Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Ripley's January - Brazil and beyond!

Welcome to 2015!  Let's hit the ground running!

Thursday Nights Through January
Ace Hotel Lobby Residency
Ace Hotel, Manhattan
8pm - FREE

Select Thursdays in January (January 8th, 22nd and 29th), DJ Ripley sets up a free weekly residency at The Ace Hotel's lobby, just off 28th and Broadway. From 8pm-2am, Ripley will bring the eclectic Dutty Artz vibe to the plush, comfortable Ace Hotel lobby. The January 8th show will also feature a full band and a private happening from Laina Dawes (author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal).

Friday, January 23

K2 Friday Nights at
The Rubin Museum of Art
6pm - FREE

During K2 Friday Nights, Café Serai at The Rubin Museum of Art becomes the K2 Lounge, serving tasty small plates and delicious drinks to an arts minded crowd. DJ Ripley spins predominantly Central and South Asian pop music every K2 Friday Night from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.  Museum admission is free.


January 9 to 21

DJ Ripley's alter ego, Professor Larisa Mann heads to Rio on behalf of NYU's Emerging Markets in the Global Music Industry program to teach classes on the roots of soundsystem culture and the hyperglobal phenomenon of electronic dance music.

DJ Ripley has her own plans, including a special appearance on January 17 in Santos, São Paulo at the Festival Verāo do Mundo (World Summer Festival) and more South America dates TBA.

Venha me ver meus amigos!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Day gig

2014 had some great moments and some really tough times. But it's been a good year for music, and for good friends old and new.

I'm pleased to announce that for the month of January I will be doing a residency every Thursday at the Ace Hotel Lobby, starting off with this Thursday, January 1.

 Please help me ring in the new year in a warm and friendly fashion. I will provide a soundtrack of rocksteady, dub, ska, cumbia, global reggae, and a bit of soulful and ragga 2step garage, plus whatever else stirs my fancy. The Ace Hotel provides big leather couches, fancy drinks, Stumptown coffee and good food. We're there 8pm-midnight and it's FREE! RSVP on Facebook here if you like

Monday, November 10, 2014

November update

Happy November!

You can catch DJ Ripley at any of three shows this week; one in Durham, one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn that's livestreaming on the very internet you're on right now... so no excuses!  

Come out or tune in and get low.
Thursday, November 13
DJ Ripley set from 9pm to 10pm
Live at Caracas Arepa Bar, BK
Livestreaming at www.LRMTO.com

Latin.Radio.Music.Take-Over (LRMTO) is a platform for the community and Latin/Global sound lovers in New York City, celebrating Central & South America's past, present and future sounds; influencing a global audience of music lovers, our New York art community and simply the people! In conjunction with Venezuelan restaurant Caracas Arepa BarDuttyArtzMPeach and Kyra Caruso bring together New York's diverse latin music and art community, delivering what moves us. Entry both online and in person is free.

LRMTO features sets with over a dozen artists from noon to midnight; DJ Ripley is scheduled to go live from 9pm to 10pm.

Friday, November 14 - 6 to 10pm
K2 Friday Nights at
The Rubin Museum of Art

During K2 Friday Nights, Café Serai at The Rubin Museum of Art becomes the K2 Lounge, serving tasty small plates and delicious drinks to an arts minded crowd. DJ Ripley spins predominantly Central and South Asian dance music every K2 Friday Night from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.  Museum admission is free.

Saturday, November 15
#PartyIllegal at The Pinhook
Durham, North Carolina
w/ PlayPlay, One Duran, BirdGherl
10:00pm to 2:00am - $8 - 18+

DJ Ripley hits the road for a rare North Carolina show on Saturday, November 15 at Durham's own The Pinhook.  With special openers DJ PlayPlay, One Duran and BirdGherl.  Show starts at 10:00pm and tickets are only $8; 18 and over to enter.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Cross posted from here

This year has been a year of expansion & experimentation for me, from the chance to play Lincoln Center with Ushka, Dutty Artz/Kafundo collaborators Buraka Plays Som and Charanjit Singh, to my new gig as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Business at NYU. I’ve also been branching out creatively, with new collaborations in the works in production/remixing (more on that forthcoming), and this week, a new live performance experience – I will be performing a live DJ set with amazing drummer/percussionist/beatmaker Ravish Momin. He is an esteemed jazz drummer and Indian percussionist who has toured across the world alongside many free jazz greats as well as with multiple iterations of his own band, Tarana.
We hope this will be different from other live drums/DJ sets out there – we are interested in layers and textures, as well as rhythms, and also in not having live drums replicate or imitate programmed beats -we want to push the differences as well as the similarities of sound. Ravish also incorporates Ableton and midi triggers into his drum kit, processing his own sounds on the fly, so there will be even more options for experimentation. It’s  first for both of us, and we are excited to try it out!
Even better, we are doing it under the auspices of a great project organized by composer Lukas Ligeti,Pidgin Culture. A pidgin is a trade language made up of pieces of other languages, it’s generated by people from different places who have an urgent need to communicate. Pidgins are not proud, they are practical, often simple, and facilitate cross-cultural communication, ideally for common goals. The goal of the organization (linked to mine and many of those involved in Dutty Artz) is fostering: “a new creativity and help[ing] tap into new ways of perceiving and understanding art and the world.”
This event brings together some amazing experimental and avant-garde musicians from a variety of cultures and traditions. Alongside myself & Ravish Momin, the event includes other stellar performers. A note on Kevin Shea, who I THOUGHT I first saw in his great jazz band “Mostly Other People Do The Killing,” but then I realized I had seen him in Storm and Stress, years ago… and isn’t he in a dub band? Clearly he is in the kind of multifarious worlds I favor. Anyway the whole lineup is nuts:
Talibam! (Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea) meets Li Daiguo & Rick Parker
Li Daiguo & Rick Parker (solo and duo)

LI DAIGUO is based in China, a musical polymath proficient at a dozen different instruments along with throat-singing and beatboxing and a dynamic live performer known for his eclectic collaborations with a seemingly-limitless roster of colorful characters and ensembles. >>>http://genjingrecords.com/archives/5499
RICK PARKER combines jazz, experimental, electronic and rock, casting a broad net with his trombone playing augmented by electronics and synthesizers. He has worked with a large cross section of notable musicians and groups including Tim Berne, Mingus Big Band, Charli Persip, Frank Lacy, plus hip-hop legends the Wu-Tang Clan and DMC. Since 2012, he has been a member of Ravish Momin’s Tarana, performing at concerns and festivals across the world. Parker’s innovative use of electronics with the trombone have allowed him to cross through many musical genres and even garnered the attention of manufacturers Electroharmonix and Eventide with whom he has consulted on the development of new pedals and effects. >>> http://www.rickparker.net/
TALIBAM! (Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea) VIGILANTLY BOLSTERING SONIC DIVERSITY & HUMAN COMPASSION SINCE 2003. >>> http://talibam.bandcamp.com/
I will also play a DJ set after the show – blending into it from the set with Ravish, so you’ll get a chance to dance it all out at the end.
Facebook RSVP here.
doors at 8, music at 9, $10 cover! Trans Pecos 915 Wycoff Ave, Queens, New York 11385