Solstice 2016

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Saturday, June 25, 2016
8:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.

Celebrate the long summer days and hot summer nights at the museums eighth-annual Solstice—a night where art and music come together. Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy dynamic and cutting-edge music from around the world, and explore the museum galleries late into the night.

Solstice has become the most anticipated event of the summer, featuring two stages packed with forward-looking artists from around the globe: from seductive electro-samba of Brazilian singer Luísa Maita to Mexico City’s Centavrvs; from L’Orchestre Afrisa International’s roots of Congolese rumba to London-based electronica artist Ikonika; from the history of Cleveland soul and R&B as spun by Dante Carfagna to the founder of disco and electronic music trailblazer Giorgio Moroder. Solstice is the city’s premier summer kick-off event—and the heart of the museum’s Centennial Festival Weekend.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the evening.



The founder of disco and an electronic music trailblazer, Giorgio Moroder made his mark as an influential Italian producer, songwriter, performer and DJ. He still has his hands in the center of EDM culture, swinging back into the spotlight in 2013 as a guest collaborator on the GRAMMY Award-winning Daft Punk album Random Access Memories (Album Of the Year).


Mexico City-based Centavrvs is a band that could be labelled Electronic Regional Mexican music, mixing rhythms and sounds from different parts of Mexico (cumbia, northern corrido, the son jarocho, Peruvian chicha, afrobeat and even rock) and Latin America with trends in electronic music. Their musical approach is based on partying, celebration and dancing, or music for dancing and flying.


Afrisas roots go deep into the rich soil of the Congolese rumba. Since the early 1960s, Afrisa ranks as one of Africas most enduring and prolific bands. An uncountable number of records produced an extraordinary number of hits and helped spread the Congolese rumba across Africa and into Europe and America. 


Sultry, seductive and infused with that inimitable samba swing, the music of Luísa Maita embodies the modern spirit of Brazil. Inspired by the bustling urban life found in her native city of São Paulo, her music has a contemporary vibe with influences from alternative pop and downtempo electronic music melded with an acoustic foundation deeply rooted in samba, bossa nova and MPB. 


London-based electronic musician Sara Abdel-Hamid (aka Ikonika) quickly rose to international prominence with her 2010 debut album Contact, Love, Want, Have (Hyperdub), and has more recently expanded her sound by introducinga new Latin Freestyle, Electro, R&B and Boogie-influenced style.  


The Soul and R&B collector/curator behind the groundbreaking Boddie Recording Company box set of Cleveland singles from the 60s and 70s returns with his crates full of 45s. Carfagna, who spun at the very first Solstice in 2009, helps us tip our Centennial cap toward the musical pioneers of our city. 


“Our Freezing and Melting World”
Three-channel, site-specific video installation Atrium of The Cleveland Museum of Art 47' tall x 220' wide (approx.) Estimated time: 48 min (looped, no audio), 2016
Our Freezing and Melting World progresses from intense snow storms, glacial ice packs and small icebergs, to ice melt/waterfalls, and abstracted deep sea waters.

Georgie Friedman (b. North Carolina) is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects include large-scale video installations, single and multi-channel videos and several photographic series. She is interested in our psychological and societal relationships to mild and severe natural phenomena. She investigates a wide range of powerful atmospheric and oceanic conditions, and is fascinated by the power of these natural elements in relationship to human fragility. She utilizes photography, video, sound, installation, engineering and the physics of light, all in order to create new experiences for viewers.

She has lived, worked and exhibited throughout the United States. Her speaking engagements and exhibitions include museums, universities, galleries, film screenings and public art installations. She earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in conjunction with Tufts University and her BA from UC, Santa Cruz. Professionally, she has taught at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston College, and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among other institutions. She was named a "Rising star" by The Boston Globe and "One of the most exciting new-media artists in the region,” by The Boston Phoenix.


Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He's been spinning things up online and off since April of 2003. Co-Founder of Bay Area Hoopers in San Francisco and LA Hoopers in Los Angeles, Philo has taught and performed internationally and has received Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year for Gotta Hoop. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Anah Reichenbach, a.k.a. Hoopalicious™, has been credited as being the founder of the modern art of Hoop Dance, and is a pioneer in the Hooping movement.  Over the past 18 years, Anah has traveled the world teaching and performing both live and in commercials for the likes of Cirque du Soleil, Sobe, Nike, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Fergie, The MTV Video Music Awards, Coke, America’s Got Talent, and K-Swiss. She is also the star of the feature length documentary, “The Hooping Life.”


Addi Somekh is recognized as one of the most innovative, prolific and well-traveled balloon artists in the world today. A self-taught balloon twister, his style incorporates improvisation, abstract design, and comic delivery, culminating in custom- made headdresses that have an uncanny ability to reflect the wearer’s personality. Addi’s balloon hats have taken him around the world, as he traveled to 34 countries with photographer Charlie Eckert, making hats for people for free and photographing them, in a kind of rolling investigation into the universal nature of laughter. Their travels resulted in the book The Inflatable Crown (2001, Chronicle Books). In 2011, Addi starred in the TLC reality show, “The Unpoppables,” which followed his LA-based company, New Balloon Art, as they built impossibly large, interactive balloon installations at high-end events. Addi has also appeared on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Martha Stewart, Access Hollywood, and several other shows. He is assisted this weekend by Marilynn Jauregui.



Sponsored by:
Official Airline of the Cleveland
Museum of Art’s Solstice
  Official Hotel of the
Cleveland Museum of Art
United Airlines
InterContinental Hotel Cleveland
Great Lakes Brewing Company
CLE Clothing Company
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