Art Hounds: Alison Hiltner, MaLLy, Roseville Area High School Jazz Band

alisonhiltner.JPGDetail from Alison Hiltner’s “Supply Drop-Origins Unknown” (Image courtesy of the artist)

This week, the hounds introduce us to a rapper with a mainstream sound but deeply introspective lyrics, an artist who takes us to a beautiful and unsettling future, and a group of a young people playing rarely performed music by a 1960s South African band.

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asiaward.JPGAsia Ward is an aluminum installation artist who sees a kindred spirit in artist Alison Hiltner. Asia appreciates Alison’s ability to create futuristic worlds that are beautiful and threatening at the time. You can see Alison’s work at Gallery 122 in her show “Messages From The Event Horizon” through June 16.

alielabaddy.JPGMaLLy’s music speaks to Ali Elabbady. Ali (aka EgyptoKnuckles), CEO and producer for Background Noise Crew, appreciates that even though MaLLy’s production and beats are mainstream, his lyrics go much deeper. You can hear MaLLy’s introspective rhymes at the release show for his new album “The Last Great…” at the 7th Street Entry this Friday.

pamelaespeland.JPGPamela Espeland is an arts writer for MinnPost and she wants you to give The Roseville Area High School Jazz Band a chance. On Friday they will perform music by Brotherhood of Breath, a multi-racial band that fled South Africa and re-formed in London in the 1960s. Pamela says that the RAHS Jazz Band might be the only group in North America playing this music thanks to the tenacity of band teacher Pat Moriarty who tracked down the charts.

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