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May 14

Robert Glasper Experiment with special guest Bilal

With Robert Glasper, Robert Glasper Experiment and Bilal at Barbican Centre

Date

Monday 14 May 2012 at 7:30pm

Location

Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 8891

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Description

Robert Glasper has long kept one foot planted firmly in jazz, and the other in hip hop. His latest project is no exception. Following two sell-out shows at the 2011 London Jazz Festival, Glasper returns to London to mark the launch of Black Radio, a future landmark album for Blue Note that boldly stakes out new musical territory, drawing on jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be defined by any one genre.

The first full-length album from the GRAMMY-nominated keyboardist’s electric Experiment band - saxist/vocoderist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Chris Dave - Black Radio also features many of Glasper’s famous friends from the spectrum of urban music, a jaw-dropping roll call of special guests including Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Robert’s stunning live band will be joined by the extraordinary singer Bilal, who also features on the new CD - a further guest vocalist is still to be announced.

'It's a short list of jazz pianists who have the wherewithal to drop a J Dilla reference into a Thelonious Monk cover, but not many jazz pianists are Robert Glasper.' Los Angeles Times

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