Meklit Hadero and Quinn DeVeaux – “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (Arcade Fire)” (PopMatters Premiere)

San Francisco singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero is deeply embedded within the San Francisco arts scene and she has a strong intellectual bent as well, serving as a Senior TED Fellow. Hadero’s music is known for blending elements of traditional Ethiopian folk with American folk forms and jazz. On her new album Meklit & Quinn, she teams with Quinn DeVeaux for a series of intriguing covers, including the lead-off track which is their interpretation of Arcade Fire’s “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’. We have the pleasure of premiering the video today and you can read more about the filmmaker — also involved with TED — after the jump.

TRACK LIST

01 Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) – Arcade Fire

02 Sent By You – Meklit and Quinn

03 This Must Be the Place – Talking Heads

04 Electric Feel – MGMT

05 Satellite of Love – Lou Reed

06 Elegie – Patti Smith

07 I Was Made to Love Her – Stevie Wonder

08 Slow – Meklit Hadero

09 Look at What the Light Did Now – Kyle Field

10 Saving Up – Quinn DeVeaux

11 Music Arcade – Neil Young

12 Bring It on Home to Me – Sam Cooke

About the director

Christine Marie, a TED Fellow, is an artist and director creating original lo-fi spectacles of large-scale cinematic shadow theater. She seamlessly integrates performers, objects and hand made special effects to elicit connections with concepts, phenomenology and history in emotional and visually stimulating performances. Christine Marie strives to break new ground within her form while being intrinsically tied to ancient art forms and the metaphysical exploration of light. She is pioneering the use of 3D/stereoscopic shadow theater by inventing lights that project 30’ shadows that move into cubic space. She studied Wayang Kulit traditional shadow puppetry in Bali and is a former member of ShadowLight theater. Christine Marie received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Integrated Media and Theater. She lectures and conducts workshops for theater companies, film studios, universities and schools. She has taught at both Pixar and DreamWorks animation studios. Her new work, Signaling Arcana, will premiere in 2013.

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