Global Music Series Hosted by Ex-Fugazi, Gwar Members Coming to the Hill in Washington, DC, Spring 2015
Dounouya (DOON-EE-YA) is a West African word for “The Whole World.” Debuting Sunday, March 15, the Hill Center, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, will present a series of four singular concerts, curated and hosted by Brendan Canty and Jim Thomson, featuring musicians at the forefront of DC’s magnificent global music scene. Each concert will be preceded by a 30 minute conversation with the artists, moderated by Canty and Thomson.
Brendan Canty is an American musician, composer, producer and filmmaker, best known as the drummer for the band Fugazi. In 2007, Stylus Magazine ranked Canty at #29 on the list of “50 Greatest Rock Drummers”, based on his drumming work with Fugazi. Canty joined Fugazi, as their drummer in 1987 and recorded and toured with the group until their “indefinite hiatus” in 2003. Many of Fugazi’s songs are based on guitar riffs introduced at rehearsals by Canty. An adept multi-instrumentalist, Canty frequently composes soundtrack music, primarily for documentaries, often with National Geographic and Discovery Channel.
Jim Thomson was born in Alexandria, Virginia and grew up on a small, organic apple orchard outside of Front Royal, Virginia. He owns and operates the Brooklyn/Washington, DC-based boutique record label-Electric Cowbell Records. He currently runs Multiflora Productions out of Washington, DC, a multifaceted, multicultural agency that specializes in expanding the reach of genre-bending roots-to-the-future music through artist management, event marketing, and music releases. In 2014 he became the music coordinator for the Capital Fringe Festival and also programs the “Fringe Music in the Library” series which offers free live music in the DC Public Libraries through a sponsorship from the DC Public Library Foundation. He played drums in GWAR, Alter-Natives, Bio Ritmo, and CSC Funk Band and currently plays drums in the DC-based band, Time Is Fire, which is fronted by an Iranian-born Sufi poet and backed by players steeped in punk, dance and experimental music,. He is currently an editor-at-large for The Vinyl District-an indie record store blog that focuses on the vinyl record medium.
Craft beer and wine will be available for purchase.