Callings Out of Context: Junglepussy and Dan Deacon

Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 8:00 p.m.


Teragram Ballroom
1234 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Junglepussy and Dan Deacon, two artists whose restless experimentalism is matched only by their high-octane live performance styles, performed a special double-bill for the fourth installment of The Broad's Callings out of Context series. With humorous yet hard-driving approaches, both artists smuggle subversive themes and an insurgent consciousness into joyful, movement-based music.

Born to a Trinidadian mother and a Jamaican father, rapper and musician Shayna McHayle AKA Junglepussy is rapidly becoming known for her sultry, brazen lyricism and unapologetic sexuality. Bodacious, hilarious, crass and clear, McHayle's words convey her perspective with humor and naturalism, an unhurried flow and an easy, independent blissfulness. Unifying her work is the depth of an idea that often feels scorned: to love yourself. McHayle “talks shit like one of the girls and pulls apart the patriarchy as she experiences it.” (Pitchfork)

Baltimore-based producer, performer, beat-maker and instrument-builder Dan Deacon creates electronic music that defies its expected frame, bursting with verve and rooted in an experimental sensibility. And you will dance. His wildly entertaining interactive live show, which perpetually migrates from museums to concert halls to clubs—and challenging the context of each—was honed in DIY spaces. Aesthetically direct and unequivocally fun, Deacon's newest material combines analog synths, electronically processed vocals (Deacon's own) and a retrofitted player piano into an exuberantly messy musical treatise for freedom and self-realization.


Watch Junglepussy at The Broad


Watch Dan Deacon's Boiler Room London Live Set



About Callings Out of Context

Featuring some of today’s most exciting and transgressive musicians, Callings Out of Context is an aural complement to the Pop art of the Broad collection. The series features hybrid-minded contemporary musical artists that engage, point to and tell stories about the modern market they are a part of, while opening our ears to new perspectives on genre, repetition and mass production. Each program pairs artists from divergent corners of musical categorization, from the heart of indie rock to the fringes of hip-hop and electronic music to the experimentalism of the avant-garde. The series title was inspired by the Arthur Russell song “Calling Out of Context.” 

Guest Co-Curators

Ted Hearne is a composer and performer whose recent commissions include works for the LA Phil, San Francisco Symphony, Roomful of Teeth and BAM. He is a professor of composition at USC and his opera, The Source, had its Los Angeles premiere in October 2016 with the LA Opera.

Brandon Stosuy is the editor in chief of The Creative Independent at Kickstarter. He previously worked as Director of Editorial Operations at Pitchfork. Stosuy is a Music Curator at MoMA PS1 and The Broad museum in L.A, and co-curates the Tinnitus music series with Adam Shore. For the past several years he and the artist Matthew Barney have collaborated on an ongoing series of live events and publications. ADAC, their most recent book-length project, was published in 2013 by Dashwood. He curated the multi-media art/music exhibition, Rural Violence, which opened in August 2015 in Troy, New York (with book to follow). It has since been expanded and re-staged at Barney's studio, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His anthology, Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York's Downtown Literary Scene, 1974–1992, was published by NYU Press in 2006, and he has a children's book, Music Is..., was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2016. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.