Thums Up (Heems, Vijay Iyer, Rafiq Bhatia & Kassa Overall) and Arooj Aftab @ Ecstatic Music Fest (pics)
The Ecstatic Music Festival continued on Saturday (3/4). The festival, which presents unique collaborations between indie/alt artists and modern classical artists, had former Das Racist member Kool AD in February and this time it had former Das Racist member Heems. Heems performed as part of the group Thums Up, which also includes drummer/rapper Kassa Overall and two jazz musicians, Vijay Iyer and Rafiq Bhatia. Pakistani vocalist/composer Arooj Aftab joined Thums Up and also performed her own set. Pictures are in the gallery above.
Heems’ duo with Riz Ahmed, Swet Shop Boys, have upcoming shows including NYC’s Webster Hall and Coachella.
The next Ecstatic Music Festival show is tonight (3/7) with Kronos Quartet & Face the Music.
photos by David Andrako