Private Concert with Tunde Olaniran

$20,000.00

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Enjoy a private concert by Tunde Olaniran at the historical Hawkins Ferry House in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  You and 9 guests will experience an intimate piano performance plus dinner and drinks outside where you’ll be treated to spectacular views of Lake St. Clair.  The event will be hosted by JJ & Anthony Curis, owners of Library Street Collective, and you’ll be joined by Laura Mott, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Cranbrook Art Museum.

The buyer of this experience will be recognized as a sponsor of Tunde Olaniran: Made a Universe which is scheduled to open Summer 2022.

Mutually agreed upon date April thru June 2022

About Tunde Olaniran

Tunde Olaniran is one of the most beloved fixtures of the Detroit music scene, as well as a product of the growing artistic community in Flint, MI (where he currently resides.) His debut album (Transgressor) led to praise from critics at The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Noisey, Afropunk and countless others. On the heels of that release, Olaniran embarked on his first U.S. national tour in support of noise pop darlings Sleigh Bells. He was named NPR‘s Top Artist to Watch at SXSW 2017 and performed to a homecoming audience of 5000+ at MoPop Festival in Detroit. Tunde also made his first European appearances in London, Derbyshire (Y Not Festival) and France (Festival Les Escales.)

He released his second studio album (Stranger) in 2018, which was called a “finely calibrated mix of purpose and playfulness, executed to stylish perfection” by NPR, “pop caffeine” by Bust Magazine, a “totally vibrant declaration of worth” by The FADER, and “at once triumphant and defiant” by The New Yorker. Tunde toured with Stranger through 2019, opening for Years & Years and My Brightest Diamond.  Olaniran was named a 2018 Art Matters Fellow and a 2019 United States Artists Music Fellow, alongside artists like Juliana Huxtable and Helado Negro. He is currently producing his third studio album during a 2020/2021 UMS digital artist residency.

About Made a Universe

Tunde will be directing his first experimental short film and gallery exhibition in 2022, commissioned by Cranbrook Art Museum, with support from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.  Tunde Olaniran: Made a Universe, which is the culmination of Olaniran’s creative desire to incorporate music composition, performance, dance, handmade costumes, and art installation into an ambitious new body of work.  The film series Made a Universe examines what it means to unlock your power in the face of fear and repression, and how one must unify various fragments of their psyche to connect with the world and themselves on a deeper level. The series, shot on location throughout Detroit, is directed and scored by Olaniran and features collaborations across artistic mediums with several multidisciplinary, award-winning artists.