ShapeShifter+ / MOMENT NYC Community Music Festival

This event has concluded, however we will still be accepting contributions until May 28. Thank you to all who have contributed and who came out!
As a part of Open Culture NYC, ShapeShifter+ and MOMENT NYC will be presenting a day of performances in front of ShapeShifter Lab’s home base at 18 Whitwell Place. 
The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats
12:20pm (Combo taught by Bam Bam Rodriguez)
1:00pm (Combo taught by Jim Seeley)
1:45pm (Big Band taught by Zack O’Farrill)
Bev Grant – 2:30 pm
Friends of Groove Collective – 3:15pm
Take Off Collective – 4:30pm
Gilberto and Friends – 5:15pm
This event is free and open to the public, but contributions are encouraged, and proceeds go to the musicians. $10 is our suggested price, if you would like to make a donation please enter an amount in the box below.


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Event Info


On May 23rd, we will be kicking off a full day of performances starting at 12:20pm with the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats. This will all be taking place in front of ShapeShifter Lab, at 18 Whitwell Place between 1st and Carroll Streets. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged and support the performers!

Our indoor art exhibition “Infinite Space,” will be open for viewing during the festival. If you would like to come inside to see the exhibition, you will need to fill our a quick online health screening and have your temperature taken at the door.

If you plan on attending this event, please wear a mask and continue to socially distance from others. We will not be selling food or beverages. Please also note that in case of rain, we will move inside ShapeShifter Lab, but will have an extremely limited capacity and will operate on a first come, first served basis.


Take Off Collective members Ole Mathisen (sax), Matthew Garrison (bass) and Marko Djordjevic (drums) became friends at Boston’s Berklee College of Music as the second millennium was winding down. Since then, they have built careers as bandleaders; sidemen to world renown notables as well as unique and innovative instrumentalist. 

Their eclectic tastes, penchant for honest and unpremeditated improvisation and a thirty-year strong friendship brought them to a musical situation different from any other they have taken part in to date. 

Neither leaders nor sidemen, they are real-time composers and performers of music that is invented on stage in front of an audience. Their music has been described as virtuosic, adventurous, intense, innovative, disorienting, provocative, engaging… 

Each Take Off Collective concert is a moment ceasing, supremely intimate, music-transcending event.

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