3.1.13 // 9pm // 21+w/ Valid ID
The Crystal Ark
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Inspired by music he heard during a 2007 trip to Brazil, Russom returned to his Berlin-based studio and composed the first Crystal Ark songs, which drew upon both his love of psychedelic rave tracks like "Inner Light" by Phantasia and his long and deep interest in Latin rhythms. Though those intricately woven, vivid early instrumentals were compelling in their own right, Russom continued to seek out elements that would push the music's arresting energy forward. The group truly took form when he invited filmmaker Viva Ruiz, whom he met by chance as she was passing through Berlin on tour, to add Spanish lyrics and vocals to the raw tracks. Ruiz's fevered vocalizations on the Crystal Ark's first single, "The City Never Sleeps," helped heighten the song's already visceral intensity through to its pulsating end. Alberto Lopez, Russom's long-time friend and high school collaborator, joined the outfit shortly thereafter, contributing live percussion to follow-up "The Tangible Presence of the Miraculous." That track, filled with polyrhythmic drumming and a persistent acid bassline, is an intensely affecting musical sojourn made all the more rapturous by Lopez's drumming.
Following DFA's release of those two 12"s, Russom returned to New York City, a move that further informed the sound of the music. Like New York itself, the Crystal Ark's output – with its cross-blend of genres, languages, and sounds – increasingly reflected the intensity, physicality and sexuality that pervades the city in which it was made. Russom and Ruiz continued expanding the band for live performances, and to further enrich and enliven the Crystal Ark's music on recordings. The lineup has grown to include vocalists Jaiko Suzuki and Sokhna Heathyre Mabin, both of whom previously collaborated with Ruiz, as well as electronics master Matt Thornley and bassist Tyler Pope, with whom Gavin worked during LCD Soundsystem's farewell tour. This incarnation first appeared on the Crystal Ark's third single, "Touch," a song that melds funk basslines, Afro-Carribbean percussion and Ruiz and Russom's vocals into a singular inducement to dance. Live performances further the band's body-centric agenda by seamlessly integrating dance and visuals into a vivid multimedia performance: Dancers Irene "Discos" Deros and Alberto Cortes make expressed the physicality implied in the group's sound, while video artists Bec Stupak and Johnny Woods transform performance spaces with color and movement.