Full concert available On-Demand from JUNE 1, 2022 – AUG 31, 2022
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SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Soweto Kinch and his ensemble perform “Riot Music” from his large scale piece “Black Peril” during their May 20, 2022 performance at the SFJAZZ Center, broadcast on Fridays Live.
About the concert:
Award-winning saxophonist, composer, poet, MC, producer, and SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Soweto Kinch presents the US premiere of his dynamic new work The Black Peril.
For three continuous years after the Armistice Declaration in 1918, episodes of civil unrest erupted across the western world. What should have been a moment of triumph and social cohesion disintegrated into violent disorder and racial conflict. From Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff and South Shields and the ‘Red Summer’ across the US, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, city streets were set ablaze by race massacres.
The Black Peril is inspired by the sounds of ragtime, proto-jazz, West Indian folk music and the classical works of black composers of the period. It will revisit a time of momentous social change, also exploring connecting strands to modern forms of dance music including hip hop and trap. Breathing new life into historic and often neglected musical forms, the performance features a 14-piece jazz ensemble with some of the most skilled performers from New York and the Bay Area.
Soweto Kinch: tenor saxophone & MC
Don Vappie: banjo
Eric Lewis: piano
Marcus Shelby: bass
Greg Hutchinson: drums
Melecio Magdaluyo: flute, tenor saxophone
Beth Custer: clarinet
Nicholas Payton: trumpet
Ross Eustis: trumpet
Mike Olmos: trumpet
Adam Theis: trombone
Danny Lubin Laden: trombone
Luke Kirley: tuba
Christian Pepin: percussion
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