DJ Idlemind opens for John Forte at BAMCafé

Part of TransCultural Express and BAMcafé Live

A true musical multi-hyphenate, John Forté is a classically trained violinist, record executive, and Grammy-nominated solo artist who has contributed his songwriting and production talents to The Fugees, Carly Simon, Talib Kweli, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and many others. Acclaimed for his versatility and innovative spirit, he is currently recording a new album and writing a memoir to be published by Simon and Schuster.

This live performance follows the BAMcinématek screening of The Russian Winter, a film documenting Forté’s tour of Russia in 2011, and the opening night film of the TransCultural Express series Russian Cinema Now. He will be joined by international hip-hop artist SunSay and other musicians Forté collaborated with on his 2011 tour.


Directed by Petter Ringbom | 2012

With Petra Nemcova, Natasha Bedingfield, Raekwon, John Forté, Brian Satz

In this documentary, Forté—a producer of the legendary 1990s hip-hop outfit The Fugees—goes on a unique tour and humanitarian mission through Russia. While traversing the snow-shrouded landscape of a country in transition, he reflects on music, his time in prison for a drug conviction, and second chances.