Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 at 12:00 PM (ET)



How to watch...

You can interact with the artist via text chat exclusively on Facebook during and immediately after the premiere:

harbanger (pronounced “harbinger”) is a turntable septet—an experimental hip-hop music research project exploring turntable polyphony and polyrhythm. The ensemble emerged through the creative collaboration of hip-hop activist Harry Allen and DJ Rob Swift during a 2020 Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) Visiting Artist residency at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, debuting in a performance titled the wave function collapses. Comprising DJs Axis Pro, Bobby Bangers, The Don Santos, Emoh Betta, Pryvet Peepsho, Spictakular, and Treeman, harbanger will present new music composed by The Don Santos ("Where The Movement Is") and Pryvet Peepsho ("Pavor Nocturnus") in their September 28 video premiere. The most exciting aspect of this event may be this: The original compositions performed by the seven turntablists will draw exclusively from the Library of Congress’s Citizen DJ platform. Developed by Brian Foo, 2020 Innovator-in-Residence at the Library, the platform is simultaneously a beat-making tool and a sound-discovery interface; one which encompasses rich audio collections held at the Library. One of the core challenges in developing a DJ septet is acquiring suitable music to deconstruct. Without extant 7-part turntable repertoire—no charts, scores, fake books, or tabs—everything harbanger plays must be built from scratch. Citizen DJ offers the ensemble a fascinating new opportunity to do precisely that.

A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2021 concerts will stream on the American Folklife Center’s Facebook page, Wednesdays from March 10 - September. Artists will be present in the chat area to say hello and answer questions during the concert and for a few minutes after it ends. Video will also be posted online here and on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.