A modern day pop artist and musical revolutionary, piano iconoclast ELEW is making a substantial impression on the music world with a thunderous new style of playing: an inspired melding of ragtime, rock and pop that he calls Rockjazz. ELEW has toured the world, recorded, and performed continuously with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Elvin Jones, Roy Hargrove, and Cassandra Wilson, among others. He won the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, his mesmerizing piano theatrics even then hinting at the new musical paradigm he would one day create.
The trio’s audio-visual mash-ups feature television, film, music and video game footage sliced and diced into blistering, post-modern dance floor events. It’s a cyclone of music and images mashed together in a world where Kill Bill fight scenes and Dave Chappelle’s Rick James rants are ingeniously cut and looped over bootleg samples, DVD scratches and pumped-up dance anthems. It’s a real-time subversion of technology and media performed live on video turntables for what LA Weekly called a "mesmerizing" sensory overload.
Garibaldi had always combined his passion for music and color, or rhythm and hue, in his artwork. But it wasn’t until viewing performance painter Denny Dent’s portrait of Jimi Hendrix that Garibaldi discovered how his passion for paint and music could be an inspirational experience for more than just himself. He discovered music-driven-art, and in some ways it discovered him, revealing a portrait of passion and purpose. Garibaldi’s synergy of music and art is what makes him unique as a painter and a performer.
The Warfield, also known as The Warfield Theater, is a 2,250 seat music venue in the heart of San Francisco. In keeping with it’s illustrious past, “everyone” has played The Warfield. The entertainment in the 1980′s ranged from bands such as The Clash, Grateful Dead and U2, to theatrical productions such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Cantonese Opera from China. The Warfield, and all of its varied public events has been a beloved San Francisco institution for 86 years with Goldenvoice’s new chapter having just begun. The soul of the building ripens with each passing year.
We will have a number of in-kind donations from supporting companies to present a silent auction of valuable software, artworks from our community members, and local services.
This is the second annual benefit gala for Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit organization that brings together the best creative coders, data artists, designers, and makers to create experiments aimed to showcase digital culture at the intersection of art, science, technology, and society. Funds raised will allow GAFFTA to continue to offer open source education, workshops & courses, exhibitions, research and civic projects.
Date: December 15th, 2011
Time: 6:30 — 10:30pm
|Venue:||The Warfield Theater
982 Market St at Taylor
San Francisco, CA 94102
|6:30pm||VIP Dinner Cocktail Reception|
|7:00pm||Dinner is Served|
|7:30 — 8:00||General Admission Doors|
|8:00 — 8:15||Opening Remarks|
|8:15 — 9:00||ELEW and Garibaldi|
|9:00 — 9:15||Live Auction|
|9:15 — 10:30||Eclectic Method Live A/V|
3 hour evening event
Dress Code: Gray-Tie Creative Formal Wear
General Admission for 1: $60 — $150
Table Service for 8-18: SOLD OUT
Individual Dinner for 1: SOLD OUT
21+, concession stands for artist & sponsor schwag, silent auction, live auction
Contact us: If you have any questions or require additional information about sponsorship, (415) 843-1423 or email support(at)gaffta(dot)org