA] and two collaborators, a preview of the group’s debut performance at Berklee Performance Center a few days later on May 20. Doors will open for this very special evening at 7:15pm with a performance action led by Live Art Series Director Sarah Slifer Swift, featuring local performers. [BABA] starts at 7:30pm.

Expansive, adventurous, and world-music informed, [BABA] is the project of percussionist Ryan Edwards and guitarist Mafu Williams, alongside guest artist collaborators.

The group creates site-specific sound and visual elements, blending live acoustics with electronic production, with a range of audio textures from ambient soundscape to drum and bass. Each performance event is approached as an installation, considering sound, space, time, and place. The performance at Trident Gallery will include video projections by digital artist Samo and dance by Tai Jimenez.

For images and audio samples, visit babasound.com.

Opening up for the group on May 17 will be a performance action led by Live Art Series Director Sarah Slifer Swift, featuring local performers. (Later note: The “Interactive Performance Wall” was performed by Ann-Marie Cialdi, Nome Graham, Eileen Little, Sarah Graziano, Joe Poirier, Shayla Swigart, Leigh Eck, and Sarah Slifer Swift.)

The Collaborators

Ryan Edwards. From a beginning in big band jazz, to an extensive study in West African music and dance, he has been on the path to make people dance since he began in music. He is the co-founder and drummer for Boston-based afrobeat band Federator N°1. Ryan is a New Music America Grant Recipient and travels extensively to perform and compose music for dance. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Web site: ryanedwards.info.

Mafu Williams is a guitarist/singersongwriter and DJ/ producer from St. Louis MO. Blending fierce percussive guitar playing with live looping and sultry vocals, his sound spans styles such as global bass, indie, soul, dancehall, and trap. Web site: mafuwilliams.com.

Sam Okerstrom-Lang or “Samo” is a Boston based new-media interdisciplinary digital artist and designer. He is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM). He creates a/v installations and live environments with video projection and digital animation in fine art and commercial contexts. Web site: samokerstromlang.com.

Tai Jimenez is a former Principal Dancer with Dance Theater of Harlem and Boston Ballet. Web site: www.bostonconservatory.edu/bio/tai-jimenez.

About Live Art Series Performances

A $10 suggested donation compensates the artists.

Performances of 30–45 minutes are followed by refreshments and informal conversation among guests and artists.

Walk-in guests are welcome. The capacity for guests varies with the performance configuration and is not known in advance. A conservative, fixed number of seats are designated for reservations. To reserve seats, please

  • use the online RSVP form at the bottom of the event's page on the Matthew Swift Gallery web site
  • send email to events at TridentGallery.com [Note: this email address is no longer valid]
  • visit or call the gallery

Gallery staff or an automated email will respond to confirm seat reservations or describe the alternatives.

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Unreserved guests are usually accommodated comfortably: they will be invited to occupy empty seats at the scheduled start time. When seats are fully occupied, standing room and sometimes floor seating are normally available.

If unforeseen circumstances require postponement or cancellation, notices will be posted on the gallery website and social media (Facebook and Twitter).


Founding support for the Live Art Series is provided by Matthew Swift Gallery, which furnishes the venue, provides publicity, and guarantees minimum compensation to the performing artists. Supplementary fiscal support in 2015, 2016, and 2017 has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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