Solange, TV on the Radio, and The Roots will headline the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, an annual music and film event that runs from April 25 to 27 at the Peter Sharp Building in the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Now in its second year, the festival is produced by BAM and curated by Bryce and Aaron Dessner of indie rock band The National.
Literature buffs will recognize the Walt Whitman poem reference in the festival's title. Certainly, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry aims to reflect the open, creative spirit represented by Whitman's classic work, and as such, features singers, songwriters, improvisers, composers, new music ensembles, and filmmakers spanning the spectrum of New York culture.
And speaking of New York culture, DJ and girl about town Solange’s latest EP, True, boasts a contagious pop sound that’s swiftly making her a star, street cred intact. TV On the Radio, one of the borough's most beloved bands, and The Roots, of course, need little introduction. Meanwhile, the festival's other musical performers include the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Antibalas, Clare and the Reasons, Eleanor Friedberger, and Japanther, to name a few.
Chock-full of original scores, the film shorts program includes pieces by Alex Braverman and Poppy de Villeneuve, Matt Wolf, and a film entitled Gowanus Canal by Sarah J Christman. On the art tip, Andrew Ondrejcak will be presenting a visual art installation. All in all, it’s definitely worth crossing the bridge, or ferry, for. 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, 718-636-4100