Jazz in the Park and Twin Arts are bringing Robert Glasper Experiment for the first time in Romania. Twice Grammy winners in 2013 and 2015 for the best R&B album and the best performance, the US band comes up with an original, spectacular approach mixing up jazz with R&B and hip-hop. The European tour will include concerts in Bucharest (Sala Palatului, November 28) and in Cluj-Napoca (Auditorium Hall, November 29).
The performance in Bucharest is organized by Twin Arts, while the one in Cluj by the organizers of the Jazz in the Park festival.
The concert in Bucharest is scheduled on November 28 at 8 p.m. The tickets, ranging from RON 115, RON 135 to RON 155, are available through the Eventim network (Germanos, Carrefour and Vodafone stores, Orange shops, Carturesti and Humanitas bookshops, OMV gas stations) and online at www.eventim.ro.
The gig in Cluj is due on November 29 at 8 p.m. The tickets cost RON 115, 135 and 155 and are available at eventim.ro and biletmaster.ro.
Further details at pe www.twinarts.ro, www.jazzinthepark.ro and Facebook pages of Twin Arts, Jazz Night Out, Jazz in the Park.
Robert Glasper (born April 5, 1978, in Texas) is an American jazz pianist and record producer. His 2012 album Black Radio won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 55th. Grammy Awards.
Glasper’s albums are centered around his work as a solo artist, and two bands: The Robert Glasper Trio (on piano Robert Glasper, drummer Damion Reid and bassist Vicente Archer) as an acoustic jazz trio, and The Robert Glasper Experiment (Glasper, drummer Mark Colenburg, saxophonist/vocoderist Casey Benjamin and bassist Derrick Hodge) as an electronic act that defies genre norms from any single discipline. “That’s what makes this band unique… We can go anywhere, literally anywhere, we want to go. We all have musical ADD and we love it.”
With primary influences in neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, and R&B, Glasper also has reinterpreted songs from rock acts Nirvana, Radiohead, Soundgarden and David Bowie. As a jazz artist, Rashod D. Ollison reviewed him after the release of Canvas as “a gifted jazz musician with a brilliant, energetic technique and a fresh, mesmerizing sense of melody and composition”.
Glasper claims that the music of Miles Davis has had a significant influence on his style throughout his career as a musician. Both the soundtrack for Miles Ahead and the tribute album Everything’s Beautiful are clear indications of this influence.
“I’m obviously influenced by Miles Davis — even just the psyche of how he thinks about music…how he moves through, and always wanted to reflect the times he’s in. That’s what I’m doing now. He opened that door.”