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Apr 27, 2004 - may 15th warhol / element 5 event
"Flowers Observed, Flowers Transformed" opening party
Saturday May 15th
10:00pm - 1:00am Dance Party at Rubinoff Building (directly behind
The Andy Warhol Museum)
Special guest DJ Neil Aline (Chez Music, NY) and vocalist Aya (Naked Music,
Video installation by Missy Galore and Sabrina Roulet (Feedbuck Galore,
With complimentary wine, beer and snacks.
Opening local talent t.b.d. by Element 5.
Tickets $25. [Free to Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Staff.]
Call 412 237 8300 to RSVP.
DJ NEIL ALINE bio:
Few do more for New York City's nightlife week in and week out than Neil
Aline. Whether he's DJing at one of his numerous weekly gigs, putting out
new music on CHEZ, Aline has his hands deeply involved in all aspects of New
York dance culture.
As a DJ, his sets span everything from deep house to vocals, disco tracks
and deep tribal excursions, all impeccably mixed.
Aline also worked as the American liaison for Parisian promoters Respect Is
Burning, organizing tours across the country. Formerly anchored in New York
with a bi-monthly residency at Twilo, Respect also comes regularly to
Chicago's Metro and Opium Garden in Miami Beach.
Home Base; NYC. Born in Tahiti, raised in Paris.
Past Residencies @ Centro-Fly-NYC & the 2k Lounge (Twilo)
Current residencies at Sundays at APT and monthly at CIELO, NYC.
DJed in New York, London, Toronto, Montreal, San Diego, Vancouver,
Frankfurt, Hamburg, Las Vegas, Barcelona, Bruxelles, Los Angeles, Boston,
Chicago, San Francisco, Zurich, Minneapolis, Lyon, Miami, Washington D.C,
Paris, Caracas, Geneva, Philadelphia, Lausanne, Oslo, Mallorca, Prague,
Copenhagen, Puerto Rico, Seattle
Biggest inspiration: "Hosting my mix show each week on WNYU and mixing
alongside the creme de la creme of dance music like Francois K, Laurent
Garnier, Dimitri from Paris, Carl Craig, DJ Pierre, Daft Punk, Afrika
Bambattaa and Jumping Jack Frost among others."
"Anything with Chez Music's Neil Aline's name attached to it is a guaranteed
go." Tricia Romano, Village Voice
"Considering the current decline of club life in the City, Neil Aline is
pumping needed life's breath into our endangered scene. He's taking the
risks we need to take." --Flyer Magazine
official Neil Aline website: http://www.chezmusic.com/
Aya's Strange Flower is a true labor of love - and honesty. It's that rare
thing, a one-of-a-kind personal vision that could never happen under the
auspices of a major label in this era of the lowest common denominator. In
fact, she turned down several offers from majors to get her record made her
way. After having found instant underground success - and profound musical
chemistry - with producer Jay Denes of Blue Six, his Naked Music label was
the perfect place for her unique talent to grow. Naked couldn't offer the
big money of the giants, but it could offer freedom - and so Aya spent the
better part of a year holed up in the studio with Jay, perfecting her
Strange Flower is a one-off that could only have been made by someone from
as distinctive a cultural mélange as Aya - born in London and raised by
Singaporean grandparents, a teenage mother and Irish-Scottish father (both
hippies at the time), she was destined to absorb disparate genres of music
from birth. Early exposure to Chinese opera, Jimi Hendrix, Nick Drake, and
Patrice Rushen evolved into a lifelong love affair with all transcendent
music, and a belief that if music has the power to move you then its genre
The record is a living document of just this philosophy. From the opening
Roy Ayers inspired "Lookin' For The Sun" to the ethereal "You're Not The
Only One" to the album's closer, the straight-ahead ballad "Curtain Call",
the only musical convention observed is a respect for the emotional demands
of the song. There was as much attention paid to keeping the arrangements
free of trend-of-the-minute ornamentation as there was to honing the songs
melodically and lyrically in as unaffected a manner as possible.
At the age of eighteen Aya left London for New York City, and began
collaborating with Lenny Kravitz - "Thinking of You", a single from his
album 5 - and Pharcyde, on "Lab Cabin California". Both went gold. Soon
after, she started making tracks with Stuart Matthewman (renowned Sade
guitarist and songwriter) and features on seven tunes on his upcoming
Aya's record label: http://www.naked-music.com
additional bio: http://www.giantstep.net/artists/viewartist.asp?artistid=501
info on the entire opening nights events:
You are invited to join the staff at The Andy Warhol Museum to kick-off the
10th anniversary year and newest exhibition Flowers Observed, Flowers
The Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street--North Shore
One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh