Archive for November 2012

Monkeyworks at musiXplore – Nov. 18

On Sunday, November 18, musiXplore will host a performance by legendary NJ avant-improv veterans Monkeyworks. This crew plays a great blend of jazz and African styles with an electronic overtone. Their specialty is improvising musical pairings with silent film or avant-garde video, and that’s what you’ll see at musiXplore.

The show begins at 1:00 pm with a set by electrojazz trio ArtCrime, the house band for musiXplore. Then we’ll fire up the video projectors and you’ll experience a show like no other.

Admission: suggested donation of $5. See some of the other posts for video of Monkeyworks and the Shop page on our site for discounted advance tickets.


Monkeyworks – Best Improv Band in Jersey?

Here at musiXplore, we think the finest group of improvising musicians in New Jersey is Monkeyworks. Led by Ian Smit, these are veterans who have jammed together for decades. Here is a short excerpt from a performance in October of 2011, when they performed their piece “The Raven” to the accompaniment of a silent black and white Hallowe’en film: