Theo Parrish is a musician and selector based in Detroit, Michigan, often described as a ‘techno/house’ artist. He was born in Washington D.C. in 1972.
Theo Parrish musical influences
He grew up in Chicago, Illinois listening to jazz musicians like Miles Davis, Nina Simone, and George Gershwin.
THEO PARRISH MUSIC BACKGROUND
Theo Parris begins spinning and producing tracks in 1986, at the age of thirteen…
After graduating from the Academy for the Arts, he received a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1994, he received a BA’s Degree of Fine Arts from KCAI with a concentration in Sound Sculpture, a form of orchestration using:
the human voice,
and numerous other sound generating devices.
Theo Parrish can fuse the rhythmic, disco-based pulse of Chicago house with the modernist soul of Detroit techno, while at the same time pointing to a lineage in black music that runs directly from Sun Ra to Sound Signature.
Juste Debout (“just upright”) is an international and annual dance competition founded in 2001 by Bruce Soné in France which focuses on street dance styles. The four main categories are hip hop new style, house, locking and popping. They have also been welcoming experimental dances since few years.
This year, Juste Debout has also organised a whole week of activities prior to the event, such as dance workshops with the international judges and parties in various places.
I had the chance to attend the Slinked party and enjoyed listening to the Champion Sound live band. Please view below few pictures of the programme and videos of the event.
They have also added two new disciplines: Just Dancehall by ragga jam and Just4Rockers. Both organisations are based in France and have an international scope.
I have been mostly attending the Just4Rockers breakdance cyphers in the “Salle Marcel Cerdan” in Bercy stadium and watched the finals of all disciplines on the main stage.
I am now happy to share with you videos and pictures I have taken at the event and hope you will feel the same vibes as I did. The competition was fierce and the show very much worth it! The organisers were also lovely.
It is important to be know that Just4Rockers venue was also a dance practice room. Although it was mostly dedicated to breakdancing, you will also find other dance styles (hip hop, popping, rn’b). Since there are quite a few videos (9 videos for this section and 3 videos of experimental dances finals), I am re-directing you to my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/emelinej1/videos
You will also find last year’s Juste Debout event videos if you are more interested in the other dance styles. So, feel free to subscribe to it!
For those who haven’t watched the City of Men series and film (called Cidade dos Homens in Brazilian), I highly recommend you to do so. The story follows two characters from early teenage hood to adulthood and can be purchased on ebay or amazon.
Here, I will only discuss with you today about the music aspects of these series and film, as the soundtracks are well worth a mention!
The composer of the film (Acerola and Laranjinha as young adults) is Antonio Pinto, who mixed many genres such as rap, funk, jazz, blues, samba…If you would like to read a little more about him and/or listen to some of his tracks, check the following links:
I have been lucky to attend few years ago this “Dedicated” art exhibition held at the White Lady Art gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland curated by Tzolkin Street Graffiti Shop (for more information, check their Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/tzolkinstreetshop).
Although this art gallery is now closed and the owner moved back to London, if you are a fan of contemporary art of all kinds, follow them on Facebook:
Referring to my blog post from 14th February 2013 about the Irish Hip Hop Championships, you may like to know that, in addition to the dance competition programme, there will also be dance workshops taught by the judges themselves on Sunday 14th April 2013!
Please find below the various dance workshops schedules with each one of the judges’ panel.
If you aren’t sure what these dance styles look like, check out the below Youtube videos.
Locking with Funky J (the girl):
Commercial hip hop with Alex Schoendorf:
Popping with Natalie McParland:
House with Jaja aka xclusiv (dance starts at 0.28min):
B-boying with B-Boy Yelke from Bad Taste Cru:
Funk and animation with Soulsisterz:
Waacking and voguing with Del Mak:
If you want to know more about each of these dancers, check out the Irish Hip Hop Productions fan page on facebook!
So, guys, which workshop(s) are you interested in taking?