Robert Glasper closes spring jazz series
Author: By Lika Moshiashvili
Georgian jazz-goers will have a chance to attend the final concert of the Jazz Series 2012. This time, Robert Glasper Experiment is going to mesmerize the audience with his free approaches at the Tbilisi Events Hall on May 21.
With the support of Derick Hodge’s bass talents, Casey Benjamin’s electric sax, vocoder and keyboards, and Mark Colenburg’s drums, Robert will be performing in Tbilisi for the first time.
“Robert Glasper is a new word in the jazz world, he is a real innovator in this field” says Kahka Kandelaki, Marketing Director at Eastern Promotion, a Tbilisi-based music promotion company. “He comes to Georgia for the first time and his performance will be a true masterpiece for the local musicians.”
Robert Glasper is an American jazz pianist and record-producer. A 33-year old Houston-born musician drew from multiple influences in his early age; one of them was his mother. Kim Yvette Glasper sang jazz and blues professionally while he Robert was growing up. The Grammy- nominated Glasper has brought into the jazz world his own eclectic musical mix, based in jazz but drawing equally from hip hop, with infusions of alternative rock and contemporary R&B.
Along with the history of jazz piano and the influences of intelligent hip-hop, what underlies Glasper’s playing is gospel music. As Glasper has commented, he first developed his sound in church, where he learned his own way to hear harmony, and was inspired to mix church and gospel harmonies with jazz harmonies.
Robert Glasper’s new album, Black Radio, which hit #1 in the U.S. Jazz charts in 2012, presents a series of voyages to exotic aural destinations, with help from a stellar guest-list of vocalists, including Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Meshell Ndegeocello and Mos Def.