Kamasi Washington, a bona fide jazz superstar, is coming back to Australia. Here’s the man with his dectet, delivering ‘The Message’.
“Our approach to music making is very open. Whatever the members bring to the group is welcome. We each lead diverse music lives outside of the band and when we come together the things we’ve been doing individually find voice in the overall sound. This is intuitive and encouraged and it means that the sound of the group is changing in ways that keep things interesting. We always sound like the Necks, but we also sound different from tour to tour – in ways that we can’t predict.”
Chris Botti’s playing is one of the best definitions of ‘finesse’ one can find. Paired with the sublime Yo-Yo Ma in a tribute to the ‘Maestro’ Ennio Morricone, he shines, playing one of the most beautiful pieces of cinematic music ever written.
Kamasi Washington, a bona fide jazz superstar, is coming back to Australia. Here’s the wonderful video for his equally wonderful composition, ‘Truth’.
” I believe that is one of the primary purposes of music: To offer a portal for release and escape, and hopefully healing, even if only for a few seconds. What better way than by celebrating music from around the world and through the ages, whose message is struggle for unification and equality?”
Nothing says ‘chill’ like Chris Botti’s trumpet. Chris Botti – The Steps of Positano from JazzArts on Vimeo. The world’s biggest selling jazz instrumentalist, Chris […]
– What makes a torch song?
– Truth. The lyric is poetic truth, and the music frames the words and creates the mood.
“My Dad’s music was a statement against dictatorship, injustice, intolerance, and against the destruction of democracy. The music remains relevant to our time and current administration. That’s why it continues to be important.”
“Charlie Haden is a significant figure in 20th Century music and has been a huge influence on me throughout my career. The theme of songs of protest that we are presenting at the festival also fits well with Haden’s music we will be performing – LMO music inspired by the Spanish Civil war and the Cuban revolution amongst others, as well as some Australian songs of protest by the likes of Midnight Oil and Archie Roach.”
As both a trumpeter and composer, Chris Botti has established a reputation as a versatile musician in both jazz and pop music for his ability to fuse both styles.