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Overlooking Systemic Racism Is Not an Option Any More
Fight the Power
In light of the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmad Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others; the GoGo Symphony stands with Black Lives Matter and all others fighting for racial justice and equity.
In the grief and righteous outrage of these times, we are feeling the growing pains of a movement. Every attack on oppressed people must embolden us. Now is the time to speak out against racism, poverty, economic injustice, and environmental degradation.
It is time for everyone to have the right to breathe. It is time to raise our voices. It is time for everyone to VOTE!!!
Can you spare a few minutes to encourage others to VOTE by watching and sharing our Fight The Power music video?.
Liza Figueroa Kravinsky
Founder, GoGo Symphony
Good friends & good cheer, it’s that time of the year!
A time for friends a family!
Ring in the Holiday Season with a sing-along of the Christmas carols and an orchestra over DC’s Go–Go beat.
GoGo Symphony and DC Strings Workshop are proud to invite you to a legendary Christmas show for the joy of the Arlington community hosted by the Church at Clarendon, on Friday, December 20 at 7:30pm.
The GoGo Symphony is a critically acclaimed funky classical orchestra that people can dance and party to. Go-Go is a sub-genre of funk that has been extremely popular in the Washington, DC area since the 1970’s specially with African Americans. Its main feature is live swinging poly-rhythm and audience participation with drums, congas, cowbells, timbales, rototoms, and tambourines.
DC Strings Workshop is a DC-based non-profit organization which hosts an orchestra and several ensembles. Now entering its 4th season, the group has performed in venues as diverse as The Kennedy Center, St. Marks Episcopal and various museums, libraries and cultural centers in the region. Visit www.dcstrings.org for more information.
Please join us for a Christmas celebration and enjoy the food and music.
Children are welcome.
Art Palette Productions, Inc. dba GoGo Symphony, is seeking an International Business Development Manager at its main office located in Arlington, VA. The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or related field and least sixty months of employment experience in international business relations and strategic management. Travel will be required on a monthly basis, domestically & internationally.
Applicants must speak Arabic and English.
Job duties include: Develop international business markets for arts and music company; create and manage strategic international partnerships; coordinate marketing activities and budgets for overseas.
events; coordinate with advertisers and promoters; implement advertising campaigns; manage allocation of marketing resources; prepare and review financial statements and activity reports; communicate and meet with new customers and represent our company; prepare summary proposals to be negotiated/discussed with prospective partners; responsible for creating relationships with foreign organizations & governments, including international fund organizations who support music & the arts.
Please submit your résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org
On September 15, 2019 the GoGo Symphony will play at Chuck Brown Park with members of the National Symphony Orchestra. This event marks part of a mainstream institutional shift in the acknowledgement of go-go, DC’s own genre of funk dance music.
Nico Hobson of DC’s online “GoGo Radio” hosted a heart felt interview to discuss the significance of the show. Guests included National Symphony Orchestra’s Manager of Community Engagement Vaughn Bradley-Willeman, vocalist MS CXREE, percussionist Mighty Moe, and GoGo Symphony founder/composer Liza Figueroa Kravinsky.
Go-go music originated in the neighborhoods of Washington D.C. in the early 1970s. People who lived, worked, grew up, and thrived on the infectious, seemingly never ending, undeniable beat. The beat is bass heavy and percussive; with a fusion of African, jazz, funk, and R&B stylings.
It served as an anthem to get the party started and keep it going. It was an anthem to spread news about what was going on in its neighborhoods. It was an anthem for change and justice. Most importantly, it was an anthem for its people – that is, its mostly African American fans. Bands like Trouble Funk, Rare Essence, and the legendary Chuck Brown were staples.
The year 2019 is a big year for the GoGo Symphony, whose new singles and music video are playing on radio and cable television. As of now, you can hear our new single “Fight the Power” on Washington DC’s radio stations WHUR, WTOP, and online on GoGo Radio. We are also playing in New York and Richmond radio. The music video airs on BET’s woke Wednesdays and MTV, with the VEVO youtube post having received over fifty thousand views as of now and growing.
The music video was filmed at our Union Stage show last October, from which we produced a live recording now on sale on iTunes and other music distributors.
- CLICK HERE FOR SINGLE AVAILABLE ON iTUNES
- CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR OCTOBER 19, 2018 APPEARANCE ON WUSA CHANNEL 9’S GREAT DAY WASHINGTON
- CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR FEBRUARY 15, 2019 APPEARANCE ON WUSA CHANNEL 9’S GREAT DAY WASHINGTON
Out of all this should be some big shows coming up, so stay tuned!
Best wishes and thanks to all our beloved fans.
At a time when the nation is hurting and divided over racial, gender, and economic issues, the Church at Clarendon is offering a multi-ethnic evening concert and gathering Sunday November 11. The GoGo Symphony, an apt multi-ethnic orchestra which fuses Washington DC’s go-go music with classical, will provide the interactive entertainment.
The event, titled “Becoming Better Together,” is the church’s unique way of celebrating the first pastoral anniversary of Rev. Danielle L. Bridgeforth, its first African American and woman pastor. The Church at Clarendon, formerly the First Baptist Church of Clarendon, was founded in 1909 by a predominantly white congregation. Today, the church is deliberately multi-ethnic and multi-generational, with a membership coming from diverse socio-economic levels and denominational backgrounds. In 2017, the church called “Pastor Danielle” to be its Senior Pastor. Theologically trained, she is a unifying and energetic figure who is welcoming and engaging.
“I hope this celebration will draw people of all kinds of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, etc. together in face of our divisive political climate. I have that hope for our worship services in general, but I hope that such a celebration will draw people that we haven’t reached before,” said long time church member Ellen Bartlett. “Pastor Danielle is the first woman pastor – that in itself is historically significant and an indication of a broadening of the church’s scriptural understanding of the role of women over the years… That she is African-American is, of course, significant as a recognition of the diversity of our congregation, very different from what it was back in ‘early days,’ though we had Vietnamese and Hispanic adjunct congregations years ago.”
“This church is amazing because I can meet so many different kinds of people right here in my neighborhood,” said Liza Figueroa Kravinsky, a church going resident of nearby Lyon Village. “I hope more of my neighbors would consider taking advantage of this opportunity, if only during this event.”
Pastor Bridgeforth said, “This celebration is not just about me. More than that, it’s about honoring what God is doing in our church and community. It’s an opportunity for us to affirm that we are stronger and healthier when we remove barriers and learn to worship, work, and witness together. This is how it will look in Heaven, we might as well get used to it now.”
The “Being Better Together” concert will take place at the Church at Clarendon, 1210 North Highland Street, Arlington VA 22201, on Sunday November 11 at 5 pm. It is free and open to everyone in the community. Enter via the side lobby on Highland Street. For more information, visit 1bc.org.
The GoGo Symphony is inviting audience members to be part of its official music video and live recording October 27 in Washington DC.
“The audience members will be key to the success of the video and recording, so we want them to look good and party hard. But come early if you want to be in the video. We start filming at 7 pm,” said GoGo Symphony founder, composer, and conductor Liza Figueroa Kravinsky.
Legendary GoGo band Trouble Funk with special guest Sugar Bear will end the evening as the headliner. Comedian Chris Thomas will be hosting the event as well as performing a stand up comedy act.
The critically acclaimed GoGo Symphony mixes a classical orchestra over Washington DC’s iconic gogo beats, creating symphonies people can dance and party to. It has sold out shows in the past with its rowdy atmosphere.
Renowned classical music critic and expert Greg Sandow has called the Go-Go Symphony “Maverick” in the classical world. He wrote, “What I love is the project itself. And especially the way that it doesn’t simply combine pop and classical music — that’s been done quite a lot — but also brings together pop and classical musicians. And in a long-term collaboration, not just as a one-shot, like Grizzly Bear playing with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, or Elvis Costello creating The Juliet Letters with the Brodsky Quartet…All these things are rare, if not unique. And they give the project a kind of street energy not always found in pop/classical collaborations.”
On the other side, Kato Hammond, author of the top go-go music news website “Take Me Out to the Go-Go,” predicts this project will bring go-go music to a wider audience. He feels this project will be a “big deal” in the go-go world.
The show will launch the GoGo Symphony’s two new singles being released in the fall, coinciding with an October 19 TV appearance on WUSA9’s “Get Up DC” and local radio play.
The video shoots starts at 7 pm, Saturday October 27, 2018 at the Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW, Washington DC (the wharf). Come early if you want to be in the video! For tickets, visit TICKETS.
On January 13, 2017, the Go-Go Symphony will perform the world premiere of “JuJu Symphony” and “Down With You,” two pieces that mark the first ever collaboration between a go-go music celebrity and classical composers.
Juju House (aka Juju), drummer of famed go-go band Experience Unlimited (EU), collaborated with other Go-Go Symphony composers Liza Figueroa Kravinsky, Joshua Cruse, and Andrew Velez to produce these two powerful dance pieces.
“When Juju said he wanted to join the Go-Go Symphony ensemble, I just about fainted,” says Kravinsky, “He’s famous and successful. I couldn’t believe he wanted to work from scratch with us.”
She may have been intimidated by the fact that Juju has also played for Grace Jones (“Slave To The Rhythm”), Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, and Dionne Farris. However, the Go-Go Symphony already has a budding reputation from its critically acclaimed sell out performances at the Atlas Performing Arts Center and other venues.
JuJu explains, “This is something of taking go-go and being able to broaden it into different elements, but still using my own flavor. That’s what it’s always been about. Being able to blend and properly deliver all the colors together.”
“Collaborating with Juju on a symphony has been quite eye opening,” explains Liza. “I’m learning a lot about rhythm and other things that classical musicians don’t normally think about. Go-Go has a lot to offer the to the classical world.”