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Friday, October 04, 2013

Sage Gateshead - Tomorrow, October 5, Denys Baptiste - Now is the Time "Let Freedom Ring."

An unmissable event at Sage Gateshead tomorrow night in Hall One. 7:30pm. £16.50.
Lance.
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Back in 2003, as a Jerwoood Commission for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Baptiste’s international line up featured the likes of Omar Puente, Abram Wilson and Gary Crosby. The original ‘Let Freedom Ring!’ was awarded Album Of The Year 2003(Jazzwise), Gig Of The Year 2003 (Guardian), and nominated in 2004 for BBC Awards for Best Album/Best New Work, and the MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act.
In 2013 as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Dr Luther Kings’ famous oration, Baptiste has written a prequel to his original piece, now widely regarded as a classic
“As an artist and composer, I am humbly honoured to see that Let Freedom Ring! has endured, and I’m of course delighted to have an opportunity to reprise this work. As a human being, however, I'm saddened that, a decade after the premiere of this piece, and half a century after the speech that inspired it, achieving Freedom, Justice and Equality for all remains a dream, and the conversations around these issues remain fundamentally the same.
When I created the original commission I focused ‘Let Freedom Ring!’ around the most memorable, second half of Dr King’s speech and I used the rhythmic patterns of his speech as the foundation for the four-part suite. Now, with an entire evening to share with you, I can expand and complete the circle.
In the opening set, with the help of my wonderful 14-piece band, poetry, and soulful voices of community choirs, I aim to shine a light on the first half of the speech where Dr King sets the scene for the second part speaking of the evil of slavery, The Emancipation Proclamation, the importance of peaceful and dignified protest and, ultimately, his vision for the future. He is clear that there is no time to lose; waiting is simply not an option. Now Is The Time”.

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