Fusion of Jazz and World Music from Jon Hassell at Royce Hall
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The last date listed for Jon Hassell & Maarifa Street was Friday February 13, 2009 / 8:00pm.
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Actress, dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen's fun, fresh spin on The Nutcracker returns to Royce Hall for the holidays. The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker gives the seasonal favorite a rich new cultural context and updated characters, and features a lively contemporary score with original songs from multiple-Grammy-winner Mariah Carey and others. After young Kara receives a nutcracker filled with hot chocolate, she falls asleep and journeys to enchanted lands, including Candy Cane Lane, Egypt, the Rainforest, Jazzland, Russia and the Land of the Kimono Dolls. Little ones will have no trouble following along thanks to the narration by three wisecracking mice: Harvey, Schmink and Buckey. Allen herself appears in this fun holiday musical adventure. Learn More
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Jon Hassell is highly progressive and modern. His music is NOT for the causal Jazz listener. If you can sit through a whole hour of music that the average listener would characterize as mellow background music you'd hear in a movie or elevator but the Jazz connoisseur would characterize as genius, then you will love his concert. By the time his concert was finished, half the audience had left. Those are the casual listeners who found his music very boring. However, the ones who stayed till the end and were able to appreciate his progressive style gave him a rousing ovation and even stayed for a 15 minute encore.
Described by many as the most innovative and important composer alive, Memphis-born jazz trumpeter Jon Hassell has transcended the inherent limitations of his instrument to use it "as flexibly, as expressively and as intimately as a great singer uses his voice ... (creating) vivid landscapes that seem to palpitate with a life of their own" [The New York Times].
The visionary creator of a style dubbed "Fourth World" -- an ethereal, magical realistic fusion of ancient and digital, composed and improvised, and Eastern and Western -- Hassell has had a profound impact on contemporary music, inspiring a generation of collaborators and admirers from Brain Eno and the Kronos Quartet to Ry Cooder and Björk. This enigmatic artist will be joined by his band Maarifa Street in an otherwordly alchemy of global fusions stretched across time and space.
The evening features Tunisian vocalist and oud player Dhafer Youssef, whose soaring voice and jazzy sound--rooted in Sufi laments, world traditions, and Arabic lyricism--envision a bewitching musical future.
Following the show will be DJ sets by the dublab sound system.