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PEM Presents Virtual Concert with Damon & Naomi

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


“The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces a new performance series from the museum’s historic house collection called PEM Presents. It kicks off Wednesday, June 23, with a free, virtual concert in historic Plummer Hall. Organized by GenPEM and hosted by Trevor Smith, Associate Director – Multisensory Experience and Curator of the Present Tense, this premiere features dream pop / indie folk duo, Damon & Naomi, with songs from their new album, A Sky Record.

Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang started playing music together as the rhythm section, co-songwriters, and occasional singers in Galaxie 500. When that band ended, they continued as a duo, first recording for Shimmy Disc and then on a series of albums for Sub Pop Records. In 2005 they formed their own label (20/20/20) and have since released four further Damon & Naomi albums — The Earth Is Blue, Within These Walls, False Beats and True Hearts, and Fortune — alongside reissues of their own and the Galaxie 500 back catalogue.

The duo were working on A Sky Record when the COVID-19 lockdown began and the album is shaped by their pandemic experience and how they coped and responded to the global crisis. This is an intimate pre-recorded performance of their music, with sections of the musicians talking about their work.

“We are so excited to share music in the unique setting of Plummer Hall, to be able to celebrate creative expression and the collective feeling of healing that this summer brings,” says Trevor Smith, Associate Director – Multisensory Experience and Curator of the Present Tense. “Combining music, architecture and a sense of community, all in one evening, is our greatest intention with PEM Presents.”

In addition to their work as musicians, Damon and Naomi are the publishers of Exact Change, a small press dedicated to avant-garde literature and artists’ writings. Individually, Naomi is a visual artist who has directed music and fashion videos, and is currently working on a documentary essay about neighborhood activism through the lens of a historic Boston boxing gym. Damon’s book Ways of Hearing with MIT Press examines our shift in listening habits with the switch from analog to digital. He hosted a podcast series of the same name with Radiotopia and helped form a musician’s union during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

(Text via Peabody Essex Museum.)


June 23
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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