Culture Shock: Q&A with Chargaux

Join Friends of the High Line on April 22 for Culture Shock, the High Line's 2017 programming season kick-off. Culture Shock will bring the park to life with music, comedy, stories, and family activities from 1-6 PM. All events are free with RSVP and open to the public.

Leading up to the event, we'll be sitting down with performers contributing to the Culture Shock line-up. As we count down to April 22, be sure to check back here for more exclusive Q&As.

Chargaux is a rebellious art collective and contemporary musical ensemble composed of Charly and Margaux, and focused on releasing original music. They exhibit multimedia works and perform in unique private and public presentations. They have been featured on several major works, including J Cole's latest album 4 Your Eyez Only, as well as projects with Robert Glasper and Kendrick Lamar.

For those unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe it?
Chargaux: Our work is very dimensional. We have composed and recorded string parts for four platinum records, and we've only ever worked on four albums, so that's the latest thing we're proud of. On stage, we play emotionally. We have an intellectual sense of humor and like to use music to say what words cannot. On records, we are cinematic and meditative.

What kind of stories do you feel your work tells?
Chargaux: We just create. We are vessels of talent and music, and we feel compelled to pour it out whenever we feel like we're overflowing, in order to make room for more to come forth. Our music is expressive and original, and unlike our fellow classical contemporaries who stick to a formula and only perform in groups, we are not shy about writing and composing our own stuff and putting it out there. The genre is hazy, some days it bleeds into country and soul, and others it feels more like rock.

Photo by Richard Corman.

How does your work speak to the NY community?
Chargaux: It seems that we make believers out of people anytime we're both out doing our thing. If someone is lucky enough to catch us during a soundcheck, they're in for a treat because we are the most loose and silly at that time. During and after performances, we get a lot of love.

Tell us a little about what you have planned for Culture Shock.
Chargaux: Every single show we do is different. We have our formula, but we have an innate desire to keep stuff interesting. Playing in the subway for 5 years taught us that.

What makes the High Line as a venue unique or challenging to you and your work?
Chargaux: NYC built us up a lot. No matter where we play -- the MoMA , the darkest, dankest subway, or the High Line -- we persevere. It's gonna be a beautiful day.


Culture Shock is generously supported by The India Center Foundation and by Goldman Sachs Gives, at the request of R. Martin Chavez.

Public programs on the High Line are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

High Line Families is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

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