Roger Ebert once called Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli collaborator Isao Takahata "arguably the greatest directors of animation in the world." The two first worked together in the 1960s at the animation house Toei Animation, and founded Studio Ghibli in 1985, where they would go on to make such classics as My Neighbor Totoro (1988); Princess Mononoke (1997), which won the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year and briefly became the highest-grossing film in Japan after its release; and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away (2001). Before any of those though there was NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, the 1984 masterpiece that, while not technically a Ghibli film, launched the studio. Considered by some their finest film, it is a visually dazzling post-apocalyptic epic about a warrior princess and her fight to save a toxic jungle and its giant mutant insects from an ancient weapon of unimaginable power. Think Star Wars meets Avatar, but smarter and more fun than both.
The otherworldly Brooklyn-based guitarist KAKI KING sets the stage for the fantasy. Having released nine albums over the past 14 years, Kaki has presented her work in a variety of prestigious arts centers, including the Kennedy Center, MoMA, LACMA, and The Met, and has created music for numerous film and TV soundtracks, including August Rush and Sean Penn's Into the Wild, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score. She also works as a multimedia artist, notably on the 2014 project that premiered at BRIC, The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body, in which the guitar is used as a projection screen to tell a story. In April 2017, Kaki recorded her first full-length album with symphony orchestra, commissioned by the Berklee College of Music, which was released on September 22, 2017.
This summer at the Bandshell, Kaki is excited to introduce TREYA LAM, the first artist signing to Kaki's own label, Short Stuff Records. A classically trained multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, Treya's debut album, Good News, was produced by Kaki, and will be released June 8, 2018.
Information for Friends of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
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- Sponsor Tent: Open to Tent-Pass members
The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. View seating arrangements here.
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