Monday, May 19, 2014
Chanting Monks and Slanty Eyed Mama
The Asian Heritage Street Celebration held its annual street fair on Larkin Street on Saturday. In the morning, while people were still setting up their booths, a quintet of Buddhist monks prayed and chanted into microphones on a small stage between the Main Library and the Asian Art Museum.
It felt a bit disrespectful pointing a camera lens at them, so after a few shots, I put my hands together and prayed for a while.
Later in the afternoon, the stage was inhabited by the Brooklyn duo above who call themselves Slanty Eyed Mama. Kate Rigg on vocals/rap/comedy and Lyris Hung on electric violin are two Julliard alumnae "gone rock n’ roll wild," as their website puts it. The description continues, "Together they’ve created an original 'Nuyorasian' voice, blending classical training, a variety of musical styles and an edgy street infused perspective on pop culture, politics, race and representation." Rigg was very funny amd Hung's music sounded remarkable.