Photay @ If So, What?

3-7pm DJ Chale Brown/DJ The C.M.E.
7-9pm Photay

SJZ takes our Jazz Beyond programming “on the road” as we curate artists at the nexus of soul, hip-hop and jazz for the the Music Stage at If So, What? in San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. Full Day Passes and Evening Music Passes are available. 

Photay’s debut full-length ​Onism​ showcases the historical tension of climate change and social media addiction through electronic instrumentation. Used by nature documentaries in the 1970s, electronic instrumentation was implemented as an ominous warning of the reckless advancement of technology and an effort to audition a utopian harmony between people and machines and nature. Photay’s music is also a reflection of personal conditions, a meditation on place, community, and its creator’s own embodied history. The word ‘onism,’ invented by John Koenig, means the frustration of being stuck in just one body that inhabits only one place at a time.

Opening for Photay are DJ Chale Brown and DJ The C.M.E. Spinning under the pseudonym of DJ Chale Brown, Tommy Aguilar is the force behind Universal Grammar, a boutique production house focusing on future soul, jazz and R&B. The C.M.E. embraces soul, R&B, rock, pop, jazz, gospel and, of course, hip-hop in his music. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with legendary music acts including Robert Glasper, Diplo, The Roots, Melanie Fiona, Marsha Ambrosius, Talib Kweli, Wale, Mos Def, Keri Hilson, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Mark de Clive Lowe, Rich Medina, Cody Chessnut, Ryan Leslie, Ying Yang Twins, Bilal, Biz Markie, Dwele, E-40, Kurtis Blow, J*Davey, Foreign Exchange, Sa-Ra Creative and numerous others.

About the Event
If So, What? is a new immersive event celebrating art, design, music, and innovation. Taking place April 26-29, 2018 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, If So, What? will feature showrooms by an international roster of curators, exhibitions by galleries from around the world, and artists working in the field of digital media. Visitors will also be invited to attend music performances and a series of multi-disciplinary panel discussions with visionary speakers. Inspired by the creative communities in the Bay Area and internationally, the event will invite visitors to experience art and design in a new way.