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New Festival Fuses Music, Art and Technology This December

The Philip Glass Ensemble, New Order, and Kendrick Lamar are among the lineup just announced by Free Press Houston.



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Picture of Refik Anadol's Infinity Room project
The “Infinity Room” project by Refik Anadol, one of the digital artists coming to Day for Night.

Imagine standing in a warehouse while listening to a live piano performance by classical composer Philip Glass. Now, imagine it with enormous light projections of images and colors dancing on the walls, floor, and ceiling.

The Day for Night music lineup includes English rock band New Order, who hasn’t played in Houston since 1989.

Free Press Houston has just announced the lineup for their first Day for Night festival. Along with Glass, the two-day event also includes well-known musical acts like hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar and the English rock band, New Order. But it'll be more than just music.

"I think that the music festival scene is a little formulaic," the festival's Dutch Small says. "It's still very exciting and fun and people love going to music festivals. But we decided we wanted to do something slightly different."

So they're pairing the live music with light projection installations by renowned digital artists. Small says the trend of artists using digital media as an art form will continue to grow.

"The first dimension is people being tech-savvy, which is obvious," he says. "For sure, technology has made it possible for people to create new things, and that's exactly where this is coming from."

The event takes place December 19th and 20th at Silver Street Studios and will encompass six acres surrounding the space. Nearly 20 digital artists and over 40 musical acts are on the bill.

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