Wednesday 13 September 2017, 7.30pm
“British jazz's new king.” – Jazzwise
Delighted to welcome saxophonist, band leader and composer, Shabaka Hutchings to OTO for a three day residency spanning the wide range of his constantly evolving creative output.
PROGRAMME - DAY THREE
String quartet with clarinet - Ligeti Quartet
Composed reinterpretations of Caribbean folk tunes
Anthony Joseph / poet
Kadialy Kouyate / kora
Neil Charles / bass
Ade Egun Crispin Robinson / percussion
Shabaka Hutchings / Leafcutter John (duo)
Hutchings was born in 1984 in London. He moved to Barbados at the age of six, began studying classical clarinet aged nine and remained until sixteen. Shabaka's primary project is the group Sons of Kemet, which won the 2013 MOBO Award for Jazz Act of the Year. In June 2014 Shabaka was invited to join the Sun Ra Arkestra, performing with them and recording a session for BBC Radio 3. He has performed and recorded with Courtney Pine's Jazz Warriors, Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics, Polar Bear and Soweto Kinch. Some of the many notable musicians he has shared the stage with include Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra, Louis Moholo, Evan Parker, King Sunny Ade and Orlando Julius to name a few.
As part of the Caribbean diaspora, he sees his role as that of pushing the boundaries of what musical elements are considered to be Caribbean. Constantly evaluating the nature of his relationship with musical material and tradition, he describes his attempts at composition as wrestling matches with questions of where and how the Caribbean can be encoded, and what happens when it is exposed to the western classical music cannon.
Electronic musician, inventor and teacher Leafcutter John explores microcosms of sound through instruments of his own making - be they photo-sensitive grids controlled by bike lights and sparklers, precarious, home-spun Rube Goldberg-isms or glistening modular banks. Leafcutter seems drawn to the aleatoric beauty of natural systems; he’s been heard baffling Max Reinhardt on Late Junction with an atomic recording of a peeling tangerine, and aurally charting the price of gold at the Roundhouse.