Freestyle: ‘Juxtapose,’ HIFF, Hallowbaloo

Oct. 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

The eight brothers of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. (Courtesy photo)

The eight brothers of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. (Courtesy photo)


I’ve got a few fresh attractions to hustle in this blog.

First, a shoutout to the Hawaii International Film Festival. If you haven’t browsed the films on tap, it’s not too late: Go to and expand your cinematic horizons. Here’s a tip: HIFF is posting daily tickets specials (discounted to $8, less than the cost of a typical movie ticket) each day on its home page.

Since it always comes back to music for me, might I suggest you take a late lunch and see “Brothers Hypnotic” at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 18, screening at Dole Cannery?

This unusual documentary engages with the eight young men who make up the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble — all sons of Chicago trumpeter Phil Cohran, a proponent of Black Power and practitioner of “astral jazz” with the legendary “cosmic philosopher” of jazz, Sun Ra. From an early age, Cohran raised his sons with music, teaching them to “create sounds to fuse with the body and heal the soul,” and to be inspiration to other families.

The idealist’s sons are now young men. “Brothers Hypnotic” looks at how Cohran’s musical dreams worked out.

'Inflatadiva,' wearable art by Honolulu's Robert Reed. (Courtesy photo)

“Inflatadiva,” wearable art by Honolulu’s Robert Reed. (Courtesy photo)

KEEP THE weekend colorful with a stop at CoXist Studio for its over-the-top new art exhibit, “Juxtapose,” a collaboration with Hawaii Fashion Month and Honolulu Night Market. During Saturday’s Night Market, the show will be ongoing.

“Juxtapose” is an exhibit of wearable art, with works meant to “transform elements of urban life.”

It includes a custom installation by Robert Reed and 3D visual design by Aisis Chen, an artist who incorporates surprising and attractive visual elements, I’m told.

Robert Reed is a multidisciplinary artist who earned his MFA from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 2011. His work often combines forms, including performance, sculpture, and wearable art.

The piece by him you see pictured, “Inflatadiva,” is made from beach air mattresses, a kiddie pool, swim floats, mask and fish aquarium. Model Eva Enriquez wears the piece in this photo, but Reed himself wore it for an exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It was conceived for a Manneqart” wearable art/hair/makeup competition in Indiana.

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Quantic. (Courtesy photo)

DJ Quantic. (Courtesy photo)

FINALLY, if you haven’t considered whether you want a wristband to the Club Hallowbaloo afterparty, this might be the time to decide, before ticket prices go up or the late-night event even (heaven forbid!) sells out. Club Hallowbaloo tickets are $10 now, but they’ll go up on the day of the show. Get yours here.

Major talent will be on display at Hallowbaloo, from both local and visiting artists, and that holds true for the late-night portion of the event, as well.

The headliner for the afterparty is impressive musician/producer/DJ Quantic, whose musical journey took him from his home country, England, to the clubs and recording studios of Colombia. From his early, intricate and sample-heavy work as an composer and DJ who mined the deep funk sounds of UK clubs, he’s moved through a series of phases heavily influenced by Latin music via New York, Puerto Rico, Panama and ultimately, Colombia, where he took up residency, recording a series of albums that combined Colombian cumbia and curulao, reggae, dub, soul and hip-hop.

His 2012 album, “Ondatropica,” paired Quantic with Bogota producer Mario Galeano, aka Frente Cumbiero, and included a 42-piece orchestra, earning comparisons to the Buena Vista Social Club.

And now Quantic is back to his DJ roots, recording and touring. We’re lucky to have him come to Honolulu.
Elizabeth Kieszkowski is editor of TGIF, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s weekly arts and entertainment section. Reach her via email at or follow her on Twitter.

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