David McAlmont and Mista Pierre

Hercules: a pictorial jazzification

Series: Performance, Protest and Politics, organised by Theo Lorenz
Date: Monday 24 February 2020
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

Hercules is an actual legend beloved of art and cinema; an ancient mythological half-god/half-bruiser tasked with confronting the havoc wreaked upon the ancient world by the erratic gods. Duke Ellington is an actual legend too; a giant of twentieth century jazz composition who crafted suites for royalty, and spent decades recounting the epic African American story symphonically. What happens when AAIS performance artist, David McAlmont and DJ Mista Pierre splice the mythical man to the legendary music in an indulgent, irreverent, immersive performance presentation? Amusement, entertainment and enlightenment... hopefully. 

David McAlmont is a recording artist and art historian who developed his performance presentation style at AAIS over the last decade. He has recorded for Virgin Records and EMI, studied Performing Arts at Middlesex University and History of Western Art and Architecture at Birkbeck. His Girl Boy Child performance for the National Trust was part of the Pink Award winning Prejudice and Pride project. His latest recording, The Last Bohemians is a Sunday Times and Jazz FM Record of the Week.

Mista Pierre is a DJ and Producer from London, UK, for major clubs, multiple residencies and special events worldwide. His BSc Honours in Computer Science & Media from University of Hertfordshire contributed significantly to the development of his sound design. A popular club presence known for seamlessly moving between multiple genres during sets, he also creates distinctive soundscapes, remixes and edits, while maintaining positive, uplifting vibes.

Image: Herakles Farnese Hellenistic 2nd/1st BCE

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

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