Chelsea Manning will be a keynote speaker at Moogfest in 2018. Here, Manning attends the 22nd Annual OUT100 Celebration Gala at the Altman Building on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in New York. Andy Kropa Andy Kropa/Invision/AP
Chelsea Manning will be a keynote speaker at Moogfest in 2018. Here, Manning attends the 22nd Annual OUT100 Celebration Gala at the Altman Building on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in New York. Andy Kropa Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

Durham County

Chelsea Manning to speak at Moogfest as music festival highlights female, binary and transgender artists

By Cliff Bellamy

cbellamy@heraldsun.com

December 06, 2017 12:16 PM

DURHAM

Chelsea Manning will take part in a keynote conversation about technology during Moogfest, to be held May 17-20 in downtown Durham.

Manning, who was born a man and served with the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst under the name Bradley Edward Manning, was court-martialed and pleaded guilty — or was convicted — on 27 charges related to leaking classified intelligence documents. She was sentenced to 35 years at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Her sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama earlier this year after she had been incarcerated for near seven years, including time while awaiting trial.

Also joining next year’s festival will be LCD Soundsystem synth experimentalist Gavin Rayna Russom, theremin virtuoso Armen Ra, SOPHIE, Kuwaiti conceptual artist Fatima Al Qadiri, Afrofuturist DJ Maliibu Miitch, and the U.S. debut of Japanese multi-instrumentalist Midori Takada.

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A Moog Music engineer, Amos Gaynes, joins the Herald-Sun in the newsroom to describe the magic of synthesizers and Moogfest​ on the festival's opening day, Thursday May, 18, 2017, in Durham, NC.

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Wednesday’s announcement was celebrated by “Always On,” a 50-hour livestream with continuous performances from female, transgender, and non-binary electronic artists and beatmakers. The livestream began at noon Wednesday. To watch the stream, go to http://AlwaysOn.Live.

Presale festival passes are available at moogfest.com.

Representatives from Moogfest will be at Motorco Parts & Labor Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the lineup release. Durham “found sound” producer AWAYMSG will perform.

Moogfest relocated from Asheville to Durham in 2016. The festival features live performances, discussions, art exhibits and installations, and demonstrations of instruments and sound equipment. Featured artists have included Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Ciani and Michael Stipe.

Cliff Bellamy: 919-419-6744, @CliffBellamy1