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Live At The PAGODA Winter Music Series V.4
featuring a performance by
ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT
+ opening performance by Mark Arroyo Trio
+ Special Guest DJ The CME (PAGODA, D1ME)
Doors @ 8pm | Show @ 8:30pm 21 +
The PAGODA @ Fairmont Hotel 170 South Market Street (entrance to the Pagoda on S. 1st St.) San Jose, CA
This a Universal Grammar, Fairmont Hotel Presentation.
Robert Glasper Experiment http://robertglasper.com/
"Real music is crash protected," state the liner notes of Black Radio, a future landmark album by the Robert Glasper Experiment that boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag. Like an aircraft's black box for which the album is titled, Black Radio holds the truth and is indestructible. Rapper yasiin bey (Mos Def) illuminates the metaphor on the title track:
Big bird falling down on a mountain pass Only thing to survive the crash Black Radio
You wanna fly free go far and fast Built to last We made this craft From Black Radio
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 yasiin bey'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."
The Pagoda @ The Fairmont Hotel (View)
170 South Market Street (entrance on S. 1st Street side)
San José, CA 95113