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Future Now


Fri 8 Jun 2012, 8:15pm

Where: The Forum, 154 Flinders St, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: JennyEF

The revolutionary collaboration, Future Now, is an Australian premiere event that smashes stylistic boundaries to reshape the future directions of jazz.

Vocalist José James, MC Taylor McFerrin and pianist Robert Glasper boldly challenge preconceptions of musical expression, taking hip-hop, R&B, soul and post-modern jazz to never-before-seen places.

Taylor McFerrin’s incredible vocal and beatboxing abilities are ingeniously enhanced with Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, samples and more, meshing together to transform his deep ‘60s soul roots into his vision of future hip-hop.

Drawing on his passion for music and creative writing, José James delivers an inspiring electro-soul, modern jazz sound with his signature sexy baritone voice.

The Robert Glasper Experiment’s recent Blue Note/EMI release, Black Radio – featuring a jaw-dropping roll-call of special guests including Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco and Meshell Ndegeocello – has captivated the music world, blending hip-hop, funk, neo-soul and gospel sounds while remaining deeply rooted in jazz.

Future Now represents the voice of the rising generation in a live performance experience that saw queues stretching around the block for its New York premiere.