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.
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.