Olatuja Project with John Shannon
Speak, the title of bassist Michael Olatuja’s debut album, holds deep personal meaning for its creator, exemplifying in a single word the album’s underlying themes of hope, encouragement, inspiration and positivity. The album, which will be released on July 28 on Backdrop, ObliqSound’s imprint focusing on modern electronic and groove-based music, tells the story of the British/Nigerian artist’s musical and personal journey. “The language of music is one that we all speak,” Olatuja explains. “It unites diverse cultures.”
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Vijay Iyer: Solo CD Release Show
Vijay Iyer celebrates his latest CD release at LPR this September! Iyer is one of today’s most acclaimed American jazz artists. He received the Musician of the Year award in the 2010 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, the 2010 Echo Award (the “German Grammy”) for best international ensemble with his trio, and the Downbeat Critics Poll for #1 rising star small ensemble of the year. His latest recordings on the ACT label include Solo, released in August 2010, and his trio album Historicity, which was named the #1 jazz album of 2009 by The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the annual Village Voice jazz critics poll, and the Downbeat International Critics Poll.
See Vijay Iyer play solo below:
Now vs Now and Taylor Haskins' Recombination
October 2009 marked the debut release from Now Vs. Now, the exploratory new electro-groove trio of keyboardist Jason Lindner, with drummer Mark Guiliana and bassist Panagiotis Andreou. Produced by longtime fan and collaborator Meshell Ndegeocello and mixed by Bob Power (Q-Tip, Roots), Lindner’s electric outfit is steeped in hard grooves and ambient soundscapes, topped-off by bassist Andreou’s gypsy-style vocal work. Now Vs. Now joins forces with Taylor Haskins for this great night of music.
Harlem Live: The Urban Guerilla Orchestra
The Urban Guerilla Orchestra is simply untouchable. Consummate professionals with decades of experience, World class musicians that record and tour with major label artists. Undoubtedly they are one of the best bands performing throughout the United States today. Directed by trumpeter Henri McMillian, The UUrban Guerilla Orchestra is comprised of instrumentalists and vocalists who have worked with artist such as Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Boyz II Men, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Kool & the Gang, The Roots and countless others. The Urban Guerilla Orchestra exemplifies versatility, sophistication and are energy packed, The Urban Guerilla Orchestra delivers an energy packed cutting edge musical experience that will rock you every second of the performance!
Theo Bleckmann - Hello Earth! The music of Kate Bush
After tackling American maverick composer Charles Ives and being rewarded with a Grammy nomination for it, vocalist Theo Bleckmann now takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop recluse Kate Bush. This project goes beyond merely re-creating Kate's Bush music but taking it to even further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him in this venture will be long-time collaborator percussionist John Hollenbeck, bassist Skuli Sverrisson and keyboardist Henry Hey and special guest, mult-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar and back-up vocals.
Watch Theo Bleckmann Live below:
Avishai Cohen’s Triveni (CD Release for 'Introducing Triveni')
Drawing from hard-bop, funk, and avant-garde, Introducing Triveni features music from the Great American songbook to Cohen's original compositions, and his provocative and always soulful playing has never sounded so assured. With the release of Introducing Triveni “The Trumpet Player” continues to establish himself as one of his generation's leading musical voices.
Introducing Triveni and Introducing Triveni Part Two (working title, to be released in May 2011) were recorded in 10 hours over two and half days at Systems Two in Brooklyn, New York, partly in front of a live studio audience.
See Avishai Cohen play live below: