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Questlove Goes Classical?

by Ginger Lynn
8 years ago

This Sunday in Philly a unique musical experiment is shaping up to take place at The Kimmel Center as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) initiative to  celebrate the spirit of 1900’s era Paris.  At this special event, ?uestlove will perform along with Keren Ann and a slew of special guests, bringing together his hip-hop sensibility with jazz and classical luminaries to reinvent the sounds of turn of the century Paris.  Performers will include Andrew Cyr on conduction, David Murray on saxaphone, D.D. Jackson and Pallavi Mahidhara on piano, The Roots own James Poyser and Anthony Tidd on keys and arrangements, Derrick Hodge on bass, the lovely ladies from The Dirty Projectors on vocals (Haley Dekle, Amber Coffman, and Susanna Waiche), Kristin Lee and Becky Anderson on violin, Joanna Franke on viola, Hiro Matsuo on cello, and Daniel Felsenfeld and Larry Gold as arrangers.  “Philly-Paris Lockdown” will reinterpret the works of iconic period composers such as Satie, Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky.

Below, we have 3 songs for your listening pleasure – sketches of the works in progress.  The first is a performance of one of the original songs used as inspiration for the show – a delightful piano tune entitled “Ma Mere L’Oye” (Mother Goose) composed by Maurice Ravel.  Below that you’ll find the first layer of reinterpolation of the song, with a beautiful string arrangement added by D.D. Jackson.  Finally, Ant Tidd took another version into the studio and created a notated version, with additional string arrangements as well.  These songs are just early demos of what to expect Sunday night at the Kimmel Center.  Stay tuned for future iterations of songs which we’ll be posting Friday, after the musicians have had time to jam and work out their arrangements in rehearsals.  Expect to hear ?uestlove add his signature break beat style drums to each track, the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Keren Ann, as well as free jazz improvisations from the likes of David Murray and Derrick Hodge.  Listen to the songs below, and then click after the jump for more info on the event at the Kimmel Center.

Ma Mere L’Oye

Ma Mere L’Oye – D.D. Jackson DEMO

Ma Mere L’Oye – Ant Tidd DEMO

The Kimmel Center Presents
?uestlove of The Roots

featuring Keren Ann and Special Guests
“Philly-Paris Lockdown”
?uestlove’s new spin on old-school Paris

The Kimmel Center
260 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Sunday, April 17th

Buy Tickets HERE.

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