A classically trained pianist since the age of 7, Herbie Hancock did not predict his success would be in music, let alone the world of jazz. In fact, he went to college for engineering. To divulge how that pivotal change happened leading to his fourteen Grammy awards and his long anticipated memoir, 'Possibilities,' Hancock and New Yorker magazine critic Sasha Frere-Jones laid it all out in front of a nearly sold out audience on Wednesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinema as part of the Unbound: A Literary Series.
Flying Lotus, aka Steven Ellison, is the man on everyone’s mind this week as he dropped his fifth studio album "Your Dead!" on Warp Records. The 40-minute trip into the nut of Afrofuturism in hip-hop features jazz legend Herbie Hancock alongside Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. Lotus, who will appear at Terminal 5 and the Music Hall of Williamsburg, recently sat down with The New York Times, who penned him a composer. A coveted title, indeed, Lotus sited Miles Davis as an inspiration for "Your Dead!"
Flying Lotus has collaborated with British artist and designer Aitor Throup for a short film project on Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. Thorup describes the film as a “three-dimensional portrait of Rapace being intricately sculpted but also acts as a portrait of her by acting as a metaphor for the various chronological steps in the actor’s process.”
Flying Lotus world premiered his first single “Moment of Hesitation” to Gilles Peterson on his BBC Radio 6 show. “Moment of Hesitation” featuring Herbie Hancock, is off his fifth album, You're Dead! due out October 6 via Warp Records.
Like the myriad Moog users know, this year's fest is sure to premiere some unique timbres, as well as the chance to witness and discuss the latest updates in the electro world.