Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah (Christian Scott)

Fokus Afrofuturism / Fokus Jazz Trumpet

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



Fokus Jazz Trumpet Vol. II

Promoter: HamburgMusik

Supported by Freundeskreis Elbphilharmonie + Laeiszhalle e.V. and Stiftung Elbphilharmonie

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