Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 24, 2017 Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone at The Painted Bride


Steve Lehman, alto saxophone
Gaston Bandimic, vocals (Wolof)
HPrizm, vocals (English)
Maciek Lasserre, soprano saxophone
Carlos Homs, piano and keyboards
Drew Gress, bass
Damion Reid, drums

Ars Nova Workshop and Painted Bride Art Center are pleased to present inventive saxophonist Steve Lehman’s Sélébéyone, an idiom-spanning new project combining modern jazz, underground hip-hop, Senegalese rap and live electronics to create a unique form of urban experimentalism.

Lehman’s music has always drawn from disparate sources in distinctive ways, but with Sélébéyone he has crafted a singular new crossing of musical streams. The project stands apart from past attempts to meld jazz and hip-hop, with the hybrid’s musical elements - shifting rhythms, electro-acoustic harmonies, and contemporary sound design - wholly integrated into the lyrical content. The project, which also juxtaposes English and Wolof lyrics, is not Lehman’s first plunge into the world of hip-hop; his acclaimed octet has recorded arrangements of songs by the Wu-Tang Clan and Camp Lo, while he has enjoyed a variety of collaborations with Meshell Ndegeocello since 2004.

Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA
Price: $25 in advance // $30 day of show

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