Byron Miller & Friends in "B: In My Space...Down to Bassix - Music & Dialogue"
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
This 90-minute jazz/funk set will feature new works by Byron Miller and familiar classics, interspersed with brief interludes of lively spoken reflections about touring with music industry greats. Band members accompanying Miller will be Trevor Lawrence, Jr. (drums), Darryl Crooks (guitar), Brandon Coleman (keyboards), Sue Ann Caldwell (vocals), Tim Owens (vocals), and Dr. B (percussion).
Byron Miller toured as premier bassist with Luther Vandross for 16 years. He also toured with Marvin Gaye and has toured/recorded with George Duke, Carlos Santana, and Chaka Khan. He has recently been in recording sessions with Natasha Bedingfield and India.Arie. Miller served as musical director for Tommy Davidson’s fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and for the 2006 Armenian Music Awards at the Kodak Theatre (broadcast live in Armenia), and appeared with his band at the 2006 National Association of Artists Management Convention Party hosted by Hartke Bass Amplifiers. He has a solo CD release, “I’ll Come By,” and is currently preparing to launch Byron Miller Music Instruction, which will provide instruction by professional musicians in music and music production.