Array is a one night only, music, art and technology experience, focused on bridging the gap between creative worlds. Collaborations include Nas with members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Big Gigantic with the Dallas Mavericks Drumline, Kaleo with the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, and Jacob Banks with the Booker T. Washington H.S. Gospel Choir. Additional performances featuring Cure for Paranoia & Zhora.
SOLUNA is a festival for Dallas, bringing together international artists with Dallas’s finest arts organizations. Anchored by performances with Jaap van Zweden at the close of his Farewell Celebration Season as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, SOLUNA celebrates Dallas’s rich cultural legacy and diversity of expression. By incorporating contemporary and performing arts and strong educational and science components, audiences are invited to experience music and art while interacting with their Dallas community in new and exciting ways.
Ever since a 17-year-old Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones appeared on Main Source's 1991 classic "Live at the Barbeque," hip-hop would be irrevocably changed. With music in his blood courtesy of famed blues musician father Olu Dara, the self-taught trumpeter attracted crowds with his playing at age 4, wrote his first verse at age 7 and, with 1994’s Illmatic, created one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time before he could legally drink. Two decades on, the rap icon has gone on to receive 13 GRAMMY nominations. Nas remains an incendiary, outspoken and brutally candid rapper on the recently released Life is Good, his tenth album and sixth to debut at the top of the Billboard 200.
The Boulder, CO-based duo of saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken interpret traditional DJ-based music with live instruments in an unconventional way and have successfully created an innovative, distinct sound that’s all their own. Their transcendent live shows are a showcase of brilliant improvisation and a tightly knit bond between Salken and Lalli, who breathlessly alternate between keys, sax and laptop, building a futuristic wall of sound that keeps the crowd on its feet.
Every story has two sides, and that adage is certainly true for Kaleo, the Grammy-nominated four-piece band from Iceland who now call the U.S. home. Call it a split upbringing: the isolated heritage that results from coming of age in Iceland has paired with the fresh inspiration of moving to America, and the band has built a sound to match the disparate landscapes. A gorgeous and raucous blend of rock, folk and blues, Kaleo’s debut LP titled “A/B” showcases the band’s multi-layered dynamics and ability to play different genres with equal skill.
Born in Nigeria and based in England, the 25-year- old singer/songwriter Jacob Banks creates soul music that's uncompromisingly honest but thrillingly cinematic. A self-taught musician who began singing, playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 20, Banks got his start at open mic nights around Birmingham in 2011 and quickly won major attention for his commanding vocal presence and daringly intimate songwriting.
Cure for Paranoia
Cure for Paranoia has become the new face of the storied Deep Ellum neighborhood. The musicians that make up the hip-hop group have their own bold energy and personal styles, which would best be described as aggressively funky. Between Tomahawk Jonez’s and JayAnalog’s production, Stanley Francisko’s airy vocals and Cameron McCloud’s brisk lyrical delivery, the band has designed its own brand of “trippy soul-infused hip-hop.” They quickly made a name for themselves and were awarded Dallas Observer’s “Best New Act” in 2016 and “Best Group Act” in 2017.
Zhora has a reputation for high-energy performances and striking visuals. Her addictive melodies and imagery give a thirst for a fresh pop voice and exciting new flavor. Vocalist Taylor Rea of Zhora was introduced to North Texas as a pop electronic act with genre bending aesthetics and sweetheart synth ballads. Soaring through a voyage of light and sound, Rea’s voice encompasses the heart and surrenders your soul to the rhythm and beats.
Collaborators include Members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Jaap van Zweden, presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world's premier concert halls. The largest and oldest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO serves 230,000 patrons each year, including 30,000 children, through performances, educational programs and community enrichment initiatives. In addition to the Texas Instruments Classical Series and the Pops Series, DSO programming includes ReMix, DSO on the GO, Family Concerts and Dallas Symphony Presents.
Dallas Mavericks Drumline
Founded in 2003 by a gifted group of percussionists from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the drumline performs at every home game on the Budweiser Sound Stage in the American Airlines Center. They perform in-game tracks, chants and cadences. Their percussion prowess entertains fans with in-game features and on-court performances!
Booker T. Washington H.S. Gospel Choir
A rarity in secondary music education to date, this curriculum-based gospel choir is quickly substantiating its addition to the school’s course schedule. With over 6 million views on social media and ever-growing student and community interest, this group brings sounds of joy and inspiration to audiences both near and far. Under the guidance of its founding director, Nathan De'Shon Myers, students in this choir are learning through lectures and collaborations with national gospel recording artists.
Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet
Established in 2011 by Artistic Director Emilie Skinner, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet brings collaborative concerts that emphasize neo-classic ballet to the DFW community. The vision of the company is to serve as a platform for collaborative works that invite artists of all genres to come together in order to create wholly aesthetic cultural programs. These productions include both revivals of historically poignant ballets and new, experimental works that often incorporate film, original music and costumes designed by visual artists.
Raised in Venezuela, Alejandra is a Dallas-based graphic designer, artist and muralist. She works as a digital art director for Publicis Hawkeye, but her passion for painting drives her to work after hours and weekends on various art projects. She has done collective and solo shows throughout Dallas’s gallery circuit. Her energetic and whimsical murals can be found in Deep Ellum, the Design District, Oak Cliff and custom B&G Letters in East Dallas.
Darcy is an electronic artist, LED enthusiast and workshop curator. She is the co-founder of Lady Brain Studios, a creative powerhouse originally established in Dallas that builds custom electronics, sculptures and other props with an emphasis on physical computing and immersive lighting.