Record release show for Art Terry’s “Sex Madness”.
Art Terry is a songwriter/musician from Los Angeles. His songs explore sexuality, black politics and religion, through a lyrical fusion of psychedelic folk music and orchestrated funk. A singer and pianist, Art underpins deeply personal lyrics with dense melodic textures.
Brought up in the gospel tradition – from which he was ejected for singing wild salacious songs during Sunday service – Art evokes the figure of the robed and commanding preacher in his live performances. Whether playing solo or with his collective of talented musicians, the 10-piece Sex Madness Orchestra, Art’s live performances are theatrical and compelling.
Art’s forthcoming album is Sex Madness. He’ll be performing the album live in the UK, Europe and USA in 2019.
Art collaborates with Stew, who created the musical Passing Strange, exploring his and Art’s youthful experiences on the seamy streets of downtown Los Angeles and in Europe, living in squats and art collectives and surviving on a diet of shoplifted food, hashish and freaky music. Passing Strange was made into a film by Spike Lee. Art has been a keyboardist with Stew & the Negro Problem at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, Redcat in Los Angeles, the Harlem Stage and many other venues. The New York Times described Art’s playing as ‘terrific’.