The Power and Politics of Music & Media

ARTBOOK @ MoMA Tom Tom Magazine The Power and Politics of Music and MediaARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 presented a panel discussion organized by Tom Tom Magazine, the only print magazine in the world about female drummers. The magazine’s founder/editor Mindy Abovitz moderated a discussion of media makers and media shakers with panelists Andre Torres of Wax Poetics magazine and Yuka C. Honda of Cibo Matto and Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band. The panel considered the past, present and future of the political nature of music and how it is or isn’t represented in the media, touching on the future of print, the direction of web based media and the new ways we navigate ethics and authenticity on the Internet. A Q&A will followed the panel.

Here is a video of the event:

Mindy Abovitz – Moderator, Tom Tom Magazine
Mindy Abovitz is the Editor and Creator of Tom Tom Magazine, the only print magazine in the world about female drummers. Tom Tom is a full color magazine based out of NYC that is currently distributed globally and is carried by Guitar Centers Nationwide. Abovitz hopes to impact the music industry through media, events, showcases, panels and community interactions and see 45% increase of female drummers in the next ten years. Tom Tom has a feminist mission and seeks to raise awareness about female percussionists from all over the world and hopes to inspire women and girls of all ages to drum, while strengthening and building the community of otherwise fragmented female musicians.

Andre Torres – Wax Poetic
Andre Torres is the Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of Wax Poetics magazine, a quarterly publication dedicated to vintage and contemporary jazz, funk, soul, Latin, hip-hop, reggae, blues, and R&B. He is also the co-founder of Wax Poetics Records, currently home to artists Kendra Morris and Adrian Younge. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.

Yuka C. Honda – Chimera Music
Yuka C. Honda is a Japanese musician and producer residing in New York. She is the most known for the band Cibo Matto, which she co-founded with Miho Hatori in 1994, in which Honda created a unique one-man band sound by triggering samples ‘live’. They have recently reunited and will release new album in 2013. Honda has released three solo albums (on the Tzadik label) and produced If By Yes (her ethereal pop project), as well as recordings by Sean Lennon and, most recently, Martha Wainwright. She also co-produces YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND with Sean Lennon. She also works with Artists Against Fracking with Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon.

Peter Ferraro – East Village Radio
Peter Ferraro is currently the General Manager, Head of Programming and a partner at East Village Radio Dot Com. Before that Peter served briefly as Publisher of The Fader helping to evolve it into a full-fledged music magazine. Peter was also at Time4 Media a division of the former AOLTime Warner working as VP of Advertising on the Transworld Publications titles Peter spent close to 10 years as Advertising Director and Publisher of The Source Magazine during a time leading up to Hip-Hop’s commercial success. Peter lives in Manhattan and has the best dog in the world.

Lisa Lipton – Blast Beats
Maritime-born artist, Lisa Lipton is a multidisciplinary artist and musician who received her B.F.A. from the NSCAD University in 2003, and M.F.A. from the University of Windsor in April 2006. Her installations exemplify a diversity of interest within the arts combining sculpture, video, knitted costume, paint with performances that involve dance and music. Lisa’s expertise as a multi-instrumentalist (violist, pianist, guitarist, drummer, etc.) have come to inform her current projects, which emphasize her multi-faceted talents, while at the same time locate a forum for the partnership and critique of multiple disciplines within the arts. She has exhibited her work on both a national and international level, most notably within Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Windsor (AGW), Banff Centre for the Arts, New York, Detroit, Texas, North Carolina, Berlin, and Amsterdam. Lisa recently arrived home from a series of residences at The Banff Centre for the Arts, University of Windsor, Yellowknife Centre for the Arts, The Gatekeeper’s Lodge and The Confederation Centre for the Arts with her new drumming project entitled BLAST BEATS. She is currently preparing BLAST BEATS: Phase Two to be performed at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia during Halifax’s Nocturne Festival in October 2012. Within 2012, Lisa has exhibited her work within her first solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, as well as exhibited 2 versions of her immense collaborative project entitled Window Ballet 2 & 3 in Halifax, NS & Charlottetown, PEI. Currently, she is embarking on a tour of the U.S. over the course of the winter with a continuation of BLAST BEATS, this time entitled Phase Three – on the road

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