Black Music Renaissance

 

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Concert dates | Concept | Videos
 

Black Music Renaissance

The 3-day concert series at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN was first conceived of and curated by award-winning pianist Kelvin Sholar in 2015, to celebrate Black music composers, poets and performers - and to display the relevance of this to today’s Black music and other musical styles of the modern world.

Due to the overwhelming success of this concept, BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE has become a fixed programme highlight during BLACK HISTORY MONTH, which takes place every year at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN - with changing programme themes.
 

           

The programme this year will feature a mix of jazz, electronic and Latin music; including the music of Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Brown Jr., Bert Williams and Thelonius Monk, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, John Coltrane, Horace Tapscott, Pedro Flores, Mongo Santamaria and others.



 

DATES

2018

  • 23 February 2018 | 9 pm | BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE IV: Yah Supreme
  • 16 February 2018 | 9 pm | BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE IV: Corey Harris
  • 09 February 2018 | 9 pm | BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE IV: Matilda Leko
  • 02 February 2018 | 9 pm | BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE IV: Hani Mojtahedy

2017

A four-day powerhouse event with the goal to celebrate the common threads of rhythm, harmony and melody that unites all music of the African diaspora with music from the Americas and Eurasia featuring tributes to HipHop, Blues, Work Songs, Jazz, Reggae, Soul, Rock, Africa, Romanian Tango, African Latino Dance, and Detroit literature.

2016

A four-day powerhouse event with the goal to celebrate the common threads of rhythm, harmony and melody that unites all music of the African diaspora featuring tributes to John and Alice Coltrane, The music of Africa, The Women and Men of Gospel music and the legends of the Blues. The all-star cast of artists includes American, African and European musicians.

2015

Program featuring a mix of Jazz, Electronic and Latin music; including the music of Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Brown Jr., Bert Williams and Thelonius Monk, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, John Coltrane, Horace Tapscott, Pedro Flores, Mongo Santamaria and others.

  • 17 May 2015 | 8 pm | BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE I:
    Set 1: Features Cuban Trumpet master Daniel Allen Oberto's interpretation of traditional Cuban selections, including sacred music of Yoruban culture; intermixed with electronics and contemporary selections; Set 2: VSS Trio will perform Jazz interpretations of Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills and Robert Hood- the famous composers of Detroit Techno and Minimal Techno
  • 16 May 2015 | 8 pm | BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE I:
    2 Sets feature Detroit poet and musician Sadiq Bey's literal readings of Oscar Brown Jr., Bert Williams and Thelonius Monk as well as original electronic selections of his SlipSlop sub genre. VSS Trio will perform Jazz interpretations of Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills and Robert Hood- the famous composers of Detroit Techno and Minimal Techno
  • 15 May 2015 | 8 pm | BLACK MUSIC RENAISSANCE I:
    Set 1: Features Afro-Danish singer Natalie Greffel's interpretation of Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln's "Freedom Now Suite" and selections from Bossa Nova and Jazz standards; Set 2: Features VSS Trio's electronic interpretations of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock and other famous Jazz composers

Videos

 

Black Music Renaissance: Tribute To The Women And Men Of Gospel Set 1



Black Music Renaissance: Tribute to Mama Africa Set 1



Black Music Renaissance: Tribute to the Legends of the Blues Set 1



Black Music Renaissance: Tribute to John & Alice Coltrane Set 2



Black Music Renaissance: Tribute To The Women And Men Of Gospel Set 2



Black Music Renaissance: Tribute to John & Alice Coltrane Set 1



Black Music Renaissance: Tribute to Mama Africa Set 2



Black Music Renaissance: Tribute to the Legends of the Blues Set 2