the carnival project

The CYOA Rhythms video installation was included in the Carnival Project hosted by Batala NYC on May 5, 2014. BATALA NYC promotes the music and culture of Northeastern Brazil and its interplay with other regional dance, music and art forms.

The Carnival Project was the organization’s inaugural annual event, reinterpreting regional Caribbean and New World ‘carnival’ themes through a contemporary fusion of 50 batala drummers, bagpipers, New Orleans brass and my video installation, CYOA Rhythms. The video installation was designed to punctuate the rhythms of different genres of music. 

The event was held at Littlefield, an eco-bar / performance space located in the still-emerging Gowanus neighbourhood of Brooklyn. Housed in an old warehouse from the 1920s, the space merges Gowanus’ industrial past with an eco-friendly future, serving as a beacon of sustainability for further neighbourhood rejuvenation.


BATALA NYC is a community organization of batala drummers. They provide participants with drums, instruction and an on-going community performance platform. Their mission is to teach any woman, regardless of musical experience to play the powerful rhythms of samba-reggae. Part of a larger global arts movement, Batala NYC began in 2012 in response to a lack of opportunities for women to drum in NYC. 

Read more about the Batala music movement here.

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