A tribute to one of the most iconic musical figures of the 21st century, Gil-Scott Heron (1949-2011), will take place at Edge Hill’s Arts Centre on 4 November 2017.
Known as a ‘The Godfather of Rap’ a ‘Bluesologist’ and jazz poet, a musician, author and teacher, Gil’s lyrical content concerning social and political issues, connected to the hearts of millions of people – both in America and abroad. He has authored several books and his recordings have received much critical acclaim, especially the composition The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
This showcase will feature friends and musical collaborators of Gil himself, including Washington D.C based pianist Kim Jordon who toured for 30 years with Gil and remembers him through his magnificent repertoire. Kim features on many of Gil’s albums, including Spirits, Tales of the Amnesia Express and Gil’s last album I’m New Here. Kim is joined by fellow Amnesia Express members, Rod Youngs on drums and Ebo Shakoor on flute and percussion, as well as an ensemble drawn from fellow Scott-Heron protégé Malik Al Nasir’s band – Malik & The O.G’s. Liverpool poet Malik Al Nasir, is joined by Canadian songstress Rita Carter for this unique tribute.
The showcase is the brainchild of Malik Al Nasir along with Cathy Butterworth, Arts Centre Manager at Edge Hill, who was inspired to contact Malik after programming two days of events remembering Gil Scott-Heron with artist Alan Dunn, which will take place in October, also art the Arts Centre.
Malik Al Nasir said: “Gil educated me and so many others. The difference for me between success and failure was education. That’s why we’ve teamed up with The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University to bring this showcase to the UK and we’ll be doing a series of workshops with the students there whilst we’re here and I’ll also be lecturing at Cambridge University during the Cambridge Jazz Festival.”
Cathy Butterworth, Arts Manager at Edge Hill University said: “It’s a real privilege to be working with artist, writer and producer Malik Al Nasir to bring this amazing music event to The Arts Centre. To have musicians and artists of this calibre and stature not only playing live at our venue, but also working with students to create an original new track is fantastic and is firmly in the spirit of Gil Scott Heron’s work and philosophy. This is a real highlight in our autumn season.”
The Revolution Will Be Live! Kim Jordan Plays Gil Scott-Heron plus Malik & The O.G’s Ft. Rita Carter is debuting as a showcase in the UK for a series of exclusive 1-night only performances, alongside a series of other events. Find out more here.
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