ASCAP @ Sundance Film Festival 2021: January 29 - February 1
ASCAP has partnered with the Sundance Film Festival for 20+ years. Why should a global pandemic break our streak? We're going all-virtual this year, with four days of music programming featuring exclusive performances and fascinating conversations you won't hear anywhere else.
For 23 years, Sundance and ASCAP have joined together to celebrate film’s marriage of sight and sound at The Sundance ASCAP Music Café. Traditionally held at an intimate space at the heart of the festival in Park City, Utah, the Café features one-of-a-kind performances from visionary recording artists and songwriters from across the musical spectrum. This year we are bringing that same spontaneous spirit to your home, with exclusive performances from some of today’s most exciting talents. Take a break from your screening schedule and swing by the Café. We’re still (virtually) on Main Street. You are guaranteed to hear something great.
It all kicks off at 5:00 PM ET/ 3:00 PM MT/ 2:00 PM PT each day.
Growing up in Philadelphia on a steady diet of R&B, hip-hop, rock, blues and soul music, Devon Gilfillian gravitated to records that ignited his mind while making his body move. For him, listening to the towering icons of his musician father’s era—Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, The Temptations—was just as formative and exciting as discovering the new sounds of his own generation, and the beats and rhymes made by rising rap stars like Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z inspired him in new ways. He began to recognize a connective thread in the sounds he loved best: from the golden throwbacks sampled by the hip-hop beat makers to the raw, emotional vocal deliveries of the Motown greats, for Gilfillian the key ingredient seemed to be the “soul”—not simply the genre, but the feeling and vibe.
Following his electrifying 2016 debut EP with upbeat singles like “High” and “Troublemaker” in 2018, Gilfillian signed to Capitol Records and hit the road––performing with the likes of Anderson East, Keith Urban, Gladys Knight, Kaleo, The Fray, Mavis Staples and more. In early 2019, Gilfillian traveled to Africa to find healing and inspiration before headlining a tour in Scandinavia and opening for Brothers Osborne on their spring tour. His debut album, Black Hole Rainbow, is available now. In early 2020, Gilfillian embarked on a cross-country tour with Grace Potter.
After COVID-19, Gilfillian redirected his energy to doing what he does best, making music. He re-recorded Marvin Gaye’s iconic album, What’s Going On, releasing it in fall of 2020 around the election. The project raised funds for low-income communities and communities of color, providing resources and education around the democratic process. In November 2020, Gilfillian released “Freedom,” with indie-rockers, Illiterate Light and Black Hole Rainbow was nominated for a Grammy – Best Engineered Album. In December 2020, Gilfillian performed his top 5 AAA hit, “The Good Life” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Now based in Nashville, Gilfillian was recently named the recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Leon Brettler Award. He’s currently writing for LP #2.
Darlingside is a four-person indie folk band from Boston, MA. The band consists of Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner, and David Senft. Their style has been described as “exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop” by All Songs Considered. Their latest full-length album, Fish Pond Fish, produced by Peter Katis, was released in October 2020.
VERSED illuminates the heart, soul and power of music with the ASCAP members whose work stirs hearts around the world and makes us sing, dance and feel. Join us for these special Screen Time conversations featuring ASCAP’s global family of composers and their collaborators, who will share the stories behind their work in this year’s festival.
Watch the conversations beginning 1/31 at 5:00 PM ET/ 3:00 PM MT/ 2:00 PM PT.
DEV HYNES (COMPOSER OF PASSING) & REBECCA HALL (WRITER/DIRECTOR OF PASSING)
Raised in England by Guyanese and Sierra Leonean immigrant parents, Dev Hynes started out as a teenage punk in the UK band Test Icicles before releasing two orchestral acoustic pop records as Lightspeed Champion. In 2011, he released Coastal Grooves, the first so far of five solo albums under the moniker Blood Orange. His 2016 album, Freetown Sound, was released to critical acclaim, and saw Hynes defined as one of the foremost musical voices of his time, receiving comparisons to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and D’Angelo for his own searing and soothing personal document of life as a Black man in America. His 2018 album, Negro Swan, was released to equally rapturous response, exploring elements of Black depression and identity. His most recent release, the 2019 mixtape Angel's Pulse, described by Hynes as an epilogue to Negro Swan, further explores and builds upon those themes. He has collaborated with Solange Knowles, FKA twigs, A$AP Rocky, Puff Daddy, Mariah Carey, Janet Mock and many more, and was recently one of four artists invited to the Kennedy Center to perform alongside Philip Glass. In addition to his production work, Hynes scored Palo Alto, directed by Gia Coppola, and Queen & Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas.
FEB 1: Through the Years at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café
From rising stars to beloved legends, the Sundance ASCAP Music Café has presented a who’s who of songwriters and composers representing a glorious diversity of artists and musical styles from around the world. It wasn’t easy, but we’ve chosen some of our favorite performances from over two decades of unforgettable moments with new introductions and commentary from the artists themselves.
Watch beginning 2/1 at 5:00 PM ET/ 3:00 PM MT/ 2:00 PM PT.