Harlem School Of The Arts & Jill Newman Productions Presents: Spring Music Festival 2017

@ Manhattan School of Music – Show @ 7PM

in partnership with Jill Newman Productions and Blue Note Jazz Festival
June 1 & 2
Celebrate HSA Music Department’s brightest rising stars at Spring Music Festival 2017, showcasing faculty artists and HSA advanced students. Featured performances by Brandee Younger and Majid Khaliq.

BRANDEE YOUNGER • Thursday, June 1
Courtesy of Jill Newman Productions
A fearless and versatile talent, harpist Brandee Younger defies genres and labels as a classically-trained musician playing in the avant-garde tradition of her sonically forward predecessors Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. Ms. Younger delivers a consistently fresh take on the ancient instrument as an educator, concert curator, performer and leader of the Brandee Younger Quartet. Ms. Younger has produced an impressive body of work since the 2011 debut of her seminal Prelude EP, including Brandee Younger Live @ The Breeding Ground, a breakthrough performance on Bluenote Records and Revive Music’s 2015 Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 LP, and the more recent release of her critically-acclaimed 2016 Wax & Wane LP.
Known for expressive interpretations of traditional harp repertoire as well as her continued work with a diverse cross-section of musical talents, Ms. Younger is widely recognized as a creative linchpin whose nuanced presence and willingness to push boundaries have made her irreplaceable on record and in performance. She has worked with jazz leaders and popular hip-hop and r&b titans including Ravi Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Reggie Workman, Common, John Legend and Lauryn Hill.
As well versed in performance art as she is the art of creative risk-taking, Brandee Younger challenges commonly-held notions in her quest to ”make the harp a more relevant force in today’s music.” Ms. Younger’s ability to seamlessly inject the harp into arrangements and venues where it has historically been overlooked is a testament to her deep love for and exemplary command of the instrument.

MAJID KHALIQ • Friday, June 2
Majid Khaliq is a violinist and composer cut from a different cloth. He has been described by legendary musician Wynton Marsalis as having “a unique blend of improvisation, groove and technical sophistication.” Although classically trained, Mr. Khaliq’s passion and musical palette ranges from the roots of American jazz music to the greats of the Progressive jazz scene. He is quickly establishing himself as a rising talent in the world of jazz. Khaliq has played with great musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Barron, Antonio Hart, John Blake, Itzahk Perlman, Isaac Stern, Mark O’Connor and Regina Carter. He has performed in numerous famed venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, D.C., and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The William R. and Irene D. Miller Recital Hall
Manhattan School of Music
Free Admission. RSVP Required.

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June 1, 2017
Miller Recital Hall, Manhattan School of Music