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Uncharted: Val-Inc aka Val Jeanty
Thursday, May 5
Doors at 7:30 pm, Show at 8:00pm
Val-Inc aka Val Jeanty
Evoking Prayers: Soundscapes
An accomplished musician and academic whose creative work has been exhibited in major museums and staged at concert halls around the globe, the artist Val Jeanty, also known as Val-Inc, creates musical performance art that engages timeless beats sourced from her Haitian roots with the same ease as it accesses contemporary experimental electronic composition. Following a recent glowingly received set at Big Ears, a residency at Roulette Intermedium, and a Toulmin Fellowship, Jeanty continues to evolve and refine her sound. Tonight’s multimedia event as part of Greenwich House Music School’s Uncharted series finds her in a typically expansive and empathic mode, responding to our current dramatic moment of global conflict.
“I had initially planned a dance-oriented piece for this performance,” says Jeanty, “but the ongoing global wars and recent crisis in Haiti have deeply shifted my perspective. I felt the need to adjust my plans to better cope both artistically and personally.” Her revised soundscape, Evoking Prayers, is the premiere of Val’s newest solo work, performed simultaneously with electronic instrumentations including a Korg Wavedrum, a Kaossilator Pro, the Roland Handsonic, Sunhouse’s Sensory percussion drums with reverie kit and a RaneONE turntable. Jeanty tells us, “Evoking Prayers focuses on peace and healing for myself, our audience and the world.”
Val Jeanty, also known as Val-Inc is a Haitian electronic music composer, drummer/turntablist, and professor at Berklee College of Music. Jeanty is a pioneer of the electronic music sub-genre called Afro-Electronica (also called “Vodou-Electro”), incorporating Haitian folkloric culture with digital instrumentations. She uses technology to lead listeners into her dream-like expressionism of Afro-Electronica Soundscapes. Jeanty’s performances include The Whitney Museum, The Museum of Modern Art and internationally at The Venice Biennale, Saalfelden in Austria and Haus der Kulturen in Berlin. She is the recipient of various grants including the Van Lier Fellow in 2018, the New York State Council of the Arts/ New Music USA grant in 2019 and the Toulmin Fellowship in 2022.