CalArts Students, CultureHub NYC Produce Live Hip-Hop Collaboration via Internet

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CalArtian artists participate in a live hip-hop collaboration on the web today. Left to right: Joseph Apolonio Santos, Justin Jackson, Noah Gibbings, Mike Merchant, Jordon Waters, and Austin Antoine.

Today (Feb. 15) at 2 pm at CalArts, the Office of Global Initiatives and CultureHub present Hip-Hop Cyber Cypher, an online hip-hop collaboration between CalArts students and The Hip Hop Re:Education Project in New York City.

The remote gathering of rappers and songwriters features CalArtian co-producers Austin Antoine (Theater BFA 13), Jordon Waters (Dance BFA 13), Joseph Apolonio Santos (Theater BFA 13), as well as Justin Jackson (Music BFA 16), Mike Merchant (Theater BFA 16) and Noah Gibbings (Music/Theater BFA 15).

From the Office of Global Initiatives:

A cypher is a collective circle of self-expression and, often, competition in which B-boys, B-girls, Emcees, Human Beatboxers, poets and other Hip-Hop heads gather to create sound and movement improvisation and practice their craft.  The Hip-Hop Cyber Cypher is the first CalArts student co-produced CultureHub collaborative exchange. Through Telepresence (live video), CalArts students will freestyle lyrics and beats with The Hip Hop Re:Education Project artists at CultureHub NY.

CultureHub uses technology to connect artists from diverse disciplines and cultures from around the world to foster collaboration. Founded in 2009, the organization currently has four telepresence studios in Seoul Institute of the Arts (Seoul, Korea), La MaMa Experimental Theater Club (NYC), CalArts (LA) and Contact Theatre (Manchester, UK).

The Hip Hop Re:Education Project, which is currently the resident-artistic company of La MaMa, is a community-based arts organization that uses Hip Hop culture to “inspire and transform communities, engage marginalized and disaffected youth and improve youth motivation and achievement.”

CalArts students are free to attend the event and anyone can watch the livestream via CultureHub’s website or below today at 2 pm:

Read more about the CalArtian artists involved via the event page.

Hip-Hop Cyber Cypher
CalArts, XBOX (Main Gallery Conference Room)
Feb. 15, 2 pm

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