Awardee: Guillermo E. Brown

Performing Arts, 2016

Multi-disciplinary performer Guillermo E. Brown’s (Pegasus Warning) albums includes Soul at the Hands of the Machine, The Beat Kids’ Open Rhythm System and Sound Magazine, Black Dreams 1.0, …Is Arturo Klauft, Handeheld, Shuffle Mode, Woof Ticket EP and a forthcoming full length album. His one-man theater piece, Robeson In Space, premiered at Luna Stage. Additional work includes sound installation Crack Unicorns at The Studio Museum in Harlem, performance pieces Postcolonial Bacchanale (Harlem Stage), Syrup (The Kitchen) and Shuffle Mode (The Apollo). He is part of supergroup BiLLLL$, collaborative trio Thiefs, Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd’s Holding It Down and KAREN. A graduate of Wesleyan University (BA) and Bard College (MFA), he was Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music and Gallatin School, and Artist-In-Residence at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Most recently he plays drums for CBS’ Late Late Show with James Corden and music director Reggie Watts.

Project: Bee Boy

Bee Boy uses Alexander Pushkin’s poem turned Rimsky-Korsakov opera, The Tale of Tsar Saltan, as a jumping off point—a story, at its core, of transformation and forgiveness. These human superpowers are parts of the keys to brainstorming solutions for the issues Bee Boy responds to: the survival of our ecosystems and the rights of humans to live safely and freely without being gunned down in the street. Conceived as an evening-length, experimental music performance, Bee Boy is slowed down and chopped up, along with new text, sounds and images, to reveal a story ripped from our lives.