10 Best Shots: 20 of the Most Unlikely Duets

Questlove, Andrew WK and more at Red Bull Music Academy's once-in-a-lifetime musical journey.

The night began with Jameszoo, a Dutch DJ and electronic music producer, bouncing to his eccentric beats behind his laptop and keyboard. He was soon joined by ?uestlove for five minutes of improvised jamming. Five minutes later, Jameszoo was gone, replaced by saxophonist Matana Roberts. And so went Red Bull Music Academy's A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets. By the end of nearly two hours, 20 musicians had appeared on stage in various formats. There was Andrew WK and Bernie Worrell, Thundercat and Julia Holter, Robert Glasper and DJ Spinna, Andrew Bird and Joe Lovano, who closed out the night, which, when it was all over, felt more like a long, inspired journey.

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Jameszoo
Jameszoo

Jameszoo

Dutch DJ and Red Bull Music Academy participant Jameszoo kicked off the Night of Improved Round Robin Duets.

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?uestlove and Jameszoo
?uestlove and Jameszoo

?uestlove and Jameszoo

?uestlove joined Jameszoo to perform the first of many improvised duets.

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?uestlove
?uestlove

?uestlove

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Mary Halvorson
Mary Halvorson

Mary Halvorson

Coasts collided as New York guitarist Mary Halvorson played with LA-based bassist Thundercat in the early rounds.

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Thundercat at the Round Robin
Thundercat

Thundercat at the Round Robin

Thundercat was among the 20 artists participating in the Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets, which also included ?uestlove, Kim Gordon, Andrew Bird and Julia Holter.

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Julia Holter
Julia Holter

Julia Holter

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The Crowd at Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets
Brooklyn Masonic Temple

The Crowd at Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets

Packed house at Red Bull Music Academy Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets.

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DJ Spinna
DJ Spinna

DJ Spinna

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Andrew WK and Bernie Worrell
Andrew WK and Bernie Worrell

Andrew WK and Bernie Worrell

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Andrew WK and Bernie Worrell
Andrew WK and Bernie Worrell

Andrew WK and Bernie Worrell

Andrew WK and Bernie Worrell performing at Improvised Round Robin Duets at Brooklyn Masonic Temple during the Red Bull Music Academy in New York.

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