Adriel Luis



Biography

Adriel Luis is a self-taught musician, poet, curator, coder, and visual artist who believes imagination is key to transforming cultural paradigms. Originally from the California Bay Area and recently living in New York City and Beijing, Adriel is currently based in Washington DC as the Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. He is also a part of iLL-Literacy – a digital funk band that has been featured at SxSW, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and scores of stages nationwide. Prior to his work at the Smithsonian, Adriel helped pilot OneBeat – a U.S. State Department initiative that engaged artists from dozens of countries to convene in cultural diplomacy through music, and Bombshelltoe – an online platform dedicated to bridging nuclear issues with pop culture. Adriel frequently travels to different parts of Asia with particular interest in how digital space shapes global communities, and how varying levels of freedom of expression channel artistic political imagination. Adriel can be found across online platforms as @DRZZL. http://drzzl.com/

Watch Past Performances

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3/1/2015: DJ Lightbolt and Adriel Luis

Inspired by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’s musical explorations, Lightbolt and poet/curator/visual artist Luis create a live, border-crossing, sonic journey using cutting-edge, projected digital audio apps and state-of-the-art DJ gear by creating The Slick Road Mix, a taste of the cosmopolitan synthesis that technology is increasingly empowering in the early 21st century. Presented in collaboration with the Washington Performing Arts Mars Urban Arts Initiative.

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