UPDATE: See player above to watch 'What Difference Does It Make?' digitally right now.
Red Bull Music Academy took over New York City for the entire month of May (and then some) last year. In addition to providing a heightened creative space for 60 musicians, producers and vocalists hailing from around the world, RBMA assembled 34 literally once-in-a-lifetime performances and events with 236 artists, including an intimate talk with Erykah Badu at the Brooklyn Museum; a concert with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and a round robin of improvisational duets that paired Andrew WK with the likes of Bernie Worell, ?uestlove with Dutch DJ Jameszoo, Vijay Iyer with Robert Glasper, and ended with Andrew Bird whistling while playing the violin to a packed hall of people quietly attempting to hang onto every last lingering note.
Thankfully, the entire experience was documented in a feature-length film celebrating the 15-year history of the Red Bull Music Academy, called 'What Difference Does It Make?' And on Monday, February 17, the film, directed by Ralf Schmerberg, will premiere in 65 cities around the globe, including 14 in the United States: New York City; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Chicago; Tampa, Florida; New Orleans; Atlanta; Austin; Dallas; Houston; Nashville; Miami; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Detroit. Many of the premieres will feature special guests, such as Todd Osborn and Steve Mizek in Chicago and the Egyptian Lover in Los Angeles.
A day after the premiere -- on February 18, 2014 -- 'What Difference Does It Make?' will be available to watch online for free at rbma15.com.
'What Difference Does It Make?' features a Hall of Fame of musical legends, such as Lee "Scratch" Perry, Brian Eno, Debbie Harry, Richie Hawtin, Q-Tip, Giorgio Moroder, James Murphy, Masters At Work, Philip Glass, Erykah Badu, ?uestlove, Just Blaze, Young Guru, Skream, and many many more. Either in the theater or online, be sure to check it out and prepare to be inspired.
'What Difference Does It Make?' US Theater List -- All Shows 8 p.m. Local Time
Atlanta - Plaza Theatre
Austin - Alamo Draft House (with AnnaLove)
Chapel Hill - Varsity Theatre
Chicago - Lincoln Hall (with Todd Osborn, Steve Mizek)
Dallas - Texas Theatre
Detroit - Madison Theatre (with DJ Dez, John Arnold)
Houston - River Oaks Theatre
Los Angeles - Downtown Independent Theatre (with Egyptian Lover)
Miami - Blackbird Ordinary - (with Octo Octa)
Nashville - Belcourt
New Orleans - L'Entrepot
New York - Sunshine Cinema - (with Chairman Mao)
San Francisco - Victoria Theatre
Tampa - Crowbar