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Mosaic America Presents RIGHTSTARTER

Aug 14, Sunday - 1pm
Montgomery Theater Stage

San Jose collab RIGHTSTARTER offers a guttural artistic response to this global moment, seeking to illuminate submerged truths, transgress boundaries, subvert expectations and assert denied identities in hostile times. The sound is a dynamic mix of funk, musique concréte, and free jazz.

RIGHTSTARTER (acclaimed percussionist/writer PC Muñoz and award-winning rapper DEM ONE) will premiere their song cycle “Black/Pacific: Dispatches from the Noble Savage,” exploring the call of the West, the lure of the Pacific, and distorted historical views of indigenous Black and Brown humans and their creations.

Vocalist extraordinaire Bryan Dyer (Bobby McFerrin’s Motion, SoVoSo) will join PC and DEM ONE for this show; opening poets also exploring this theme include Arlene Biala and Tshaka Campbell (Santa Clara County Poet Laureate alum and current, respectively) and Chamoru poet Clarissa Mendiola.

The work was commissioned by Mosaic America, a nonprofit organization that strengthens communities, cultivates belonging, and catalyzes inclusion through inter-cultural and co-created art. Their team of artists uses inspiration from their cultures and art forms to create unique performances and expressions that highlight the common threads of our shared American story.

Demone Carter, under the name of name DEM ONE, has released several albums and collaborated with notable hip-hop artists like D-Styles, Motion Man, Chali Tuna, and Bambu. In 2014 he received the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Award and was named a 2016 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate. In addition to recording and performing, Demone is the host of the Dad Bod Rap Pod podcast and writes about music, culture, and race for Silicon Valley De-Bug, Content Magazine and San Jose Inside.

PC Muñoz is a musician, producer and writer based in San Francisco. An artist with a “deep social conscience…who uses music to connect cultures and communities together” (Anil Prasad,Innerviews), Muñoz’s singular aesthetic bridges the gap between musique concréte, avant-garde jazz, pop songcraft, and the insistent rhythms of funk and hip-hop. His body of work as an artist and producer includes GRAMMY®-nominated contemporary classical music with composer/cellist Joan Jeanrenaud as well as projects with rock legend Jackson Browne, Oakland hip-hop heavyweight Kev Choice, Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution, a cappella jazz masters SoVoSo, R&B artist FEMI, and more. He is the 2022 Quinteto Latino Composer-in-Residence, a current Mosaic America Fellow, a former Board Governor for the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy, a 2013 Equilibrium Fellow at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN, and one of the featured writers in the 2019 award-winning collection from University of Hawai’i Press, Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia (2019).

RIGHTSTARTER (acclaimed percussionist/writer PC Muñoz and award-winning rapper DEM ONE) will premiere their song cycle “Black/Pacific: Dispatches from the Noble Savage,” exploring the call of the West, the lure of the Pacific, and distorted historical views of indigenous Black and Brown humans and their creations.

Vocalist extraordinaire Bryan Dyer (Bobby McFerrin’s Motion, SoVoSo) will join PC and DEM ONE for this show; opening poets also exploring this theme include Arlene Biala and Tshaka Campbell (Santa Clara County Poet Laureate alum and current, respectively) and Chamoru poet Clarissa Mendiola.

The work was commissioned by Mosaic America, a nonprofit organization that strengthens communities, cultivates belonging, and catalyzes inclusion through inter-cultural and co-created art. Their team of artists uses inspiration from their cultures and art forms to create unique performances and expressions that highlight the common threads of our shared American story.

Demone Carter, under the name of name DEM ONE, has released several albums and collaborated with notable hip-hop artists like D-Styles, Motion Man, Chali Tuna, and Bambu. In 2014 he received the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Award and was named a 2016 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate. In addition to recording and performing, Demone is the host of the Dad Bod Rap Pod podcast and writes about music, culture, and race for Silicon Valley De-Bug, Content Magazine and San Jose Inside.

PC Muñoz is a musician, producer and writer based in San Francisco. An artist with a “deep social conscience…who uses music to connect cultures and communities together” (Anil Prasad,Innerviews), Muñoz’s singular aesthetic bridges the gap between musique concréte, avant-garde jazz, pop songcraft, and the insistent rhythms of funk and hip-hop. His body of work as an artist and producer includes GRAMMY®-nominated contemporary classical music with composer/cellist Joan Jeanrenaud as well as projects with rock legend Jackson Browne, Oakland hip-hop heavyweight Kev Choice, Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution, a cappella jazz masters SoVoSo, R&B artist FEMI, and more. He is the 2022 Quinteto Latino Composer-in-Residence, a current Mosaic America Fellow, a former Board Governor for the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy, a 2013 Equilibrium Fellow at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN, and one of the featured writers in the 2019 award-winning collection from University of Hawai’i Press, Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia (2019).


Personnel

Dem One: Vocals, Electronics
Bryan Dyer: Vocals, Vocal Sound Design
PC Muñoz: Vocals, Drums, Slapstick
Arlene Biala: Poet
Tshaka Campbell: Poet
Clarissa Mendiola: Poet