Beauty in anger and protest
For the trumpeter Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah (Christian Scott), jazz is still protest music. This approach has re-emerged in recent years with political artists such as Kamasi Washington – but the musicians do not restrict themselves to the free jazz of the 1960s.
Quite the contrary: Christian Scott, who has adopted the name Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah as a reference to his family’s West African roots, pursues a radically open concept of »stretch music«. He incorporates influences from modal jazz, hardbop, fusion, post-rock, electronic and hip-hop. From a hybrid instrument he designed himself – something between a trumpet and a horn – he extracts ecstatic tone cascades, as well as a lyrical sound that is reminiscent of Miles Davis. His latest interest is the »Adjuah’s Bow«, a kind of electric harp inspired by the Malian string instruments kora and donso n-goni that is held in front of the player with a strap. Music that seeks beauty in anger and protest.
Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah trumpet, harp
Lawrence Fields keys
Elé Salif Howell drums
Weedie Braimah percussion
Brian Richburg Jr percussion
»Chief Adjuah and The Sound Carved from Legend«
Jazz at the Elbphilharmonie
Supported by Freundeskreis Elbphilharmonie + Laeiszhalle e.V. and Stiftung Elbphilharmonie