The Red Bull Music Academy has been forced to cancel its second term in Paris in light of the terror attacks last Friday.
The pop-up music school – which is based at the Gaîté lyrique in Paris’ 3rd district – offers 61 participants from 37 countries two weeks of lectures, masterclasses, studio time and a host of live shows across the city.
The 61 participants were split into two groups this year, with the first group finishing their term the week before the attacks, and the second term set to start last Sunday, the same weekend as the attacks.
In a statement the RBMA said, “In light of the tragic attacks in Paris on Friday, November 13th, the second term of the Red Bull Music Academy Paris 2015 has been postponed. A large number of artists and international guests were scheduled to come into the city. The devastating events, and the subsequent uncertainty, made this impossible.
“The Academy participants who had already arrived gathered with the team at La Gaîté lyrique to spend time with Tony Allen, Thundercat, and other studio team members for a few days before heading back to their respective homes. Some lecturers who had already been scheduled for these dates were determined to go ahead with their talks in spite of the circumstances. Laurie Anderson, Teki Latex and Jean-Michel Jarre felt it was an important moment to talk about how art and artists respond to tragedy. A full, two-week Academy experience will be ensured for all the participants of Term 2 — not now, but rather soon.
“Many of the shows that were planned to take place in Paris on the following days were dependent on the participants and international guests, and thus could not happen in their intended form. For every individual case, long discussions were had with all the collectives, promoters, artists and venues involved and difficult decisions were made, led by the people in Paris that we’ve been working with for many months.
“Paris Musique Club, the Red Bull Music Academy’s joint exhibition with La Gaîté lyrique, continues until January 31st, serving as a platform for a number of local labels and creative collectives.
“Originally intended as the closing night of Red Bull Music Academy Paris, the “Paris Now!” show will take place as planned at La Gaîté lyrique on November 27th. The event sets out to celebrate the Parisian music scene, showcasing some of the pillars of the local music communities past and present. We’re following the lead of said communities by going ahead with this celebration.
“The Red Bull Music Academy team sends their thoughts and compassion to all those affected by the Paris attacks.”