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Robert Glasper, one of the most avant-garde jazz com­posers, is set to enthrall au­di­ences at Teatro Bellini, ac­com­pa­nied by the Robert Glasper Ex­per­i­ment en­sem­ble

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Robert Glasper is a jazz pi­anist and a record pro­ducer. Born in 1978, in Hous­ton, Texas, fol­low­ing the re­lease of his first al­bums, in­clud­ing ‘Mood’ (2004) and ‘Can­vas’ (2005), he also dab­bled in Funk. How­ever, it was with ‘Black Ra­dio', re­leased in 2012, that he sought to blur the bound­aries be­tween jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and rock & roll; it en­tered the jazz charts at num­ber one and went on to win a Grammy Award for Best R&B Al­bum. The record has the ad­van­tage of in­tro­duc­ing young, hip-hop en­thu­si­asts to jazz and, vice-versa, and en­cour­ag­ing hard­core jazz fans to em­brace its more con­tem­po­rary sounds. ‘Black Ra­dio’ was fol­lowed by ‘Black Ra­dio 2’, which Robert re­leased un­der the name ‘Robert Glasper Ex­per­i­ment’, the en­sem­ble with which he will per­form at Teatro Bellini on 26 April, a line-up con­sist­ing of Casey Ben­jam­i­nal on sax, Der­rick Hodge on bass and Mark Colen­burg on drums. ‘Black Ra­dio 2’ also won a Grammy Award which defini­tively cat­a­pulted Robert Glasper into the Olym­pus of the most avant­garde jazz com­posers, due to his abil­ity to blend acous­tics and street language with elec­tron­ics and so­phis­ti­cated mu­sic. Glasper re­cently com­pleted the sound­track for ‘Miles Ahead’, a film about the life of Miles Davis re­leased in Oc­to­ber 2015 at cine­mas across the U.S. Robert Glasper Ex­per­i­ment is pre­sented as part of Synth, the event or­ga­nized by Vil­lage Blues in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Teatro Bellini and Drop. De­signed as a show­case for the most in­ter­est­ing el­e­ments of dig­i­tal art, elec­tronic mu­sic and research, Synth’s aim is to in­clude Naples in the in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val cir­cuit which al­ready fea­tures Turin with ‘C2’ and Bologna with ‘Ro­bot’.

26 April www.teatro­bellini.it Teatro Bellini. Via Conte di Ruvo, 14, Naples >>T: 0815491266

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