Tbilisi Event Hall Waits for Jazz and Hip-hop Fusion
17 May, 2012
Tbilisi Event Hall Waits for Jazz and Hip-hop Fusion

Eastern Promotion is keeping on monthly jazz series that will reach its peak on May 21, at Tbilisi Event Hall that will be hosting the Robert Glasper Experiment. Meanwhile, have the information about the musician and the forthcoming festival.   Grammy nominated keyboardist Robert Glasper boldly stakes out new musical territory, drawing from jazz, hip-hop, R&B,

and rock, transcending any notion of genre.

Glasper’s 2012 album Black Radio features his Experiment band and friends from the world of urban music, seamlessly incorporating a jaw-dropping roll call of special guests including Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Bilal, KING, and Stokley Williams (Mint Condition).

“I wanted to do a record that showcased the fact that we play with artists in other genres,” explains Glasper, adding that the album has “more of an urban, hip-hop, soul kind of vibe, but the spine of it all is still a jazz spine.”

 

Robert Glasper has long kept one foot planted firmly in jazz and the other - in hip-hop and R&B. He’s worked extensively with Q-Tip, playing keyboards on the rapper’s 2008 album The Renaissance and co-writing the album single “Life Is Better” which featured his label mate Norah Jones. Glasper also serves as the music director in Mos Def’s touring band, and has toured with the multi-platinum R&B singer Maxwell.
The Los Angeles Times once wrote that “it’s a short list of jazz pianists who have the Wherewithal to drop a J Dilla reference into a Thelonious Monk cover, but not many jazz pianists are Robert Glasper,” adding that “he’s equally comfortable in the worlds of hip-hop and jazz,” and praising the organic way in which he “builds a bridge between his two musical touchstones.”
That common ground and comfort level is what created the spontaneous spirit of adventure and experimentation that permeated the recording sessions, which all the band members describe as being more fun than work. Friends would drop by the studio in Los Angeles to hang out, listen to the band, get inspired, and jump into the vocal booth to lay down a track. “These are all people who are known for being in another genre,” says Glasper, “but at heart they’re jazz musicians, so they are like “Let’s hit it”. We don’t really know what’s going to happen but let’s go for it and see what happens.? We all have that in common, which is why I chose the people I chose.”
Following the jazz series, more serious surprise awaits Tbilisi music lovers – Batumi Black See Festival, that will take place already for the 6th time in Ajara, Batumi town, lasting for 6 days, from 17 to 22nd of July with such stars as Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, legendary guitarist John Scofield’s Hollowbody Band),  virtuous pianist Joey Calderazzo Trio, Georgian young and very promising performer Beka Gochiashvili and his sextet, Butterscotch  - world champion in the women’s beat-box and the gift of the festival to the fans of electronic music – DJ Set by TABOO of The Black Eyed Peas.  The Black Sea Jazz Festival will be climaxed by the live legend of the Brazilian music, Sergio Mendes.

 

 

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