background

Jazz pianist Glasper performs Feb. 9

Jazz and hip-hop pianist Robert Glasper.

Pianist Robert Glasper, called by New York Magazine an artist who “unfailingly gets the feeling right,” brings the Robert Glasper Trio to Bates at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, performing in the Olin Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

Advance tickets are $12/$6, available at www.batestickets.com, and tickets at the door are $15/$10. To reserve tickets, please visit . For more information, please contact 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.

Glasper holds a question-and-answer session on the creative process, collaboration and related issues at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the concert in Olin Concert Hall.


Note: The Robert Glasper program has changed since earlier Bates listings were released. Instead of the Robert Glasper Experiment, the pianist will bring his Trio to Bates.


Although he is often called a jazz pianist, Glasper refuses to be limited by genre. The Los Angeles Times once wrote that “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,” adding that “he’s equally comfortable in the worlds of hip-hop and jazz.”

A Blue Note recording artist, Glasper has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Trio and the electric, hip hop-oriented Experiment. Glasper’s Glasper’s first two Blue Note releases, 2005′s Canvas and 2006′s In My Element, featured his omnivorous trio and distinctive original compositions.

The Trio includes bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Chris Dave, who also performs with the Experiment.

Glasper’s acclaimed 2009 recording Double-Booked was divided between the trio format and the Experiment. The latter ensemble releases the highly anticipated Black Radio at the end of February.

Originally from Houston, Glasper moved to New York to study jazz. In My Element, featuring songs by Herbie Hancock, Sam Rivers and Radiohead, was chosen by NPR as one of the best jazz albums of the year. Glasper has worked with modern masters such as Roy Hargrove, Kenny Garrett and Terence Blanchard.



Comments are closed.


  • Contact Us