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Certain Blacks Harlem Festival presents
Byron Wallen and Addictive TV
Thursday 7 September
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In a nutshell
Byron Wallen plays a tribute to Langston Hughes alongside his award winning, innovative band Indigo and guests Addictive TV
Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, and playwright whose African-American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. In 2002 Byron Wallen was commissioned by The South Bank Centre to write music for his Centenary celebration at the Poetry International festival. Byron will revisit this music with his award winning innovative band Indigo.
Addictive TV will present their AV venture ‘Orchestra of Samples’. Five years in the making of their project, duo Addictive TV filmed over 200 musicians around the world in more than 25 different countries, then sampled the thousands of hours of recordings to create new music of incredible fusions, from jazz to hip-hop, where audiences actually see the sampled musicians on screen.
Raised in a musical family, as a small child Byron studied classical piano. He also played euphonium but then switched to trumpet, studying with Peter Ruderforth in London and with Jimmy Owens, Donald Byrd and Jon Faddis in New York in the mid to late 80s. In 1992, Wallen graduated from Sussex University with a degree in psychology, philosophy and mathematics. He played trumpet in various contexts and through into the early 00s was heard with jazz and pop artists, sometimes on record. Among these artists and bands are George Benson, Charles Earland, Chaka Khan, Ingrid Laubrock, Ronnie Laws, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine, Lonnie Liston Smith, Style Council, Jean Toussaint, and Cleveland Watkiss. In 1992, Wallen formed Sound Advice touring the UK and playing in Syria in 1996 and the Czech Republic in 1997. The band also appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival, gaining critical and audience acclaim.
What people are saying
'Wallen has come up with yet another winner, a six-piece jazz 'orchestra' with a big sound, and an expansive repertoire inspired by the work of poet Langston Hughes.' The Guardian
'ingenious and compelling' The Times on Addictive TV
'a glimpse into the very essence of music' Cultured Vultures on Addictive TV
'enthrallingly unexpected' The Quietus on Addictive TV
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Things you should know
This event is wheelchair accessible.